Why Use Contrado
Fast. Efficient. Premium quality.
Everything made in house in one facility in 1-3 days which beats the long lead times of far east production houses. Orders are sent fast too with a 3-5 working day delivery on a tracked service.
Are you concerned about waste, carbon footprint and questionable labour practices? Contrado wins on all of these concerns.
Fed up with slow production, poor out of stock management and complaints from customers? We win on all the key service aspects.
Swap your products and fulfilment over to Contrado and make more, with less fuss, and much higher service levels.
How does it work?
Contrado has been making retail quality on demand products since 2002. All our products are made in-house in one facility, not scattered over fragmented fulfilment centres with different quality standards and wide print variation. Create any of our 450+ products with your designs using our user-friendly Product Mockup Generator. Connect your Shopify and Contrado accounts so that your customers can order your amazing products. We automatically receive the order details whenever someone buys from you. We then manufacture and fulfil your order. Your customer receives a tracked delivery with your beautiful designs, within days of ordering. Choose white labelling, or add your brand as the only branding your customers see.
Currently we only offer store integration and drop-shipping for Shopify. If you use another e-commerce platform, we would love to hear from you; we plan to expand our offering in the near future.
Joining and getting started is simple.
• If you are already registered with us, you are one step in the right direction. If not, f
ill out our drop-shipping sign up form
• Create a Shopify account on the Shopify site, and if you have store there already even better.... you are just moments from getting your designs on sale.
Creating your Contrado Store
• It’s really easy to create products on the Contrado platform.
Head to ‘My
Stores’ within your account to get started
• For a full guide on how to create a store and post
products for sale, see our store
• Your new store will be set to Private by default. You can connect your
store to your Shopify-Account, add products or collections, and manage
your store info in private mode. Click the toggle to switch from a
private to a public store. Public stores can be seen on our website if
you'd like to start selling your products via our site as well.
Connecting your Store
• Locate the Contrado dropshipping page by clicking here
• Head to the Shopify website > sign up (if you haven't already)
and open the Shopify App Store located in the left hand menu > Search
for 'Contrado' and click on the text or icon > click 'Add app' >
log in to your Contrado dropshipping account via Shopify > Click
Please note: Syncing your Contrado and Shopify store is only ever
necessary once - when you connect both stores for the first time. Now
you're connected, it's time to get creative.
Can I connect multiple Contrado stores to my Shopify account, or vice versa?
Unfortunately not at this time. We hope to provide this in the future,
but for now, it's only one Contrado store and one Shopify account at a
time. If you have multiple Contrado stores, you can link each one to a
different Shopify account. But only one Contrado store can connect to
one Shopify account.
How do I manage my products?
When connecting your Contrado and Shopify stores
you can choose whether you would like to manage uploading products,
prices, and the name and description of your products via Contrado or
Shopify. If you change your mind you can change the settings any time
via the 'My Stores' tab in your account under 'Edit'.
products & product updates
the Auto-Publish feature to immediately publish any new Contrado
products on your Shopify store. This also includes updates made to
name & description
toggle to Contrado to automatically use the product name and
description on Contrado for products in your Shopify store as well.
If needed you can still modify the details manually via Shopify.
you set pricing to be managed on Contrado, the set price you
published on Contrado will also apply to your Shopify store. This can
also still be modified manually via Shopify if necessary.
Deleting a product from
your Contrado Store will also remove it from your Shopify store. On
the other hand, if you delete a product from Shopify it will not
delete from your Contrado store.
the Shopify 'Locations' feature to track where your inventory is
coming from. To add Contrado as a location please use the name
'Contrado Imaging Ltd.' for accuracy.
Payments - What You Earn
We want your relationship with Contrado to be profitable and easy. It is important that you enter your default billing address when opening a Drop-Shipping account with Contrado to ensure that we can process your order smoothly and without issues.
customer places an order for an article on your online store for $35.00
keep 20 – 40% (profit $7 – 14 according to our deal) and send production balance to Contrado to make your customer's article in 1 - 3 days
receives product 3 - 5 days after production time, on tracked service
How do the payments work?• A customer will place their order using your Shopify store. They will make payment directly to you
• Their order with shipping details will automatically be sent to us and a pre-order will be generated
• Once you are paid we simultaneously send you an email link so that you can send production payment to us to get the order produced. You can even set up auto-payments via PayPal to streamline this process. You’ll keep the profit your side, only sending us the remaining balance for production.
