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Archive for April, 2016


A few weeks ago, I found out about Pixsy. It is an awesome website made for photographers and graphic designers. It starts as an image search engine but when you find an unlawful match of your photo or design on a website, you have the possibility to fight back. You can submit your copyright info and file a lawsuit. Best of all: It’s free! The only cost would be 50% of what you earn from the lawsuit. That’s the theory, I have not yet been able to test it. To be honest it is a bit tedious to click through all the possible matches after you have imported your photos (that part was easy and very user-friendly!) and what kind of success rate would starting a lawsuit with someone in Vietnam have? Mhhh….

Anyway, one match I found to be EXTREMELY interesting. Take a look at it:

I was curious to see what this is, since this is my Isla Saona Palm Tree photo on a clutch or pouch. At first, I thought that someone was blogging about a pouch they had sold with my design but little did I know!

You may be wondering why I was so sure this is my palm tree as there are many Caribbean palm trees out there and even more photos of Isla Saona… The horizon is off balance. I never cared to improve it by 1 or 2 degrees and THAT was a good decision. I keep selling items with this photo nevertheless and now it was the proof I needed that this is my photo.

So, where were we? Ah yes, I visited this blog post and read through it. At first, I did not really understand it. The blogger writes about unpacking a subscription box from Nina Garcia (never heard of her but I am not an American) and suddenly, my pouch was uncovered. From Printalloverme…. Hey wait… I never sold a pouch on Printalloverme and have not many sales in general over there. I checked my account and sales and I have never sold this pouch. And it’s getting better: A subscription box is not something unique, they are sold a 100 times or more. You can read about the Nina Garcia Subscription box by Quarterly here if you’d like.

Apparently, in June 2014 my Caribbean pouch from Printalloverme was part of the Nina Garcia Summertime Fun Box #NGQ03:

A search for the hashtag#NGQ03 had unbelievable results… More and more bloggers unpacked the box and commented on my pouch design! One of them even mentioned that it seems to be designed by Christine aka stine1!

In summary, Printalloverme had my design on pouches added to a subscription box – god knows how many af them – and never paid me my royalty!

So I wrote to Printalloverme. Not via email, but via Facebook messenger. I summed up all I knew and included several blog links all writing about my pouch. It took them almost three weeks with a few messages back and forth but I have received some compensation by now via Paypal. It is probably not the full amount I would have gotten for 100+ pouches sold but I guess Quarterly also got a discount.

I would like to thank both Pixsy and Printalloverme in helping me. This image theft happened in 2014 and Printalloverme’s team was indeed helpful and cooperative. My intention with this blog post is not to shame them – although everyone should be careful. I doubt this happened more than once, at least I did not find other Printalloverme products in Quarterly boxes.

What I would like to do is to encourage you to do an image search. Be it with Google’s Image Search, with Pixsy or other similar websites. Just do it and fight back!

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About two months ago, Society6 offered free international shipping and a few dollars off their products. I could not resist and order another coffee mug (the three mugs I had ordered for Christmas 2014 came as a puzzle due to poor packaging), a tote bag with their all over print and a comfy blanket.

They sent the mug separately and it arrived within 2 weeks without any problems or extra fees for customs. It was also very well wrapped in bubble foil and therefore arrived safely.

I have ordered this design:

Santa Monica Pier Bursting Colors 11oz Coffee Mug by Christine Aka Stine1

Santa Monica Pier Bursting Colors 11oz Coffee Mug by Christine Aka Stine1

It’s one of my own very colorful Santa Monica Pier photo edits 🙂

And this is the new mug with its first coffee:

Santa Monica Pier Society6 Coffee Mug

Santa Monica Pier Society6 Coffee Mug

The quality is good, the print is excellent and shiny. There was a little greenish spot on the rim – you can see it in the photo – that I had to rub away. Probably just some color. I really love this mug and how it came out. Regular price is $15, I got it for $11.25 since its my own design and I won’t earn royalty from it 🙂

Giving up on Redbubble?

So after I just did what I rarely do (deleted all my works from Live Heroes as I had not even one encouraging sale in my first 6 months), I am now contemplating about giving up on Redbubble. Is selling one pack of stickers worth it? I will definitely not add any more art/photos to my shop. Deleting would be a pain since I have a LOT uploaded and maybe I will reach cashout in a few YEARS… *lol*

With my cute baby girl keeping me busy, I would like to concentrate on POD sites that REALLY pay and are worth my time. Zazzle, Cafepress and Society6 are my top 3 shops at the moment.

What are your thoughts on Redbubble? Are you happy with your sales and earning good money with it?

In case you want to check out my work and hey- maybe even BUY something (wishful thinking) here you go 🙂

http://www.redbubble.com/people/stine1

December 2015 was another pretty successful month for me on Society8. I had 8 sales with various designs on them 🙂

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Throw Blanket - various sizes

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Throw Blanket – various sizes

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover (20

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover (20″ x 20″)

Rainy Day in NYC Laptop Sleeve / Laptop Sleeve - 13

Rainy Day in NYC Laptop Sleeve / Laptop Sleeve – 13″

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Wall Tapestry / Large: 88

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Wall Tapestry / Large: 88″ x 104″

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Blanket / 51

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Blanket / 51″ x 60″ Blanket

Rainy Day in NYC Art Print - various sizes

Rainy Day in NYC Art Print – various sizes

I love Aruba - One happy Island Canvas Print / SMALL 19

I love Aruba – One happy Island Canvas Print / SMALL 19″ x 9″

During November 2015, I have sold quite a few pieces on Society6 and I had 6 referred sales through my Curator link which also earned me a few bucks. Here is an overview of what I have sold:

Vintage Retro Telephone Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover (20

Vintage Retro Telephone Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover (20″ x 20″)

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Framed Art Print / Vector White MEDIUM

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Framed Art Print / Vector White MEDIUM

Prismatic Palm Canvas Print / MEDIUM 16

Prismatic Palm Canvas Print / MEDIUM 16″ x 24″

Santa Monica Pier Pink Grunge Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover (16

Santa Monica Pier Pink Grunge Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover (16″ x 16″)

Rainy Day in NYC Art Print - various sizes

Rainy Day in NYC Art Print – various sizes

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover - various sizes

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Pillow / Indoor Cover – various sizes

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Throw Blanket / 68

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Throw Blanket / 68″ x 80″

Rainy Day in NYC Rug / 4' x 6'

Rainy Day in NYC Rug / 4′ x 6′

Fellow Zazzlers have a pretty cool and free forum where we all can chat about print on demand websites like Zazzle, Cafepress, Society6, Live Heroes, Redbubble, Cowcow and all others. You can exchange links, get help with problems and learn a lot about promotion and creating products. Please join 🙂

POD Promote Forum

December 2015 has been my BEST month so far with Cafepress! Due to all the Christmas shopping, I had a total of 26 sales and earned about $45. Woohoo! This is a breakthrough, especially since Zazzle had been disappointing during Christmas season 2015 🙂

Since Cafepress’ embedded code is still not working, I will continue to post screenshot of my sales along with links to my profile page where you can take a look at all designs and products:

My Cafepress Sales December 2015

My Cafepress Sales December 2015

During November 2015, I had 7 successful sales on Cafepress. Not the best month but definitely a good month! But since Cafepress recently has made changes to their embed code, I will have to put up a screenshot of my sales and a link to my designs since I do not have the time to link to each and every product. I am sorry – a support ticket has been filed 🙂

 

Cafepress Sales November 2015

Cafepress Sales November 2015

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