Welcome to the first edition of my print on demand income report for the first month of this new decade. To document my own progress I will from now on share a monthly overview of the development of each platform that I am using.
At the moment, I do not use any kind of advertisement to promote my shirt designs on any platform. Therefore all sales are organic.
Let’s get into it.
Merch by Amazon
Overview of my sales on Merch by Amazon in January 2020
Contrary to my own expectations, January was another record-breaking month for me on Merch by Amazon.
In January I reached a total of 321 sales on Merch by Amazon. This corresponds to an increase of +74 % compared to the previous month, which reached 185 sales.
Those sales together generated roughly 776,77 € in royalties. This corresponds to an increase of +31 % compared to the previous month, which reached 594,74 € in royalties.
I’m currently Tier 1000 with 1000 slots filled, divided into 870 products on the German marketplace, 79 on the US marketplace, and 51 on the UK marketplace.
This increase was driven by one particular set of shirt designs that performed exceptionally well. I received a couple of bulk orders with 10 or more shirts per order, which never happened before.
Chart of my sales on Spreadshirt.de in January 2020
On Spreadshirt.de I clearly saw the difference between the Christmas season in December and the following first month of the new year.
In January I reached a total of 16 sales on Spreadshirt.de. This corresponds to a decrease of -70 % compared to the previous month, which reached 53 sales.
Those sales together generated roughly 114,38 € in royalties. This corresponds to an increase of -70 % compared to the previous month, which reached 383,95 € in royalties.
I currently have 971 designs published on Spreadshirt.de.
I am still very happy about the more and more consistenly coming sales on this platform and the high royalties that seem to work on it. Looking forward to close the white gaps in the chart as the year progresses.
Chart of my sales on Spreadshirt.com in January 2020
Spreadshirt.com hasn’t really gained any traction so far. I only upload to it since it fits well into my workflow of uploading to Spreadshirt.de. Since most of my designs focus on the German market though, I only upload designs that work anywhere in the world to this platform.
In January I reached a total of 1 sale on Spreadshirt.com. This equals the previous month, which also reached 1 sale.
This one sale didn’t even generate any royalties, as I had forgotten to set a price for the design that sold. But to keep this income report complete — this corresponds to an increase of -100 % compared to the previous month, which reached $ 8.46 in royalties.
I currently have 255 designs published on Spreadshirt.com.
I will keep uploading the designs that make sense, but don’t have any expectations for a big increase in sales on this platform for this year.
Total Sales and Royalties
Adding the figures from all above platforms together amounts to a total of 338 sales. This corresponds to an increase of +41 % compared to the previous month, which reached 239 sales.
All sales together generated roughly 891,41 € in royalties that I earned. This corresponds to a decrease of -10 % compared to the previous month, which reached 986,24 € in royalties.
As mentioned in the beginning, at the moment 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.
Considering the fact that my sales increased by a good amount, while my royalties only decreased slightly compared to December, I am very happy about those results. Especially since January is said to be the beginning of the weakest quarter of the year for print on demand in general.
Looking forward to hear how you started into the new year in terms of print on demand in the comments below!