Resolution limitation and/or durable watermarking for design preview images
Does Merch by Amazon allow designers to do either, or both, of the following? 1. Set a maximum limit on the resolution (size) of their designs' preview images made available to shoppers (and to everyone else on the web). 2. Add substantially-sized, very-difficult-to-remove watermarks to their designs' preview images. I've been wanting to start a Print-On-Demand business for YEARS now, but the major, reputable players that have acceptable pricing ALL insist on forcing me to allow preview images of my original copyrighted designs that are excessively high-resolution enough for thieves to steal them, upscale them and illegally re-sell my designs themselves. Some services add a useless CSS-overlaid separate watermark image that's trivial to bypass because it's not actually PART OF the design preview image. I don't want to do free design work for an army of Internet thieves who simply don't care about breaking copyright laws! Laws aren't enough; the above two technical measures are vitally necessary! Can someone please tell me if they are possible on Merch by Amazon or will be soon? I HAVE seen shirts for sale on Amazon where the design IS resolution-limited, but I'm not sure if they're Merch by Amazon items, or FBA items, or some other kind of item. Thanks!
> Thanks for sharing your opinions on this! We've > escalated your thoughts and concerns to the > appropriate teams and will ping this thread if we > have any news to report. Thank you very much, Justin!
J said: > The clues I see that tell me these aren't Merch items > is... I just discovered something interesting... an Amazon blog post where Amazon themselves explicitly declare a shirt to be a Merch by Amazon shirt, and yet when you view the shirt, grab the zoomed preview "1500" URL and change it to "5000", what you get *IS* blurry with magnified JPEG artifacts, indicating that it *IS* resolution-limited. It also has the custom neck tag. Official Amazon blog post:
https://developer.amazon.com/public/community/post/Tx3504078FRYE5I/Announcing-Merch-by-Amazon-A-New-Way-to-Generate-Revenue-with-Branded-T-Shirts In this blog post, find the link called "View the My Singing Monsters t-shirts created using Merch by Amazon" and click it. It takes you here:
http://www.amazon.com/My-Singing-Monsters-Mammott-T-Shirt/dp/B00QVXQRDO Do "Tools" --> "Page Info", get the URL of the big zoomed preview image, and change its 1500 to 5000, yielding this:
ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61muYJ4BpoL._UL5000_.jpg Result: resolution-limited image upscaled from a smaller one, and on a shirt that is VERIFIED BY AMAZON ITSELF to indeed by a Merch by Amazon item! So what's the deal here? How does Shirt.Woot get resolution limitation and a custom necktag using Merch by Amazon, when the rest of us can't? Amazon still hasn't given us any answers at all, concerning these issues. .
J, thanks again for all the valuable information! > Also, I just read through Amazon's guidelines for > selling your own shirts privately or through FBA. It > appears that even private sellers are not allowed to > use small resolution images (there are size > requirements) and are prohibited from using any type > of watermark. Violating this rule is subject to item > removal and other penalties. That being said, I > highly doubt they will be accommodating your request. I wonder how the "Boomstick" shirt and similar others are allowed to exist, then? Examples:
http://www.amazon.com/Impact-Mens-Army-Darkness-T-Shirt/dp/B004GGU9JQ/ These have NO zoomed preview and the image is VERY low-res and can't be made any higher, even by changing the number in its URL. Wouldn't these items obviously violate Amazon's terms you mentioned? This is all very confusing. We need a clear answer from Amazon. If they insist on forcing designers to give away needlessly and stealably high-res copies of their I.P. to everyone, they'll be leaving lots of money on the table because large numbers of designers, myself included, will simply not do business with them. .
Also, I just read through Amazon's guidelines for selling your own shirts privately or through FBA. It appears that even private sellers are not allowed to use small resolution images (there are size requirements) and are prohibited from using any type of watermark. Violating this rule is subject to item removal and other penalties. That being said, I highly doubt they will be accommodating your request.
Hi Bourbon, The clues I see that tell me these aren't Merch items is... 1. One of the shirts listing date is nearly a year ago, well before Merch started. 2. The shirts don't offer Prime 3. The shirts have a custom branded collar tag 4. The layout of the sales page is different, particularly the size selection area. Merch products have a generic layout which forces us to offer men, women and youth shirts on every listing. I would guess that the big boys sell their own shirts because the profit margin is higher and they've been doing it well before Merch came along anyway.
. I just realized #2 isn't a question. I meant to ask why a vendor would sell the same designs both using MbyA (as indicated by the presence on the MbyA homepage) and also by some other means (FBA or whatever), as indicated by the items I cited above which you said are not MbyA. I realize there may be good reasons, but it seems strange. Again, thanks for the info and other comments! .
> Hi Bourbon, > Neither of those shirts are Merch by Amazon. I'm new here, so I'll have to take your word for it, thanks! Two questions though: 1. How can you tell which shirts are MbyA, and which are not? Is there something on the item's page that is an indicator? This would be great to know! 2. I thought these were MbyA because both these designs are shown on the MbyA home page, in the left-to-right carousel at the bottom (at least, at the moment):