Print on Demand is not dead! Journey to 10k a month.

congrats on all your successful shops. Glad to see your still going strong.
 
IAwesome friend. You've got it! You are the owner of your time. For you, what was the key to understanding success on Etsy other than thinking outside the box?
 
I don't get negative reviews. Yeah there is sometimes a 1-2/5 stars review, but I can just ignore them, I have 4.9/5 out of 1000+ reviews.
Pricing: same price as competitiors and just a slightly less, nothing too much, just a dollar or something like that. But I mean the competitors that are expensive and have a lot of sales. I'm not trying to compete with the low price sellers.



That's totally normal, I have like a 80% decrease after december. Jan-March are quite constant.



Well most of the times the customer understands the fact that they can't return the item. Otherwise I offer a partial refund so I make +-0 for this order, if that is still not enough, I just tell them to fuck themselves, because I have so many 5 star reviews it doesn't matter. I won't kiss anyones ass.



Bhw has some sellers I think, also Fiverr is possible, but both are a bit expensive. Still totally worth it, when you don't have any reviews. I wold make sure to get some review pictures as well.

UPDATE

Well I said I will not update in real-time because of copycats and stuff like that, so here are the results from november 2023 from my main shop:

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Yes you see this correct, 153.500€ in november in a single shop.

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Another 29.000€

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All shops combines are about 220.000€ in review. I also paid like 30.000$ in etsy ads just in november

Total profit: about 80.000-90.000€

Overall I would not have thought, that this is even possible, but what can I say - I'm happy.

Understand how much you spent for ads
But what was truly income from these shops after:
-etsy sales/vat tax deduction
-etsy provisions deduction
-print of demand cost deduction
It was 10% of revenue reported in etsy? :)
 
Understand how much you spent for ads
But what was truly income from these shops after:
-etsy sales/vat tax deduction
-etsy provisions deduction
-print of demand cost deduction
It was 10% of revenue reported in etsy? :)

It was at the end of this post.
80-90k total profit after everything, but before taxes of my country.
 
IAwesome friend. You've got it! You are the owner of your time. For you, what was the key to understanding success on Etsy other than thinking outside the box?

That's a good question. I would say by far it's research. I literally spend hundreds of hours researching on etsy, ehunt and erank, but mostly on etsy. I search for niches, products and designs that sell. Which shops has the most reviews or sales? Wich products have the bestseller batches? Which are the most expensive products if you sort by price? What products have a high margin? How is the designs to sale ratio on succesfull shops? Sort shops by age. Sort shops by recent sales. Search keywords by search volume. Search keywords by competition. What products can't be found on printify or printful? Is this design improveable? How is the branding of the shops? Which shops and products are running ads? How can I get the designs needed, Fiverr, Artists, can I do it myself? These are just a few questions.

On Erank I have 50 competitors that I track weekly (it's the limit) and they all get replaced when I'm exploring a different niches.

Understand how much you spent for ads
But what was truly income from these shops after:
-etsy sales/vat tax deduction
-etsy provisions deduction
-print of demand cost deduction
It was 10% of revenue reported in etsy? :)

One more thing, Etsy sales/vat taxes are already deducted before showing on the stats page, because you never see this money in your account. So the only things that are left is etsys cut and the cut of the print on demand network.
Also to be honest, If you are spending 10k a week on most print on demand networks (beside the big ones like printify), you get special prices. ;)
 
Well most of the times the customer understands the fact that they can't return the item. Otherwise I offer a partial refund so I make +-0 for this order, if that is still not enough, I just tell them to fuck themselves, because I have so many 5 star reviews it doesn't matter. I won't kiss anyones ass.


See this is the Attitude more people need to start fucking doing to these POS customers. "Fuck the customer is always right BS" - This is what happens when you go WOKE. you let the customer overtake your business and you have to bend over for some POS NO THANKS. Most of the time they are scammers or scumbags who want everything for free. When 99.99% it's the customer's fault.

I remember one customer I had say, is this how you treat your customers... I said No only to POS scumbag assholes who are entitled lol.
 
Since women are the majority buyers on etsy, is it worth pursuing niches or selling products that are outside what typically appeals to women? I.e. so far the only stuff I've seen perform great and with good volume is cutesy stuff or products for kids which obviously is generally what these buyers are looking for. And sure, you can pursue niches outside that but since you're working with way less volume and thus even higher competition, is it really worth your time in the end? You can probably discover more niches for said women buyers than women buyers looking for something non-typical, etc.

