I have been working recently to expand my source of income generated through my art career. I am getting my work on various merchandise and available for purchase through multiple locales online. I am basically bypassing the middleman here by using companies that make the items, sell the items, and ship the items. What I do is spend oodles of time designing each product and posting them for sale through my online stores.
Design personalized gifts at Zazzle.
Oodles of time. Earlier this week I spent about 2 days non-stop working on my Zazzle and deviantArt stores. I may have gotten 3 sections relatively completed on Zazzle and most basic stuff on deviantART. I haven’t really even touched CafePress yet, that will happen when I’ve got those other sections completed. I’m not too impressed with deviantART. There’s almost no way to customize your items and I might just remove them from there because of that. Zazzle has an impressive setup where you can pretty much do anything you want to each item you create with colors, text (with as many fonts as you could possibly need), customizable objects, and variations on those objects. So I upload the images I want to use, which takes forever since you want a high quality image otherwise you’ll get some nasty pixelation on your products, then I specify what I’d like to make. For example, a mug. I *love* mugs as anyone who knows me knows. They have so many variations on mugs I’m in mug-heaven. You can make mugs, ties, skateboards, postcards, gift cards, mousepads, shirts, and more. CafePress has SIGG bottles and I think I even saw throw pillows of all things.
So what I do it I select the product, choose it’s type size and sometimes colors, than I arrange my image on it and add my ‘by Kathryn Koozer’ text somewhere where it doesn’t intrude on the beauty of the item. After I have it looking how I want it I have to name the item, write a description, define the categories where it is publicly listed, figure out how much to sell it for and so on. According to Zazzle they make 1% on each sale, and then you as the merchant put a markup on their base price (the cost to make it and their 1%) to define how much you make from each sale.
My mother was kind enough to purchase a set of MultiBlue greeting cards, mostly to inspect the quality. The quality is exceptional. The paper is high quality in the card. The image on the front looks fantastic and I’m really picky about that sort of thing. Even the envelopes that came with them were of a quality you won’t see in store bought cards. The cards and the envelopes came in a nice see through plastic box and then packed with an invoice plus a little Zazzle card. The only downside is that they used packing peanuts. Overall I am very pleased with Zazzle so far.
– Kathryn Koozer
See my work:
On Merchandise – Zazzle