Finding your sales data for a time period longer than 3 months is a pain with the Merch by Amazon dashboard because you can only grab 90 days of sales history at a time:
Then analyzing your sales history to find your most popular designs and t-shirt variations is a bigger pain because then you have to manipulate one or more spreadsheets:
Analyze Your Sales Data the Easy Way with Merch Reports
Merch Reports takes your Amazon spreadsheets and breaks down your data into an easy to read format:
What I like is that it gives you different ways that you can view your sales data:
Then you click on an option to get your results:
Male t-shirts are popular too!
If you like bar graphs, you can check out your royalties by month:
I’m sure that you agree that using Merch Reports is better than looking at the spreadsheets that Merch by Amazon provides. But if you do love spreadsheets, you can also export your Merch Reports information to a .csv file.
On another note, you still have to download the Merch by Amazon spreadsheets if you want to use Merch Reports. Once downloaded, you submit them to Merch Reports to analyze.
What’s nice is that you can submit multiple spreadsheets at the same time. This makes it so you can analyze more than 90 days of data at once.
The nice thing about this is that no one has access to your data so you don’t have to worry about any copycats stealing your bestselling designs.
The not-so-nice thing is that getting it to run is a little trickier than most software installs. For example, before I was able to run Merch Reports on my computer, I had to download XAMPP.
Don’t worry if you never heard of XAMPP. Merch Reports provides you with step-by-step video tutorials and written instructions on how to get Merch Reports working on your computer.
Requesting a Refund and Great Customer Service
I actually couldn’t get Merch Reports to run even with following the instructions. So, I contacted support and asked for a refund!
Helena emailed me back and said that she will issue a refund but wanted to help me first to see if we could get it to work. After a few emails back and forth, we were able to get Merch Reports to run.
I appreciate that Helena is very nice and helpful.
I do need to disclose that she issued a refund anyway and signed me up as an affiliate!
Another Issue That was Resolved Quickly
I originally downloaded Merch Reports version 1.5.1 and recently they came out with version 1.6 to fix a problem. I wasn’t able to download it so I emailed Helena. She fixed the download problem right away and now I’m using the new version.
If you purchase Merch Reports and experience any problems with getting it to work, please give them a chance to help you. If you are using a Windows 10 computer, you can email me too and I’ll see if I can help.
Fixing XAMPP Windows 10 Port 80 Issue
*** You can skip this section unless you have a Windows 10 Port 80 Problem!
XAMPP contains an Apache server that needs to run on your computer in order for Merch Reports to run locally. My Apache server wouldn’t run correctly because the World Wide Web Publishing Service uses port 80.
I know this is a lot of technical info and to be honest, I don’t understand it all. But to get it to work, I had to stop the World Wide Web Publishing Service by doing this:
- Go to Search Button and type in “Administrative Tools“
- A Control Panel window will open. Look for “Services” and double click on it.
- A window called “Services” will open. Look for “World Wide Web Publishing Service.”
- Right click on “World Wide Web Publishing Service” and press “Stop.”
*** You may not have the Port 80 Problem.
Once that’s done, then go to the XAMPP Control Panel and start Apache:
Then to get Merch Reports to run, you go to localhost/merchreports/
If everything is installed and configured correctly, you’ll see this:
I’m very glad that Helena helped me to get Merch Reports running because the data that it provides was well worth the effort. The time that I spent on getting it to run is tiny compared to the time that I would spend on manipulating the Merch by Amazon spreadsheets.
Don’t let all of this scare you from using Merch Reports. This was easier than the first time that I had to figure out how to print Amazon barcode labels to my DYMO printer!!
Get Merch Reports
Interested in analyzing your Merch Sales data? Then get Merch Reports by paying a one-time fee.
Once you purchase it, you’ll receive a .zip file. Extract the files and look for the ReadMe file. That contains the link to the installation instructions and tutorial videos.
Again, if you need help with using Merch Reports, reach out to support or ask me in the comments below and I’ll try to help.
Good luck and have a great Q4!