Christmas Season 2015 is a huge disappointment so far!

I have no idea what happened to this year’s Christmas gift shopping season online, but my sales on all print on demand websites are a huge disappointment so far – on all websites.

No matter whether it’s Zazzle, Cafepress, Society6 or all the others, sales are way behind 2014 and not at all typical for Christmas season. The sales are even lower than the average of all months before. What has happened?

Is it Google’s Panda update? Is it Zazzle’s new zRank feature and the fact that many older products do get removed from the marketplace (the 180 day rule)? Then why does it also affect Cafepress and Society6?

Cafepress has decreased their product variety as they are financially struggling and had sorted out less popular products. Society6 has changed the way customers get search results presented – showing less results than before.

But could these changes really be the only reasons?

I’d love to hear from you how you are doing. Yes, it’s only the middle of November but would this be a “normal” Christmas time, sales would be skyrocketing and now I am trying to get to the cash out limit on Zazzle??? Haven’t been struggling since March!


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8 thoughts on “Christmas Season 2015 is a huge disappointment so far!

  1. I have had a shop with Zazzle for many years. It’s a funny old year. I am buying more than I am selling this week because of all the sales Zazzle is running. I don’t remember them having this many sales this good this time of year unless I am fogged out (smile). I took a look and my repeat customers are not buying yet. They usually hit early. It’s only when it gets close to Christmas and shoppers start worrying their packages might not arrive in time that we start to slow down.


  2. Don’t post negative feelings … readers will be turned off. The Christmas Season does not start until after Thanksgiving, don’t be such a pessimist.
    Marketing is all about the positive, lie if you have to, just ask Sam Walton, just don’t let the buying public think anything other than ” I got a really good deal”, even f the same ting is cheaper someplace else.
    P.S . Walmart is not always the cheapest, only the things at the ends of the isle, things that weren’t selling anyway, and even at those prices they are making a profit.
    Be positive, tell all of the blog world how wonderful your opportunities are.
    Love, hugs and blessings … ME


  3. Good for you, no lies required, however, you will get more customers
    with honey than you will with vinegar. Good luck and keep on keeping on.
    Love, hugs and blessings … ME


  4. I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to my Zazzle store – and due to circumstances won’t be putting too much effort into it til mid next year. I find the things I think won’t sell actually do.

    Maybe people are feeling the pinch what with rising prices and wages staying static and are waiting or simply picking and choosing what they actually buy.

    At least you are making money! 🙂


  5. Hated to “like” this post because my shops are in the same boat… Here is hoping that the shoppers come in by the boatload and here is wishing you and your all the best this holiday season! 🙂 ❤


  6. Thank you Yonni for your kind comment 🙂
    It’s actually the first month in a bit over 1 year that I might not reach Zazzle’s cashout limit. I would have never believed that but it REALLY is frustrating. I am advertising my butt off and Christmas season is nowhere in sight – on no pod site. Arrgh….


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