Category: Random and Anything Else


Oh my gosh, I should have seen this coming… 2 (or 3?) years ago I had joined a new print on demand service focussing on wall art: Noir Gallery had many promises and as always I uploaded a few of my photos and digital artwork to test it.

Focussing on just wall art when other pod services also feature a wide array of various products did not seem too risky since they partnered up with e.g. Walmart and Etsy to sell their stuff in many online shops. I think during this “test period” I even managed to sell one piece.

But the truth is, I will never see my money and we will probably never see Noir Gallery back online.

With a recent increase in my activity and productivity I remembered Noir Gallery and intended to upload some more designs to it – but the website I had bookmarked to enter my account was offline. I tried again a few days later and tried the main homepage for customers – everything offline!

So yesterday, I finally managed to find some time to investigate whether this is a bigger problem and yes, looks like it.

The service is completely offline, the Facebook page has been deleted, Twitter account seems to be still online but not updated recently.

I checked online reviews and the ones they received in 2022 where all very negative… like cheap printing quality on thin cardboard.

The server for noirgallery.co is not found, emails I tried to send to them bounce back and do not get delivered. I do believe Noir Gallery is as dead as it could be.

If you happen to have any more information or questions, please leave a comment. I am always happy to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hi and hello 🙂

Ever since I had found the first stolen design on the Amazon marketplace, I tried to figure out WHAT makes the Chinese copycats decide what to steal and what to copy.

One might think they copy the most popular designs and most popular products but then you take a look at the following list and none of these on Zazzle have been sold so far…

The first two are a byproduct and massive quick create use and not even that good… I would delete them but I do need them as a proof for Amazon that this is MY creation 🤦‍♀️

So here it goes, a list with Zazzle products that I have fought to remove from Amazon:

This Christmas stocking contains template text, the “Add a Name” can be edited. But this only works on Zazzle. Guess what the Amazon copycats are selling? Right, the exact thing you see in this picture!

Better late than never, I did invest a few minutes to set a few goals for my print on demand and stock photo sites – let’s see what I can manage to achieve in 2021:

  • Reach Payment Threshold on Displate ($50)
  • Sell first stock photo via Wirestock (and to write a review about their service!)
  • Sell first piece of furniture on Society6
  • Reach Tier1000 on Amazon Merch (Haha, good joke!)
  • First sale on MiPic, Artpal, FineArtAmerica
  • Win at least two of the three open cases of copyright infringement with my photos via Copytrack (and to write a review about their service!)

 

Dear Puzzlers,
Dear POD Artists,

You do know I LOVE sharing new print on demand opportunities with you and who on this planet does not love to either solve or sell (I myself hate solving puzzles 😂) puzzles? A few days ago I literally stumbled upon the Ravensburger Puzzle World by German puzzle manufacturer Ravensburger – a really renowned company in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

They have started their own print on demand service embedded in their community for puzzlers where everyone may upload their own photos and graphics to be either solved online for free by other members or to be printed and shipped within Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

At first, I was THRILLED! I mean it’s Ravensburger! It’s huge, it’s THE puzzle company in my area. The puzzles might even be sold in retail, who knows! And they promised an “attractive royalty” which got me hooked right away. Off I was, created a free account and uploaded 5 of my photos to test them. One of the five did not pass their quality test – god knows why. Four had made it and are available.

But on the next day I tried to find out what exactly was their promised “attractive royalty”. At first, I found out it was 5% of the puzzle’s sale price. Ok, that’s a fair amount. But then I dug deeper to look for information on how they would pay me. I mean, bank transfer or Paypal?

The information was hidden really really really deep and I started to wonder… until I found it and what I read was NOT pleasant at all!

You will be paid in points… puzzle points that can be redeemed in their own online shop… for puzzles… ARRGGGHHH! Not exactly what I had expected…

So here I am, with four uploaded photos to test the service and I will probably not upload any more. Unless these four will sell so often that I can get gazillions of free puzzles per year – which is slightly unlikely to ever happen…

At this point I cannot recommend Ravensburger Puzzle World to pod artists / designers for earning money with them. It might be a nice idea to order a puzzle with your own photo to brag that it’s a Ravensburger puzzle… who knows…

I could say my products are finally available on Etsy *g* I have avoided Etsy for years due to the dropshipping fuss but Noir Gallery has opened a new “rustic” shop on Etsy with wall art – and they have featured one of my Christmassy photos to be included in their new shop. Let’s see how this might help my sales.

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Animals Print, Animals Wall Art, Animals Poster, Holiday Print, Holiday Wall Art, Holiday Poster, Horse Print, Horse Wall Art, Horse Poster

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