If you are looking to grow your online store or just want to branch out into something new, there’s always the possibility of starting a business of custom-designed products.
There are numerous fulfillment apps out there for Shopify which include dropshipping from Chinese retailers and all that.
However, today, we are going to take a look at one of the best Print on Demand apps for Shopify known as CustomCat.
It is a simple POD app for Shopify that offers some of the best and affordable rates on more than 300+ apparel options.
So, it’s about time we took this PoD app for a spin and see how it works, what it offers, and what advantages does it hold over its competitors.
Check out our Custom Cat review to learn more about their offerings and services.
Custom Cat Review – How Does it Work
This app is very simple to install and set up. It just takes a few clicks to get it installed on your Shopify store.
1. Head over to the CustomCat app page on Shopify app store and install it on your store.
2. Next, you should choose a Custom Cat plan for your store. Choose one that suits your current needs.
3. Your account will currently show “Inactive”. Click the Go to settings button.
4. Here you must fill out your personal information, business name, your preferred payment method (PayPal/Credit card), and your address.
5. Once you hit Save Changes, you will notice that your account status is now Active.
Now, that your account is active. You can start designing your first product directly from the Dashboard. Here’s how you can do that.
1. First of all, go to the Design Library from the Dashboard.
2. This is where you will upload your custom artwork, logos, or designs that you want to use on your products.
3. Once you have uploaded your designs. Head over to Add Product and choose the product that you want to customize, choose its colors and variants to begin designing.
4. Now, choose the printing technology you want to use and where you want the print to show.
5. Choose your custom design from the Design Library and place it accordingly on your product.
6. Check if it looks good on the product and finally, export the items from CustomCat to Shopify store. Your custom products are now live and ready to sell on your store.
When a customer places an order on your store, CustomCat prints your design on the item, packages the order, ships the order directly to your customer, and sends the tracking information to your customers through email.
You just sit back, relax, and enjoy the paychecks with each new sale.
CustomCat Pros and Cons
- 24/7 production and customer support
- Profits margin is relatively higher compared with other POD services
- A vast range of 500+ products
- Top-class and variety of printing methods
- Shipping could take a longer time for non-US regions
Here is a list of some of the top features available in CustomCat app. Check them out below.
High-quality Photographic Prints – they let you print HD photos on apparel in full-color.
Embroidery – They offer custom embroidery services for items like polos, caps, cloth bags, etc.
Paypal Immediate Payouts – Once a product is shipped, they immediately credit your Paypal account.
Buyer Data – They let you save and use buyer data to create specific email lists for different audiences.
Mail Server Integration – It easily Integrates with your mail server so you can get your buyer data into your mailing list.
Upsells – Incorporate upsell strategies at your checkout page to increase order size.
Coupon Codes – Create customized coupon codes for your repeat customers.
Sales Conversion Tracking – Utilize different pixels to track your ad conversion rate and also track your retargeting efforts.
Sub User IDs – Assign different roles to your team members so they can access and manage your campaigns.
Split Testing – Test multiple designs, sizes, colors on different campaigns to see what works.
In our Custom Cat review, we noticed that they offer a vast collection of products to choose from. There are more than 550 items available on the app for customization ranging from t-shirts to laptop sleeves.
Here’s a list of all the products that includes apparel, phone cases, and more available for customization. Each product offers multiple variants and different brands.
T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hats, Jerseys, Polo Shirts, Warm Ups, Bags, Jackets, Casual Woven, Shirts, Pants, Work Apparel, Blankets, Towels, Tablet Covers, Laptop Sleeves, Pet Accessories, Phone Cases, Drinkware, Jewelry, Hair Brush, Wallet, Home Decor, Shoes, Bib, and Ornaments.
More trending products 2019 are being added continuously with demand. All the products are of the highest quality with great reviews from customers.
Check out the Product catalog to see all items available in the app.
CustomCat pricing has to be the most affordable amongst other Print on Demand companies. It offers competitive product pricing and shipping.
It offers a free plan where you only pay for the products, but this plan prices the products a bit higher than their paid plan.
The paid plan costs $30 per month and gives you access to much cheaper product prices when the volumes are higher. It also offers a free trial for 14-days for the paid plan.
Here are some CustomCat products and their pricing.
- Unisex T-Shirt – $6.00
- 11 oz Mug – $3.50
- 15 oz Mug – $4.00
- Pullover Hoodie – $18.50
- Crewneck Sweatshirt – $12.95
- Embroidered Flat Bill Snapback Hat – $13.64
- Embroidered Baseball Cap – $11.22
For a detailed list of pricing head over to the official catalog page.
CustomCat charges $3.99 shipping for the first product and an extra $1.50 for each additional product in the U.S.
For international, it charges $7.95 for the first item and extra $5.95 for each additional item.
It takes around 2-3 business days after purchase to produce and ship the items from their facility. Standard shipping times apply in addition to that which are 1-7 days for U.S. and 4-15 days for international destinations.
To learn more about their shipping rates and times check out the official Shipping FAQ.
CustomCat Vs. Printful
A lot of people have been asking whether CustomCat is better than Printful or not. So, in our CustomCat review we have added a feature by feature roundup of both these services.
|Ease of Use||Easy||Easy|
|Lead Time||2-3 Days||2-3 Days|
|Customer Service||Very Responsive||Very Responsive|
As you can see clearly in our Custom Cat review, it goes toe-to-toe with Printful which is one of the top PoD apps out there.
CustomCat does come out on top when it comes to pricing because it has one of the most reasonable and affordable rates out of all the PoD apps available for Shopify.
It does lack in terms of integrations and number of ratings on the app store, but that shouldn’t deter you from giving it a try as it still provides the best bang for your bucks.
So, our CustomCat review comes to an end and we’d like to think that we have answered most the questions you might have regarding this PoD app.
If you are looking for a simple, affordable, and straightforward PoD app for your Shopify store then CustomCat is definitely a worthy contender.
It offers great pricing, huge collection of items, and high quality prints. The lead times are the fastest in the industry and the shipping rates are also highly competitive.
Even when compared to some of the best Shopify Print on Demand apps, CustomCat still holds its own.
We think if you are starting out in the PoD business and looking for a simple app to get you up and running then CustomCat is the perfect choice for you.
We would like to know which PoD apps are you currently using and why? Let us know in the comments below.