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MBA’s Direct-to-Garment Printing: Turning Designs into Retail-Quality Products

Ever wonder how Amazon’s Merch by Amazon (MBA) takes your amazing designs and turns them into real retail-quality products? The secret lies in a revolutionary technology called Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing. This cutting-edge process allows for the creation of high-quality printed merchandise quickly and efficiently, making it easier than ever for designers to bring their visions to life. In this article, we’ll explore the journey of print-on-demand merchandise, the advent of DTG technology, its workings, current limitations, and the future of this transformative technology. The Evolution of Print-on-Demand Merchandise Print-on-demand (POD) has come a long way since its inception. In the early days, the technology was fraught with limitations. Traditional screen printing, the predecessor to POD, required creating a separate stencil […]

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Establishing A Niche That Isn’t Already Established

Establishing A Niche That Isn't Already Established

Navigating the world of Amazon Merch On Demand (formerly known as Merch by Amazon) can be challenging, especially when trying to find niches with low competition. As the platform grows, so does the competition, making it essential to identify and capitalize on underexplored areas. One of the things to look at is variations on established trends, catchphrases, slogans, etc. “World’s Best Dad” or “World’s Greatest Teacher” are always gifts that are in demand, but so many products use those exact phrases that you’ll never stand out. You can still capitalize on this dependable trend by trying something new, yet incredibly traditional: the “Established (YEAR)” slogan. You know, the kind that you usually see in a scroll at the bottom of […]

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The Case for Cell Phone Cases and PopSockets

There’s a lot of focus on apparel in Merch by Amazon circles, but for everyone who has skin that needs covering, chances are they have a phone that needs covering, too. Merch by Amazon doesn’t have as many accessory choices as other print-on-demand manufacturers. There are tote bags and then there are a select variety of phone cases and handles called “PopSockets.” That said, just as printed t-shirts say a lot about the person wearing them, so does their choice of phone accessories. Why Cell Phone Cases? If you’re a Merch by Amazon designer and you’re itching to go beyond apparel, you may be frustrated that MBA only offers cell phone accessories and tote bags. After all, the larger POD […]

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Spring Forward With New Merch Ideas

Depending on what part of the country (or world…sorry Australia) you’re in, your definition of Spring may differ. On March 19, the vernal equinox – the official start date of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere – arrived at exactly 11:06PM EDT on Tuesday, March 19. As of this writing, it’s a few days after, here in New York City, and it’s been colder than a penguin’s tuxedo for the past week. The only thing that seems to have sprung forward here is the clock. That said, Spring is a time of rebirth, of hope, of blooming, and romance. Whether or not the thermometer reflects this is irrelevant when it comes to merch opportunities – somewhere in the shopping world, a […]

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Thriving in Merch by Amazon with ADD/ADHD

If you’re creative, organized, ambitious, but also struggle with keeping yourself disciplined, completing products, sticking to a schedule and procrastinating, you may be one of them many of us who have ADD or ADHD. Sadly, those initials get thrown around a lot these days, with or without an official diagnosis. For those of us who either are or legitimately would be, this can be harmful. It dilutes the effectiveness of making space/boundaries for ourselves when working with others and also builds internal conflicts which further complicate our ability to do what we need to do. Just know you’re not alone, and this is actually a superpower if channeled. But like any superpower, there’s always a Kryptonite – the challenge is […]

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Getting Back To Basics In Your Amazon Merch on Demand Business

Whether you’re new to Merch by Amazon or a seasoned veteran, it’s always important to have a strong foundation in the basics. The MerchInformer blog archive is a priceless resource of information, a virtual guide to helping you run your business. This week, we’re taking it all the way back to the start: the start of a Merch by Amazon (now called Amazon On Demand) enterprise. You can absorb the fundamentals in the summaries below or you can click on the headlines and read the full articles. MAKING IT OFFICIAL: DO YOU NEED AN LLC? Embarking on this kind of business can be exciting and fulfilling. A key decision is whether to formalize your efforts in some kind of corporate […]

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IDGAF merch: The unceremonious way to make money on Amazon Merch on Demand

One unorthodox niche that has recently captured attention on Amazon Merch on Demand is IDGAF merch. This unapologetic theme has found its way onto t-shirts, hoodies, and other merchandise. While the sentiment behind “IDGAF” might not seem like an obvious choice for marketable products, it’s precisely this boldness and irreverence that has propelled it into the spotlight. In the following sections, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of IDGAF merch and explore how it’s become a surprisingly lucrative avenue for entrepreneurs on Amazon Merch on Demand. What is IDGAF and what does it represent? IDGAF, shorthand for “I Don’t Give A F***,” is a blunt declaration of indifference, a refusal to conform to societal norms, and an assertion of personal […]

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Stoic POD T-shirts: A high-demand, low-competition niche with real potential

Stoic t-shirts on Amazon Merch on Demand represent a niche brimming with untapped potential and poised for remarkable growth. In a world filled with fleeting trends and fashions, the timeless wisdom of Stoicism emerges as a beacon of strength and resilience. Naturally, this theme creates lucrative opportunities for sellers looking to diversify their portfolios and tap into new markets. Let’s dive into this realm and explore the category’s potential. The message behind Stoicism With its emphasis on virtue, resilience, and inner peace, Stoicism has captured the imagination of individuals seeking meaning and purpose in an increasingly chaotic world. But to understand the stoic t-shirt space on Amazon, it’s essential to lay out the foundations. What is Stoicism in the first […]

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Jesus Christ! How popular is the Lord’s image on Amazon Merch on Demand?

In the digital age, the reach of religious symbolism extends far beyond the confines of sacred spaces. With the advent of e-commerce platforms like Amazon Merch on Demand, individuals have found a new canvas to express their faith and spirituality through POD merch. Among the plethora of designs available, one figure stands out as a universally recognized icon – Jesus Christ. In the following sections, we explore this niche in detail and uncover how popular Jesus is on Amazon Merch on Demand. A deep dive into the market Jesus Christ is one of the most universally recognized figures in history. His image transcends cultural and religious boundaries, making it appealing to a diverse audience worldwide. For millions of people, Jesus […]

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Don’t Be Square, Man: Borderless Design Gives A Professional Touch

Those of us who were around during the early days of print-on-demand remember how poor and amateurish the quality was. This was mostly the result of the limitations of the equipment available at the time. Pull-down heat presses with limited printing space produced brittle, blurry, washed-out prints in letter or legal-sized squares. Even if the designer was creative enough not to limit their idea to the confines of the space, the shiny texture of the printing paper virtually cried out “THIS WAS PRINTED AT HOME.” Today they call it “vintage”, we used to call it “cheap-looking” Modern print-on-demand technology has vastly improved, and in the Amazon Merch-On-Demand world, designers are regularly producing product that rivals any large apparel brand. In […]

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