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How to Sell T-Shirts and Merch Online with No Inventory

In this guide you’ll learn how to make money selling shirts online with no inventory, no experience, with or without your own website.

This article was written for people learning how to sell merch to scale a business –and anyone who just wants to learn how to make your own shirt as a one-off.

We cover all the nuts and bolts, for beginner and intermediate shirt designers alike. However, if you’re just here because you need to make money quickly, you may want to read this post instead.

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Making Money with Personalised T-Shirts

Before the holidays we spent some time fine tuning our affiliate websites to wring out more profits from them. We cut some affiliate programs we’re enrolled in, deleted numerous off-topic articles, updated out-of-date content, and re-evaluated our keywords on our top money-making posts and pages.

After a serious round of housecleaning, we turned to selling products online without inventory to see if we could go even further.

Within our first 24 hours we were able to setup a store, upload our first design, and make a sale. Subsequent designs have mostly had success with less effort than expected.

Learning how to sell t-shirts directly on our websites with Printful made sense to us because each of them already had an existing audience, mailing list, and customers who have pulled out their wallet before.

But we didn’t stop there; we uploaded our designs to a number of marketplace websites like Teepublic, Teespring, Merch by Amazon, and Etsy because they have their own customer pools we’d like to dip our toes in, too.

We’re a little floored by how quickly we started making money selling personalised t-shirts and products online without inventory or any prior hands-on experience with these platforms –and now we’re going to show you how you we did it.

Of course results will vary, but we’re confident this article’s got everything you need to sell t-shirts online and make money with easy to use “print on demand” services.

More Than Shirts

Remember, you can do more than just sell shirts online; sell prints, framed canvas prints, tote bags, beach towels, tapestries, backpacks, cellphone cases, flip-flops, apparel for kids and adults, even onesies, and home decor accessories like coffee mugs, pillows, beanbag chairs, and more.

Every fulfillment partner has their own product collection to work with, the above example is a print we produced for a Printful store.

Even with all these items in the catalog, startup costs are roughly the same no matter which product you choose to make and sell.

Why Learn How to Sell Merch?

Learning how to sell t-shirts online with these platforms wasn’t something we necessarily wanted to do, but we felt like we were leaving money on the table if we didn’t.

There’s a lot of reasons why creators may want to learn how to sell merch;

  • Generate new revenue streams
  • Compliment an existing offer
  • Open a dialogue with customers –“do you like this?”
  • Create brand recognition and awareness
  • No risk; no sale, no cost to creators
  • Easier than drop shipping, similarities with FBA
  • Cheap international delivery; more people, more potential
  • Upload your design, write a description, and you’re done

When you sell t-shirts online you gain a deeper understanding of what your customers will pay for, you empower vocal fans to spread the good word, and you make money –what’s not to like?

Design for international markets for a never-ending supply of cultures, memes, trends, and styles to inspire your designs.

We added a live merch shop to Hobo with a Laptop with Printful so you can visualise how one might look integrated into your own website.

How to Sell Shirts Online Without Inventory

Let’s start from the ground up and look at all the moving parts involved with selling products online without inventory. After that we’ll break down how to do it.

Step 1

Start with a creative design you want to turn into a product, like your logo, photo, catch phrase, slogan, or character.

Step 2

Once you’ve got your first design you’ll need a “fulfillment partner” like Printful or Teepublic to produce and ship your personalised t-shirts and merch.

Step 3

And finally, you’ll also need an online storefront where customers can find your products and order them. This can be on your own website with Printful like we did or an aggregate storefront like Amazon, or Teepublic, etc.

To sell shirts online without inventory, on-demand services will be required; let’s take a look at how print-on-demand works, what sort of startup costs you’re looking at, and then elaborate on a number of POD fulfillment partners.

After that we’ll cover the tools we use to cut corners and make our merch selling even easier.

What is Print-on-Demand?

Print-on-demand (POD) is a process of working with a fulfillment partner (FP) to customise, produce, and ship products on your behalf.

“White labelling” is when your FP makes their own involvement less visible, putting your logo on shipping labels instead of their own, and integrating seamlessly into your own website so people don’t leave your site to make a purchase. As mentioned a few times, we did this with Printful.

These services allow content creators to sell unique merchandise to their audience with little or no upfront costs, and sell it globally –often with fulfillment partners in different parts of the world to lower the cost and duration of shipping.

It’s a lucrative enterprise and a great stepping stone between affiliate marketing and drop shipping.

How Print-on-Demand Works

Print-on-demand is a great way to monetise an existing website by selling merch like personalised t-shirts, crop tops, tote bags, coffee mugs, framed prints, socks, backpacks, pillow, beach towels, and more —without any physical labour on part of the creator.

  • No mandatory upfront cost for creators
  • No data-entry or printing shipping labels
  • No printing or ironing-on adhesives
  • No inventory management or storage
  • No handling boxes or products
  • No trips to the post office
  • No requirement to be in your home country

In most cases your FP will allow creators to adjust their own product profit margins. On the backend they’ll show you their base cost to create the product, and then allow you to mark it up. The customer can only see the marked up cost.

When a sale is made your FP takes their share of the transaction and you get the profit. This is paid out in different ways that vary by FP.

Customer service relating to print anomalies are typically handled by your FP with returns accepted on your behalf.

I’ll get into specifics throughout the article.

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Startup Costs

Potential startup costs to sell t-shirts online may include;

  • Paying a designer to create an original design for you ($5 and up)
  • Cost of stock art to use in your designs ($5 and up)
  • Marketplace product listing fees (20 cents or so, each on Etsy)
  • Any costs associated to a self-hosted website or Shopify store (optional, intermediate step)

Other costs you may run into after your first sale;

  • Paying the difference if your sale price is lower than your fulfillment base cost
  • Returns because feelings; if FP didn’t mess up, they don’t have to cover cost of returns and you pay customer back full amount, eat the cost
  • Online ad campaigns to put your product in front of relevant audiences

You won’t carry the cost of any merchandise before a customer pays for their order, so there’s no risk to you unless they return it for personal reasons.

To avoid returns, make sure the DPI resolution of your design is higher than what is required by your fulfillment partner.

Starting with No Money?

Don’t let the costs above sink your boat if you’re straight up broke.

If you are coming at this without a willingness to spend a dime like we did, I’ll get into specifics throughout the article about how to make your first shirts and sell merchandise online for free with no upfront cost.

