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Amazon Merch Invitation
About three weeks ago, I was surprised to receive an e.mail from Amazon inviting me to join Merch. Surprised, because it was at least two months since I applied and I had almost forgotten about it.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Amazon Merch, it is a relatively new addition to Amazon, where the Artist / Designer can upload their T-Shirt designs to be sold directly by Amazon and then receive a royalty for all T-Shirts sold. It is by invitation only, so you need to express your interest via their website and then wait. Once accepted you need to upload your first design within 21 days in order for your account to remain active.
I have had a Redbubble account selling my artworks on a variety of products for some time. However I haven't used it in the past to it's full potential. Receiving the Amazon Merch invite has spured me on to tidy up my Redbubble products and add new catergories and artworks.
I have used photoshop to work on all my designs and saved them in the same format for all platforms. Amazon Merch require the images to be 4500 x 5400 pixels, so I use this for Redbubble too, to keep things simple.
At the moment, Amazon Merch is only available in the USA on the Amazon.com site, so for now, visitors to Amazon.co.uk will not be able to buy Amazon Merch products. Hopefully Amazon.co.uk will soon join this programme. As this is fairly new, the products are also limited to short sleeved T-Shirts.
Hopefully in the future Amazon Merch will introduce more products. In the meantime, I can upload all the designs to Redbubble to take advantage of their wider range and to have them available in the UK.
Whilst I was researching Amazon Merch on YouTube, I came across a video praising a print on demand site called Printful. The thing that grabbed my attention was that Printful could easily integrate with my existing Weebly website. Printful have a wider range of products than Merch, but not as wide as Redbubble. However they work slightly diferently, as all products are sold from your own website and are shipped by Printful with your own logos on and no Printful logos.
I have added a few Printful item to my website and will add more over the coming weeks.
If you are thinking of starting selling your own artworks this way, the most important thing to remember is to get a good clear photograph of your work to begin with. Always look at your finished designs at 100% size, before you upload them.
Have you any experience of working with Redbubble, Merch or Printful? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
You can see my Printful designs on www.callylawson.co.uk
and my Redbubble designs at www.redbubble.com/people/callylawson