Wednesday, April 13, 2016

POD Contests and Giveaways

POD Marketplace Giveaways
Giveaways for a gift certificate or item with your choice of design  from a POD marketplace.  You can use you're winnings to buy  your own stuff sold through these PODS.   The "at" places listed on the giveaways below are the blogs hosting the giveaway (just keeps them separate so you can tell where you've entered already)

(6/23) $100 Zazzle Giftcard


POD Artist Giveaways
Giveaways for something specific, or from a specific Shop

(5/26) Father's Day Package (Including Best Dad Ever Zazzle MUG) (UK ONLY)


Design Contests
Art/design contests you can enter.  Talent required.

(5/24) Spoonflower Bucketfeed Challenge
Submit ocean themed designs you think would look good on shoes.


Other Giveaways POD Sellers May Like
More giveaways for items that might be especially useful to POD designers.

(6/30) Automated Quilting Machine
(Weekly) Rush Order Tees

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How To Design for Cups

Zazzle put out a great little  video on how to design thier new paper cups.  This is the first product with a conical backgroup image, so it's important to know how designing for that is different than designing for other full bleed images.

Learn how to design our new custom paper cups.
You'll be ready to party in no time!

Friday, March 4, 2016

HTML Removed from Zazzle Product Descriptions Today

Sad to see the ability to put HTML in product descriptions go.  Here's what Zazzle announced Tueday  (click here for full announcement)...

Starting approximately Friday, March 4, HTML will not be accepted in the description field for any new products being published going forward. Beginning approximately Wednesday, March 23, existing HTML in product descriptions will be removed from the site. Rest assured that any initial text-only paragraph will remain in your product descriptions, with only HTML removed.

If you have products which currently use HTML in their descriptions, we suggest that you review these products to save any information you may wish to keep related to the HTML used for your own reference, and/or remove this HTML yourself to ensure that your product descriptions will display exactly how you would like them after this update.
 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

POD Giveaways

POD Marketplace Giveaways
Giveaways for a gift certificate or item with your choice of design  from a POD marketplace.  You can use you're winnings to buy  your own stuff sold through these PODS.   The "at" places listed on the giveaways below are the blogs hosting the giveaway (just keeps them separate so you can tell where you've entered already)

(11/27) £50 voucher at Chelsea Mamma (UK ONLY)
(12/9) $50 Boom Boom Prints Gift Card


Other Useful Giveaways
More giveaways for items that might be especially useful to POD designers.

(11/30) Cricut Paper Cutter/Printer 
(12/10) Coastermatic Custom Coasters

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zazzle Quick Create Organization

I wanted to share how I organized my quick create templates and how I organize adding new products.

Since Zazzle started adding new products almost every week, it became too much to add EVERY DESIGN to new products as soon as they came out.  So, I started making a single quick create template for the new products that were added in the last month or two.  When I first started I made a separate one for full bleed/tiled designs and for centered designs...but I've since changed to putting these both in the same template section (ie category) and than deleting the ones I don't want during the quick create process (this just turned out to be easier--especially since some of my designs look good both tiled and centered).   I title each quick create template section  by date.

I do have a few I do by topic.  Zazzle had so many edible products come out about the same time I put them in one place, and I have a separate baby template section, and if there's enough I sometimes make separate template sections for products I think mainly women will use and more unisex or manly products. 

I all a lot with quick create as soon as I'm finished with a template, but save seasonal designs for a month or two before the season starts.

I found it was hard to remember what designs I had already added by quick create...so I made a spreadsheet of designs and template sections to keep track of that. 

So, how do you organize your quick create templates or otherwise organize how you add new products?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Changes in Guitar Pick Price

I just noticed some changes in the guitar pick individual and  bulk prices at Zazzle (not sure when it happened).

Individual pick prices have gone down...they used to be somewhere around $15 or $16 each, and that has now gone down to $13.95.  So that's better!

But, bulk prices got worse:

USED TO BE: 
75% OFF when you buy 5
85% OFF when you buy 10
95% OFF when you buy 50


There were some more levels, but I don't remember them...those ones I had written down on an ad.

NOW THEY ARE:
50% OFF when you buy 5
75% OFF when you buy 10
80% OFF when you buy 50
85% OFF when you buy 100
90% OFF when you buy 200

Can't even get to 95% off anymore.  DOH.

I mean, it's still not bad but, sad to see the lower bulk prices go.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

New PODS Discovered

I update the Big List of PODS often...and I just realized it might be a good idea to let everyone know what I added.  In the last few months I've added several to the list, including...

Tone Threads
This is a POD specifically for musicians.  You can sell through your own shop/site or through BandCamp.com.
Boom Boom Prints
A print on demand shop aimed mainly at baby and kids clothes and room decor.  
Oarttes
POD site focusing on full bleed, artistic t-shirts.  
This site offers a set commission rate of $3 to $6.50 per item on T-shirts, Phone Cases, and Prints.
Print All Over Me
As the name suggests, this site features items that can be printed completely, all over every inch.
Deny Designs
A site primarily focused on home and decor design.  They are looking for artist but don't give many details about commission rates, how the site works for artists, ect
There may be some more, but I can't remember which ones I added when.  I'll try to be better at updating on the main blog when a new POD is added in the future though.