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« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2013, 10:31 »
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What is your royalty percentage?
If you have rapid fall in sales in July do you have royalties set above 15%?

30%, this month only 2 sales (same buyer)

I believe I will lower it a bit, perhaps 20% once they increased pricing a few times and I haven't changed my default royaty, will see


« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2013, 12:30 »
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I don't know what it will mean to buyer if you make changes in several percentages...
 If you make change to your royalty rate from 30% to 20%, that would mean only difference of 10%, but only on their base price...

So if something costs 20$, with your royalty of 30% buyers pays 26$, and after your change to 20% buyer will pay 24$....
Difference is just 2 dollars!!! My experience told me that buyers don't care for 2$, if they like some product...

Zazzle told that after 1st July, they won' promote stores with +15% royalties, but that decision was even before but on 25%...
Whole the time my royalties are on 30% so they didn't promote my works even before famous new site...

So, I don't know what to think...

« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2013, 12:58 »
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It's a giant mess actually.  I just want to get to $50 and get out of there.  All of mine are set to 20%.  No way am I going to change it.  It's like a commission cut where those that have more than 15% won't get noticed and if you set it all to 15%, unless you're a pro seller and whatnot, still not likely to get seen in the millions of products on the site.

For me it's a no win situation  :-\

« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2013, 13:11 »
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My sales have somewhat returned in August. Initially I set some products at 14.9%, but the recent uploads are all at 20-25%. It does not seem to affect sales.

« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2013, 14:17 »
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It's a giant mess actually.  I just want to get to $50 and get out of there.  All of mine are set to 20%.  No way am I going to change it.  It's like a commission cut where those that have more than 15% won't get noticed and if you set it all to 15%, unless you're a pro seller and whatnot, still not likely to get seen in the millions of products on the site.

For me it's a no win situation  :-\

 I am a pro seller and this is "lose-lose situation" as it seems...

« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2013, 15:57 »
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all these PoD sites are clueless, they're facing increasing costs to keep buyers shopping there, they expect YOU to bring buyers actually ... it's a joke.

sales falling down ? probably they've been downgraded by Google and they've no money for advertising, see fly by night companies like FAA in particular.



« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2013, 16:06 »
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I won't do FAA since in order to get any exposure over there you have to pay for their yearly plan.  Makes me wonder why they even have the free model at all.

Ron

« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2013, 12:24 »
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I won't do FAA since in order to get any exposure over there you have to pay for their yearly plan.  Makes me wonder why they even have the free model at all.
You pay 30 dollar to get unlimited upload and access to all their marketing tools. I made 1500 dollar and paid 60.

Anyone who is using 30 dollar as an excuse to not upload to FAA needs to review their business decision making process.

« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2013, 21:33 »
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Very low for me too. A postcard or a magnet here and there, eventually a business card.

« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2013, 02:04 »
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One sale since July 15, a big drop compared to previous months.

« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2013, 02:25 »
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I may be lucky. I just started to re-upload in recent months, the previous port only had a handful of images. I almost stopped uploading since they announced no promotion if our cut is over 14.9%.

July was slow, just one order, but it contained 10 sets, the money wasn't too bad. Have had 5 orders in August. Didn't think it was a big deal.

I am not on FB, Twitter or any social media sites and have never made any promotional efforts to family and friends.

« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2013, 05:10 »
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Royalties between 22-35%, started selling daily middle of last month, sales are steady for me.

My products show (with that royalty) in the first few pages of search results for products. I have half marketplace sales and half 3rd party referred sales. Real happy with the results so far.

« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2013, 21:35 »
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How do you know when you become a pro seller?

I have earned well over $100. Some of my earnings are from third parties which do not count and others may have not been cleared yet, but I am not keeping track of the details.

Do they actually send you a message to tell you that you have reached the status of pro seller so you can enter the pro seller forums?

« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2013, 23:15 »
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How do you know when you become a pro seller?

I have earned well over $100. Some of my earnings are from third parties which do not count and others may have not been cleared yet, but I am not keeping track of the details.

Do they actually send you a message to tell you that you have reached the status of pro seller so you can enter the pro seller forums?

I believe you get an e-mail as I recall.    To count towards your $100, it has to be from the US store, so no foreign sales count.   3rd party sales DO count.   There is a delay because all the earnings have to be cleared, then they don't get to it until the month afterwards.   I remember that I was well over $100 for long enough that I sent a message to support to ask about it.   Got a non-answer from support, but did get the pro-seller notice not long afterwards.   Dunno if that was coincidence or not. 

« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2013, 23:43 »
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How do you know when you become a pro seller?

I have earned well over $100. Some of my earnings are from third parties which do not count and others may have not been cleared yet, but I am not keeping track of the details.

Do they actually send you a message to tell you that you have reached the status of pro seller so you can enter the pro seller forums?

I believe you get an e-mail as I recall.    To count towards your $100, it has to be from the US store, so no foreign sales count.   3rd party sales DO count.   There is a delay because all the earnings have to be cleared, then they don't get to it until the month afterwards.   I remember that I was well over $100 for long enough that I sent a message to support to ask about it.   Got a non-answer from support, but did get the pro-seller notice not long afterwards.   Dunno if that was coincidence or not.

