First Half 2019 POD & T-Shirt Sales Report



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The first half of 2019 is almost a month over. This makes it a good time to give a sales report on my t-shirt / print-on-demand side hustle.

Perhaps a bit overdue, since we’re nearly a month into the second half.

If you want to check out my other t-shirt sales reports, here are some links:

First, some details.

This report spans the time from January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019. It details what products I’ve sold, and what the royalties are on them. It’s not necessarily what I’ve been paid (i.e. what’s been deposited into my bank account) since there is often a delay from when a product is sold to when I get paid.

Teespring

Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Seriously. I haven’t had any luck with Teespring. I have, in the entire time I’ve had t-shirts on TeeSpring, sold a few. But that’s it.

Since I don’t do well with Teespring, I also put no effort into it anymore.

Redbubble

I’ve made a whopping $15.88 on Redbubble in the first half of the year. Which is much better than the zero I’ve made on Teespring.

I also don’t get paid as often with Redbubble as I used to since the reinstated their $20 threshold policy.

Month-by-month, here’s what I’ve made on Redbubble:

Month Royalty
January $5.50
February $4.03
March $0.08
April $0.00
May $3.09
June $3.18

Monthly Royalty on Redbubble Monthly Royalty on Redbubble

Here’s the breakdown of how much royalty I’ve made on each product type:

Product Royalty
A-Line Dress $4.28
Classic T-Shirt $4.27
iPhone Case $4.25
Poster $1.03
Sticker $2.05

Pie Chart of Royalty by Product on Redbubble Royalty by Product on Redbubble

Redbubble also breaks down how much I’ve made in sales by country. The breakdown is as follows:

Country Royalty
Australia $0.08
Canada $0.52
France $1.75
Hungary $2.84
Spain $1.43
United Kingdom $4.28
United States $4.98

Pie Chart of Royalty by Country on Redbubble Royalty by Country on Redbubble

TeePublic

I’ve made $47 on TeePublic the first half of this year. Which is more than pocket change, but not enough to live on.

Again, here’s my monthly sales:

Month Royalty
January $8.00
February $0.00
March $8.00
April $10.00
May $3.00
June $18.00

Monthly Royalty on TeePublic Monthly Royalty on TeePublic

And the breakdown of how much royalty I’ve made on each product type:

Product Royalty
Hoodie $8.00
Sticker $1.00
T-Shirt $38.00

Pie Chart of Royalty by Product on TeePublic Royalty by Product on TeePublic

TeePublic also breaks down the sales by size:

Size Royalty
Small Sticker $1.00
Curvy 1 $2.00
m $8.00
l $16.00
xl $10.00
2xl $4.00
3xl $6.00

Pie Chart of Royalty by Size on TeePublic Royalty by Size on TeePublic

And color as well (note that “N/A” is for the stickers):

Color Royalty
Asphalt $2.00
Black $40.00
Kelly $4.00
N/A $1.00

Pie Chart of Royalty by Color on TeePublic Royalty by Color on TeePublic

Merch by Amazon

Time for the big guns - Merch by Amazon. Selling t-shirts (and PopSockets!) on Amazon is my money-maker. I’ve made a total of $783.76 in the first six months of 2019.

This certainly dwarfs any of the other print-on-demand platforms - even combined!

Pie Chart showing how much MBA dwarfs Redbubble and TeePublic Pie Chart showing how much MBA dwarfs Redbubble and TeePublic

Even one month on Amazon beats six months on TeePublic.

The monthly sales for Merch by Amazon are:

Month Royalty
January $98.03
February $121.89
March $156.27
April $125.52
May $112.37
June $169.68

Monthly Royalty on MBA Monthly Royalty on MBA

Broken down by gender, where gender is applicable:

Gender Royalty
Men $531.29
Unisex $44.88
Women $144.94
Youth $17.12
N/A $45.53

Pie Chart of Royalty by Gender on MBA Royalty by Country on MBA

And size (again, sometimes not applicable):

Size Royalty
6 $5.24
10 $2.97
12 $8.91
Small $43.03
Medium $199.38
Large $155.62
XL $141.84
2XL $121.27
3XL $59.97
N/A $45.53

Pie Chart of Royalty by Size on MBA Royalty by Size on MBA

And colors:

Color Royalty
Black $200.78
Olive $153.16
Dark Heather $139.28
Asphalt $74.35
Navy $28.29
Heather Grey $27.08
Kelly Green $17.71
Slate $14.18
Heather Blue $13.29
Royal Blue $10.87
Silver $10.42
Grass $9.77
Baby Blue $9.45
White $8.86
Brown $7.40
Purple $7.40
Cranberry $5.94
N/A $45.53

Pie Chart of Royalty by Color on MBA Royalty by Color on MBA

And product (everything is applicable here):

Product Royalty
Standard T-Shirt $674.91
PopSockets $45.53
Pullover Hoodie $32.13
Long Sleeve T-Shirt $12.75
Premium T-Shirt $11.22
Tank Top $3.61
V-neck T-shirt $3.61

Pie Chart of Royalty by Product on MBA Royalty by Product on MBA

One frustrating thing with Merch by Amazon is that you get negative royalties if an item is returned. That said, of the 327 units sold during the first half of 2019, 7 were canceled, and 11 were returned.

That’s a cancel and return rate of about 5%.

Still totally worth it.

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