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For my latest endeavour on Amazon, my first Christmas Month aka December was a small success. Yes, I am happy about 9 sales with zero returns throughout all three country pages including German Amazon.de 🙂

Der frühe Vogel geht erstmal Gassi! T-Shirt für Hundehalter

Der frühe Vogel geht erstmal Gassi! T-Shirt für Hundehalter – Amazon DE

Der frühe Vogel kann mich mal! Verschlafene Eule T-Shirt

Der frühe Vogel kann mich mal! Verschlafene Eule T-Shirt – Amazon DE

Who says I need a Doctor? Womens Spirit of Rosa T-Shirt to remember Alabama 1955


Who says I need a Doctor?
Womens Spirit of Rosa T-Shirt to remember Alabama 1955 – Amazon UK

BVI Sailing Boats anchoring off Virgin Gorda Beach - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets by BVI British Virgin Islands Souvenirs and Gifts

BVI Sailing Boats anchoring off Virgin Gorda Beach – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
by BVI British Virgin Islands Souvenirs and Gifts

Who says I need a Doctor? Womens Spirit of Rosa T-Shirt to remember Alabama 1955

Who says I need a Doctor?
Womens Spirit of Rosa T-Shirt to remember Alabama 1955 – Amazon US

Rainy Day in NYC faux water droplets and Skyline - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets by NYC travel souvenir gifts by Christine aka stine1

Rainy Day in NYC faux water droplets and Skyline – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
by NYC travel souvenir gifts by Christine aka stine1

After restarting my Redbubble account from scratch in November (I had deleted everything a year ago because I didn’t see any sales coming in), my Redbubble sales are slowly picking up now. I do upload to Redbubble because their products are getting integrated in Google Shopping which expands the potential customer base. In December 2018, I had three sales:

Unisex T-Shirt This Year instead of Gifts I am giving everyone my Opinion. Get excited! White Typography on black Background by stine1

Unisex T-Shirt
This Year instead of Gifts I am giving everyone my Opinion. Get excited! White Typography on black Background by stine1

 Love Philadelphia Sculpture Throw Pillow


Love Philadelphia Sculpture
Throw Pillow

 

November 2018 was a rather good month given it was my first November on Amazon Merch. Christmas sales started to boost my new adventure and I had a total of seven sales in the US and two more in the UK:

Ask me about Plogging T-Shirt with recycling symbol

Ask me about Plogging T-Shirt with recycling symbol – sold FOUR of these shirts in different sizes for the whole family!

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel and Rollercoaster - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel and Rollercoaster – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Funky Pixels Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles - PopSocket

Funky Pixels Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles – PopSocket

Rainy Day in NYC faux water droplets and Skyline - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets by NYC travel souvenir gifts by Christine aka stine1

Rainy Day in NYC faux water droplets and Skyline – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
by NYC travel souvenir gifts by Christine aka stine1

 Who says I need a Doctor? Womens Spirit of Rosa T-Shirt to remember Alabama 1955


Who says I need a Doctor?
Womens Spirit of Rosa T-Shirt to remember Alabama 1955 – sold two of these in the UK 🙂 Go, Whovians!

I have had to fight so many copycats on Amazon marketplace all over the world, I cannot count them anymore. Filling out Amazon’s reporting form is so tedious *sigh* I have been made aware of a new way of reporting copies of your work: Order the infringing items from Amazon and after having them received, fill out the form with your order number as reference. Amazon does take customer satisfaction rather serious. It seems that in all cases (you still have to provide proof that you are the owner of the art/photo) you will get your money back. Plus can keep the item to use it, donate it, burn it, whatever… You can use the unrightful copies to take photos of the poor quality, rate it negatively or make comparison videos with your product. Endless possibilities…

I have ordered three doormats from French Amazon since there have not been ANY copies on German Amazon. Wow, almost a pity… They are still on their way over to little me – all the way from China. I cannot await receiving them!

