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Hi everyone!

I'm trying to investigate and understand how I can get started in the tshirt business as a side job or hobby.

After a lot of searching on the site, it seems like it would be better for me to get started using services like zazzle so that I don't have to commit a large money investment.

But I can't grasp how effective zazzle is for people starting up. Is there anyone that is making $50-200 per month selling on zazzle that would kindly share their profile? I just want to get a sense of what/and how much I should be looking to build before expecting a small amount of money back.

Thanks for any help! :)
 

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Hi everyone!

I'm trying to investigate and understand how I can get started in the tshirt business as a side job or hobby.

After a lot of searching on the site, it seems like it would be better for me to get started using services like zazzle so that I don't have to commit a large money investment.

But I can't grasp how effective zazzle is for people starting up. Is there anyone that is making $50-200 per month selling on zazzle that would kindly share their profile? I just want to get a sense of what/and how much I should be looking to build before expecting a small amount of money back.

Thanks for any help! :)
Zazzle sucks dude, they don't care how your stuff looks on screen compared to the final product. So if you don't know anything about graphics and you give them a low res jpg, they will in turn take your jpg, blow it up to fit your garment and print it as is, looking like s***. 90% of there work is DTG and not true screen printing, i would not recommend them for what you want to do unless you just want to make a bunch of pissed off customers.

Also they cost way to much, you will not make any profit, at least nothing to write home about.

Find a local screen printer and support your community in this economic down time or even find a real screen printer online to help you.
Good Luck!!
 

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But I can't grasp how effective zazzle is for people starting up. Is there anyone that is making $50-200 per month selling on zazzle that would kindly share their profile? I just want to get a sense of what/and how much I should be looking to build before expecting a small amount of money back.
Not via Zazzle, but I've made that and more from CafePress.

Looking at someone else's profile wouldn't help you much though, as the thing that matters the most is how well you can advertise and market the designs you have. I would say it matters even more than how good the designs are.

Zazzle sucks dude, they don't care how your stuff looks on screen compared to the final product.
I don't think that's true at all. Most print on demand places (including Zazzle) have high quality standards that they maintain. No business wants to put out a bad product that is just going to get returned (they have a 30 day return policy)

90% of there work is DTG and not true screen printing
Just because they don't use screen printing doesn't mean that the quality isn't there.

They are offering a print on demand service (which screen printing can't offer) and it is great for those that don't want to make the investment in getting a bunch of t-shirts printed up that may or may not sell.
 

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Hi everyone!

I'm trying to investigate and understand how I can get started in the tshirt business as a side job or hobby.

After a lot of searching on the site, it seems like it would be better for me to get started using services like zazzle so that I don't have to commit a large money investment.

But I can't grasp how effective zazzle is for people starting up. Is there anyone that is making $50-200 per month selling on zazzle that would kindly share their profile? I just want to get a sense of what/and how much I should be looking to build before expecting a small amount of money back.

Thanks for any help! :)
Absolutely agree with what Rodney had to say. Just to add, I personally do make that and more at Zazzle, but it takes considerable amount of work. This is not a “get rich quick” kind of business, but if you like what you do, have some good ideas, have ability to promote your stuff and are ready for a long haul, Zazzle might be for you. As a side note, Zazzle treats their artists way better than CP does. I know this for a fact from personal experience. Best of luck!
 

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This is not a “get rich quick” kind of business, but if you like what you do, have some good ideas, have ability to promote your stuff and are ready for a long haul, Zazzle might be for you.
I agree. The biggest consideration with Zazzle, CafePress, or any other similar sites, is that they will take a large cut of everything you make. You need to mark up your prices pretty high to make anything at all.

I'd compare the trade off between a service like these and just selling from a personal site to a mall store vs. a free standing store. The mall guarantees foot traffic, but likely charges you higher rent to be there. The freestanding store needs to be built up with a high amount of advertising and promotion, but you get more freedom and a bigger piece of the pie.
 

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To earn a reasonably good amount of money with zazzle, you will have to put a considerable amount of effort in. You will need to make your store look appealing to customers, have lots of selection in your store, and you will also need to promote your products too.

The golden rule to zazzle is to just keep on creating high quality products with a good title, description and tags. Oh yeah, a nice SEO tip that I found out is to make sure that you repeat your title in your description and tags, and also to describe your product as others would see it.

To promote my store I try to get as much backlinks as I can by leaving my link in forums and on blogs. I also use squidoo to market my zazzle products.