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Returns

If you sell t-shirts online and one of them is defective, your FP will typically send out a replacement to your customer for you, at no charge to you, if it’s their fault (like if there’s a defect with the shirt’s sewing, bleeding print job, etc).

If your design is flawed (too low-resolution, for instance) or the customer returns a product for personal reasons they may get a full refund, in which case the difference will be deducted from your profits automatically.

With Printful your profits are available instantly. Marketplaces will have their own payout thresholds and payment schedules.

If you choose Printful, it’s advised you carry a balance in your Printful wallet, PayPal balance, or credit card to cover any unexpected returns after you get rolling.

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Order Fulfillment

We sell products on multiple platforms to ensure maximum exposure, which is crucial if you’re just starting out with no audience and/or don’t have the skills/budget or desire to drive sales with an online ad campaign.

POD fulfillment partners are autonomous with no upfront costs and their charges are baked into the cost of the shirt. You can often choose the asking price and profit margin for your products and payments are typically handled by PayPal.

All fulfillment partners on this list have a product design tool that makes uploading designs and customising products straight forward and easy.

  Different fulfillment partners and marketplaces have varied pricing, products and product quality. Explore their catalog and check product reviews by other creators before you choose a product to customise with your own design.

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For simplicity I’ll chalk fulfillment partners up to “marketplaces” and “integrations”.

“Integrations”

Integration refers to orders processed on one platform seamlessly communicated to and fulfilled by another platform. As in, when a customer makes an order on your own website, another website/company fulfills the order behind the scenes.

In this article we’re all about Printful because it can be integrated into your website, blog, and/or Etsy marketplace store.

You have more control over an integration; get paid instantly, more administration features, retain customer information.

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“Marketplaces”

Marketplaces like Teespring, Teepublic, et al. are one-stop shops, putting your merch on the same shelf as millions of others –which is both bad and good.

A t-shirt marketplace can bring you a lot of interested buyers, but you have to play by their rules. Some, like Merch by Amazon (above), may not accept you if they don’t think you’ll be a hot seller.

They often own the relationship to your customers because marketplaces like Amazon will not share your customer contact information with you. You have to use their platform to send messages to your customers instead.

This means you rely on marketplace platforms to communicate with customers, and you don’t “own the racecourse”, you’re merely borrowing the space.

If they drop you, you lose everything. And that’s why we’re die-hard Printful fans.

At the end of the day;

  • They all fulfill your order so you don’t have to
  • Using several of them at once allows you to reach greater audiences
  • They all move your product and make money

Platforms we cover;

  • WordPress website (fulfilled by Printful)
  • Shopify website (fulfilled by Printful)
  • Etsy (marketplace fulfilled by Printful)
  • Teepublic (marketplace with fulfillment)
  • Merch by Amazon (marketplace with fulfillment)
  • Teespring (marketplace with fulfillment)

Printful Integrations (WordPress, Shopify, and Etsy)

Printful is a white label POD fulfillment partner that links to both Etsy marketplace shops and/or WordPress or Shopify websites to automatically receive orders, produce product, and ship (read: fulfill) customer orders on your behalf.

Etsy will not fulfill your orders for you like other marketplaces.

You upload and create your design on the Printful website, and then pull them into WordPress or Etsy.

WordPress and Shopify

On Shopify, Printful is an app. On WordPress, Printful is a plugin that works with (requires) a WordPress ecommerce plugin called WooCommerce.

Learn how to create a WordPress website.

Etsy

On it’s own, Etsy is a marketplace, but it isn’t a fulfillment partner –either you, or a company like Printful will need to fulfill orders for your Etsy store.

Use the Printful integration with Etsy and let Printful do the manual work. Worth mention, other marketplaces like Teepublic do not require Printful.

Sign up for Printful

TeePublic

Teepublic

Teepublic is an underdog t-shirt marketplace that seems to have less competition in many niches, and we’ve done pretty well with it.

This might be because it repels some designers;

Its dashboard is archaic, but it gets the job done. Pricing is simplified (all products on the site are the same price/margins), and they run regular sales you have no control over.

Teepublic is cheap. Margins aren’t the best. But the lack of work uploading a design, I mean –why not?

Hordes of thrifty shoppers and indie/edgy design aficionados shop this site. Our edgiest designs do best on Teepublic.

Upload your design and choose which product you’d like to offer it on. POD products on Teepublic include shirts, hoodies, stickers, mugs, pins, onesies, wall art, pillows, phone cases, notebooks, and tapestries, among other things. Tweak how it looks for each one for best results.

Sign up for Teepublic

Merch by Amazon

Merch by Amazon

Merch by Amazon is by Amazon, the ‘god emperor of ecommerce’. Its search engine is powerful. Limited product offering, just enough to satiate the masses.

Most of us have used Amazon, America loves it; come up in its search results, make the monies.

They’re not allowing everyone who requests an invite to get an account yet, or keep one for very long if their products don’t sell, or they ruffle feathers.

Amazon is subject to much scrutiny, pressure to sell/perform, and so are your designs if they’re hosted there. You may want to get the hang of what sells on another platform before tackling Merch by Amazon. Not necessarily a good place for edgy content.

Sign up for Merch by Amazon

Teespring!

Teespring

Teespring was the original t-shirt money-maker. I remember a few friends making sizeable coin back in 2014-2015 by creating t-shirt designs and running Facebook ads with popular fan pages. As in, down-payment-on-a-house kind of ‘sizeable’.

The sizzle has left the pan somewhat, but Teespring is still one of the best places to put mainstream designs to work, and test out flash-in-the-pan pop culture designs or seasonal fare.

Teespring’s product lineup has also expanded over the years to also include home decor items, mugs, and accessories like phone cases and tote bags.

Sign up for Teespring

Product Design

Learning how to sell t-shirts online comes with having to shoulder the design work, one way or the other.

Let’s go over the following;

  • Choosing an idea
  • Design tools
  • Outsourcing design
  • Zero upfront cost ideas
  • Warnings and advice

The Idea

As the driving force behind your t-shirt design, first you’ll have to choose an idea.

