Looking to start a print on demand store but don't want to spend time creating your own store and designs?

If so, you will be happy to hear that there are various options that allow you to skip over the initial store creation phase and jump straight into marketing and generating sales.

In this article, we will cover five platforms where you can buy a premade print on demand store that's ready to go!

With tons of customization options, these custom stores are perfect for anyone looking to jumpstart their journey as a print on demand business owner.

Let's dive into the different options and how you can obtain one!

What kind of custom print on demand stores can you buy?

Starting a new print on demand store is a multi-step process.

Because of this, there are different types of premade stores you can purchase.

The most 'basic' print on demand stores have only run through the first few steps and don't have any sales yet, while others have been scaled already and make thousands of dollars in sales.

So, let's take a look at the three types of custom print on demand stores!

The brand-new custom print on demand store

The brand-new custom print on demand store is the one you will see most often.

Here, the most straightforward steps like the creation of a Shopify account, the setup of the domain and products, and the design of the website are already completed:

A brand-new custom print on demand store on Fiverr

This type of custom print on demand store will cost you around $15 to $150 and usually includes the following elements:

  • A domain
  • Products
  • A logo
  • Suppliers
  • Shopify apps
  • Product descriptions

The turnkey print on demand store

A turnkey print on demand store is built to help beginners start their businesses quickly. Almost everything is already done on the website itself. It often includes a good selection of products, a premium domain name, product descriptions, and more.

The concept is to simply 'turn the key' and start selling!

However, be careful with these kinds of custom stores. Sales don't come by themselves, and you will have to promote the store yourself. You can check out this article if you're interested in methods to drive traffic to your website!

This type of custom store will typically cost you between $150 and $900. Depending on the package you choose, it will come with the following elements:

  • A domain
  • Products
  • A logo
  • Suppliers
  • Shopify apps
  • Product descriptions
  • Speed optimization
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • An installed Meta Pixel
  • Videos, photos, or creatives for your marketing campaigns

The already-running custom print on demand stores

We have now covered custom print on demand stores that don't have any sales yet.

But sometimes, owners of existing and running stores want to start a new project or focus on something else and will therefore sell their current store.

This is what we call already-running print on demand stores!

An already-running print on demand store on Flippa

Compared to the others, the advantage of these types of print on demand stores is that you know that the items will sell. Besides, you will have creatives for your ads, customer data, and social media accounts with followers.

These kinds of custom stores will cost you anywhere from $1,000 to multiple millions of US dollars for the most successful ones. Oof!

In most cases, these stores come with the following assets:

  • A domain
  • Products
  • A logo
  • Suppliers
  • Shopify apps
  • Product descriptions
  • Speed optimization
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • An installed and mature Meta Pixel
  • Videos, photos, or creatives for your marketing campaigns
  • A mailing list
  • Social media accounts with followers
  • Returning customers
  • A marketing plan

The 5 best platforms to buy custom print on demand stores

Ready to buy your own premade print on demand store?

Awesome, but where do you start searching?

Here is an overview of all five platforms that will be covered in this article:

PlatformTypes of storesPrice range
PrintfulTurnkey$495 - $695
FiverrBrand-new
Turnkey
$10 - $300+
UpworkBrand-new
Turnkey
$100 - $1,000+
FlippaBrand-new
Turnkey
Already-running
$400 - $1 million+
Empire FlippersAlready-running$100k - $3 million+

Let's take a look at some of the best platforms you can use to buy custom print on demand stores:

1. Printful

Printful store setup services homepage

Printful is a print on demand supplier at its core, but it also offers Shopify, Squarespace, and Wix store setup services.

This service is great if you need a store but dread the technical setup, as you avoid all the setup, design, and other headaches.

With Printful's setup services, you get:

  • An up-and-running store with a complete layout, content, and design
  • Full product setup and sync to your store
  • Expert support at every step
  • And much more!

And the costs?

A reasonable $495 to $695, depending on the complexity of your store:

Printful store setup services pricing

You can buy the following kinds of custom print on demand stores on Printful:

  • Turnkey print on demand stores

2. Fiverr

Fiverr homepage

Your next option is Fiverr.

Fiverr is a platform where freelancers can offer all kinds of services (also known as 'gigs').

As such, you can use the platform for your store when you need a logo designer, copywriter, or customer service agent for your customer support team!

Alternatively, you can use Fiverr to outsource the whole creation and design part of your print on demand store and let someone else do it for you:

Fiverr results for print on demand

As you can see, close to 3,000 services are available when using the query 'print on demand'!

Most services have a starting price of between $10 and $100. However, the costs can rise to $300+ for the most complete and professional ('turnkey') custom print on demand stores.

When purchasing a custom print on demand store from Fiverr, remember that you get what you pay for most of the time. You shouldn't expect a professional store design for only $10, so don't be disappointed when you find out there's still lots of work to be done.

Lastly, if you want a custom print on demand store in a language that isn't English, you can use Fiverr's filters to find sellers that speak that language or live in your target country!

One thing to keep in mind is that Fiverr adds a fee on top of the prices when you check out, so keep that in mind for your profit margins:

Service fees are added at the time of purchase where you can review and accept the total amount requested to pay. These fees cover administrative fees. As of October 2022, the service fees are 5.5% of the purchase amount. For purchases under US$50 an additional US$2 small order fee will be applied.

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You can buy the following kinds of custom print on demand stores on Fiverr:

  • Brand-new custom print on demand stores
  • Turnkey print on demand stores

3. Upwork

Upwork homepage

Upwork is your next option, and it's very similar to Fiverr.

The main difference between Fiverr and Upwork is that Upwork may be a bit higher-priced than Fiverr.

On Upwork, freelancers promote their services in all categories, like IT, design, marketing, and writing.