• We’ll start production immediately on receipt of funds and ship the order directly to your customer. We will not start production of the order until we have received payment in full. After 48 hours if the production balance is not paid a reminder is issued.
How do I make profit?
• Customer pays Retail Price + Shipping via Shopify
• You pay Production Price + Shipping to Contrado to initiate production
• You keep the profit (difference between
your retail price our production price)
How much profit will I make?
At least 20% scaling to 40% on standard pricing, and even more if you use our custom pricing model. The more you sell the more profit you make. They need to be bought at once to qualify for discount.
If you use your custom price setting tools on Shopify settings, then your profits increase further. You can set your product to have up to three times our retail price to give maximum uplift to your profits. With the premium price you charge for the product, you keep a greater margin.
Items such as
large furniture and suitcases do not count towards the above tiers,
they are discounted at a flat rate due to the cost of shipping.
You’ll receive 20% discount on an order of single and multiple
items. You can contact us for a full list of these.
Can I Set My Own Prices?
Set pricing to Contrado mode and use our price slider when creating a product to raise price and profit margin. We start you off with a base recommended retail price which works really well, but use our pricing widget to set the price of your product higher where you think you have added value. This is great for earning extra profit if you have a great premium design that your customers are prepared to pay that bit extra for. This works especially well for limited editions and exclusive designs.
On rare occasions, we’ll need to increase the
price of a product due to circumstances outside our control (ie.
inflation, unexpected delivery costs, etc.). Rest assured that if we
resort to increasing a product’s price, it’s because we have
exhausted all other options.
top priority is providing the best quality product for the most
reasonable price. Sometimes we encounter an unexpected situation and
need to quickly adapt. This may involve changing couriers, sourcing
new materials, or revising the way we make a product. We will try to
cover as much of the extra cost as we can, but there might be a
slight price rise to compensate for the changes.
don’t enjoy increasing product prices and avoid it as much as we
possibly can. If you sell our products, we will make every effort to
notify you of a price change so your business is not negatively
Drop-Shipping Account holders, here are some tips if your store is
affected by a price change:
you manage pricing on our site, you don’t need to change anything
as the price will automatically be updated in your store. You may
want to consider communicating with customers if necessary.
you manage pricing on your drop-shipping store, you will get an
email from us with more details about the price change. Please
review all of your drop-shipping prices in light of this change to
ensure you’re still happy with your profit margins.
your product’s price to match ours.
your price as is if the change doesn’t impact your margins too
the cost by increasing both the product and delivery cost slightly
to lessen the impact (you can do this in your drop-shipping
lower-cost products to your store to balance your selection.
lower-cost options to your product if available.
How Much Is Shipping?
One of our great advantages is that we have tons of experience in packing, shipping, tracking parcels, and returns. With over a million packs sent since 2002 our experience will be your experience.
The first thing to note is that we are very fast. That translates into great service and fast delivery to your customer. We know this to add value and peace of mind to your service.
Our shipping prices are not a profit centre, and we literally either ship at a loss (good news for you!) or pass on the same carrier costs we are charged.
Set your own shipping rates via the shipping settings in your Shopify
account to ensure you can ship worldwide. Create new shipping rates or
copy the existing setting(s) to other locations if you prefer.
We only use premium tracked services to guarantee delivery that provide tracking for you and customers and pay customs duties to most countries for additional peace of mind.
Please note, that when shipping to military addresses (BFPO, BP, or PO
among others) the item will be dispatched using Royal Mail, and your
customer will need to pay any customs tax/duty charges.
Where Do You Ship To?
We ship worldwide, and are especially strong in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Canada, UK and Europe.
We mainly use major brand carriers and premium tracked
service to guarantee fast delivery. All deliveries go on premium service and arrive in 3 - 5 days
in 94% of cases. You can see more about our delivery information here
How Long Does It Take?
We are fast. We have been doing this since 2002 so have great systems and processes in place to make sure we execute your orders efficiently. We make everything in one facility so this means added efficiency in production timings.
Most of our wide range of products are made in 1 - 3 days. That is our production time and indicated in each product page.
Once the product is made and quality checked, we send on a premium tracked delivery and this takes another 3 - 5 days to Australia.
The fastest we can get things made and delivered is 4 days, the average is 5 - 6 days. In rare cases such as remote areas the delivery takes longer.
Do You Make The Products In-House?
Yes we make everything in-house and have no outside 3rd party full-fillers. All our 450+ products are made here in our facility, not scattered over fragmented fulfilment centres with different quality standards, print variation, or disparate service levels. One in-house facility, one focus, one service.