Money-making ‘evergreen’ t-shirt design ideas;

  • Memes and pop culture
  • Motivational quotes
  • Politics, social justice and civil rights
  • Events and conferences
  • Schools and universities
  • Clubs and organisations
  • Non-profits and charities
  • Life milestones
  • Animals and pets
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Barbecue
  • History
  • Family
  • Career
  • Holidays
  • Fitness

If you’d like to learn more about choosing a profitable t-shirt idea, you could port over the points made in our how to choose a profitable blog idea article –this post explains how to use existing marketplaces and search engines to find out what sells most.

 

 

Design Requirements

In order to create designs that pass quality standards for most fulfilment partners, ensure your designs adhere to the following standards;

  • 150 DPI minimum on small products, 300 DPI for anything else
  • CMYK color mode
  • Transparent background
  • No effects like ‘Drop Shadow’ or ‘Glow’
  • All fonts are rasterized
  • Exported as EPS, PNG, JPG

T-Shirt Design Tools

The following design tools were hand picked with a focus on saving time in the product design phase, whether you’re doing it yourself or outsourcing design.

Canva

Canva

Canva is a simplified, “drag and drop” graphic-design tool website and provides access to photographs, vector images, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.

Canva’s tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics. It’s free to use, although some of the best creative bits and pieces it offers are only available with a premium subscription.

MerchInformer (below) may be a better option for those willing to invest a little into selling t-shirts online.

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MerchInformer

MerchInformer is a professional tool that will help you realize your product design goals from concept to completion.

MerchInformer contains step-by-step tutorials that will help you start t-shirt printing online from scratch, and the tools you need to do it right. All insights and tools are created by successful merch sellers.

In addition to it’s built-in online course (which immensely rivals this guide), MerchInformer has a Canva-like t-shirt design tool, competition checker, listing optimiser, keyword finder, trademark search tool, trend hunter, merch analytics and more.

Shovels are cheap; knowing where to put them is priceless –that’s what MerchInformer is all about.

Sign up for MerchInformer

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Creative Market

Creative Market is a great place to pick up pre-made fonts, graphics, design templates, and other creative assets a la carte, which you can use to make professional looking designs faster.

Creative Market free fonts

They also offer 6 freebies every week like the font above (free for the week of Oct. 14, 2019), delivered right to your inbox.

Not bad; sign up for the free stuff, and stick around for hot creative assets you can use to save time and sell more product.

This one is a favorite of a lot of semi-famous bloggers we know, have ghost-written for, and respect.

Sign up for Creative Market

Unsplash

Unsplash is my fave place to find images for our website when I need more photos to fill out an article, and when I produce some of the prints we sell on a handful of our websites.

Unsplash provides high quality photographs that you can use for free, even commercially, without having to pay the photographer or attribute them because they are licensed under the Creative Commons license (no attribution, commercial use permitted).

Yup. You can use these images with no hooks.

I mentioned earlier that I’d tell you how to do your product design with no upfront cost –this is one of those tools. You can pull a high resolution photo from Unsplash, put it on a framed print or shirt or pillow in seconds, sell it, and keep all the profit.

Sign up for Unsplash

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Unsplash is amazing, but some images on there are so incredibly over-used that they lack that special zing! when people look at them because it feels more like deja vu.

When you need unique images, ones that fewer people are using, check out Shutterstock. We’ve even got some images uploaded there to generate a passive income, check ’em out!

They’ve got a decent free trial dealio; get free photos, cancel any time during the first month.

Sign up for Shutterstock

99Designs

Outsourcing Design

Once you’ve got the hang of how to sell merch, outsourcing design is often the next logical step. Outsourcing design allows you to spend more time on the real money-making aspects of your online business, like finding your next big t-shirt idea.

99Designs

Frankly, 99Designs is the best place to outsource design to if you’re all thumbs when it comes to Photoshop –at least in our opinion.

You’ll notice we didn’t mention Fiverr too much on this guide, as we’ve never had much success with designs we bought on Fiverr –it’s hit or miss.

99Designs changes all that, in a big way. It’s not a site full of hustlers ripping stock media behind your back and telling you it’s original, as we’ve seen with Fiverr. That shit can get you in trouble.

99Designs is agency-quality, at a price t-shirt designers can afford after they’ve made a little bit of bank. You get what you pay for, unlike Fiverr which is hit or miss. And it’s Canadian, so there’s that.

Sign up for 99Designs

Penji

Penji

Penji is pretty much neck-and-neck with 99Designs, with a little extra; they do unlimited design work on a monthly retainer.

Unlimited design, folks. One monthly fee.

This is for hardcore merch designers who create new and fresh designs on a regular basis.

The pricing model is deal for creating those trendy but flash-in-the-pan pop culture type personalised t-shirts that come and go quickly. As soon as you’ve identified a trend, Penji is willing and waiting to make good on it for you.

Pricing starts at just over $300 USD per month, so this is a suggestion for beginners with coin, or intermediate-to-advanced designers who know exactly what they’re looking for.

Sign up for PenjiT-Shirt Mockup Tool

Placeit

Placeit is a must-have online merchandising tool for realistic looking mockups. We’ve got examples throughout this article –pretty much any time you see a professionally shot photo with our merch in it, we likely created it with Placeit’s mockup generator tool.

T-Shirt Mockup Generator

It’s a huge time saver and they’ve got enough selection to ensure that customers don’t get a sense of déjà vu when they see your product photos.

Generate mockups of just about anything with a screen, coffee mugs, tote bags, t-shirts, hoodies, onesies, pillows, hats, sports bras, you name it.

Sign up for Placeit

Alright, I know you’re eager to get started and a handful of you won’t have two coins to rub together when you get started –you’re mostly interested in learning to design and sell merchandise online for free.

If that sounds like you, there’s a few low-brow ways to get started.

But I will say this –you may want to try these out to get started, to learn, but they shouldn’t be your standard way of doing business because they fizzle out quickly and they’re not exactly what I’d call a respectable way to make money selling t-shirts online.

Unsplash has a ton of free-to-use-commercially-without-attribution images, and a fraction of them are high enough resolution to put on a shirt, pillow, or canvas print.

Find super high-res images on Unsplash and try selling prints of them. As mentioned previously, we’ve tried this. It works. It’s fully legal. But we felt guilty doing it.

But hey, the photographer signed up for it –there’s always that ‘champagne socialist’ who comes out on top, it may as well be you.

Just be sure to invest the profit back into your merch business to buy unique creative work that you actually own the rights to, so you can do it the right way and be able to look yourself in the mirror at night.

