A little “public service announcement”:
Recently, one of my Email Players subscribers asked what printer/fulfillment house I use for physical products.
So here’s the scoop:
I’m a BIG fan of physical products.
But one thing that can make it a big fat pain in ye olde gluteus assimus is finding a good printer-fulfillment house.
I’ve used 3 different companies in the last 2 years.
The other two did everything much slower.
Plus, I had to manually put the orders in a spreadsheet each day (pain in the buttkus) and send them over, and then hope they got everything right (too often orders were missed, with understandably pissed off customers emailing me a month later asking where their $77-$137 product was…) One of the places (a highly reputable one amongst the goo-roo crowd) would have charged me $400-$800 per MONTH just to go into my shopping cart and download the orders each day (5 minutes of work per day — max). And the other one’s email program wasn’t reading the auto-generated 1ShoppingCart email notices correctly (can you believe that?)
Not good at all.
And just one big headache.
But the company I use now at the above link does everything — print, ship, fulfill, willing to auto-pull orders from the shopping cart (no extra charge – although I just let 1SC email them the notifications now) — and even sends me a daily printout of all my customers along with their tracking numbers.
They send tracking info directly to me AND the customer.
(Unless it’s USPS, whose tracking is worthless anyway.)
I’m extremely paranoid about product deliverability.
So this was huge for me.
And, to top it off, their prices are lower than the others.
Anyway, bottom line?
I do less “thinking” than if I was digitally delivering everything because I don’t have any tech crap to deal with. In fact, I don’t do any “thinking” at all. If something comes up, I email Michelle (the “super woman” there who deals with all the fulfillment, etc, and is just “on” everything like white on rice — only thing she’s missing is a cape…) and it’s taken care of.
So I highly suggest checking them out.
I don’t get any “kickbacks” for referring them.
I just know they’ll take care of ya.
Here’s the link: