Archive for July, 2012


Ok, so I have received an email from Zazzle support about one of the images I had used yesterday to create new products in bulk (through quick create templates) and I honestly do not understand the reason. This is the email they had sent me:

Dear stineshop,

Thank you for being a Zazzle Seller.

You recently used our Quick Product Create tool to upload a number of new designs. Unfortunately, one or more of your designs is in violation of Zazzle’s content guidelines. Because of the way that our Quick Product Create tool works, we are unable to accept parts of an upload. We must either accept all of it or none of it. Therefore, in this case, we cannot accept the entire batch of products in your recent upload.

Below, we have listed all of the products in your upload and have identified, with reasons, the image(s) that are a problem. If you make corrections to the products with problems, or delete them from the batch, we will be happy to accept your products and designs.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment that you may have experienced. Please see our User Agreement, Content Guidelines and Copyright Policies for a more detailed explanation of our policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at and reference the Batch ID below.

Best Regards,
The Zazzle Content Review Team


Reason Not Approved: Intellectual PropertyDesign contains an image or text that may infringe on intellectual property rights. We have been contacted by the intellectual property right holder and we will be removing your product from Zazzle’s Marketplace due to infringement claims.

Batch ID: 2467952
Number of Products: 86
Product Title: Lone Cypress Tree – California Coast

Do you understand how a photo of a (famous) tree can violate intellectual property rights? We had shot this exact photography ourselves during May 2010. We were on our USA vacation and this tree is a famous photo spot on the 17-Mile Drive along the Californian coast.



This post will be your chance for a little advertising. You may comment with your Zazzle shop link included which will generate a backlink and hopefully a little promotion for your store.

I will also spread the word about this post, so that we all get the most and best possible exposure. Maybe you could help with sharing this one? 🙂

Zazzle Content Review gone wild!

Ok, I just had a very good laugh when checking my emails.

Zazzle has removed one of my new designs. You can see it attached to this topic.
It is one of the altars from Cologne Cathedral.

Guess what the reason for deletion is?

“Design may contain nudity, depicts artistic nudity and/or be considered sexually suggestive, pornographic or obscene”

Uhm, yeah…

Am I the only one not understanding this?

What do you – Zazzler or not – think about this?

I must say, I have learned to love templates on Zazzle as they make it so much easier to create products with the same photo or piece of art. I cannot thank Barb enough for helping me and giving a great guide on how to create templates.

The only negative thing I can report is that you 1) cannot use more than 100 templates at once and that 2) items with more than 1 side (e.g. many new skins) are not really compatible and you need to add the photo manually to the other sides.

What do you think about the templates?

While I did also sell this specific photo on a greeting card, I sold it on a postcard first.

Thanks to Chudziak in Theding, France for your purchase of this postcard! It really makes me proud that people all over the world buy my designs!

Fabulous Fireworks Post Cards
Fabulous Fireworks Post Cards by stineshop
Browse other Fabulous fireworks Postcards

If you want to see more photos we shoot of the beautiful New Year’s Firework this year, why not check out this online photo album on Gather?

Happy New Year 2012

Here is a video we shot during that night:

DĂ©jĂ -vu all over again… avid readers of my series will recognize this photo and the postcard. The photo shows the California Capitol in Sacramento and yes, I have sold another postcard of this one *lol*

The first sale of this photo was done by Rolf in Quickborn, Germany. Thank you Rolf for one of my earliest purchases and earnings on Zazzle!

This purchase earned me €0.08.

The design is pretty popular and I made it into Top 10 Postcards Views on February 26, 2012.

Capitol in Sacramento Post Card
Capitol in Sacramento Post Card by stineshop
View other Capitol Postcards

Here are more photos from our USA vacation for your to view online:

USA Vacation April/May 2010, Sacramento

Have you ever been to Sacramento?

Hurray, this has been one of my first postcard sales and the first ever with my pretty popular photo of the Capitol of California in Sacramento.

This postcard was sold to Debbie in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. And although I only earned $0.06 in royalty, I was very happy about this purchase. Why? I don’t know, but I think the photo that we shot during 2010 really is nice and the best photography of the Capitol available on Zazzle.

I also made it into Top 10 Postcards Views of Zazzle on February 26, 2012 with this design. Hurray!

Here it is:

What do you think about this photograph? Isn’t it lovely?

(Last updated: 2018-06-06)

Although I had started to sell stuff on Zazzle less than one year ago, my earnings are already pretty good. Read this article to find out how you can make Zazzle work for you!

[Removed reference to Triond and Gather since both sites are a thing of the past]

In this article I will try to tell you what I am doing to increase Zazzle salesand you can do the same!

All you need is a Zazzle shop, some products and a bit of time.

First of all, the more Zazzle products you have up in your store, the more you will sell. Alternatively, if you don’t want to sell your products or simply don’t have photos you want to use, why not promote other products from Zazzle? You earn 15% for referring a buyer to ANY product on Zazzle. So there is no excuse anymore, you just have to promote!

I write articles about Zazzle and some products and even about my sales. I use social networking and social bookmarking sites a lot plus traffic exchanges. I won’t go into detail too much now as I am planning on writing a comprehensive book about my success which will include all dirty little secrets about how to increase your Zazzle sales and earnings. So you might want to stay tuned *whistle*

In addition to that, I strongly recommend visiting my new blog:

Zizzling Zazzle – Home of stine1 on Zazzle

for far more information about me, my store and what I am doing to earn more with Zazzle.

(Last updated: 2018-06-06)

Wow, there has been quite a gap between this sale in April and the next sale in May. I remember that gap, I did not like it *lol*

Anyway, Joanne from Honolulu (Hawaii) has bought 5 of the following greeting cards from me. That was really great as I had designed a whole bunch of products with this photo and similar photos all from New Year’s Eve 2011/2012.

This sale earned me $0.60 in royalty, not too much but better than nothing!

Do you like it? What do you think about it?

(Last updated: 2018-06-06)

The photo I used on the following design is public domain, we did not shoot it ourselves. But isn’t it cool? I had thought that it might be interesting on some products and I guess I was right as I sold some address labels to Justin in Virginia, USA.

The royalty was $2.30, as Justin bought 10 sheets of these address labels. Not bad, huh?

I wonder what they will be used for. Maybe some computer / techy business? Or for personal use? I’d love to know that *lol*

Here is the design:

Do you use address labels?

(Last updated: 2018-06-06)

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