Merch by Amazon is a program where you create t-shirt designs and sell them as t-shirts on Amazon’s website. You earn a small royalty off of each sale and Amazon pays you once a month.
I was accepted into the program two months ago and wrote a blog post that explains more about the Merch program: Merch by Amazon: Make Money by Designing & Selling T-Shirts.
In today’s post, I’ll share my 60-day sales report, a new policy change and getting serious with Merch.
Outsourcing My Designs
When I was accepted for Merch, I just returned from vacation and was behind on my Amazon FBA business. I didn’t feel it would be in my best interest to further ignore FBA and focus on Merch so I immediately signed up for the 25 designs & keyword package with Elite Product Sourcing/VA Rentals.
I just wanted to get t-shirts listed right away since I knew it would take me “forever” to create my first design. I’m not creative at all and didn’t want to face a blank t-shirt template.VA Rentals sent me 6 or 7 designs every week and then I reviewed them and requested changes if necessary. They would make the revisions and once all of the designs were completely finished, they would send the keywords. They were very nice to work with and it was a very easy process.
T-Shirt Sales Report
Depending on when I uploaded them, my designs have been listed for the past 5 to 8 weeks and these are my sales & earnings:
I must disclose that I purchased 8 of the shirts for either myself or family members. This gives me 7 sales from “real” customers.
The 7 sales from the real customers are spread between 3 shirts:
- 4 purchased the same design
- 2 purchased the same design
- 1 purchased a different design
This tells me that I have one design that’s doing pretty well and two designs that have potential. I have 22 designs that either aren’t being found, people don’t like or are priced too high.
Amazon recently came out with this new policy:
I understand the reasoning behind the policy and it will benefit both buyers and sellers by removing the non-selling designs. Buyers will have fewer but better options to choose from and Sellers will have less t-shirts from other Sellers to compete against.
With that said, I don’t like that I paid for 18 shirts that will be removed unless they sell in the very near future. At least the designs are mine and I can submit them to other print-on-demand companies.
Creating My Own Designs
Because of the 60-day policy, I don’t want to purchase another design package. I feel that it’ll be better to spend a few days learning Photoshop and coming up with a few simple templates. Then I can spend a short time each day on researching niches, coming up with t-shirt sayings, finding images and then plugging them into my templates.
To get started with this, I’ve been watching the Photoshop videos in the Advanced: Make and Sell Custom Shirts Using Merch by Amazon Udemy course that I have. Chris Green has “over-the-shoulder” training on how he designs his Merch shirts by using Photoshop.
My next steps are to subscribe to Adobe’s $9.99 monthly Photography plan that includes Photoshop Creative Cloud and to just get started.
I’m going to give myself 30 days to come up with a few templates to use. If I’m just plain terrible at Photoshop, then I’ll concentrate on t-shirt ideas and have VA Rentals create the designs. They have a service where you supply the ideas and they create the artwork. This is a lower-cost option than the 25-design package that I purchased.
I’m leaving for Las Vegas on Thursday and then next week I’ll be busy with my Q4 buying. Plus, as I mentioned in my book post, I need to meet my weekly book sourcing goal. So even though it feels like that there’s not any extra time to work on Merch, I’m going to make the time.
The best way I know how to squeeze Merch into my schedule is to work on it every day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes.
That’s what I did when I first started blogging and when I first started Amazon FBA while working 50 hours a week. Believe me, those 20 minutes do add up to a lot of knowledge over time and if I can make extra money by doing so, why not?
Let me know if you have any Merch tips or questions! Also, I would love to hear about your Merch Business. Please comment below or leave me a note on my Facebook page!