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  • Merch by Amazon requires applicants to re-apply

    Merch by Amazon has recently shifted to a new application and approval process for sellers. As we've covered in the past, it can take a long time to get approved for a Merch by Amazon account. And at times, like at the end of 2017, Merch by Amazon is so bogged down with action from existing sellers that the approval process comes to a complete halt. Now Merch by Amazon is asking applicants who previously applied using the old system to re-apply using the new application process.

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  • Will there be a Merch by Amazon UK?

    Is Merch by Amazon Expanding to the UK (Merch by Amazon UK)? Although there’s been speculation for some time that Merch by Amazon may be looking to expand the platform to the UK, there are no announced plans to expand to Merch by Amazon UK.   While Merch by Amazon products are only available to US customers, Merch by Amazon sellers can be located anywhere in the world. Sellers around the world have found success on the platform by targeting US customers.  When Will MBA be Available in the UK? If and when Merch by Amazon UK happens, there will be …

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  • How International Sellers Can Get Paid on Merch by Amazon If Bank Not Supported

    Merch by Amazon is currently only available in the United States to shoppers. However, that doesn’t preclude sellers from around the world selling on Merch by Amazon print-on-demand platform. In fact, we have quite the international community of members and customers here. Of course, one of the biggest questions for international sellers is how they actually get paid on Merch once their t-shirt design ideas start to gain some traction. On the Merch by Amazon resource page, Amazon has provided some info on how to get paid on Merch specifically for international sellers, including the following question and answer:…

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  • Merch by Amazon print-on-demand pricing

    Merch by Amazon print-on-demand pricing recently increased on January 15, 2018. Amazon cited increased “increase in the costs to support Merch, including storage, fulfillment, transportation, raw materials, customer service, and the resources required to detect and prevent fraud.” With Merch by Amazon, sellers are able to set prices at any price over the minimum cost. Merchants could potentially set very high prices, if there is enough demand for the designs. When an item is sold, Amazon retains the original cost plus a percentage of the total sale, which means that you only see about 75% of each incremental dollar added …

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  • Upcoming holidays for print-on-demand designs

    For the most part, we encourage sellers to look for evergreen designs for their print-on-demand business. However, seasonal, holiday, and event-driven designs make up a large percentage of all ecommerce purchases, and designs catering to those shouldn’t be overlooked. Even with a shorter period to sell designs, the increased number of purchases can more than make it worth the effort. Of course, there are differences to consider when creating products for a specific season, holiday, or event. Seasonal and holiday likely can be used each year and may have a relatively selling period. Christmas holiday-themed designs are a good example. …

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  • MerchInformer update on march to $100k in royalties from Merch by Amazon

    Here’s Neil Lassen from with his latest update on his goal to generate $100k in royalties via Merch by Amazon. He mentioned the challenges of a slow month after the holiday season surge: January, for many, was a bit of a shock. With sales dwindling, new royalties coming into play, and a new application process, many people started to get discouraged about Merch. My girlfriend’s account saw the exact same decline in sales Neil also discussed the changes to the royalties paid out by Merch by Amazon. The 2 new products are selling pretty well which helps offset the decrease …

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  • Print on Demand Platforms

    There are plenty of options when it comes to print on demand platforms. In the past, we’ve discussed alternatives to Merch by Amazon. We’ve also written about using designs for Merch by Amazon on other platforms. In both posts, we mentioned a handful of other print on demand platforms. It was far from an extensive list. Below, we’ve put together a much more complete list (though we’re likely still missing some). To help you out when deciding which ones to go with, we’ve added a little bit of additional info about each platform. Here’s a bit more info …

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  • What FBA Sellers need to know about Merch by Amazon

    Here’s a couple of excerpts from our recent guest post on the AmazonSellersLawyer blog. But what makes it different than the traditional Amazon Seller Central? From design to production to marketing, Merch By Amazon is changing the way we do business. Ready to figure out if Merch By Amazon is right for you? We’re comparing the two and noting the most distinct differences so that you can decide if one, or both, is right for you. … To sum it up, Merch By Amazon is easy, you’ll never have to deal with customers, but you will experience some limitations …

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  • Merch Momentum Weekly Strategy Guide for Merch by Amazon

    Just came across this via the Merch Minds podcast  Episode 066: Interview with Michael Essany from Merch Momentum . This week Michael Essany from Merch Momentum stops by to talk to Glen and Yong. Michael shares his journey into Merch, but he also discusses his new weekly Merch Momentum Monday Strategy Guide. … Michael goes in-depth on his own best-selling niches, but he also shares niches you could have never even thought of. Every week you get over 15-plus pages of Michael’s insight of the Merch business. In fact, Yong is so certain that you will find value in the …

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  • Resize Merch by Amazon images for hoodies fast and free

    We recently shared a link to the MerchInformer blog about how to resize images for Merch by Amazon hoodies. In case you weren’t aware, that is currently the only product on Merch by Amazon with unique dimension requirements. Most products require images 4500×5400 pixels. For hooded sweatshirts, the dimensions must be 4500px x 4050px. In the MerchInformer post. Neil discussed changing the dimensions using Photoshop and a custom script. This is great if you need to resize a lot of images quickly and you have Phtotoshop. However, if you don’t have Photoshop and/or are only looking to resize a handful …

