Make Money With Merch by Amazon

Make Money With Merch by Amazon

Merch by Amazon ReviewThere is yet another way to make money by Amazon!  People who do Zazzle will love this because Amazon now has their own POD (Print on Demand) program called Merch by Amazon.

If you are currently doing POD on Zazzle, Café Press, Society 6 you will want to take a look because Amazon has the market share to pull this off and you can make money with merch by Amazon too.

Cupcake Demon Shirt by Serafiume

I am pretty excited about this because Zazzle has become a nice little steady income stream but so many people don’t even know what it is!

Three days ago I uploaded this image to Merch by Amazon that my son designed a few years ago. This has been sitting on Zazzle for 3 years without a single sale.

Today on Amazon it sold. Three days.

You can bet that I am going to be busy over the next few days! Not only that, the royalty is about 40% and up. To get this much royalty on Zazzle you would need to sell the shirt for way too high a price to ever get sales.

You won’t be abandoning Zazzle because right now Merch by Amazon is still in it’s infancy and the program is only a few months old at the time of writing this article.  While Zazzle has POD products that you have not even thought of yet, Amazon has only tshirts and nothing else.  Not even a mug!  But I’m sure that will change over time.

How Do You Make Money with Amazon Merch?

  • First you need an invitation and you need to let them know you want to be invited!  So do that right away  atmerch by amazon because it took 3 months for me to finally get my approval.
  • While you are waiting to be approved, start getting some designs ready to upload.
  • Basically, you will upload your images onto the Merch by Amazon board and place it on a tshirt, choosing up to 5 colors (at this time) per shirt design.  Submit your design to the marketing machine that is Amazon and watch the dashboard for your royalties!

How is Merch by Amazon different from Zazzle?

This section is for those of you currently using Zazzle. There are a few differences both good and bad.

  • The royalties are higher, much higher.  My son made $8 on a $19.99 shirt. You can price the shirts higher than that and Amazon’s portion doesn’t change, so you can make more than 40%.
  • You can have private listings so if you design a special shirt for a private function or group, you can sell those shirts at cost if you want and they are also not in the marketplace.  Just give your group the URL for ordering.
  • You don’t have an actual store front like you do on Zazzle or on Amazon as a normal Amazon third party seller.  Amazon is the store front and is selling your shirt.
  • There isn’t as yet a place to put behind the scenes keyword phrases as there is with product listings.
  • There are only 2 items, a relaxed fit shirt or a closer fitting shirt.  No long sleeve shirts or tanks or hoodies.  I think this will come in time.

What Do I Need to Make Money With Merch By Amazon ?

Not a whole heck of a lot!

That is the beauty of it!  You can finally sell on Amazon without buying any Inventory!  All you need is images just like on Zazzle.  You can use your own photos, artwork and made up images and slogans.  I use Photoshop Elements as it gives you the power of Photoshop but it’s not overkill.  You get exactly what you need.  You can also use Gimp which is free.

Amazon provides templates that you can download into photoshop, adobe and gimp.  All you need after that is your imagination!

I did buy this Merch Life book to get me started.  Each page in the book has a link to a short video to walk you through the steps.  I also highly, highly recommend Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.  And no, it’s not about stealing, it’s about finding your own creativity and is very inspiring!

Merch Life: An Introduction to Using Merch By Amazon to Design Shirts and Make MoneyAdobe Photoshop Elements 14Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative


Well, I hope to be writing more about how to make money with Amazon merch as I get more into it and figure out what sells and what doesn’t!  I just wanted to tell you right away so that you can get your invitation in there!

Happy Merch Life!

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36 Responses to Make Money With Merch by Amazon

  1. Robin Rue says:

    This sounds great for small business owners. I have always been a fan of Amazon anyways 🙂

  2. I am a small business owner but we aren’t really “selling” a hold in your hand product. When we expand this will be great for business. Bookmarking this for later.

    • anitabreeze says:

      It was originally set up for game app developers as a way to brand themselves by offering game tshirts. I think it’s a great branding tool for a small business.

  3. Heather Burns says:

    thank you, Anita! I will apply today!

  4. Linda Jo Martin says:

    Thanks for telling us about this! I’m ready… already made my application and will start working on designs, hoping for an approval to that application. Yay… I’m excited about Merch. I also want to give a second thumbs-up to that “Steal Like An Artist” book. Definitely a fun read and worthy of consideration.

    • anitabreeze says:

      It could take a bit of time to be approved, I thought it would never happen! But it finally did so be patient and get some designs ready to go!

