Don’t Waste Your Time with Spreadshirt

I decided to try selling on other sites and uploaded some of my designs on spreadshirt.com .  It turned out to be a big waste of time!  It’s free to create an account, that’s were the good part ends.

I created my account and started uploading and adding my designs to products such as shirts, coffee mugs, wall art prints and such.  I spend hours adding the designs to the products making sure they were aligned properly on the merchandise, adding key words and descriptions for my designs etc.

Two days later I logged into spreadshirt.com to see how my store was coming along and all my designs got REJECTED!!! by spreadshirt.com and they didn’t add them.

My designs either had a note saying that they didn’t meet their standards, this included some of my best selling wall art in Etsy, or that Rights unaccounted for.

Provided Reasons for Rejection:

Reasons for rejection: Rights unaccounted for

Reasons for rejection: Marketplace Standards

Reasons for rejection: Design Quality

These are products that I have been selling on Etsy for years and having printed at shutterfly with no quality problems.

Don’t waste your time with these losers!

Larger Ecommerce Platforms and Small Shops

I’ve been doing lots of analysis recently on how ecommerce has modified. With AI being the forefront now, appears as if natural search has passed by the wayside.

With ecommerce being dominated by giants now, I suppose it’s no shock to any of us small companies that selecting to make use of a platform like that is giving over management of our livelihood.  Google, Facebook, and so forth all management what we see, what we hear and finally, who we purchase from.  When I search now for handmade objects, it’s fairly evident that solely those that have deep pockets are the one ones I see.  Gone from the primary few pages of search are the distinctive outlets which can be all changed with “Amazon”, “Etsy”, “Personalization Mall”, “Wayfair”, “Walmart” so it’s clear our identities are being stripped and we have gotten only a pawn to be manipulated as they see match.

For the primary time in a very long time I’m not enthusiastic about promoting the merchandise I like to create. I’ve this argument with myself after I go to checklist about why do I wish to even trouble and waste my time.  Etsy will solely present it as soon as in a blue moon, prospects will solely discover it in the event that they actually get artistic in looking out or probably by a direct hyperlink from pinterest or fb, and the paltry sum of money made in the long run ~ is it value it anymore?

We are not in control of our enterprise and how a lot we make.  I suppose even these platforms are leaning towards a socialistic stance in that they’re taking duty for a way a lot anybody can earn.  I used to have 4 women working for me and now it’s simply me. I hate to see what the subsequent few years deliver for those who take the chance, make investments all the things together with emotional and monetary effectively being solely to have it manipulated in methods you by no means would have imagined.

Being a maker was an exquisite expertise for me ~ up till I misplaced management of my very own future.

 

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Promoting on Social Media isn’t all it’s Cracked up to be

I discovered this fascinating article that just about sums up how I’ve felt all alongside (I not have any social media). And to be trustworthy I additionally really feel this manner about Etsy’s try and make us need to pay to advertise our gadgets to be seen. :/

In any case, that is the article

Attention-grabbing quotes from the article:

”All of us reside in a lie that’s created by these corporations themselves. They’ve satisfied us that the one means we are able to attain out to our clients is by Social Media. However that’s not true in any respect. Many nice companies prior to now and even now have reached their clients with none assist from social media in any respect.”

”Right here’s a latest publish summarizing the outcomes of analyzing over 43 million Fb posts by 20,000 prime manufacturers on Fb. The outcomes are miserable. The examine finds that prime pages are posting much more now as a result of engagements have dropped by as a lot as 70%. Fb modifications its algorithms typically, and so they’re exhausting to comply with. This makes it extremely exhausting for companies, particularly newer ones, to remain on prime of their advertising and marketing recreation and attain their supposed audiences except they shill out tons of cash.

It’s the identical story for all main social media platforms. In brief, social media advertising and marketing is lifeless. Higher make investments your money and time someplace else.”

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How to promote your shop outside of Etsy?

I’ve tried promoted listings, pinterest and facebook adverts, and am unsure how to measure success on my campaigns – it looks like I’m dropping an excessive amount of cash with these with out virtually any return. What have you ever tried to market your shop that has labored for your Etsy enterprise? What free choices have labored finest for you? I do know e mail is a favourite means to attain prospects, however I’m unsure how to entice prospects to join to obtain them.

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