• Nishant Rawat

Make Money With Merch By Amazon

Who doesn't want to make extra money through passive income?. If you are someone who wants to explore different methods of making some extra cash then Amazon Merch is something that will be of great interest to you.


Imagine, your own T-shirt design being sold all over the world without an upfront investment on your part? Isn't it amazing?.


To start with Amazon Merch, all you need is a passion for design, creativity, and willingness to make extra money. It doesn't matter whether you are a professional designer or a novice one, there's space for you at Amazon Merch as long as you really want to pursue it wholeheartedly.


So now without further ado, let's get started. 

What Is Merch By Amazon?

What Is Merch By Amazon?


Amazon Merch is a program by Amazon that allows designers or sellers to submit their original T-shirt designs, which are printed only once they are sold.


It really helps your designed T-shirt in reaching out to the global customer base of Amazon as it's sold as Amazon products and that too without any upfront investment from the designers or sellers.


The best thing about the Amazon Merch program is that Amazon handles everything from production to shipping and customer service. And designers or sellers earn royalties on each sale of their designed products.


How Does Merch By Amazon Work?


To start designing T-Shirts on Amazon Merch, you will need to apply as a designer on Merch By Amazon.


Merch By Amazon is an invitation-only program. Amazon makes sure that designers or sellers go through strict qualifications before they are added to the program. But once your application is approved you are ready to create your original designs, all you have to do is upload your artwork, select the product type and other specifications like color, price, and add a product description. And you are ready to sell your designs.


Once your design page is up, customers can see and order your product from Amazon. Once a customer places an order, then only Amazon prints the design onto a T-Shirt and after that, it will be delivered to the customers, just like any other product on Amazon.


Step By Step Guide


Now you know a little bit about Merch By Amazon and how it works. Therefore it's time to get you started.


1# Apply As A Designer On Merch By Amazon


To be able to create and sell your design on Amazon, you will need to go through an application process.


Go to Merch By Amazon page, click on the "Request For Invitation" button and log in with your Amazon account. And fill out the application form. Some of the important details that you need to have while filling out the invitation form are your bank account information (routing number and account number), your tax information, and your business contact details.


There will be a few questions that will determine whether you will be able to get into the program or not. The key is to convince Amazon that you will be able to create revenue for them. It's always good to have some kind of design or artwork portfolio to display your credibility but if you don't have anything yet, you can start with other T-Shirt design platforms like Zazzle, Teespring, etc.


Once you have submitted the application form, you will be directed to download some design templated to get you started. Due to a large number of continuous applications, hearing back from Amazon will take some time. In the meantime, you can work on your design skill, create more designs, and do some more research around Merch By Amazon.


2# Create Your Designs


Amazon Merch is not just about creating designs, you need to understand what do people like?. What kind of T-Shirt design actually sells on Amazon?. Who is your target market?. What is your brand?


In order to sell your designs like a professional, you need to have a "Brand". A brand is simply a name and logo that will help customers in identifying your products. A good brand is unique and easily noticed, therefore you need to get a good brand before thinking of designing.


Once you get your brand finalized, you can move onto the T-Shirt design, but before designing make sure you are familiar with Merch By Amazon's content policy.


Remember T-Shirt selling is a pretty competitive business, therefore it's very important for you to figure out your target market, understand design and colors that will make you stand out among the other options available. You can pick up themes like music, pop culture, motivational quotes, and create the design around those themes. You can also take note of holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.


If you are not getting any design ideas, you can always use design templates available in the Merch By Amazon to create your designs.


3# Upload And Promote Your T-Shirt Designs


Once your designs are ready, you can start uploading your designs and make them available for orders. But before uploading here are some of the design guidelines you need to consider:

  1. The artwork should be in 300DPI. 

  2. Write a product description.

  3. Decide whether to sell to the general public or via a direct product link.

  4. Place the design on the front and/or back of the template T-shirt.

  5. Decide on the type of shirt (whether a standard T-shirt, a pullover hoodie, a long-sleeve T-shirt, a sweatshirt), sizes, color, and price.

Amazon puts a limit on the number of products a designer or seller can add via a tier system. The first is the 10 tier, which means you are only allowed to sell 10 designs. Once the designer is able to sell at least 10 designs, they will then move up to 25 tier, then to 100 tier up to 500 tier and Pro (by invitation). Qualifications to move up to higher tiers are not only dependent on sales. Amazon also looks at the quality of the products sold by the seller.

Amazon Merch Product Page

After your submitting designs and getting it approved for sale, you will get a page for your product on amazon.com. Once customers start ordering the design, Amazon will print and deliver it to the customers. It is always great to purchase a sample of your design first so that you know that the customers are getting what you are advertising.


You can link your product link to blogs, another website, and social media accounts to generate additional promotions. You can also experiment with Amazon Mobile Ads API to promote your t-shirt designs.


Understanding the power of keywords and selecting the right keywords is very important while promoting your products and reaching more users. You can use different types of keyword finder tools like google keyword planner, Merch Informer, etc to help you in selecting the right keywords.


Earning Royalties


Merch By Amazon pays the seller or designer a royalty amount on every product sold. The amount of royalty depends on the price of the T-shirt, any kind of applicable tax, Amazon production costs( materials, production, packaging, shipping, and customer service). You can check your royalty amount using the royalty calculator, all you have to do is enter your list price into the calculator and it will calculate your royalty per shirt sold.


Now that you know how to set up your T-Shirt business and keep it running. It's time to jump into the world of Merch By Amazon and start generating some revenue.


It's important to remember that things take time to kick off therefore it's very important to have patience and perseverance, eventually, you will be able to cash in your royalties.


We hope that this post has provided you with some interesting and useful information. Thank you so much for reading this post, please feel free to leave your feedback.


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