• POD Weekly 33: Local Merch Strategy

    POD WEEKLY #33 LOCAL MERCH STRATEGY   There’s no doubt that Merch by Amazon has gotten more crowded as more sellers have been approved. With more competition, it’s become tougher to get your designs found in organic search results. Instead of relying on organic searches, expert seller Mike Gual developed the “local merch” strategy where he sells services to local businesses to help them get setup with print-on-demand tees. He earns both initial consultation fees and recurring revenues from each shirt sale. We listened to a number of podcasts featuring Mike, did our own brainstorming around the subject, and created …

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  • POD Weekly #32: Last call for Early Preview Signup

    POD WEEKLY #32 EARLY PREVIEW SIGNUP As mentioned last week, we’ve got a big update on the way for sellers looking to create great looking to create custom designs quickly and easily. If you’re interested in getting an early preview, sign up at the link below. Join Early Preview List     RECOMMENDED LINKS Each week, we share content from a variety of sources intended to help print-on-demand sellers. Get even more links by following us on Facebook or Twitter.    — Here’s a good read on how to use social media marketing to gain customers for a …

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  • Guide To Merch By Amazon

    The idea of making sales on Merch by Amazon can be an exciting but a bit overwhelming to newcomers. To help, here's our guide to selling on Merch by Amazon.  For those who don’t know, Merch by Amazon is Amazon's print-on-demand platform that was launched in late 2015 as an innovative platform designed to encourage the easy sale of branded t-shirts designed by you and produced, sold, and shipped by Amazon.

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  • Is Merch by Amazon passive income?

    All types of ecommerce have some level of passivity to them, in that sales can be made without direct effort from a person at the time of the sale. As anyone with ecommerce experience knows, there's a lot of effort that went into everything leading to that sale.  Print-on-demand platforms, like Merch by Amazon, make things even more passive, as they take care of all production, fulfillment and customer service. Of course, this is true for everyone on the Merch by Amazon platform. The top sellers are using the time not spent doing those tasks to do more research, find new marketing channels, etc. Sales happen without direct effort, but they'll likely wane if your account is given absolutely no attention. In that sense, Merch by Amazon is not entirely passive. Yet again, what is?

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can Merch by Amazon Designs be Used on Other Print on Demand Platforms?

    We get a lot of customers asking if they can use designs for Merch by Amazon on other print on demand platforms. The answer is that you can use those designs, including all our print-on-demand designs, on any print-on-demand marketplace. That includes sites likes RedBubble and TeeSpring, as well as services like Printful and Pixels that can be setup through ecommerce platforms such as Etsy, WooCommerce and Shopify. At MRD, our focus has been on Merch by Amazon. The site was started by Danny as he explored Merch by Amazon on his blog MerchPursuits. Naturally, this service was started …

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  • Alternatives to Merch by Amazon

    It may be time to look at some alternatives to Merch by Amazon. Last week, Amazon published an updated about the recent “freeze” coming to an end, saying: enabling accounts for publishing and restoring product search discoverability on a rolling basis through year end. Thus far, we’ve yet to see any changes personally, and haven’t heard of many others seeing much progress either. Noticeably, most long-sleeve listings seem to be completely sold out. It’s likely that things won’t change much until the last week of December, when the shopping has calmed down considerably and Amazon can catch up with …

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  • How Long Does it Take to Get Approved for Merch by Amazon?

    How Long Does it Take to Get Approved for Merch by Amazon? Merch by Amazon is one of the best ways to get your designs recognized and sold online, but getting approved for Merch by Amazon and setting up your account is likely to take some time. If you read the online Amazon forums, more and more sellers seem to be asking the same question: how long does it really take to get approved to sell on Merch by Amazon? This is a loaded question, as Amazon itself will not give a definite timeline on any account request. With so …

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  • Where to Find Designs to Sell on Merch By Amazon

    Let’s face it: it can be difficult to find designs to sell on Merch by Amazon. While some of us are lucky enough to have a semblance of knowledge regarding graphic arts, there are so many particularities and requirements for Merch By Amazon designs that can make creation difficult and time consuming. Needless to say, you may be in the midst of scouring the internet for a source of high-quality, unique, and intriguing designs to use on Merch By Amazon. There are a plethora of options throughout the internet, but where do you start? And what method will work best …

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