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Ich konnte im Mai meine Verkäufe mit Amazon Merch wieder leicht steigern, zumindest in Deutschland. Der internationale Markt ist weiterhin… sagen wir mau weil überfüllt.

Diese Designs haben sich verkauft:

Himmi Herrgott Zeffix bayerisches Schimpfwort T-Shirt

Himmi Herrgott Zeffix bayerisches Schimpfwort T-Shirt

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

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

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

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

Ich bleibe so wie ich bin! Provokantes dunkles T-Shirt

Ich bleibe so wie ich bin! Provokantes dunkles T-Shirt

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

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

Ich hoffe weiter auf meine erste Bewertung.

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April and May have not really been good months for Amazon Merch US, I sold a total of three of these Popsockets:

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

Amazon has deleted a lot of my designs that have not been selling within the first 180 days, so I need to get busy with uploading. Since I have been tired up to Tier 500, I can now use the multi uploader, which is quite a nice feature.

It’s finally here, after almost one year of uploading to and selling on Amazon Merch, my first ever customer review and it is a blasting 5 stars review! I am beyond happy to see it!

Amazon Customer Review of PopSocket

It’s for one of my PopSockets that keep selling on a regular basis. I hope this review will push sales upwards!

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

Remove product listings that sell stolen artwork, shut down stores that violate the seller agreement with regard to intellectual property rights, and have a better vetting process in place to approve sellers

Remove product listings that sell stolen artwork, shut down stores that violate the seller agreement with regard to intellectual property rights, and have a better vetting process in place to approve sellers

Amazon.com, please remove product listings that sell stolen artwork, shut down stores that violate the seller agreement with regard to intellectual property rights, and have a better vetting process in place to approve sellers!

Artists, please sign this online petition by clicking on the screenshot above!

Are you a designer on Society6? Did you know that Society6 is also selling our products on Amazon – which is great since it broadens our potential customers. But somehow, Chinese sellers (I have only found Chinese sellers, so it seems they are all solely from China) are stealing your designs (mainly pillows and phone cases) and are selling them on Amazon for a much lower price. It is impossible that these fraudulent Chinese sellers might have bought them from us before re-selling them (maybe with a discount to justify the low price). Let me show you one example with screenshots to clarify what I mean:

This is the original item over on Society6 and MY item that Society6 had legally shared to Amazon in order to use the huge Amazon Marketplace. Click on the screenshot to get to the Amazon page:

Historic Drachenfels Throw Pillow by Christine Aka Stine1 by Society6

Historic Drachenfels Throw Pillow by Christine Aka Stine1
by Society6

As you can see, the seller is Society6 and both title and description feature my artist name Christine aka stine1. The price is $20 which is the same as if you bought it at Society6 itself.

Now here is the screenshot from the copied Amazon item, click on the screenshot to get to the page [Amazon has removed the item after their second email]:

This pillow design was stolen from me!

This pillow design was stolen from me!

Here, the seller is E-Lineage. My user name is still in the title since the title was copied but it was removed from the description. And what does the word “Octopus” have to do within the title? The price is $14.50 which is too low. The seller himself has no transactions yet, so no ratings available.

I had contacted Society6 and sent them both links, this is their not so helpful reply:

Hi Christine,

Thank you for contacting Society6 Support.
I went ahead and looked into this for you.
These throw pillows do not look like they were purchased from Society6 or else it would show up in your earnings under at least one of your products sold.
I would recommend contacting the seller or Amazon directly for more information on this one. From my end it does look a bit “suspect”.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey

So, Society6 finds this “suspect” but they cannot (or do not want to) do anything about it. I followed their advice and tried to contact the seller on Amazon and…. oh, what a surprise…. my message could not reach him:

Recipient's email address is invalid

Recipient’s email address is invalid

Now the real fun begins. Hey, it’s a weekend, I have time on my hands and love to spam someone with tickets. So I contacted Amazon. Actually, with my second ticket – they never replied to my first inquiry yesterday asking how a seller can sell an item that is mine and that he does not own. But they only promise to answer within 12 hours. Maybe they need a few more days to understand my first email.

Anyway, the answer to my second ticket (where I sepecifically asked how I could contact E-Lineage since I got this error message) is so funny, I thought it was a joke. Here is their reply:

Hello,

I am sorry for the inconvenience you faced so far in this case. As a customer service representative, I’m willing to help you in this issue.

In my experience, seller is in better position to help you. If you’d like to get in touch with a seller before placing an order, follow these steps:

1. Go to the product listing you’re interested in (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YC0EDQG)
2. Click on the seller’s nickname or logo
3. Scroll down to “Further Information” and click “Contact the seller”

Please give the seller 2 business days to get back to you.

You can learn more about ordering from a seller here:

www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=537802

Your patience and understanding is highly appreciated in this matter.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Nikhil J.

Wow, thank you so much for this advice. I mean, I never would have thought about that… oh wait, I DID exactly what you are describing here, mhhh… ^^

So I used their awesome feedback form relating to this email and am currently waiting for a second reply. This time, maybe a bit more helpful. Maybe…. just maybe!