And in between those freelancers, you will find the designers and developers specialized in print on demand stores:

Upwork results for print on demand

A difference between Upwork and Fiverr is that Upwork freelancers often charge by the hour, while Fiverr freelancers charge on a project basis.

Compared to Fiverr, there is a bit more of a 'professional' vibe to Upwork, so as said before, you should be prepared to pay a bit more for a custom print on demand store.

But because the freelancers charge by the hour, it really depends on your wishes and the freelancers themselves how much you will have to pay!

You can buy the following kinds of custom print on demand stores on Upwork:

  • Brand-new custom print on demand stores
  • Turnkey print on demand stores

4. Flippa

Flippa homepage

Flippa is one of the largest marketplaces where online businesses are sold and bought.

If someone wants to sell their print on demand store, they would almost certainly do it through Flippa.

P.S. Would you like to see what it's like to sell your Shopify store? If so, check out our article about it here!

With Flippa, you have access to over 6,000 active listings at the moment of writing.

And ecommerce stores are just a part of these active listings. Flippa lists online businesses in various categories, like Amazon FBA, blogs, SaaS businesses, and apps.

Unfortunately, finding print on demand stores on Flippa is a little challenging because there isn't a filter for them.

However, if you search well enough, you will definitely find some!

Print on demand store example on Flippa

Prices for print on demand stores on Flippa vary between $400 to $1 million+. So, Flippa is definitely a platform to check out if you have a higher budget and are looking for already-running print on demand stores!

Flippa also has some nice features that will make buying a premade store that little bit easier. For instance, they have partnered with the SEO platform SEMrush, which lets you check out traffic analytics for a store's listing.

It also integrates with Google Ads, which can help you determine how much money a store makes from ads on Google.

Even if you don't want to buy a custom print on demand store on Flippa, it is an excellent platform for market research and inspiration.

Some listings include the store's URL, allowing you to see what they are selling and how the store is designed, all while knowing its financials.

You can buy the following kinds of custom print on demand stores on Flippa:

  • Brand-new custom print on demand stores
  • Turnkey print on demand stores
  • Already-running custom print on demand stores

5. Empire Flippers

Empire Flippers homepage

Empire Flippers is another worthwhile platform to look at for premade print on demand stores.

Like Flippa, it focuses on various types of online businesses, like Amazon stores, ecommerce stores, and dropshipping businesses.

You can see Empire Flippers like a small-scale version of Flippa.

However, one big difference compared to Flippa is that Empire Flippers focuses on large, well-established, profitable online businesses only:

Empire Flippers ecommerce businesses

As you can see, the cheapest ecommerce store from Empire Flippers costs around $80k, while the most expensive one has an asking price of over $800k.

Because of these higher prices, Empire Flippers also offers a personalized support service when buying and selling an online business.

And that's what we recommend you to do if you're looking for a successful print on demand store - contact Empire Flippers.

They will definitely be able to help you out or at least notify you when any print on demand stores are listed for sale!

You can buy the following kind of custom print on demand stores on Empire Flippers:

  • Already-running custom print on demand stores

Should you buy a custom print on demand store?

There you go!

You now know where you can buy your custom print on demand store. But is it wise to do it?

Well, buying a premade store has both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of buying a premade print on demand store include that it's less work, saves time, and you won't have any worries about picking the exact name, suppliers, or products (in many cases).

Finding dropshipping stores

On the other side, you probably won't do any product research, so identifying your ideal audience will be more challenging.

Also, the chances are higher that you will end up with a print on demand store that looks like many others (except when paying big bucks for your premade store). You also won't learn anything in the process.

And lastly, when buying an already running store, you won't know about any previous activities (like how the previous owner treated their customers).

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages!

What to look out for when buying custom print on demand stores?

When buying custom print on demand stores, there are several pitfalls you may encounter.

For example, sometimes, people buy a custom print on demand store only to find out that statistics such as revenue (sales), profit/loss, and the number of visitors were faked.

In other cases, there may be supplier issues because the supplier may retire the product.

This means that you need to figure out the fulfillment side of things - and what you're going to do about your logistics.

Then, there may be problems regarding the ownership of social media accounts. Keep in mind that even if the seller provides you with social media accounts, they can hijack them back a few days or weeks later.

These are a few pitfalls you should think about before buying a premade print on demand store. If you want to learn more about these, check out this article!

Someone flying on a package in the mountains

Summary

Before we go to the conclusion, we've created a quick summary of this article for you, so you can easily remember it:

  • You can get three types of custom print on demand stores - brand-new, turnkey, and already-running stores.
  • Some of the best platforms to use for buying a custom print on demand store include Printful, Fiverr, Upwork, Flippa, and Empire Flippers.
  • You should get a custom print on demand store if you have the budget for it and don't want to spend much time creating your store, but remember that you will have far less control over how the store will turn out.
  • When buying a custom print on demand store, be aware of pitfalls like fake data, supplier relations, and the ownership of social media accounts.

Conclusion

In the end, we can conclude that buying custom print on demand stores can lower your workload as you won't have to build a store yourself, but there are also some disadvantages associated with it.

For example, you will have to ensure you are getting a good deal and avoid any potential pitfalls of buying a premade store.

This doesn't mean that buying a premade store is a bad move. It may be an excellent move for you!

This article covered five amazing platforms for buying custom print on demand stores, and we definitely recommend using them if you are in the market for one.

Also, if you're second-guessing about building your own print on demand business, then check out this article here to learn how to start one from scratch!

Or, if you're looking for a premade dropshipping store, check out this article here.

Good luck with finding the right custom store for you!

Want to learn more about POD?

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Plus, don’t forget to check out our in-depth how to start a print on demand business guide here!

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