The Current Landscape of POD

The Current Landscape of POD

Zazzle
I share often about selling independently and encourage other Zazzle designers to do the same. Along the way I encounter a number of reactions. It's usually a combination of feeling overwhelmed and not knowing what to do, or how to take that first step. I totally get that. As Zazzle designers we get to have fun making designs and uploading them to products. Zazzle handles the rest - marketing, payment processing and order fulfillment, customer service issues. It's what I refer to as "set and forget", a source of passive income where you post products for sale with the hope that somehow, someway it'll sell. We get excited when we look at our earnings history report. Somehow among the billions of products the customer managed to find ours. And they liked it enough to order! Seeing the…
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I Wish I Could Tell You

I Wish I Could Tell You

Zazzle
I visited the Zazzle forums today. I don't get to visit as much anymore and it was nice to see familiar names. I do feel sad though when I see what is going on with other designers. I wish I could tell you that if you open your own store: You won't need Royalty Reform. When you have your own store, you decide the prices for your products and how much profit you get. You decide how much you want to discount your products and when you want to have a sale. No need to plead with Zazzle for more money. You don't have to complain about the referral system and feel like you're getting short-changed. You get ALL the profit and don't have to worry if a sale was…
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Branching out from Zazzle – Next Steps

Branching out from Zazzle – Next Steps

Zazzle
I know a few designers that are interested in branching out from Zazzle. They wonder what the next logical step would be? Well, it depends on a number of things.  Let me first throw out five questions: Would you like to make 3-6 times what you are making on Zazzle royalties? For example, the average t-shirt sells for between $25-30 on Zazzle. If there isn't a sale you'll make a few bucks per shirt. If you sell independently you can sell that same shirt for $20 with a cost of $10.  If you do the math the profit is $10 per shirt. Would you like to paid daily or weekly? Yes that's right! Instead of waiting for that monthly mid-month payment from Zazzle, you can be paid more frequently. Would you like to set…
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I’m back!

I’m back!

Zazzle
It's been a long time since I wrote a post for this blog. A really long time, maybe a year? And I also switched hosting services and lost my prior entries. I'm basically starting from scratch again. Why has it been so long? Well, ever since I dove into the world of eCommerce there was much to learn. Consider these basic steps: Find a webhost Start developing a website Create product listings for said website Figure out how to bring customers (aka traffic) to your site Figure out how you are going to fulfill orders that come through Sounds simple right? Like anyone can do it? Wrong. Let's look at number 1 - finding a webhost. I went through all the usual suspects - Go Daddy, Host Gator, Blue Host. …
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