NPC meme

Memes Don’t Care if You Can’t Use Photoshop

Recreating popular memes is easy; you shouldn’t use other peoples’ copyrighted works in your prints –but you can rotoscope them, which is a fancy word for tracing.

Most memes are simple and rough looking, like it was made by a 4th grader on Microsoft Paint. You can capitalize on that. The NPC character is a perfect example of this (above).

Find a meme, trace it at high res, and put it on a shirt.

Okay, I feel sufficiently dirty now. That’s all I got for inspiration for you trolls now go get at it. Make memes great again.

Warnings

If you’re going to make a serious effort at selling t-shirts online, you’re likely going to run into trademark issues from time to time. It happens to the best of us, even without being familiar with the trademark we’re violating. Live and learn. Often it’s an honest mistake.

The best way to avoid getting sued or your content pulled from a marketplace is to ensure you’re not violating someone else’s trademark.

MerchInformer’s trademark search tool is the best way to protect yourself. As soon as you have enough coin in your pocket, I suggest you use it.

It isn’t sustainable or repeatable to think you can get away with being a trademark thief on the regular. We recommend you do not violate other people’s copyrights or trademarks.

You could get sued, hard –and rightly so. No one wants their designs being stolen to line the pockets of some shill on the internet.Start selling personalised prints in minutes

In Summary

Now you can design and sell merchandise online for free, with no upfront expenses to get started, and no charge to you for warehousing if there’s no sale.

Passive Income

The money you pull out of t-shirt printing online depends on how hard you hustle at the beginning, where you do your research, how ‘evergreen’ your content is, how many designs strike a chord with fans, how/where you market them, and who your dropshipping partner is.

Even with a trickle of sales you could afford to commission new designs, run ads, and keep growing into a $5,000 per month digital nomad income stream (if that’s your thing).

And that my friends is the purple fuzzy unicorn commonly known as passive income. And there’s nothing “passive” about it, at first.

It’s a lot of hard work to decipher trends and what will sell.

And finally; if you need help getting your own website up, check out our free guide to learn blogging.

What did you think of this guide to selling products online without inventory? Are there any design tools or t-shirt selling courses you recommend?

Let everyone know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by.

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Best T-shirt Design Websites for Apparel Designers in 2020

Now is a good time as any to finally make that custom t-shirt biz a reality. We’re reviewing 8 of the most popular websites to help you choose the best print-on-demand (POD) platform for your t-shirt design business.

Any e-commerce platform needs to be reliable, affordable, and tailored to your needs (whether that relates to how you get paid, what custom products you can design, and how much promo and marketing you need to do).

When it comes to merch like custom t-shirts, hoodies, and phone cases, there’s a ton of good websites you can launch your business on. To help you choose the best one, we’re looking at 8 of the biggest competitors.

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Each of these custom design e-commerce websites has a very similar model; however, a few specifics can make one of them the best choice for your custom t-shirt business.

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1. Teespring

This platform is very simple to use: you can even use Teespring to make custom designs if you’re not familiar with design tools like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. It’s an excellent choice for newbies since the base costs are fairly affordable. It’s focused on clothing, and there is quite a range of designs for t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and tank tops. There are a few other types of designs, like phone cases, mugs, stickers, and prints.

Another great feature of this platform is the Teespring Boosted Network is a collection of marketplaces (like eBay and Amazon) and automated promotional tools that help you sell more.

The main downside is that you have a limited time to sell a design (campaign). You can set the campaign to last 3 - 21 days, and if you don’t sell anything in the selected timeframe, your designs are taken down.

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2. Zazzle

If you’re worried about traffic, know that on Zazzle, you’re in pretty good company: huge players like DC Comics and Disney use it to sell their merch. It’s very user-friendly; for example, you don’t need to do a design review for each type of design (the platform automatically adapts the size and format). The specific thing about this website is that customers can make the designs completely custom (for example, change fonts), which can increase the price and your earnings!

There are 3 ways to earn money on Zazzle:

  • As a designer /seller (selling your designs)
  • As a virtual marketplace (you can sell your products, you don’t need design skills);
  • Affiliate program (you get a percentage of sales revenue promoting products).

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3. Cafepress

You can sell via their online marketplace or create your online store. The differences are that in a marketplace you get 10% commission from the pre-set selling price, while in a shop you’re in charge of setting the price of your custom products. A marketplace can be a good solution if you know a little bit about SEO (choosing the right keywords is essential when you’re competing in a crowded space).

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4. Redbubble

Redbubble has been around since 2006, so if you decide to sell your stuff through them, it’s relatively sure you’ll get some traffic. They operate globally, and their website is available in several languages. There is a vast range of custom products you can sell, including things like stationery and home decor.

However, this also means one drawback: the product base price depends on the delivery address (things like cost of local production, material cost, taxes, etc.). This means that if you’re looking to sell worldwide—or even nationwide, it may be difficult to calculate the cost and your earnings upfront.

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5. Merch by Amazon

Unlike the rest of these print-on-demand websites, Merch by Amazon is a more exclusive club. Rather than just signing up, you need to submit an application and be accepted. At first, you will be limited to 25 designs, but once you sell 25 items, you’ll be upgraded to 100. Another great feature of this service is Amazon Best Seller Rank, which can help you determine what designs and styles are popular (e.g., retro or nerd prints).

Finally, when considering setting a sale price, make sure you take into account your upload tier—if you’re entirely new to the platform you might want to consider selling more products at lower prices so that you can slowly get to a higher tier and be able to upload more designs (and earn more revenue).

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6. Society6

If it’s t-shirts that you’re interested in, remember that this platform is tailored to selling art prints (it’s the only item you’re free to set your price for). In addition to that, some of the base prices are slightly higher, which could mean a bigger profit for you, but also a less competitive price than some of the other websites.

The biggest drawback is the default markup of 10% which applies to everything except art prints (this means stickers, home decor, t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, etc.)

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7. Spreadshirt

Like Zazzle, Spreadshirt is another option that offers the choice between selling over a virtual marketplace and setting up an online shop. Unlike Zazzle, setting up an online shop with Spreadshirt allows you to customize your layout with colors and fonts to match your brand.

Another cool thing is the hit list in their marketplace search feature, which shows some current trendy themes like geek, couples, vintage, vegan, etc.

