Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review of Zazzle

Have you ever wanted to make a special gift for someone using a photograph you have taken?  If so, Zazzle is a great way to go!


Sea after Storm Throw Pillow
Sea after Storm Throw Pillow
by mbgphoto

The above pillow was made on Zazzle using a photograph I took in Florida.  There is one photo on one side of the pillow and a second photo on the opposite side of the pillow.  Whether you'd like to make a special gift for someone or whether you'd like to open a store and make a little extra money the information on the rest of this post will help you to get started.  This information was taken from a presentation I gave to my photography club.

What is Zazzle?

Zazzle is a program where you can get paid for doing what you love best, creating photographs and art!  It is free to set up, you don't have to carry any inventory and Zazzle handles all the production and customer service issues.  Zazzle has three ways to make money, as a designer, a maker or an associate.  I work as a designer and will concentrate on that aspect in this post.

Designer Program

  1. Upload your photograph or artwork onto products.  Over 250 different products are available.
  2. A customer likes your design and buys it.
  3. Zazzle processes transactions and handles all customer service.
  4. Zazzle prints and ships to customers.
  5. Zazzle sends you a payment for a percentage of sales.

Pricing System

  1. You choose any royalty rate from 5% to 99%
  2. Base price is increased by that amount so you earn your royalty.
  3. Base Price +Your Royalty Percentage=Retail Price

My Experience with Zazzle

  1. Started my first Zazzle store in 2008
  2. Currently have 3 Zazzle stores: mbgphoto, lighthouseenthusiast,and Butterflyblittz.
  3. Example of sales on photo from 2007 of Cabo San Lucas.  From that one photo $1607.28 in royalties.  Sold

    • 836 mugs
    • 333 magnets
    • 52 luggage tags
    • 23 ornaments
    • 16 keychains
    • 2 puzzles
    • 12 buttons
    • 2 postcards

  • I currently have over 6800 products in my three stores and I sell something most every day.  Sometimes it is only a postcard and sometimes it is a bigger sale.    Here are some examples of my products.
  1. Go to zazzle.com
  2. Click on sell on Zazzle in top left hand area
  3. Choose from Designer-Maker-Associate

Steps in Designer Program

  1. Create a Zazzle Account
  2. Open Free designer store and pick a store name
  3. Create design, choose product, upload image, create text if desired, resize image as desired.
  4. Post design for sale "Post for Sale"
  5. Enter key words so customers can find your product. Good key words are essential.

Enjoy!!





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6 comments:

  1. I love Zazzle! Not only do I have my own Zazzle stores, but I am also a customer. Zazzle is always consistent with excellent quality. Plus, they have an amazing variety because they have so many sellers. Sometimes it is hard to choose. It takes very little past the initial set-up and addition of products to maintain a store with a very nice profit.

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    1. Oh, and I do love your stores Mary Beth! I have several of your beautiful photos in my home.

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  2. I love Zazzle and the wide variety of items available. I'm a fan of both you, Mary Beth, and Cynthia Sylvestermouse and follow your product lines regularly. Now I'm trying to get my daughter interested in opening a store with her wonderful artwork. I will be sending this article to her (darling daughter) to encourage her to follow through on doing what she has said she 'might' do for years now. :) Enjoyed your review, and congratulations on making Zazzle a successful enterprise for you with your fantastic photos.

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  3. I also love Zazzle. I really need to spend more time with my stores, since my income went down during these past two years from what it used to be. May have something to do with the fall of Squidoo. I've always loved your stores. They encourage me that photographers have as much chance as artists to sell.

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  4. Opening a Zazzle store has always been on the to do list, thanks for the great tips! While I love photography, though remain an amateur, you've given the boost to revisit Zazzle :)

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  5. It's a great place to make personal gifts, so easy to use. I've made t-shirts there before and they turned out great.

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