Sales have flat-lined and I can't find a lot of my shirts on Amazon with the usual keywords inquiries (I do this periodically to uncover copycats). Anyone else experiencing this?
Didn't want to create a new thread about this but the last 3 days have been awful. Very unusual. Head to down detector and you can see why. Customers complaining across America that they can't log in, check out or are told that their password isn't recognised. Seriously, how is this able to continue for DAYS?!
Ours have doubled+ (only two months since activation) in February 2017. One day no sales, but the next could be 10+. You need to follow trend and keep social media awake on your live SKUs/ASINs. Keep elements fresh (with or without type/text on shirts) ...be very original with style. Don't use clipart, online clipart/stock-art or artwork that says it's free (use your own)...believe me (even if bad art) ...so long as the concept is good, fresh, wordplay, one-liner or a great tag line. Tweak your fonts (use added filters and outlines so they don't look boring. There will be losing and winning styles. Be sure to protect your art. You can protect multiple styles with the Library of Congress in a compilation/group and or single styles alone. We have filed about 100 copyright registrations (groups and singles) since the last 22 years of the stuff we now have on merch now. Algorithms need time to build up too. Use as much social to reach out to potential consumers. Seasonal up and down weather this year could also be a factor to all for t-shirt sales. Be two months ahead of holidays. Watch the news. Look at toys. Go into specialty & prank stores. Look at entertainment. Read teen celeb magazines. But be current and or bring back old school with new concepts as well. Food for thought.
Last week was my worse performing week of the year, despite (after the great purge) of topping 1000 available shirts for sale again (and some of the best designs I've put on sale since joining MBA in the fall of 2015). Not sure if seasonal or spring break related lulls are to blame or if the Teespring insurgence is responsible. But either way... it's painfully slow right now.
I hate saying it, but I've had crickets for a while, in fact since Christmas. Things feel serious: I'm even lying awake at night praying to whatever T-Shirt Deity is out there to help me get sales. Must be my low-tier status and likewise lousy BSR's. I even wonder if I should get that app called Merch Informer, but I won't, because maybe it's not the way to go. Hopefully original work is best to submit, and in time sales will take off. I know keywords are key... as are good designs. But these crickets are really singing! -- Ah well, hope springs eternal. ☺ ♥ Gotta love Merch, tho!
My sales died last week. I was having daily sales at only tier 25. I was tiered up to 100 and then my sales died. Most of my 25 designs had sold, and some were selling frequently, and most were evergreen so it wasn't a trending thing. So there was obviously a market for them. Now nothing, no sales in days, even though I have more shirts up now that I've tiered up. I don't understand what happened. Someone just pulled the plug.
I have to agree with everyone that sales for the past few weeks have been horrendous. I think this is actually worse than the forced slow down right before Christmas. I don't know if Amazon is throttling things again, or if this is a result of the TeeSpring integration. Or, maybe there's a bug in the search algorithm for Merch that got introduced during recent updates? I don't have a lot of shirts on other PODs yet, but from what I can tell so far the other PODs don't seem to be having this slow sales issue. Whatever the case, I hope that Amazon investigates this issue soon...