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  • Public Domain Works for Print on Demand Platforms

    We’ve been doing some research around public domain works and how these works are handled when it comes to intellectual property. As we’ve mentioned, we take trademark and copyright issues very seriously and have multiple checks in place. Recently, we came across a great site at TeachingCopyright.org. They have a page of FAQs when it comes to public domain works that’s well worth a read as it may help clarify a few things, as well as spark some ideas for new designs. There are three main categories of public domain works: Works that automatically enter the public domain upon creation, …

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  • Using expired patent applications for print-on-demand products

    Based on a recent question from a reader, we looked a bit into using elements from expired patents on print-on-demand designs. As usual with intellectual property, it’s a murky area. Here’s one take from Quora: Patent attorneys usually contract out drafting, which would make the copyright in the drawings the property of the drafter, not the inventor. Once the drafter completes the drawings, the attorney usually provides a numbering markup. So, now the attorney and drafter are co-authors. Unless, they are both employees of the inventor, this is not a work made for hire. To have subject matter jurisdiction for …

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  • What to do if a design gets rejected by Merch by Amazon

    Recently, we covered a bit about how we handle trademark and copyright issues when it comes to our own design and copy writing services. In that post, we mentioned that we are happy to help with any listing that gets rejected when using our design or copywriting service. This past week, we heard from a few members that had designs rejected where the problem wasn’t with anything we created, but we were happy to help anyway. We wanted to share our recommendations of what to do if a design gets rejected by Merch by Amazon. What to do if …

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  • The case against VAs for uploading to Merch by Amazon

    In their latest podcast, Glen and Yong discuss using virtual assistants (VAs) for Merch by Amazon. Some of the most successful sellers, like RJ Martinez, outsource every aspect of their business. They also talk about hiring VA’s. Both Glen and Yong are a one-man operation. While there are other people outsourcing every aspect of their business, they discuss why they will never hire a VA to upload their designs. Also, they talk about the importance of doing research regardless of who you hire. Listen to Merch Minds Podcast – Episode 065: Networking and Hiring VA’s with Glen and Yong.…

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  • New plans at Merch Informer

    MerchInformer is introducing new plans, as Amazon continues to expand the Merch by Amazon platform. Check out the . Merch Informer is a great tool to use for researching design ideas (perfect for use with our custom print-on-demand design packs!). Merch by Amazon has been expanding their support team, building new printing facilities, offering multiple products to sell your designs on, and that is just the begining! There is more coming to the Merch platform that is revolutionizing the print on demand industry. There are going to be many people that disagree with this, but the fact remains that …

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  • Busy mom shares how she uploads new designs every day

    Elaine at MerchEntrepreneur.com with her latest podcast, featuring a very productive mom and Merch by Amazon seller. Elaine chats to Merch Mom Greta,and is amazed to meet the most productive and focused Merch Entrepreneur todate via podcast episode  #53. Learn how one Merch Mom maxs out her uploads every day from Mexico at Merch Entrepreneur…

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  • Content marketing tools for print on demand sellers

    A short list tools from Thomas Smale to improve your content marketing. Perfect to drive traffic to your Print-On-Demand products on all platforms. On an execution level, using the right tools could make a huge difference in your marketing efforts. When selecting those tools, keep in mind that each will ideally come with detailed analytics using specific metrics. With the six tools discussed below, you can plan, design, create, schedule, publish, reuse, innovate and track your content so no one piece of it goes unpublished and each is primed to bring new leads and, eventually, revenue. via 6 Top Tools …

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  • Resizing designs for hoodies on Merch by AMazon

    Neil from MerchInformer provides a helpful guides on how to resize designs for hoodies #merchbyamazon #ecommerce Now that almost everyone has access to sweatshirts and hoodies, you have probably noticed that hoodies take a different dimension image! via How To Resize Hoodies For Merch By Amazon at Merch Informer Another option is to use a simple online resizing tool like cutmypic.com.…

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  • RJ Martinez talks Merch by Amazon tips & outsourcing

    Great podcast from @MerchMinds with well-known Merch by Amazon seller RJ Martinez, who has a very popular YouTube channel. RJ has seen significant results with his Merch account, and he discusses how he did it. Like many of you listeners, RJ outsources everything. via Merch Minds Podcast – Episode 063: Interview with RJ Martinez at Merch Minds Podcast with Glen and Yong…

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  • How big could the Merch by Amazon marketplace be?

    From Thomas Smale’s article, based on his conversation with MarketplacePulse founder, on the size of the Amazon marketplace. Amazon isn’t transparent with numbers and even is less known about MerchbyAmazon I found it eye-opening to learn about the size of the Amazon marketplace (bigger than most would think) as well as other fascinating insights, such as the way China affects the market, the average seller’s income from the platform and Kaziukenas’s own views on the relative competition inside the Amazon marketplace. via Amazon Marketplace: It’s Bigger Than It Looks at Entrepreneur: Latest from Thomas Smale…

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