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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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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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Basic Color Theory for T-shirt Graphics

Not everyone can be clever enough to come up with a single phrase that is original, clever or compelling enough to stand alone on a t-shirt and sell by the truckload. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just push a button and churn out hundreds of black t-shirts with brilliant catchphrases in white type (I’m looking at you, social media scammers selling get-rich-quick AI schemes)? For the rest of us, we have to rely on, oh, good design skills. Notice I didn’t say talent. Skills can be taught. So don’t think that if you’re not a born designer or never went to design school, you can’t create attractive, saleable designs. In fact, with just the knowledge in this piece, […]

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A.I.: Don’t Burn Your Fingers On The Hottest New Trend

No matter how successful your existing Merch By Amazon business is, you know it takes a lot of work. Coming up with ideas, designing them, hating them and doing them over again, refining them until you know they’re gonna sell… Wouldn’t it be great if there was something that could do all the work for you? If you believe the hucksters crying out from the postage-stamp-sized ads in the Facebook margins, A.I. will do it all for you! Well, to quote the late Harry Dean Stanton, Photo from “Alien” ©Twentieth Century Fox. Watch it here. I can say from experience that A.I. is not smart enough to create designs that will resonate with your customer base with a simple push […]

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What Are The Most Dominant Pop Culture Themes By Type on Amazon Merch on Demand?

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In a world driven by pop culture, where trends emerge and evolve at lightning speed, Amazon Merch on Demand stands as a vibrant hub for creative expression. From captivating movies to mesmerizing music and thrilling gaming realms to alluring series, we delve into the core themes that resonate with millions. In the following sections, we take an immersive journey through Amazon Merch on Demand to unveil the trends that dominate the world of Amazon merchandise. NOTE: Before we dive into the article, we talk a lot about research we have done that involves lots of intellectual property that you would NOT own. Do not infringe on the intellectual property of others! The most dominant pop culture categories When it comes […]

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Fantastical Creatures and POD T-Shirts: Do These Two Go Together As Well As They Do In Books and Movies?

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Fantastical creatures have been brought to life and sparked our imaginations in books and movies. From books to movies, imaginary elves, fairies, werewolves, and others have become a part of our lives. But as a seller on Amazon Merch on Demand, is there space for you to explore this niche? And what’s more, is it profitable? This post seeks to answer these questions to help you make the most out of your print-on-demand (POD) side gig. How big is the fantastical creatures niche on Amazon Merch on Demand? We used Merch Informer to help us determine the size and scope of this niche. Because the term fantastical creatures is so broad, we identified some of these creatures individually and went […]

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Let’s talk about merch fonts: How to choose and apply them for maximum profit

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Fonts are an essential part of any merchandise design, yet are often overlooked. They can help convey the right message and attract the perfect audience. At the same time, making the best font choice is commonly a challenge. In the following sections, we explore fonts on Amazon Merch on Demand in detail. We examine the bestsellers and offer tips on how to choose, apply and use them for maximum profit. Diversifying the two main types of font schools In the realm of typography, two primary font schools reign supreme – Serif and Sans Serif. Understanding the fundamental differences between these two schools is crucial when it comes to crafting profitable merch fonts. Serif fonts exude a classic charm, featuring small […]

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Untapped Merch Niches and Cultures: The Festival of Diwali

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The holiday season is here, and no, we’re not talking about Christmas. The season itself has already started, because when you’re a merch seller, the entire world is your market! And there are multiple holidays that many might not know about at all or perhaps only have the slightest connection to. But an untapped market can also be your best friend. Learn the traditions and iconography of other cultures and your Merch By Amazon can becoe a world baaar! Today we’re going to discuss the holiday of Diwali! Diwali: The Indian Festival of Lights Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is one of India’s most popular holidays. It is comparable to Christmas in the United States in that […]

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Christmas: Seasonal POD – How To BUCK The Trends Using Different Styles.

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Is there ever a better time to be a POD shop owner than the Christmas season? Probably not, as the level of sales you can pull off at this time of year matches nothing else. And yes, you’re probably already prepared to handle the increase in sales and have everything that you know that moves at this time ready to go. But what about some non-traditional/alternate/ even outlandish designs to give you a certain edge over the competition? What kinds of styles can you dream up that might buck the stereotypical trends of POD apparel a bit? Today, let’s take a look at some of those kinds of things out there to help inspire you to think outside the colorfully-wrapped […]

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Designing For Spreadshirt – Everything You Need To Know

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From T-shirts and posters to hoodies and stickers, hundreds of thousands of people are turning to Spreadshirt every day to buy custom-designed products. The best part is that you don’t have to be some design wizard to list a best-seller on Spreadshirt! People just like you are creating dozens of products and making some serious money online all thanks to Spreadshirt’s easy-to-use print-on-demand platform. That being said not everything will fly on Spreadshirt. Just like any other company, Spreadshirt has certain policies when it comes to acceptable designs they are willing to allow onto their Marketplace. Let’s go over the ins and outs of: Designing For Spreadshirt. While Spreadshirt is enthusiastic about embracing various creative designs, the platform draws the […]

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