The reason I'm asking is because I want to create products that have designs that appeal to me and while they are very niche, I would try to water them down so as to get as much general appeal as possible but if 90% of the stuff that sells on Etsy are your typical cutesy or for-kids products...
 
Since women are the majority buyers on etsy, is it worth pursuing niches or selling products that are outside what typically appeals to women? I.e. so far the only stuff I've seen perform great and with good volume is cutesy stuff or products for kids which obviously is generally what these buyers are looking for. And sure, you can pursue niches outside that but since you're working with way less volume and thus even higher competition, is it really worth your time in the end? You can probably discover more niches for said women buyers than women buyers looking for something non-typical, etc.

The reason I'm asking is because I want to create products that have designs that appeal to me and while they are very niche, I would try to water them down so as to get as much general appeal as possible but if 90% of the stuff that sells on Etsy are your typical cutesy or for-kids products...

You are underestimating the amount of men:

"Looking at data shared by SimilarWeb we can understand that most of Etsy’s traffic are women, with 58.14% of the site’s traffic being female and 41.86% being male.

Also, the largest age group of visitors is made of 25 - 34 year olds with 29.63% of the traffic. The complete age distribution in Etsy’s traffic is the following:

25 - 34 year olds (29.63%)
35 - 44 year olds (18.28%)
18 - 24 year olds (17.53%)
45 - 54 year olds (15.06%)
55 - 64 year olds (11.71%)
65+ year olds (7.79%)"

First of all there are not even 60% women on Etsy and you are also forgetting the fact, that a lot of women are looking for gifts for their boyfriends and men.

With your logic it doesn't make sense to make products for people over 45, because they are only about 35%.

Also don't forget that if you work with other niches with less traffic, there is less competition and not more.


It's always good to niche down. Don't sell dog shirts, sell shirts for Australian Shepards.
 
What would be a good search to competition ratio in your opinion, let's say on erank? Or even, what would be your minimum searched number to make you consider a niche? I was looking into some very niche products I could get locally but the numbers on erank are just not good...like 20 searches wouldn't be enough even if there's almost no competition right?
 
Here's a statistic from Etsy's annual report 2022:

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Should this be considered as a dissuasion since on average a seller earns 2k per year? Or is it referring to hobby sellers?
 
I don't get negative reviews. Yeah there is sometimes a 1-2/5 stars review, but I can just ignore them, I have 4.9/5 out of 1000+ reviews.
Pricing: same price as competitiors and just a slightly less, nothing too much, just a dollar or something like that. But I mean the competitors that are expensive and have a lot of sales. I'm not trying to compete with the low price sellers.



That's totally normal, I have like a 80% decrease after december. Jan-March are quite constant.



Well most of the times the customer understands the fact that they can't return the item. Otherwise I offer a partial refund so I make +-0 for this order, if that is still not enough, I just tell them to fuck themselves, because I have so many 5 star reviews it doesn't matter. I won't kiss anyones ass.



Bhw has some sellers I think, also Fiverr is possible, but both are a bit expensive. Still totally worth it, when you don't have any reviews. I wold make sure to get some review pictures as well.

UPDATE

Well I said I will not update in real-time because of copycats and stuff like that, so here are the results from november 2023 from my main shop:

View attachment 331035


Yes you see this correct, 153.500€ in november in a single shop.

View attachment 331036

Another 29.000€

View attachment 331037

All shops combines are about 220.000€ in review. I also paid like 30.000$ in etsy ads just in november

Total profit: about 80.000-90.000€

Overall I would not have thought, that this is even possible, but what can I say - I'm happy.
Hi,

Thanks for your reply. And congratulations even more for the progress you made. Yes, since the last time I qeeried everywhere about getting the fake reviews and yes, as you said, they are quite costly. DO you know any method in doing it yourself (DIY) ? Stealth account created using multiple proxy/multi account browser ? but how to get the different payment ? Or we dont need any of that ?
I'm currently at about 500 $ /month of rev. Zero ads but using automated product listing (basiscally blasting it using an RPA tool)Can you DM me, maybe we can share some experience ? :)
 
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