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8. Threadless

The biggest difference with Threadless is that you can’t automatically start selling. Once you submit a design, you need to be upvoted by the community to join this marketplace. This is both a good and bad feature: it’s harder to get in, but then it also filters out some of the competition.

In addition to selling over Threadless Marketplace or setting up your shop with them, this site goes one step further in helping you manage your online shop. You’re free to do everything manually, however, it’s also possible to activate the setting ‘Let Threadless manage my shop’s pricing and promotions’ whereby the platform manages your store in a way to help sales grow.

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Conclusion

As you can see, these t-shirt websites are all quite similar, and there are no guarantees which one will work out best for you. In the end, it’s a combination of strategy, promo efforts, timing (are you tuning into the trends), and, of course, talent.

When it comes to style and great design, you may want to consider some extra help! ManyPixels designers can help you.

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The easy way to design and sell t-shirts online

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Design or upload artwork to start selling t-shirts online.

Design or upload artwork

Upload custom artwork or create your design right on Bonfire.

Promote and sell t-shirts online by maximizing social media.

Promote and sell

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Once you sell t-shirts online, they’ll be shipped directly to your buyers.

Shirts are shipped

Sit back as orders are printed and sent directly to your buyers.

The final step to selling t-shirts online is getting paid for your efforts!

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Create an online t-shirt store

Make it easy for users to browse all of the custom shirts and apparel you’ve designed by creating a free online store. It only takes a few minutes to create and you can customize them to match your brand.

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Browse our curated selection of premium t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and more. Find a variety of styles, sizes, colors and fabric options like ringspun cotton, polyblends, heavyweights and more.

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Upload your own custom artwork or use our library of thousands of free fonts and graphics.

Bonfire’s design tool makes it easy to sell shirts online featuring your custom artwork or free graphics.

Set your prices & turn on tipping

Set your own selling prices and determine your profit margins. As you sell more, your profit margins per shirt will increase.

You can also change your campaign settings, such as setting your campaign duration and enabling fundraising.

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Turn on tipping to allow users to leave you a custom tip at checkout.
Make sure you choose the pricing model that work best for your audience and your t- shirt

Customize your page

Connect with your community right from your campaign page. Craft a compelling title and summary and add in videos to bring your story to life.

Create a custom campaign page to sell shirts online and showcase your personal story.

Promote and sell your shirts

Spread the word to your audience via social media, your website or whatever other channels work best.

Watch sales stats in your seller dashboard while your community visits and buys from your mobile-friendly campaign page.

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T-Shirt Printing Cost: How Much Will You Have to Spend on Custom Shirts?

A custom T-Shirt is a great way to promote your business or organization – or you can sell them to make some extra cash. But how much do custom T-shirts cost?

Here, we'll provide more information about T-shirt printing cost so you'll know what to expect for your first order.

T-Shirt Printing Cost Depends on Order Quantity

When calculating your T-shirt printing cost, factoring in quantity is key. If you're purchasing a small number, you can expect to pay retail prices – think $20-$30 per shirt. 

Now, this price point may be just fine if you're looking to make a T-shirt for yourself. But if you're planning on distributing them or selling them, it's highly inefficient. If you're buying 50 or more, you'll pay between $5-10 per shirt – and if you order in bulk (100+), it's closer to $5 each.

So it's best to maximize your purchase - but you also need to be careful. If you buy way too many, you can come in at a loss. This is especially important if you're selling them or if you plan on having your organization member pay for their shirts.

Extra Features Cost Extra Money

The cheapest T-shirts are going to be white shirts. Unfortunately, that might not make your T-shirt stand out very much. If you're using these shirts for advertising, that's definitely not a good thing. 

So consider paying more to print on colored shirts. The price difference ranges from $5 in low quantities to $1 in higher quantities. Not all businesses charge more for colored shirts, so be sure to check in with them before ordering.

Companies will also typically charge to print with several ink colors – using two or more colors can increase your T-shirt cost by $2-3. So be sure to keep things simple yet visually appealing.

If you want a design printed on the front and the back, this will also raise your custom T-shirt cost by about $5 per shirt. Of course, the benefit is that your design will be seen no matter what direction the person is facing, but the drawback is, again, the price.

Some companies will also let you add custom embroidery to your T-shirt for an extra fee. 

Don't Forget Shipping!

Most online T-shirt design companies offer free shipping. But the catch is that they'll usually incorporate that shipping price into the cost of the shirt.

While it may seem tempting to always choose the free shipping option, it can be better to pay for shipping if the cost of each T-shirt is cheaper. Be sure to calculate all your options before making any decisions.

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There are numerous ways to sell t-shirts online, so you need to find the option that works best for you. 

1. Print-on-demand sites

Example sites: Redbubble, TeePublic, Spreadshirt

Best for: hobbyists and beginners testing out their first products

Good for you if: you’re just out to have some fun and make a little money at the same time

Print-on-demand sites let you create an account and upload your designs, which they then produce, sell, and ship for you. This makes them extremely popular with part-time sellers who don’t want to invest much effort and energy into their t-shirt side hustle.

The downside is that profits are pretty low, there’s a ton of competition, and you have little to no control over your brand or product.

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2. Online marketplaces

Example sites: Amazon, Etsy, eBay

Best for: part-time sellers with some time and money, and an established customer base

Good for you if: you’re confident in your products’ ability to sell, but aren’t that confident with marketing

Online marketplaces bring the benefit of huge amounts of traffic, meaning more people will see your products and hopefully buy them. They’re popular with and trusted by consumers, and give you more control over your products.

One of the main hitches is that you still have very little control over building an actual brand or business identity with online marketplaces – and it can also be hard to build relationships with customers.

You can also encounter listing and sales fees, and are still subject to the whims of your chosen marketplace – if they change their algorithm, for example, your sales could suffer.

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3. Online store builder

Example sites: Shopify, Wix, BigCommerce

Best for: beginners and pro sellers alike who want to build their business

Good for you if: you want control over your products and custom branding

Ecommerce builders like Shopify let you create your very own online store, without needing tech skills or tons of time and money. This means you can have all your products in one place, get total say over your branding and marketing, and build long-term relationships with customers.

Although it means more work – you’re in control of everything from shipping to customer care – you can automate a lot of the tasks to save you time and effort.

