The coronavirus is still dominating the world, so things didn’t quite return to normal yet.
Let’s take a look into how my April was doing in terms of my print on demand income.
Merch by Amazon
Overview of my sales on Merch by Amazon in April 2020
While MBA in the United States had to shut down production completely, the German marketplace is still able to generate sales. I’m really happy about that at the moment.
As a result, sales kept trickling in very consistently over the whole month, making me hopeful for the day when things get back to normal again.
In April I reached a total of 54 sales on Merch by Amazon. This corresponds to an increase of +15 % compared to the previous month, which reached 47 sales.
Those sales together generated roughly 121,40 € in royalties. This corresponds to a decrease of -1 % compared to the previous month, which reached 122,35 € in royalties.
I’m currently Tier 1000 with 700 slots filled, divided into 572 products on the German marketplace, 110 on the US marketplace, and 48 on the UK marketplace.
I really hope things at least stay stable and of course that MBA will reopen to publish more designs soon. Customer demand is obviously still there, no matter the ongoing crisis situation, which is also interesting to see.
Chart of my sales on Spreadshirt.de in April 2020
I gotta say, Spreadshirt.de really positively surprised me this month. Even though the royalties have been reduced a lot in March, during April I could see the promised impact of having increased sales throughout the month.
The question remains whether or not the new distribution model is fair for us designers, but that’s the downside of being dependent on a print on demand platform provider. At the moment, each sale and each earned royalty counts.
In April I reached a total of 40 sales on Spreadshirt.de. This corresponds to an increase of +186 % compared to the previous month, which reached 14 sales.
Those sales together generated roughly 130,85 € in royalties. This corresponds to an increase of +140 % compared to the previous month, which reached 54,50 € in royalties.
I currently have 1231 designs published on Spreadshirt.de.
Spreadshirt had to react on the coronavirus situation as well, by limiting uploads to a maximum of five per day now and each design going through manual review. So the platform is also pretty much on hold.
The most exciting news is that they launched face masks with custom designs recently. Small problem being that they got overwhelmed by the current demand and were out of material within two days. I hope they can drive up capacity for that, then things should get interesting.
Chart of my sales on Spreadshirt.com in April 2020
Once more, Spreadshirt.com was showing some weak signs of life. But sale is sale, especially during the current times.
In April I reached a total of 2 sales on Spreadshirt.com. This corresponds to a decrease of -33 % compared to the previous month, which reached 3 sales.
Those sales together generated roughly $ 14.00 in royalties. This corresponds to a decrease of -9 % compared to the previous month, which reached $ 15.33 in royalties.
I currently have 346 designs published on Spreadshirt.com.
Total Sales and Royalties
Adding the figures from all above platforms together amounts to a total of 96 sales. This corresponds to an increase of +50 % compared to the previous month, which reached 64 sales.
All sales together generated roughly 265,10 € in royalties that I earned. This corresponds to an increase of +39 % compared to the previous month, which reached 190,79 € in royalties.
Still, I don’t have any expenses that would need to be deducted from that amount. I am creating all designs by myself and do not pay for advertising, neither on social media nor on the Amazon platform.
Overall, April was a month for me to really tweak the foundation of my processes which I use to run this business. I put a lot of effort into refining a strategy that helps me to work as efficiently, but also as effectively as possible.
Results of that strategy won’t show in the short term, I am very sure of that. I hope that by the end of the year, I will be able to see that my efforts were worth the time.
We got this!
You can check out all my print on demand income reports to track my progress.
How are things going for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Honestly, I’m glad you’re making any sales at all… with so much uncertainty I’m a little surprised people are still buying clothes… but I guess with everyone’s increased time at home they might be getting a little bored with the more comfortable aspects of their wardrobe.
Thanks for sharing once again Benny!
I’m surprised myself, honestly. Especially that it keeps running as consistently as it is. For sure reduced, but consistent.
How are you holding up during those difficult times? Can you still manage to get your work done? ?
Yes, both my partner and I are extremely, extremely, extremely lucky and have both kept working this whole time. We actually have different rooms to work from so it’s been going really well.
If we had been quarantined in either of our previous apartments, it would have been a huge struggle.
That’s great then! Having a suitable environment at home to work properly is really a game changer in a situation like we have it now. More people will set up their home office space properly as we speak, I’m very sure.