This allows you speedy coordinated fulfilment to your customers with no compromise on quality. We provide dedicated uniform quality and the same print control across coordinated manufacturing. It also means 1 parcel to your customer instead of fragmented deliveries. Our in-house model provides fast production, centralised Customer Service for better service levels, as well as centralised Out Of Stock management, plus coordinated delivery.
Which eCommerce Platforms Can Your Drop-Shipping App Integrate With?
Currently our interface is only compatible with Shopify.
Can I Add My Own Logo To Products, Packaging Or Dispatch Note?
you are able to add a brand name and logo using our branding section.
You are also able to add a thank you message using the same link. The
majority of our items (especially clothing) have an option within the
design interface to add your own label and with any product you can
incorporate your logo as part of your design. The only place on your
packaging and dispatch notes that would show our information is the
return label, to ensure that we meet our carrier requirements.
see an example dispatch note.
Which Products Do You Drop-Ship?
We drop-ship all of our 450+ products. This gives you access to a huge range of cut & sew clothing for him & her in a range of sizes, shoes, fashion accessories for him & her, kids & babies range, bedding, blankets, cushions, kitchen and dining ware, homeware, home decor, bathroom accessories, stationery, pet accessories, garden & outdoor items, as well as fabrics and leather. If you can find it on our website, you will be able to add it to your drop-shipping account (excluding other artist's designs).
You can even design hundreds of products at once
using our Product Mockup Generator. When adding a product to your
store, you’ll find it in the same page where you set prices and
write descriptions. Simply click ‘Add’ to generate a product with
the same design. Click ‘Review’ to ensure the design meets your
expectations, and once you confirm, it’ll be added to your store.
You can find more information on our product range here.
- Cut & sew clothing for him & her in a range of sizes including plus sizes: t-shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, trousers, leggings, underwear, sleepwear, loungewear, swimwear, gym wear & more
- Fashion accessories for him & her incl. sunglasses, scarves, hats, socks, ties etc
- Kids & baby range: t-shirt, leggings, blankets, sleeping bag, etc
- Bedding, blankets & cushions
- Handbags, purses, wallets, phone cases
- Kitchen & dining ware incl coasters, plates, place mats, tea towels, mugs & cups
- Homeware & home decor incl lamps, curtains, blinds
- Bathroom accessories
- Stationery including calendars, diaries, organisers
- Pet accessories
- Fabrics & leather
- Garden & outdoor items
Do You Manage Out Of Stock Items?
Yes we do. Any item, size, or other product option that is currently out
of stock on our own website will also show as out of stock on your
site. Once the product is not out of stock any longer, it will be
automatically available for purchase again on your end.
How Much Does Your Service Cost?
It's free. We do not charge for the app or any subscription costs. The only time you pay us is when your customers place an order with you. You can see more on our pricing here.
Which Currencies Does Your Drop-Shipping Support?
We support all major currencies according to your home location.
When you connect your Shopify store, we take your local country and connect the local base currency. We accept all other currencies in transactions for your international orders. So for your listings you just set up in your local currency and then you can transact in all currencies worldwide.
What Are the Recommended Shopify Settings?
Local currency, charge fair local price for shipping.
Custom pricing - charge more where you think you have extra value and earn more.
I’m Already A Contrado Wholesaler, Can I Use Your Drop-Shipping Service?
Yes. All you need to do to get started is to sign up using our drop-shipping form. You can find more information on our drop-shipping services and details on how to apply here.
What Is The Minimum Order Quantity Or Value For Contrado Drop-Shipping?
We have no minimum order quantities or order values. This applies across our site, from wholesale orders, to drop-shipping for your customers. The more that you order, the lower the price will be, thanks to our exclusive discount scheme (more on that here). Order as much or as little as you like.
How To Market Your Store
This is big a question. You need a fair understanding of online promotion, how to write well with keywords and great descriptions of your products. That way some traffic and customers can find you. We provide help on that here.
We also have some other articles here to help build momentum and generate traction.
Above all else you need to figure out how to get someone interested enough to visit you, then entice them over the line with an offer and bring them on a journey with your art or designs as part of your community. Offers, good service and great quality products from us will help you achieve this.
Legals: Terms, Returns
o Please take note of our Ts and Cs, shipping and returns policies
o Once an order is placed, there is little or no opportunity
to make changes to the order, please ensure products are as you want them
before posting them for sale.
o We want you and your customers to be happy with your
orders, if you have any questions or if your customer has asked a question you
can’t answer, get in touch
with our customer service team