Tag Archive: Print on demand


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…

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 🙂

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

November 2015 has been another rather average month regarding Zazzle sales, I had 21 sales with most of them around Black Friday. The rest of November has been very slow. Here are my sales:

Abstract Rainbow Palm Tree Banner
Abstract Rainbow Palm Tree Banner by stineshop
View Psychedelic Banners online at zazzle
Historic Drachenfels Postcard
Historic Drachenfels Postcard by stineshop
Look at more Drachenfels Postcards at zazzle
Scenic Yosemite National Park Postcard
Scenic Yosemite National Park Postcard by stineshop
Browse more Postcrossing Postcards at Zazzle

During July 2015, I was able to sell quite a few designs on GrabYourDesign (GYD). Some of them sold more than once and unfortunately, I do not know what kind of product I have sold with my design. It could be any smartphone case, flip flops, mouse pads or whatever they have to offer.

So here is a rough list of my sales all with the standard iPhone 6 case 🙂

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Floral Eiffel Tower

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Floral Eiffel Tower

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Vintage Hockenheimring

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Vintage Hockenheimring

 

 Case for Iphone 6/6S - Golden Gate Bridge - by Christine aka stine1 Case for Iphone 6/6S - Golden Gate Bridge


Case for Iphone 6/6S – Golden Gate Bridge

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Canada Coat of Arms

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Canada Coat of Arms

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Vintage Eiffel Tower

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Vintage Eiffel Tower

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Pink Bougainvillea

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Pink Bougainvillea

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Turquoise Ice Rose

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Turquoise Ice Rose

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Purple Seattle Panorama

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Purple Seattle Panorama

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Caribbean Pier

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Caribbean Pier

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Statue of Liberty

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Statue of Liberty

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Caribbean Lighthouse

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Caribbean Lighthouse

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Rainbow Palm Tree

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Rainbow Palm Tree

 

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Penguin under Water

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Penguin under Water

What I absolutely love about GrabYourDesign is the quick and easy design process. You do not have to do much and your artwork is added to their products in seconds (ok, 1 minute *g*). After having problems with Chinese copy cats on the infamous Amazon Marketplace, they had removed their products from Amazon a few weeks ago and are now back on Amazon with added security. They even forbid right clicks on their own website and make sure to add a watermark to their product pictures. Well done, GYD! I have also received my first cash out this fall and am very, very happy with them! I can totally recommed this print on demand website for beginners, it is the easiest I know (apart from Redbubble) but does deliver a good amount of sales (different to Redbubble which is more than frustrating!). If you are not yet selling your designs there, please join and have fun while earning 🙂

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!

My sales on theKase have dropped this summer significally so I will sum a few months up. Let me show you my sales from July, August, September and October 2015 so that you can see the decrease. I have also not added more designs because all of them get denied and I am tired of writing to support to get them added with a “sorry” from them telling me they are restructuring their site and overthinking their design policies. How many months do you have to reconsider?

Christine aka stine1 on theKase - Sales from July 2015

Christine aka stine1 on theKase – Sales from July 2015

 

Christine aka stine1 on theKase - Sales from August 2015

Christine aka stine1 on theKase – Sales from August 2015

 

Christine aka stine1 on theKase - Sales from September 2015

Christine aka stine1 on theKase – Sales from September 2015

 

Christine aka stine1 on theKase - Sales from October 2015

Christine aka stine1 on theKase – Sales from October 2015

Overall, I am getting pretty discouraged with my sales and hope I will make it to a second cashout sometime soon. €100 is a lot to achieve with only a few sales per month.

During June 2015 I have mostly sold the usual suspects of designs that sell monthly whereas the majority of my designs is never bought. With theKase not accepting new designs at the moment, sales are still average and I don’t think of stopping to sell there but it is a bit disappointing. Please, theKase… let us add new designs so that we can improve our portfolio 🙂

Anyway, these are the sales from June 2015. Click on the screenshot to get to my profile page with all available designs and models:

theKase Sales June 2015

theKase Sales June 2015

In the beginning of June, I had started to try a new print-on-demand website: GrabYourDesign. I uploaded a few of my most popular designs, was very pleased how easy the design process was and only few days later, the sales began to make me pretty happy. Within one month, I sold enough to am waiting for my first cash out now 🙂 By now I have uploaded all my suitable designs and have already sold 25 pieces. Each sale earns €1.13 to €1.53 depending on what it was (smartphone case, mouse pad, flip flops, etc.) but unfortunately, we cannot yet see what it was that we have sold. One big plus is that they are selling on various international Amazon Marketplace websites which increases the number of potential customers.

But now, without further ado, let’s see the 10 designs I have sold on GYD during June 2015:

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Rainbow Palm Tree

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Rainbow Palm Tree

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Neuschwanstein Castle

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Neuschwanstein Castle

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Caribbean Collage

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Caribbean Collage

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Caribbean Sailing Boats

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Caribbean Sailing Boats

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Vintage Eiffel Tower

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Vintage Eiffel Tower

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Romantic Jellyfish

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Romantic Jellyfish

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Caribbean Paradise

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Caribbean Paradise

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Vintage Golden Gate Bridge

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Vintage Golden Gate Bridge

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Hamburg or Venice?

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Hamburg or Venice?

Case for Iphone 6/6S - Purple Seattle Panorama

Case for Iphone 6/6S – Purple Seattle Panorama

 

Fruitfish is my latest adventure in testing POD (print-on-demand) websites. They are Taiwanese and I hope this will open up a new target group and market for my designs and photos. Creating products is pretty easy, it takes about as long as uploading all the different sizes for Society6.

Please check out my products here:

http://fruitfish.tw

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