It’s also worth noting that with an online store builder, you can integrate selling across other platforms (such as Amazon, eBay, and Etsy), and use virginia bank and trust careers services to remove the issues of storing and shipping your products.

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Which Method Is Right For You?

Which selling option you choose will depend on your own needs and goals. Overall though, we recommend building an online store to sell t-shirts online. It’s suitable for both beginners and larger scale projects, gives you more room for growth, and is more professional than other methods.

Our top recommended ecommerce builders are: 

  • Shopify: Best for large t-shirt stores with complex inventories
  • BigCommerce: Best for bulk selling t-shirts across multiple online channels – start your 15-day free trial today to get one month free when you pick your plan, as part of a limited-time offer
  • Wix: Best for smaller t-shirt stores
  • Squarespace: Best for small, brand-conscious t-shirt stores

Shopify can support complex inventories with multiple variants such as size and color – you can add up to 100 variants! BigCommerce is also great for larger stores, particularly multi-channel sellers. In contrast, Wix is best for small t-shirt stores, thanks to its simple inventory, and Squarespace is best for branding and marketing.

We carried out specific research into the best website builders for fashion stores, focussing especially on design and inventory management. You can compare their star ratings below, to see how each one performed in our research:

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However, it really is up to you! Using a print-on-demand site can be a good tactic to start off with, followed by building your own online store. Using an online marketplace has its benefits, but can sometimes be more hassle than it’s worth.

Before moving on, make sure you have: 
  • Looked into the different selling options available online
  • Chosen the online selling method that best suits you

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Best T-shirt Design Websites for Apparel Designers in 2020

Now is a good time as any to finally make that custom t-shirt biz a reality. We’re reviewing 8 of the most popular websites to help you choose the best print-on-demand (POD) platform for your t-shirt design business.

Any e-commerce platform needs to be reliable, affordable, and tailored to your needs (whether that relates to how you get paid, what custom products you can design, and how much promo and marketing you need to do).

When it comes to merch like custom t-shirts, hoodies, and phone cases, there’s a ton of good websites you can launch your business on. To help you choose the best one, we’re looking at 8 of the biggest competitors.

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Each of these custom design e-commerce websites has a very similar model; however, a few specifics can make one of them the best choice for your custom t-shirt business.

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1. Teespring

This platform is very simple to use: you can even use Teespring to make custom designs if you’re not familiar with design tools like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. It’s an excellent choice for newbies since the base costs are fairly affordable. It’s focused on clothing, and there is quite a range of designs for t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and tank tops. There are a few other types of designs, like phone cases, mugs, stickers, and prints.

Another great feature of this platform is the Teespring Boosted Network is a collection of marketplaces (like eBay and Amazon) and automated promotional tools that help you sell more.

The main downside is that you have a limited time to sell a design (campaign). You can set the campaign to last 3 - 21 days, and if you don’t sell anything in the selected timeframe, your designs are taken down.

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2. Zazzle

If you’re worried about traffic, know that on Zazzle, you’re in pretty good company: huge players like DC Comics and Disney use it to sell their merch. It’s very user-friendly; for example, you don’t need to do a design review for each type of design (the platform automatically adapts the size and format). The specific thing about this website is that customers can make the designs completely custom (for example, change fonts), which can increase the price and your earnings!

There are 3 ways to earn money on Zazzle:

  • As a designer /seller (selling your designs)
  • As a virtual marketplace (you can sell your products, you don’t need design skills);
  • Affiliate program (you get a percentage of sales revenue promoting products).

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3. Cafepress

You can sell via their online marketplace or create your online store. The differences are that in a marketplace you get 10% commission from the pre-set selling price, while in a shop you’re in charge of how to make t shirts and sell them online the price of your custom products. A marketplace can be a good solution if you know a little bit about SEO (choosing the right keywords is essential when you’re competing in a crowded space).

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4. Redbubble

Redbubble has been around since 2006, so if you decide to sell your stuff through them, it’s relatively sure you’ll get some traffic. They operate globally, and their website is available in several languages. There is a vast range of custom products you can sell, including things like stationery and home decor.

However, this also means one drawback: the product base price depends on the delivery address (things like cost of local production, material cost, taxes, etc.). This means that if you’re looking to sell worldwide—or even nationwide, it may be difficult to calculate the cost and your earnings upfront.

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5. Merch by Amazon

Unlike the rest of these print-on-demand websites, Merch by Amazon is a more exclusive club. Rather than just signing up, you need to submit an application and be accepted. At first, you will be limited to 25 designs, but once you sell 25 items, you’ll be upgraded to 100. Another great feature of this service is Amazon Best Seller Rank, which can help you determine what designs and styles are popular (e.g., retro or nerd prints).

Finally, when considering setting a sale price, make sure you take into account your upload tier—if you’re entirely new to the platform you might want to consider selling more products at lower prices so that you can slowly get to a higher tier and be able to upload more designs (and earn more revenue).

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If it’s t-shirts that you’re interested in, remember that this platform is tailored to selling art prints (it’s the only item you’re free to set your price for). In addition to that, some of the base prices are slightly higher, which could mean a bigger profit for you, but also a less competitive price than some of the other websites.

The biggest drawback is the default markup of 10% which applies to everything except art prints (this means stickers, home decor, t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, etc.)

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7. Spreadshirt

Like Zazzle, Spreadshirt is another option that offers the choice between selling over a virtual marketplace and setting up an online shop. Unlike Zazzle, setting up an online shop with Spreadshirt allows you to customize your layout with colors and fonts to match your brand.

Another cool thing is the hit list in their marketplace search feature, which shows some current trendy themes like geek, couples, vintage, vegan, etc.

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8. Threadless

The biggest difference with Threadless is that you can’t automatically start selling. Once you submit a design, you need to be upvoted by the community to join this marketplace. This is both a good and bad feature: it’s harder to get in, but then it also filters out some of the competition.

In addition to selling over Threadless Marketplace or setting up your shop with them, this site goes one step further in helping you manage your online shop. You’re free to do everything manually, however, it’s also possible to activate the setting ‘Let Threadless manage my shop’s pricing and promotions’ whereby the platform manages your store in a way to help sales grow.

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Conclusion

As you can see, these t-shirt websites are all quite similar, and there are no guarantees which one will work out best for you. In the end, it’s a combination of strategy, promo efforts, timing (are you tuning into the trends), and, of course, talent.