Thanks for the reply! My cleared sales are over $100, but there may well be some foreign sales. It's not a big deal, just curious.

Ron

« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2013, 05:30 »
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Well, I am on the fence about closing my store now.

I raised my royalties to 50% and had two big sales since.

One for 18 euro net and one for 35 euro net. So thats 50 euro in two sales. I am now over 100 euro once the payments clear. I might just let the store sit there and just not bother with Zazzle.

« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2013, 07:24 »
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I'll raise too, to 50%!


P.S.

To become pro seller you need to pass 1000$ of payouts... Then you will receive an email about it...

« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2013, 07:55 »
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I'll raise too, to 50%!


P.S.

To become pro seller you need to pass 1000$ of payouts... Then you will receive an email about it...


Not true. "Qualifying is easy and based on lifetime earnings - Basic ProSellers only need to earn $100 to participate!" Look at this page: http://www.zazzle.com/mk/sell/proseller

« Reply #43 on: September 19, 2013, 05:44 »
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Hello.  I have a store on Zazzle (for how much longer I dont know), but I dont have anything positive to say about Zazzle.  They dont care about the shopowners at all, and I say that based on how they treat and approach the shopowners:  With disrespect.  If one is a "Syrupy Sally" and eats the rear end of the company and the rear end of the moderator (ematson...his name is Eric) on the forum (who shouldnt be the moderator of anything with his lack of communication skills), things are fine.  Zazzle likes people who eat their rear end.  Even though I have thousands of individually created products in my store, Ive sold very little, or at least thats all that theyve told me that Ive sold.  Some shopowners have wondered whether they are making sales but are not being told about the sale so the company can keep all the money, like some affiliate marketing firms do to stiff the affiliates.   As I said, Eric, one of the moderators of the forum, is an anus and does not have people skills.  As others have said here, Zazzle made major changes at the beginning of June and many peoples sales tanked.  But in Zazzles mind they know best and can do no wrong.  They are one of the most incompetent companies Ive had the misfortune of dealing with.  Just their (new) website alone has turned some shopowners away from making any more products because the website is terrible since they changed it.  The "Syrupy Sallys" (that's what I call them) are about all that are left on the Zazzle forum and they troll in favor of Zazzle calling the new site, fresh and clean and saying, I have no complaints.  The new website jumps uncontrollable up and down when youre trying to work on something, you cant find things, it has double scrolls on the right side (one scroll right next to another scroll), invisible fonts, invisible boxes one is supposed to check (even though you cant see the box), and formatting tools are in one place one day and in another place the next.   Its Java-heavy and its a mess.  The product quality seems to be going downhill and there are a lot more complaints about quality, especially in shirts and mugs.  Ive spent years working on my store and something happened recently which completely turned me off from the company so I want no more to do with them.  It disgusts me the thousands of hours my partner and I spent working on our store only to have it just sit and when I complain about lack of sales and about the site, Im reprimanded by this Eric.  They only want cheerleading and pro-Zazzle words on their forum.  They dont want to hear the reality.  So I dont recommend that anyone buy anything from Zazzle or starting a store there.  Its only going to get worse and its been going down hill all year.  I wont be surprised if the company is sold, taken over or goes out of business.  When and if that happens, they deserve it.

Now about this Eric that I mentioned.  He deserves a paragraph all about him:

He talks down to the shopowners as if hes talking to children.  He urges shopowners who dont cheerlead for Zazzle to watch their words and be careful what they say.  I thought we were all adults but Eric seems to think otherwise and feels his role as a moderator means he must be bullying and parental.  Ive been on many internet forums as an observer and/or as a participant and Eric is one of the most offensive and abrasive moderators Ive experienced and observed.  Other moderators Ive observed on forums expressed themselves as equals to the other members on the forum, instead of being above them.  However, the role of moderator seems to be a power trip for Eric unfortunately.  He needs to be in a different job at Zazzle.  He does not possess the social skills for moderating a forum.  His style is more closely that of an internet troll than a diplomatic moderator with people and communication skills.


Ron

« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2013, 08:11 »
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It seems Eric goes by the name of Lobo on Istop. Or maybe its his evil brother.

« Reply #45 on: September 19, 2013, 09:22 »
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I once posted some critical comments on their forum, and in response they immediately locked me out and deleted my entire forum account, including old posts.  I guess they needed to make room for this new jerk "Eric".


« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2013, 09:59 »
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I'm not seeing any sales with the 1,000+ products I made back in July.  So it's just going to sit there until I reach payout which will probably be in about 10 years.

I don't post on their forums unless I need to.  It's so squished it makes it very hard to read.

« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2013, 14:11 »
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anyone else getting zazzle emails saying products have been approved for sale?  these are for products that have been live for 6 months or more???

« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2013, 14:17 »
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Yes , if  they are phone cases, they are trying to update old cases to new phones

« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2013, 15:05 »
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Zazzle = Fizzle


 

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