Anyway, I strongly recommend to run an Amazon search for your Society6 username. You never know what you will find… 🙂

UPDATE 2015-05-31:

Amazon has finally took the time to REALLY understand my concern and I would like to share their answer with out as it entails a way to report these stolen products. Please use it and report, report, report. Only by this, we can fight back. It might take some time but I really do hope that it will improve the situation for all Society6 members!

Greetings from Amazon Seller Support,

I reviewed your email and understand that you are unable to contact the seller violates by taken your product image.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

To report this possible violation to our investigations team, you can use the following Contact Us form:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/reports/contact-us

Select one of the sub-categories and enter the details of the possible violation. Please be sure to include the following information, as applicable:

* The ASIN/ISBN of the item’s detail page and the product title
* The store or business name of the seller you are reporting
* Your order ID
* A concise explanation of the violation

All reports are thoroughly investigated by our investigations team and they will contact the seller from their end. For privacy reasons, the results of our investigations cannot be disclosed; however, disciplinary actions will be taken as appropriate.

I hope this information was helpful.

If you have further issues in this regard, please write back to us. We will be happy to assist you in this regard.

Have a great day!

And thank you Amazon for this solution! It’s good to know that you still DO care about us 🙂 Thumbs up! [The product has been removed from the marketplace]

Amazon Sellers are copying your Designs from Society6! #scam

Society6 is depressing me a bit at the moment. To be honest, I had expected more from a site that sells their items on Amazon.com. During September and October I had only one sale per month. November is not really looking much better – no sign of Christmas shopping in my account and not one sale! What a pity.

Anyway, uploading to Society6 is pretty fast so I will probably not stop being active over there like I am still contemplating with Cowcow.

But on with this blog post, let’s take a look at the two items I have sold in September and October 2014:

Sparkling grey Santa Monica Pier iPhone 6 Slim Case by Christine aka stine1

Sparkling grey Santa Monica Pier iPhone 6 Slim Case by Christine aka stine1

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach iPhone 6 Case by Christine aka stine1

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach iPhone 6 Case by Christine aka stine1

This my friends, is probably the biggest mystery about Zazzle: How the hell (please excuse my language) can you encourage Zazzle to sell your products on Amazon?

While Cafepress markets your products openly on Amazon and even Ebay, Zazzle does not answer any questions regarding Amazon. But there are many items on Amazon world-wide that are from Zazzle. They are doing it so secretely, that I only found out about it after googling my shopname “stineshop”. I regularly do this and can only recommend it as you get a variety of websites that are helping to sell your stuff from Zazzle. I love going there and showing some love, e.g. by tweeting their websites or pinning my own products. Sorry, I am a wh*re for social networking *lol*

So anyway, one day I came across one of my Zazzle products on Amazon and almost fell off my chair. Could you believe it? I didn’t – at first. And then I wanted to find out what I have to do to actively add my products to Amazon. In case you don’t know, Amazon is so huge, it is the best thing that can happen to a Zazzle seller since it brings your products to a whole new market.

Unfortunately, I have not yet found out what you have to do to get your Zazzle items included in Amazon’s online shop. But believe, I am working on finding it out! One theory is that they include your most popular designs. But they only do this for a short time. Items you find today might not be available in two weeks. During the last couple of months I had seen several of my products on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and even Amazon.de come and go. Whenever I am selling one particual item twice per week, I can be sure that it is on Amazon. It was the case with my “Hot TEA-cher mug” and my “Santa Monica Pier Green Orange Sparkles Edit Gel Mouse Mat” which I had just sold three times in two weeks before Christmas and all three of them to the UK – it’s listed on Amazon.co.uk 🙂

These are my current products on Amazon:


Santa Monica Beach – Sparkling Pink Photo Edit Clocks


Hei er Lehrer – lustiges Wortspiel des HEISSEN Tassen

Santa Monica Pier Green Orange Sparkles Edit Gel Mouse Mats

Santa Monica Pier Green Orange Sparkles Edit Gel Mouse Mats

Since Christmas is approaching extremely fast, I thought it might be nice to share one chapter from my Zazzle eBook with you. Totally free of charge, I hope you enjoy it!

Effective but FREE marketing for your Zazzle shop and products

Chapter 5: Zazzle Itself

What other website would be better for promoting your items than Zazzle itself? The basic goal for a fairly new shop should be to get your shop and your designs noticed. That is why I consider it utterly important to browse around other shops. Maybe you find them while browsing interesting products or while checking potential topics and tags (or rather your “competitors”). If you like a store, why not show that like by clicking the “thumb up” for that store?

Most stores have this feature activated and when you like a store, you are also asked whether you would like to be informed about new products. It is up to you to use this feature or not. I have it activated. When receiving the daily (or weekly/monthly) newsletter, I take a look at the new products and when I like a design, I go there and also click the button on the product page. Sometimes I also leave a comment on a new product to show the Zazzler that I apprechiate his/her work.

Now you might be asking yourself how this will help you.

That’s pretty easy: When you like a shop or item, the Zazzle member will receive an email notifying him/her about it and the chances are always high that you will receive a “like” and/or comment in return! The more people like your shop and your items, the more popular you and your designs will get. Perfect for our goal!

So, why don’t you start with liking my Zazzle shop?

http://www.zazzle.com/stineshop

My eBook is available to buy at Smashwords and Amazon here:

 

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