How Does Zazzle Work?

@KrauseHome (35514)
United States
February 17, 2017 3:35am CST
I have seen a few people in here talk about Zazzle and being a seller in there. I am interested in starting with this, and maybe even doing the Affiliate side of things in there as well. Can someone share about what I need to do to get started, and what types of percentages they take out, and can I do this as like POD (Print On Demand) and sell my stuff or others stuff on other sites like eBay, etc. Curious to see how others feel about the site, and do you recommend others trying it out for extra income.
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@connierebel (1571)
• United States
2 Mar 17
I am Zazzle PRO designer, and while I don't make a whole lot there, I can truthfully say that it is indeed possible to make money there. The easiest way to get started is to jump right in and try it! It's a very saturated market, so you need unique designs that fit well with the items you put them on, and you'll do a lot better if you do your own promoting. (Which is my downfall. I am no good at promoting). When you first open your store, they give you a list of tasks to complete, like filling out your profile, etc. As far as percentages, you can specify what percentage you want for royalties. I notice that the trend now is to charge higher and higher royalties, but I think this is going to backfire on those designers after a while. I have a lower percentage, so hopefully I can undercut the competition. People in very narrow niches with little competition on or off Zazzle, can charge higher royalties and still sell. Also, those with pets and other animal designs seem to be able to sell at higher rates also, since people with pets seem not to care how much they spend. But I dont' have a niche like that, so I keep my royalties low in my saturated image field. One key to success on Zazzle is good SEO. They've made some changes over the last few years, that make good titles, tags, and descriptions more important. This is especially crucial for those like myself who don't do much outside promoting, and rely on Zazzle's marketplace searches.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
SEO is not one of my strong suits. Otherwise I would be doing better with selling on eBay and Bonanza my other things.
• United States
10 Mar 17
@KrauseHome Yeah, it's my weak point, too. I'm learning a little more about it, slowly, but I never can seem to think of relevant tags and keyword rich descriptions. I just do the best I can. I think Zazzle is a little more lenient that other sites like Etsy. My SEO needs work, but I still manage to get found in their marketplace. I'm sure I'd have a lot more sales if I had better SEO.
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
13 Mar 17
@connierebel SEO is something I am sure if I was better at would get me found more on eBay and Bonanza as well. It is just something I am not that good with when it comes to KeyWords.
@Juilee (516)
• Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18 Feb 17
Yes you can make some money there if you have thousands of products. Just upload your image then write your description then set your percentage that you want to earn. But if the amount that you earn is under $50, they will hold your money until you get $50. Of course, you can request payments if it's under $50 but there's a $2.50 fee. If your earnings is under that fee amount, it cannot be transferred to Paypal. It is also extremely hard to earn anything using Zazzle. (It is extremely hard to earn anything via any POD sites actually) I'm doing better in Redbubble but even my earnings there is extremely low. But there was no minimum amount for payout.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
Is RedBubble allowed for US? There is also ForUDesigns.com you might want to check out as well.
• United States
13 Mar 17
You really don't need thousands of items, although of course you'll make more money that way. I have about 700, and I get two or three payments a year. And I know I could do better if I improved my SEO.
@ilocosboy (39020)
• Philippines
17 Feb 17
I have never been there so I think I need to visit the site and learn how things work there.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
11 Mar 17
Read some of my posts above yours and see what some others have said here as well.
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@ilocosboy (39020)
• Philippines
11 Mar 17
@JudyEv (137073)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 17
I can't help but I'll be interested in the replies.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
Read @connierebel response. Might learn from it like I am
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@JudyEv (137073)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Mar 17
@KrauseHome Thanks. I will.
@tzwrites (4956)
• Romania
17 Feb 17
I use the site, and I made some sales but it's very slow. I am going to put more effort into it because I like it.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
I have also checked out a few other sites including RedBubble that @Juilee mentioned and might try a number of them and see how I do.
@Morleyhunt (21445)
• Canada
17 Feb 17
I keep wondering if I should try opening an Etsy store. I've looked at some things and found them very expensive. Others are so inexpensive I wonder if it would even be worth my while.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
From what I seen, etsy is a good place to start as long as you can get some exposure. They do not charge you until something sells so that is a plus..
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• United States
17 Feb 17
It's not so much the percentages they take out as the percentages you get. The nice thing about Zazzle is that they allow you to choose your royalty percentage on every product in your store, although raising it means that your item is more expensive. It's a somewhat delicate balance between charging enough to make it worthwhile but not so much that buyers choose to go with another seller's product. I like the flexibility and the variety of products you can design on there. They're pretty much constantly adding new things to put your images on, which is really neat. I've made a handful of sales on a few items with absolutely no effort on my part. It's easy, at least in that regard... but it'll take a while to reach the $50 minimum they have if you're as lackadaisical about it as I've been. I personally wouldn't go with it as POD for selling on other sites. Their turnaround time depends on the product, and shipping can get pretty pricey. It's not really a cost-effective thing to do, IMO. But something like an affiliate blog, where you can gather awesome designs and products by Zazzle designers and include your affiliate link? Absolutely! I haven't seen her around lately, but @stine1online had some good info in some of her discussions and the site linked from her profile.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
11 Mar 17
Interesting.. I guess I need to play around with it and see what I think. Just left a site I would not recommend for POD or making items on even though they offer Free shipping as their Customer service is really slacking.
@Samia786m (513)
• India
17 Feb 17
I also dont know about this.I will be also intrested in the replies.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
11 Mar 17
Read some of the replies above as their is some interesting information there.
@Fishmomma (11443)
• United States
9 Mar 17
My daughter tried Zazzle and agree with the poster that said you need a lot of products to make money. Somebody mentioned Etsy and that is a good site.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
@Fishmomma Can you do POD stuff there? I know a lot of other sites you can.
@jstory07 (71284)
• Roseburg, Oregon
18 Feb 17
I never heard of it . I hope someone will tell you.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
9 Mar 17
Read @connierebel response here and learn a little more about it.
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@xstitcher (12738)
• Petaluma, California
28 Jun 17
I'm just trying to get into selling on Zazzle--what makes a good design and all I haven't figured out yet, and SEO is definitely not my forte either, but like @connierebel said, all you can do is try.