Amazon Merch seems to be the next “big” thing in eCommerce.
Older eBay and Amazon FBA sellers are looking to diversify their income streams and the advent of print-on-demand (POD) services is making the logistics of it all seem easy and familiar to even the most technologically challenged.
Ever since Amazon announced the birth of Merch and YouTube became the “go to” platform for free learning, the “solo-preneurs” have come out in the tens of thousands to cash in on the tee shirt gold rush.
These are interesting times to be alive. Technology is disrupting and reshaping how we think about commerce and almost everyone now has a card to play.
Amazon Merch and other PODS start to crystalize
One sure fire way to tell if an industry is ripe for bearing fruit is to watch the software and merger activity of any new niche.
Currently there is over 20+ Chrome extensions serving the POD market and new software apps (desktop and smart phone) are coming to market almost every quarter it seems.
Merch Candy is a great example as well. We’re a design service for hundreds of Merch sellers of all platforms and we were literally born of the Print on Demand phenomenon.
When people can solve problems, there is money to be made. No doubt!
*virtual high fives you ✋?
Like my man Volatire says:
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
And if there ever is an interest in merging two companies than you can bet there was plenty of strategic thought put in place to ensure such a venture was worth the time and money spent.
For example, TeeSpring just announced a major partnership with Amazon Merch to double down on the POD market.
What you don’t know about Amazon Merch
There is a lot of things we don’t know about Amazon Merch and that’s because they just don’t tell us really. In fact, they don’t have to tell us.
Every since the 500 pound eCom gorilla entered the industry, they’ve been the “shot caller” ever since.
So whether you’ve been selling on Merch by Amazon since 2015 or you’re just getting started, here are 5 things you may or may not know.
1. You have 60 days to sell a shirt on Amazon Merch
Just recently Amazon imposed a 60 day restriction on newly uploaded tee shirts in an effort to slow all of the ‘robo-preneurs” who were hiring Virtual Assistants like crazy to design and upload generic tee shirt designs by the thousands.
Talk about ruining a good thing.
But most sellers think you have to sell your designs every 60 days to keep the shirt “alive” before Amazon Merch pulls it, but that’s not the case.
A quick peek into their FAQ and you’ll see you only have to sell each design within the first 60 days and your shirt lives forever!
Now go buy your own shirt!
2. You will get taxed on your Amazon Merch sales
This, like any other online venture is not a free ride with Uncle Sam. As matter of fact, even if you’re an overseas seller Amazon will still require you to fill out a lengthy tax questionnaire that will hold you accountable to your own country’s tax laws.
To make things simple for Amazon (and because it’s the law) they can withhold 30% of your net payout if you live and create designs overseas to be sold on Amazon Merch.
3. Each color of your shirt has it’s own ASIN
I didn’t even realize this at first but it certainly makes sense now. Amazon has their own sku number system and it’s called an ASIN or Amazon Stock Identifier Number.
I always wondered how they kept the colors straight and I sure did feel dumb when I found out because I’m also an Amazon FBA seller and I should have known better.
Just goes to show you how much there is to learn. The market is evolving every three months and the more you can educate yourself there better off you’ll be!
4. Amazon now takes trademarks very seriously
It wasn’t always the case but it only took around a year or so until they clamped down and started suspending sellers for protected content.
Want to make some Star Wars or Disney designs? Think again.
What’s particularly nasty about a trademark suspension on your Amazon Merch seller’s account is that they can freeze and withhold ALL of your royalties. No question asked…”or answered” sometimes.
What are you going to do? Sue Amazon. ?
5. Amazon Merch is a marathon, not a sprint
Even though we’re only a little over a year into the Amazon Merch, it’s already a rapidly maturing market in the POD world.
Fortunes have been won and lost and the gold is now a little harder to find.
Which means you have to be ready to commit to a more long term plan as you build your portfolio of designs and share them across all of the POD platforms.
One thing you’ll need for sure in the journey is great designs. We want to encourage you to sign up for our affordable design membership and scale your tee shirt empire today!