Have you heard about the newest custom content creation service by Amazon, called, ‘Merch by Amazon?’
Merch by Amazon is a new custom t-shirt creation service which is run through the Amazon store. With Merch by Amazon, anyone can upload a custom t-shirt design through Amazon’s online portal and, in less than an hour, have that finished t-shirt available for sale to all off Amazon’s gazillions of customers.
Merch by Amazon shirts are sent out to consumers through Amazon’s normal shipping channels, including two-day Prime shipping. This means that you could upload your t-shirt design today, and someone across the country could be wearing it in two days!
While Merch by Amazon was apparently originally designed for app and game developers to promote their brands, the service has been made available to everyone, (although it is not yet being promoted to the masses.)
The baseline price for a runs around $8.00, with small upgrade fees for two-sided printing and premium American Apparel brand shirts. On the low end though, you could create a custom printed shirt and sell it at a break even price of around $9.99. If your goal was to simply promote your brand, (rather than earn money), this is an enticing option.
For the more profit minded creator – think of the possibilities for combining the cheap production costs, the broad reach of Amazon, and the nearly instant turnaround time. Add in a Fiverr design and some social media marketing, and a quick-witted creator could have a custom-designed product available in the marketplace in reaction to today’s news before it hits the papers the following morning.
Up until now, TeeSpring has been the go-to source for such a service. However, Amazon’s huge reach will likely make Merch by Amazon a serious contender in the custom t-shirt arena.
I feel like there will be some real opportunities for side-hustlers to make some real cash through Merch by Amazon in the near future. But, as is often the case, the best chances will be for those who get in early, before the rest of the world finds out.
UPDATE: Currently, Merch by Amazon is available by invitation only. For more information, this link will take you directly to Amazon’s Merch by Amazon program page.