Generate Royalties Using Merch by Amazon

By Cory Checketts | Amazon

Sep 19


Did you know there are 15 different ways you can make money with Amazon? Seriously. And method number 15 is probably the easiest and more risk-averse of them all. It’s called Merch by Amazon—as in
Merchandise. Amazon has made print-on-demand T-shirts easier and cheaper than ever.

Merch by Amazon was originally designed as a platform for mobile video game developers to offer T-shirts with their logo to fans while playing games. The platform has expanded beyond developers, but everyone has to request an invitation to get started. Use an active Amazon account, personal or business, to request an invite to the program. Best of all, every Merch by Amazon account is separate from Seller Central.

How Can You Make Money?

Simple. Merch by Amazon members are paid based off of artwork royalties for each shirt printed.

Here’s how it works

  1. Once your request has been accepted, you can create your T-shirt listing.
  2. Upload your original artwork into the system as a PNG file. The PNG file dimensions need to be 4500 x 5400 pixels at 300 PPI (points per inch) with sRBG colors and no greater than 25MB in size. View artwork guidelines here.
  3. Choose what T-shirt colors you want available for printing as well as the T-shirt type—Anvil or American Apparel.
  4. Write a simple, descriptive title. You can add a description, too, for added keyword density.
  5. Set a price. This is important because Amazon takes $9.31 from each shirt printed (not including an extra $4 for two-sided printing and $1.50 for American Apparel T-shirts). For a one-sided print on an Anvil T-shirt sold at $19.99, you would make a royalty of $7.68 per shirt. Not too bad considering it only cost you the time to create the artwork for the shirt.

Benefits of Merch by Amazon

merch-by-amazonPrint-on-demand T-shirts isn’t a new thing. Amazon released the program in 2015. But what makes Merch by Amazon the best option for on-demand T-shirts is its shopper base and Prime shipping. Once your shirt is live, it will appear in search results. Amazon will print, package and ship the shirt with Prime benefits to members. You don’t have to worry about inventory, shipping, customer service or returns. To start a merch company would typically cost you thousands of dollars and create a large overhead. Merch by Amazon saves you the headache and hassle of printing—not to mention the overhead cost—so you can focus on creating unique artwork.

Tips Getting Started

  1. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Doing so will save you time and avoid drawn out conversations with a designer. But if you don’t possess the skills to design artwork on the computer, Fiverr is a great place to find a designer.
  2. Run Facebook, Google, and Amazon ads to drive traffic to your listings. Figure out what your royalty profit margins are and don’t spend more than that.

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About the Author

Cory is the content manager at Seller Labs. He has five years of experience doing strategic communications and professional writing. When he’s not typing you can usually find him getting dropped off the back of amateur cycling pelotons on the roads of Georgia.

  • Brendan

    Hi Corey…thanks for this…great article!. What are the other 14 ways to make money on Amazon?

  • Adam DB

    I’m in the queue for Merch. So far, Crickets. Been about 4 -6 weeks. Is this normal? Should I try again with a different email?

    • TJ Michaels

      Following…

    • Lin Watchorn

      It’s normal! It took like 4 months for me to get accepted.

      • Adam DB

        I see. Thanks for the input…. Waiting….:D

      • Ping Samson

        Hello. Is there a standard or recommended email format when requesting?

        • Cory Checketts

          You submit your request with your business name and Amazon is supposed to get back to you with an invite.

      • Cory Checketts

        I waited to here back from Amazon but I was told to just login and it worked. I didn’t need the invite, it just worked after two weeks. I don’t know if this is the case for everyone.

  • Massimo

    We can only have traffic here with paid advertising or we can build ranking on one t-shirt with simple organic traffic of Amazon as a normal product listing?

    • Cory Checketts

      Yes, you can run ads to your specific T-shirt and hope more people check out your other art.

  • Tommy Fountain

    Just went on amazon and searched “famous on amazon shirt” and was unable to find that shirt in the search results. Is there another way to find it?

  • Taz

    Found this article while searching for Merch by Amazon news. How’s Merch sales going for you 5 months later?

    • Cory Checketts

      Taz,

      Thanks for the comment. I haven’t had much luck with Merch by Amazon but I haven’t been pushing it too hard. But you need at least one sale per 30 days to keep your listing live. So you may want to purchase your own shirt at day 29.