Good luck ;)
 

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I have a Zazzle store myself (zazzle.com/pbclothing). I actually forgot about it. It's been a few months since I've been there. I bought two of my own products just to see how they look. I got a white tee and a black tee to see how the design comes up on both.

If you know how to set up the proper file in the right resolution (I usually over-size it just to be safe) the print quality actually isn't bad. For dark colors (like black) it's not so good. The design I got was my PBC Coat of Arms design which has a few shades of gray (dark, medium and light). After the first wash everything lightened so much that even the dark gray was very light. Which made me very unhappy because it was intended to be like a shadow in the background but after washing it once those dark parts of the design stood out way too much.

I'd say if you want to do it just for fun go for it but don't expect to make any serious profit from them. They take their huge cut before you get their loose change. I usually don't mark up any of my items on there just because I can't justify charging someone $20+ for that quality product where the print will fade that much after the first wash. The last time I forgot about my Zazzle store I logged in to see that I had actually made several sales. Probably about 15 products. I was excited even though my cut was only about $34. It filled my tank, but I wouldn't expect much more from their service.
 

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Thanks for all these inputs on my question. "Getting rich" isn't my priority here, and that's why I was asking about low profit. I'm more of a business guy and just think it would be freak'in awesome to say that I got a production line together to throw down some nice T's for people.

Thanks so much everyone
 

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Been With Zazzle For Over 10 Years....
Was GREAT The First 5-6 Years.. They Claimed To NEVER Become Like The Other Design Sites.. Café Press, Etc...
They Had A GREAT Bonus Plan, Customizable Shops, And Advertising For Your Shop & Stuff Was EASY, WORTH THE TIME..
In The First 5-6 Years I Made Over 12 Thousand Dollars Just By Putting In A Few Hours Per Week.... There Were People EASILY Earning A Living There.... "THEN" Once Zazzle "SOLD OUT" To The Likes Of MARVEL, DISNEY, ETC. They DESTROYED The ZAZZLE PARADISE... Lucky To make The 50 Dollars A Month... More Like 25.00 Now... Haven't Seen A Bonus in 4-5 Years... They DESTROYED The Customized Shop Option, Bonus Program, All The Links And Advertising People Built Up On The Web From The Time They Opened To 2011...... Recently The Started CHARGING For PAYMENT PROCESSING.... They've Become The TWIN Of CAFE PRESS..... Only (NOT YET) Zazzle Doesn't CHARGE For Shops... GREED IS AN UGLY THING.... There Are MANY T-SHIRT OPTIONS Out There That You Can use That Are CHEAPER, EASIER TO SELL ETC.. They Make You Make A Certain Amount Of T's, ONCE You Reach That Sales Level, They Will SHIP And You'll be Paid Your Cut... Look Them Up... ZAZZLE SUCKS!
 

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Hi everyone!

I'm trying to investigate and understand how I can get started in the tshirt business as a side job or hobby.

After a lot of searching on the site, it seems like it would be better for me to get started using services like zazzle so that I don't have to commit a large money investment.

But I can't grasp how effective zazzle is for people starting up. Is there anyone that is making $50-200 per month selling on zazzle that would kindly share their profile? I just want to get a sense of what/and how much I should be looking to build before expecting a small amount of money back.

Thanks for any help! :)
you are looking to make a few hundred bucks try direct sales i am new to screen printing and i make 200.00 a day at my local flea market .i have about 50 designs and most are one colorand a 100.00 press will get you started . or order heat transfers and make them up as you go . truth be told nobody but zazzel or cafe press are going to benefit from them selling your art work .
 

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I hit the right niche at the right time when I first started. Made 300 USD my first month(first ACTUAL month doesn't count since they skipped that first month).

When I was active(about 20 designs per week), I made double or triple that depending on the time of year. Christmas normally has a huge influx of sales.

I stopped for over a year and still make an okay amount in passive income. Haven't skipped a payment because I didn't make the $50 minimum.

Zazzle works, but to get paid out immediately you need to find a niche that isn't filled and throw as many designs into it as fast as you can. If you try to make designs based on what everyone already has out, it'll take a very long time before you see any money. If you can hit the first page on zazzle with a popular keyword, you'll see some money.

Honestly, I haven't sold many T-shirts. T-shirts on zazzle are pretty low quality. Everything they print on paper though, is really good quality. Postcards, greeting cards, business cards... these are what I normally get high reviews for and what ends up selling the most. It doesn't matter how good the quality is of a t-shirt design I make when the shirt prints out horribly. Haven't gotten less than a 5 star rating on anything printed on paper though.
 
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