Merch by Amazon is Amazon's newest platform for content creators. It allows anyone to create and sell shirts right on Amazon's website with no upfront costs or minimum print runs. Anyone can now easily create custom branded shirts that their fans will love to wear. This course will help you get started and learn how to use the platform both optimally and creatively.
In this course, students will learn about the Merch by Amazon platform, the image requirements (dimensions and resolution), the royalty calculation system, and the content policies. Students will also learn about the different options and settings in their Merch by Amazon accounts and how to use them to optimize their shirt designs.
If you want to fast-track your understanding of the Merch by Amazon platform and get your shirt designs live and offered for sale on Amazon in as little as a few hours, then this course is for you. Students who complete this course will find that they have a better understanding of the technical aspects of the Merch by Amazon platform as well as the tools needed to create successful shirt designs.
Merch by Amazon is an absolutely incredible platform. This course will also show you the bigger opportunities that Amazon is offering by letting content creators upload print on demand shirt designs. Once a student completes this course, they will be able to use the Merch by Amazon platform for themself as well as be able to teach it to others.
In this video, we upload the artwork and create a brand new shirt listing on Amazon using Merch by Amazon to show just how easy it is to create product pages. The finer details of this process are broken down in later videos.
Just three weeks into the launch of Merch by Amazon and there are already two big changes!
First, they are limiting the number of shirt designs that a creator can upload. They now have a tiered system where you will be limited on how many listings you can upload related to how many shirts you are actually selling. I was worried that this may happen because in all of my experience with Amazon, I know that they want a great customer experience on the Amazon website and it wouldn't take long for some creators to start uploading 'I Love Frogs' and 'I Love Sushi' and 'I Love Leaves' and then 'Bill Loves Frogs' and 'Bill Loves Sushi' and 'Bill Love Leaves' and then 'Sally Loves Frogs' and well I think you get what I'm trying to say.
BONUS TIP: Even if your shirts aren't selling (yet), you can still up your design limit with a PAY TO PLAY model of just buying your own shirts. Think about it; if your ideas and designs are wrth putting on Amazon, then buying a single copy of one of your shirts should be worth it.
Second, the program has seen such a great response that they are extending their shipping lead times to customers from 2-3 days + Prime shipping to 5-7 days + Prime shipping. This is not something that content creators can control but pass it along to any customers or traffic that you may be sending to your Amazon listings.
In this video, we walk through the basic account settings that need to be configured prior to uploading shirt designs. These settings include your business info, your banking info (to receive royalty payments), and your tax information.
In this video, we take a detailed look at the Merch by Amazon dashboard. The features here include Creating, Promoting, Managing, and Analyzing your items.
Merch by Amazon provides some amazing resources for their users. In this video, we walk through each section and outline the information in each.
These are the Best Practices directly from Amazon. Direct link also provided to stay up to date on any possible changes.
These are the Content Policies directly from Amazon. Direct link also provided to stay up to date on any possible changes.
In this video, we take a detailed look at the Photoshop PSD file and how you can use it to create great Merch by Amazon shirt designs. Direct downloads of Amazon templates included.
I ordered several shirts with the full 4500 x 5400, 300 dpi images used and they are a bit big. This is a 15" x 18" images on a shirt. Amazon's own Best Practices state:
Artwork sizing and placement
In the video tutorial series, I use Photoshop CC. Others are using GIMP or Paint.NET.
Need to learn to edit photos? There are some awesome sites out there that can help you learn photo editing including YouTube, Udemy, and Lynda.
In most of my videos, I use Photoshop CS5. Full installs of Photoshop can be expensive. Adobe does offer a version for $9.99/month called Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). In the following videos, I'll show the Photoshop techniques that I use within Photoshop CC. There are many different photo editing programs out there. Some install on your computer, some run in a browser, some are free and some are paid. There are A TON of free videos online (YouTube especially) with free tutorials for any specific Photoshop task that you are trying to do.
If you use Photoshop CC, PLEASE watch the free tutorial videos in their Welcome section.
In this video, we look at using the Photoshop tool called Magic Wand as well as demonstrate Photoshop Layers.
In this video, we take an image and copy & paste the part that we want to edit into a new image. Then we transform and resize the image. We use the Magic Wand and several keyboard shortcuts. This video will help you learn how to manipulate images in Photoshop.
In this video, you'll learn how to take a screen capture or screen cap, create a new image, and paste the screen capture to create an editable image. On Mac, use Command + Control + Shift + 3. For PC, you may have to Google how your setup takes screen captures. Once you have a screen capture created, you can then crop the image to get just the part that you want.
Chris is the co-founder ScanPower, the premier suite of apps and programs for professional Amazon sellers, in 2010 with his business partner, Paul Retherford. He has been selling online since the '90s, has sold millions of dollars worth of products online, spoken at dozens of events across the country, mentored hundreds of online sellers, and published several books.In addition to helping hundreds of online sellers run profitable businesses, Chris enjoys leveraging new technologies such as on-demand printing, 3D printing, and drones. Look, if you sell products online, it doesn't matter what they are, where you got them or where you want to sell them. Just put the pieces together and make a profit. And if you have a passion for something, Chris can give you a dozen ideas on how to make that your fulltime job making good money.