  5. Ashley @irishred02 says:

    I had no idea Amazon was doing a service like this. I have a friend who could definitely use it!

  6. Rebecca Bryant says:

    How cool. I know lot of people who use Zazzle. Will have to show them this.

  7. I have never heard of this. Wonder if it is only in the USA?

  8. That is a service that I have never heard of. I am amazed at what Amazon does these days.

  9. Ashley Sparks Mullins says:

    I didn’t know any of this. Cool! I’m going to pass this on to some people I know that can benefit! Thank! 🙂

  10. Amanda Love says:

    That’s great. While I knew about Zazzle I’ve never personally used it. I also heard about Amazon Merch but don’t think I’ll ever use it either. Great for those wanting to sell their own stuff.

  11. What a great way to earn extra money. I am an Amazon affiliate but I have never heard of Merch. I so am going to have to check this out!

    • Anita says:

      Amazon is great! There are currently 4 ways that I earn income from them, all different departments within Amazon. It’s pretty good!

  12. I had no idea Amazon was doing a service like this.I will definitely check it out!

  13. Thank you so much for writing this. I have been on cafepress and zazzle since cafepress was new. I loved Cafepress when it was new, but it has too many products now and too much competition. I mean it takes like an hour or 2 to put a design on as many products as you can creating like 25 versions of the same design. Zazzle is easy to upload, but no real marketplace. I don’t have time to advertise a store, and you don’t get a return on investment when you make a dollar or 2 per sale. But this, I can do. I hope they send the invite. Thank you again.

    IF YOU ARE DESIGNING SHIRTS!!!! Please check out the website I listed with comment luv (TheWriteMoms). I am putting a lot of art and graphic elements into public domain on there. I just started putting it in a woo commerce as products so that you can search my images, so it will take a few months to get everything on there, but it’s still a good site in progress. It’s not self-promotion if you are giving away stuff right?
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    • Anita says:

      Yes, I agree with you about the other POD sites! They have become unwieldy with trying to keep up with putting things on so many products! Amazon has just the tshirts but what they do have is buyers. Lots of them! Thanks for sharing about your public domain items, I WILLL check it out!

  14. Linda says:

    Hi Anita. Do you need to set up a .com seller’s account or can I use my .ca account?

    • Anita says:

      Neither! It’s a completely separate account from your Seller’s account. Go to to request an invitation and set up your account.

  15. Debbie says:

    Great info! I saw in the application for Merch a place for your website. Is a website required for approval? I have one, but my son is looking into this so it’s not related to my site.

  16. Candra Scott says:

    So, you have to be a business owner in order to participate?

  17. Dinesh says:

    wow amazing
    waiting since 1 month
    hope i will get approval soon
    is there any country restrictions by merch.Amazon?

    • Anita says:

      I’m in Canada and they allowed me to do it. Since you are not moving inventory over any borders, seems like you could be from anywhere. Good luck!

      • Lisa says:

        Hi Anita,
        I’m from Canada too and I’ve been approved but the I’m having trouble putting in my bank info. The info is correct but it just returns to the same screen without telling me what’s wrong, if anything. Because of this, none of my designs ca go live. Can you tell me what bank you’re with, and if you had any issues with your bank info in the beginning?

        • Anita says:

          I am actually using a US bank account that I opened in Washington state, so not much help to you there. I would open a case with merch support. Good luck!

  18. Juan Pham says:

    Now, I am an affiliate of Amazon but my commission from Amazon affiliate is very small.

    I need to change into Merch of Amazon. What resource do I need to work with Merch (I don’t have photoshop skill ).

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    • Anita says:

      You can use a free program called Gimp. There are many free tutorials for photoshop and Merch. I would join Chris Green’s group called Merch By Amazon, you can find many resources there. Good luck!

  19. I was wondering… can I sell the same design on Zazzle, Cafepress, and Amazon? I’d like to if it’s allowed.

    • Anita says:

      Yes, I believe that is ok but be sure to check the Terms of Service on each site. I know it’s fine for Zazzle and Amazon but I don’t use Cafe press.

  20. Dave Briggs says:

    I have just started with merch. I have a couple of questions –
    Is anyone from the UK here, and have you received payment?
    Also, if I promote my shirts through my own affiliate links, and i breaking any TOS?

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    • Anita says:

      You are allowed to promote your Merch shirts with your own affiliate link, I did ask that question. But always a good idea to stay updated on the Merch TOS in case they change things.

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