I will keep you updated on this, I promise 🙂

Despite the fact that I am constantly battling copycats and copyright infringements on the Amazon Marketplace, you CAN actually find my original designs there. So if you are looking for unique gift ideas that are produced by Amazon (through Merch), Society6 or even GrabYourDesign, please do not hesitate to check these out:

Coffee Haiku Poem for Mornings black Typography T-Shirt

Coffee Haiku Poem for Mornings black Typography T-Shirt

Vintage Christmas Star Ornament - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Vintage Christmas Star Ornament – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Yellow and blue faux sparkling Rose Digital Art T-Shirt

Yellow and blue faux sparkling Rose Digital Art T-Shirt

Vintage purple Rosary Window Mandala Pink and Purple - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Vintage purple Rosary Window Mandala Pink and Purple – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Shell Yeah, Beaches! Summertime Wordplay Pun T-Shirt

Shell Yeah, Beaches! Summertime Wordplay Pun T-Shirt

 

 

So here I am, still looking for alternative methods to kick copyright infringers in their butts. Today I learned that you can actually report copyright infringements to Google to remove the infringing page from their search result page. Mhh, might be interesting to try, don’t you think?

To test it, I have just reported a blog that has been stealing one of my Santa Monica Pier artwork pieces with a unique effect. So you cannot argue that it is not mine. I had already opened a case through Copytrack and will just see how this goes through with Google. I consider it sending some extra love to an infringing website.

I stumbled across this great manual on how to fill out Google’s form, you might want to check yourself:

->  Report Copyright Infringement to Google Web Search | PCsteps.com

Very handy although 2 years old. Things rarely keep up-to-date online but this one is still very helpful.

 

The next step – after my test is all set and done and I can see the results – is to maybe report Amazons marketplace links through this feature. I am really fed up with reporting Chinese copycats through Amazon’s webform and am looking for new ways to hit both the infringers and Amazon. Removing product pages of Amazon on Google is a tiny step but maybe they will see a pattern. I don’t know… I am clinging to every tiny piece of hope.

Any ideas from you about this topic? I’d live to read your thoughts on this.

 

 

October 2018 was a great start for me after September with “only” two sales. Hey, I am still happy about EVERY sale I can make and I never expected 8 sales in one month 🙂 The 8th was on German Amazon.de which made me especially proud. So here we go, these are the winning designs which almost all sold more than once:

Rainy Day in NYC faux water droplets and Skyline - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Rainy Day in NYC faux water droplets and Skyline – PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Funky Pixels Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles - PopSocket

Funky Pixels Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles – PopSocket

Ask me about Plogging T-Shirt with recycling symbol

Ask me about Plogging T-Shirt with recycling symbol

Kaffee Haiku japanisches Gedicht T-Shirt Morgenmuffel

Kaffee Haiku japanisches Gedicht T-Shirt für Morgenmuffel

 

The major driving force was 1) the possibility to create and sell PopSockets and 2) the opening of the German marketplace for my designs. Off we go 🙂

And in case you do not know what a Popsocket is, here is a cool video explaining it all:

 

And now you need one, right? 😉

Since I NEED to get back to writing blog posts on a regular basis, re-starting to write about my monthly sales seems to be a must. So please have a look at my sales on Zazzle for the month of January in 2019:

As you can see, it’s almost only been postcards which seem to be my bestselling product line on Zazzle. I don’t know whether I should be happy about this since I have tagged them for Postcrossing or whether I should cry because I am only earning cents…

Copyright infringements and image theft are still a HUGE issue for artists on Amazon and since Amazon keeps to ignore any petitions, please, whatsoever it is still our task (and a very tedious one!) to keep reporting those infringing listings and ASINs.

I have used Amazon’s mobile app to scan my photos and found many infringements. Some I may not have found by just looking for my titles and search phrases. But how to report those infringements? I have used my Amazon wishlist to pin them all onto one wishlist to keep track of them. Very handy and easy to use from my smartphone and various laptops. I can also see at a glance which ones are still availble and online and which items have already been removed without checking my emails.

If you’d like to check out my public wishlist for #stopimagetheft, please feel free to do so.

 

Update after two hours – all ASINs are reported and some have already been removed 🙂

Submitted Allegation of Infringement

Zazzle used to be my most successful print on demand store with monthly royalty payments I could count on. But for the last 2 or 3 years with templates for mass creation of new products not working, I did not spend much time creating new products. I did create a few posters with very few photos hoping potential customers or lazy me would transfer the design to other products but NAH, that never happened.

So I NEED to create more products but do not know where to start. By now, Zazzle has so many new products like Gold Gloves or Yoga Mats and I have the feeling there is not enough time in my busy day to create anything over there…

Are templates for quick creation still a good idea? Should I invest some of my precious time to create my own templates all new from scratch? But which of the over 1,200 products should I use for templates? I am really lost 😦

I have started this also as a forum topic over at Zazzle to see what other sellers come up with.

Do you have any ideas about this? Please feel free to tell me in the comments.

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