When it comes to style and great design, you may want to consider some extra help! ManyPixels designers can help you.

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Legal Guide to T-Shirt Design

Legal Guide to T-Shirt Design

With the popularity and use of the internet it has become increasingly easier to start your own company and sell custom printed products such as t-shirts. But with this convenience also comes many legal problems. It is easier than ever to search Google Images, Pinterest, or a popular walmart eye center bremen ga company and find images that we might want to for t-shirt designs. However, in many cases this is illegal and might be considered copyright and/or trademark infringement. In the United States, there are registrations food banks atlantic county nj impact t-shirt designers include trademark and copyright that are issued by the federal government and protect two distinct types of intellectual property including copyright and trademark.

Copyright

In its most general definition, copyright is the ownership over a piece of work or art and the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, commercially exploit, and otherwise profit from it. Work is automatically copyrighted when it is created; however, registering the copyright with the The U.S. Copyright Office is required if a business wants to sue over the use of the how to make t shirts and sell them online by another party. Copyright tends to be more geared toward literary and artistic works and they protect the following:

  • Books, articles, web content
  • Paintings, photographs, and visual works
  • Songs, movies, television shows and ads

Trademark

A trademark is a recognizable word, sign, design or expression that identifies and distinguishes the source of goods of one party from those of others. Trademark tends to protect items that define a company brand.  and they protect the following:

  • Business name, brand, or product names
  • Logos or marks used to identify a company or product
  • Company slogans or phrases

 

What does this mean for t-shirt designers? Using any artwork from the internet that you don’t own or didn’t make is ILLEGAL.

What you CAN’T use for t-shirt design

 

  • Names, logos, pictures or other intellectual property of musical groups or musical artists OR their lyrics.
  • Names, logos, pictures, or other intellectual property of sports teams, colleges/universities, clubs or organizations such as Boston Red Sox, Girl Scouts of America, or Harvard University.
  • Characters, images, actors or likenesses from cartoon networks, comic books, video games, movies, and television shows.
  • Trademarks, names or logos for companies. For example you can not use the name Nike, Nike “Just Do It” or the swoosh logo.
  • Photos, caricatures, or other artwork depicting a celebrity. Just because you take a picture of a celebrity, draw it or trace their likeness, it does not give you the right to use the image on shirts. “But it is my own drawing” Well, it isn’t that simple and even if there is no evidence
  • Any image or graphic that is not listed as free for commercial use (i.e. images you find on Google images).While it may seem like no one will notice, it is a violation unless you the original author has clearly stated it is free for commercial usage.
  • Phrases/Quotes/Sayings from various forms of media including television, books, lyrics etc.
  • Internet Meme / Viral Video inspired t-shirt designs. Many internet memes are based on someones image and can’t be used. And creating t-shirts inspired by a viral video can be a problem. Many times those who create a video do not plan to and there may be some lines that would make for great t-shirts.

What you CAN use

  • Any image or graphic that is royalty free for COMMERCIAL use.
  • Any image or graphic that is considered public domain.
  • Any image or graphic that is 100% your design.

What to watch out for

  • Even if there is not a trademark today for a phrase or slogan used if the original creator files a trademark and it gets approved they can come after you during the time BEFORE their trademark was approved. This is because when you file a trademark you can enter your First Use date and that date can way before they filed a trademark. Take a YouTube viral video as an example. If someone posted a video on YouTube that got really popular, an artist or marketers instinct might be to create a t-shirt design around it. The person who created the video hasn’t filed any trademarks but when they see others monetizing their work they can go and file a trademark and put a First Use date of when the video actually posted, even if that is 6 months or a year prior. They can then file a claim of trademark infringement on you for the time BEFORE they even had registered the trademark.
  • How you advertise your products makes a huge difference trademark/copyright infringement. A t-shirt check my amazon gift card balance sitting by itself in violation with no references with a first name or an animal may not violate any trademark. However, the moment you add a television show or sports team in your product description, website title/description, or advertising it shows the connection between a name or an animal which means you are now violating someone's trademark.
  • There are many services that sell/license artwork for t-shirt designs. You need to make sure that their terms of service or licensing terms allow you use the artwork for Print on Demand services. For whatever reason some companies restrict the print on demand usage of their artwork. These rules are typically in small print in their legal documentation.

What happens when you violate a trademark/copyright?

You will generally receive a cease and desist letter by email and/or registered mail by an attorney who represents the trademark owner.  This letter will inform you that you have violated a trademark/copyright and will include a copy of the trademark and screenshots of the design that violate their trademark.

The cease and desist will request that you immediately cease and desist of all the infringing designs as well as immediately cease all plans for the production, marketing, or manufacturing.

The letter will usually request that within 10 days that the following details be provided or confirmed:

  • Detailed list of all stores online and physical which you currently or have marketed the infringing goods and including contact information for all those locations
  • Full accounting of all the sales you made with the infringing goods
  • The name/contact information of the designer if it wasn’t you
  • List of what stock remains of all infringing goods
  • Copies of all marketing materials
  • Confirmation that all advertisements and/or references to the design on or off your website as well as any 3rd party websites who may have posted your products online.
  • Written assurance that you will no longer use the trademark or try and register that trademark.

 

Providing the information above will not waive the trademark owners rights to take legal action against you. The information above provides the legal counsel and the trademark owner the information to make a decision of what to do next. Most trademark owners prefer to settle out of court. How to make t shirts and sell them online is common that trademark owners request that you sign an agreement that states you acknowledge what you did, that the statements you made are accurate, and if you are caught lying or ever sell more products with the trademark that they will take legal action against you.

Along with the agreement,  the trademark owner will often request you pay them the profits you made from selling their trademarked design and/or additional penalty fees. Even if you have only sold a few t-shirts with an infringing design the requested payment amount is frequently from $1000-$20,000. If you have potentially infringed on a trademark you have a choice to make. Your options are to pay the amount they request for damages, attempt to negotiate a different damages payment or take the chance the trademark owner will take you to court in their state which will cost you at minimum $10K to get started. The amount required to defend yourself can get very expensive and if you lose you, it is likely that you will need to pay the trademark owners legal fees plus whatever damages were assigned. There are lots of grey areas in trademark/copyright law and unfortunately it isn’t always about being right or wrong.  If you don’t have the time, money or resources to fight a trademark/copyright accusation your best bet is to pay the requested damages amount to avoid having to go to court.

