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The complete breakdown of ecommerce platforms
for drop shipping

To kick off your online store, first you need to choose which ecommerce platform to use. With a wealth of options available, it can be difficult to navigate the waters of all of the different features available. We've broken down everything you need to know to make an educated decision and end up with a platform that works best for you.

Ecommerce platform comparison chart

Live shipping rates Price Personal server required Products pushed to store Order import Shipping status update Displays "out of stock" notice Marketplace Ease of installation
Shopify Yes Subscription + % of revenue, starts at $29 No Yes Immediately Automatically Yes No Fast
WooCommerce Yes Free Yes Yes Immediately* Automatically Yes No Normal
Storenvy No Free No Yes Immediately Automatically Yes Yes Fast
BigCommerce No Subscription, starts at $29.95 No Yes Immediately Automatically Yes No Fast
Gumroad No 5% + $0.25 per transaction No No Immediately Fast No No Fast
Tictail No Free No Yes Every 30min Manual No No Fast
Big Cartel No Free - $29.99 monthly No No Immediately Limited No No Fast
Ecwid Yes Subscription, starts at $15 No Yes Every 15 min Automatically Yes** No Fast

* Using the latest version of WooCommerce

** Available for Ecwid Business and Unlimited plan users

If these ecommerce platforms don't meet your needs, you may use our API and have your developers hook it up to whatever system you have.

Some of out merchants sell on Etsy and Ebay even though we do not have a an integration with them, but Etsy and Ebay have a powerfull marketplaces that help reach big audience fast.

What you have to know about each platform







Big Cartel


The ShipStation integration

Integrate with platforms like Squarespace, Etsy, Ebay, Amazon and more.

ShipStation functions as a 3rd party app that lets us connect with platforms that otherwise can’t be integrated with Printful.

You connect your store to Shipstation, then connect Shipstation to your Printful account. Shipstation is a platfrom that collects all of your orders and can keep track of then they’re shipped. They integrate with many other platforms to make online sales easier.

Alternative platforms

You can still use Printful even if you don't want to use the above platforms that have ready-made integrations. You have options:


Manual orders

You can manually enter orders to be fulfilled, allowing you to continue using platforms like Etsy, Amazon, or Ebay.


API integrations

If you have a developer on hand, you can have them hook up your store with Printful via API. Here's all the info you'll need.

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