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I have been extremely inactive on both Printalloverme (PAOM) and CowCow in over one year and now I would like to make it official: I owe to not add any new designs to these two print-on-demand websites anymore.

The reason is probably pretty understandable: Sales and earnings are not worth it. Period.

While the number of sales on CowCow is still ok (some months I have 20, some months I have 0), the earnings are cents.

On PAOM, I have one sale every few months. Given their really TEDIOUS process of cerating new products, it is simply horrible.

My already designed products will stay online, so will my shops and accounts. I will even try to integrate them into my Polyvore sets where suitable but do not expect new things to arrive.

How are these two sites working for you?

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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!

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 🙂

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In May 2015 I could sell two items on Printalloverme (PAOM), before their huge site migration started which had taken until the end of June. Since the site did not work correctly for weeks, I have not yet sold anything else since then 😦 I hope sales will increase again, I am also adding new products regularly.

Jellyfish in Space Leggings

Jellyfish in Space Leggings

Love Philadelphia Sculpture Scarf Love Philadelphia Sculpture Scarf

April 2015 has been an average month on Printalloverme with two sales I am pretty happy about 🙂 Check out these two:

Blue Wormhole in Space Tunnel Photo Edit Sweatshirt Dress by stine1, $95.00

Blue Wormhole in Space Tunnel Photo Edit Sweatshirt Dress by stine1, $95.00

Jamie Dornan All Over Print T-Shirt by stine1, $38.00

Jamie Dornan All Over Print T-Shirt by stine1, $38.00

In March 2015, I have sold one fashion item on Printalloverme:

Isla Saona - Palm Tree at the Beach Sweatshirt

Isla SaonaPalm Tree at the Beach Sweatshirt

In February 2015, I had two sales on Printalloverme which made me pretty proud. Especially the first one with the vintage photo since the dress cost the buyer $250!

Vintage Wuppertal Floating Train Photo Square Dress

Vintage Wuppertal Floating Train Photo Square Dress

Printalloverme is always a surprise. Creating products is still tedious and they could improve the creation process but with a high royalty even one sale per month does make me happy. This is the sale from January 2015:

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Shirt by stine1 on Printalloverme

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Shirt by stine1 on Printalloverme

In December 2014 I was able to sell my first hoodie on Printalloverme with one of my most popular Caribbean beach designs. A great way to warm up your winter 🙂

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Hoodie by stine1 on Printalloverme

Isla Saona Caribbean Paradise Beach Hoodie by stine1 on Printalloverme

Printalloverme really seems to be the surprise candidate during the Christmas shopping season of 2014. Of course I was hoping that my sales would increase but I was still hesitant whether all my invested time would pay off. Creating products in PAOM is anything but fast. You have to create every product individually and add title, description, tags and categories for every single item. Being a PAOM+ member grants you more products – and it takes up to two hours for me to put one design on all products. That’s ridiculous compared to sites like theKase, where designing items takes only minutes. Anyway, please make it pay off in the end… please 🙂

So here are the two sales from November:

Stained-Glass Church Window in Cologne Cathedral T-Shirt by stine1 on Printalloverme

Stained-Glass Church Window in Cologne Cathedral T-Shirt by stine1 on Printalloverme

Lush Green Forest Shirt by stine1 on Printalloverme

Lush Green Forest Shirt by stine1 on Printalloverme

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