How to get started researching legality t-shirt design

Trademark: In the U.S. search USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Copyright: Visit the U.S. Copyright Office.

Consult an attorney: There are lots of attorneys who specializes in intellectual property if you need something specific reviewed but keep in mind it can be very expensive and many times the answers you will get won't be black and white. The answers will be something like  "You might be okay", "There is always risk".

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Tshirt copyright laws

Summer is coming again and our thoughts inevitably turn to rounding up the usual suspects, a bunch of t-shirts, some cutoffs and a pair of sandals.

No more grabbing vintage tee collectables at the local resale store, this year is going to be different, this is the year you silk screen your own t-shirts.

How about a huge, green, Irish triskele, triple spiral, on a velvet black t-shirt or a banana yellow hibiscus printed over an ocean blue tee?

No question, there are millions of graphic possibilities but coming up with a creative vision that won’t step on someone else’s copyright for some reason invokes a measure of creative block.

No worries; get the screen printing inks ready.  We’ll take a look at the questions, sort out some answers and you’ll be cranking out t-shirts in no time.

1.  Can I print any design on a t-shirt legally?

There are two “bear-trap” words in this question and those are “any” and “legally.”

The answer to this very general question is wholly dependent on facts and circumstances left forever unstated.

There is no way to effectively answer without discerning surrounding facts such as what design, who was the original author or designer of the image, is the t-shirt product limited to personal use or will it be produced for general marketing purposes.

However, that said, we can respond with an overview of some general copyright principals that may apply in most t-shirt situations.

(a) Public Domain

Many symbols that an artist might like to reproduce on a t-shirt have fallen into the category of known as the “public domain.”

A typeface, or a set of letters and related symbols, is not protected under most copyright law.

Most common symbols, such as the Irish triskele I mentioned earlier, are also not protected by copyright law and have entered the public domain.

There are also countless symbols and graphic images that were once copyright protected but the copyright has been allowed to expire or been forfeited for some how to make t shirts and sell them online and these have entered the public domain.

Material determined to be within the public domain is free for the general public to use, copy and market in any way and on any terms.

But wait a minute, can’t an artist take a symbol or an image out of the public domain and bring it back to a copyrighted or copyrightable status?

Yes, all it takes is to use a public domain symbol or image in a new, completely original work and the new image, which includes the public domain symbol, is copyrightable. Shark, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

The long and short of this is that if you plan to market those “Freddy’s Fabulous Falafel” t-shirts you need to do the research to make sure the typeface and symbols you want to use are either your own original designs or unencumbered residents of the public domain.

(b) Request Permission or Licensing

Copyrighting an original design for your t-shirts is the safest and easiest method of staying out of any sort of copyright quick mud should your tees suddenly become this summer’s Internet darling.

The T-Shirt Copyright Handbook

However, if graphic art is not your profession then using a copyrighted graphic image with a license, or permission from the original artist or author, is fairly simple to arrange.

Simply contact the original copyright owner and ask to use or license their work.

You may find they not only allow you to use their work but that permission how to make t shirts and sell them online given at little or no cost.

In contrast, serious jp morgan chase bank customer service issues can be invoked when the graphic image you have chosen to use on your t-shirt is already in use by an individual or entity as a trademark or service mark, either registered or just used in commerce for a number of years in a particular region.

Obviously, if you do not plan to market the t-shirts and just plan to wear the one you printed to the beach then you need not worry about allegations of trademark dilution or how to make t shirts and sell them online infringement.

However, if you do plan to market the t-shirts or have all your team members wearing it in a video that will be marketed, then again, you need to contact the registered owner of the mark and request their permission to use the mark.

Always get the permission terms in writing just in case minds change later on when your t-shirt team plays in the world series.

2) Can I make a t-shirt related to a movie or TV series? What’s allowed? What’s not?

A person that bought a copy of a movie, TV series or computer game would be allowed under the legal concept “fair use” to take a still from that copyrighted work and use it on a t-shirt to be worn by himself or a family member.

The trouble starts when everybody in the neighborhood wants one of those great white shark tees and making a few extra bucks starts to loom in the minds of the tee creator.

No, you may not use “fair use” copyright principals as legal protection when you effectively go into competition with the copyright owner by marketing the copyrighted image or images on your t-shirts.

Do this and you will get “the letter” inviting you to appear in a federal court in response to allegations of copyright infringement and civil damages.

Always play fair, if you have a great idea for a t-shirt that involves the use of an image from a copyrighted movie, TV show or computer game and you think the product would market well then contact the copyright owner, and ask to have, or buy, a limited permission to use the image on your t-shirts.

The company or artists may be very interested in working with you. In most instances the rightful copyright owner and the licensee both benefit from the co-operative marketing of fashionable t-shirts within the garment industry.

3) How can I capture pop culture themes in my t-shirt designs without violating someone else’s copyrights?

This question puts me in mind of that cool graphic my bank mobile vibe, “Rage the Flower Thrower by Banksy.” The “Banksy” image is used in all sorts of ways including stenciled on t-shirts because it captures a cultural theme that resonates strongly with many people.

First, and foremost, try to create your own unique image that brings a voice to your views on the local culture or on the how to make t shirts and sell them online if you are not a visual artist, and for example, you want to use “Rage the Flower Thrower” on your t-shirt(s) then the first step is to determine if the image is copyrighted, who the copyright owner is, and if the copyright remains in effect.

Banksy was an anonymous and notorious British graffiti artist. No copyright attached to his work because nobody knew his identity. Another similar scenario is where the original copyright owner has passed away and the estate failed to comply with copyright extension requirements.

In both situations the copyrighted or “copyrightable” material has entered the public domain. They have become images that may be used freely on any t-shirt project.

All in all there are many copyright facets to consider when designing a t-shirt especially when the project manager has a dream of ultimately marketing the shirts.

Check out this comprehensive resource to get additional information about t-shirt copyright.

And feel free to send me one of those black t-shirts with the triple green spiral on it.

The T-Shirt Copyright Handbook

About the Author: Christine Varad is the principal writer and editor for Varacolors Media. She earned her JD in law from New England Law and holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. As an artist and a lawyer she has a long standing interest in Intellectual Property law and promoting the rights and interests of writers and visual and performing artists.

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