How To Pay 0% Tax On Amazon Merch

Did you know that there is a way you can pay 0% tax on Amazon Merch?Watch the video or read below to find out how I did it.

Hint: The steps I’m about to share will only work for non-U.S sellers. You have to be someone working outside of America for this to work.

Here’s the 5 step plan I followed to get 0% tax.

 

  1. Log in and head to My Account area

Log in to your Amazon account. Head over to My Account and click on the Tax Information tab. If you are filling it out for the first time you are good to go. But if you have already submitted your tax information in the past you need to click on Update Tax Information.

 

  1. Take the Interview

Once you click on Update Tax Information you’ll be guided to a button that says Take Interview. Press that and you’ll be prompted to a Merch by Amazon Tax Information interview. This is where you tell them that you are not a US seller.

Tax Information Interview Page
Tax Information Interview Page

 

  1. Fill out your Tax Information

Now, this is the most important part of the deal. I filled it out incorrectly last time and ended up getting a 30% withholding tax deduction on my first month’s earnings.

Follow these steps:

  • Select the Type of Beneficial Owner you are – you are most likely an “Individual” unless you have a company registered in your home country.
  • Select your country where you are living
  • Enter your full name
  • Enter your address details and mailing address
  • Select no, where it says are you acting as an agent or intermediary.

IMPORTANT: Don’t check any of the boxes in the U.S. person tests – individuals. If you click on any of these, it’s going to register you as an American citizen and charge you a Tax based on American rates.

U.S. Person Tests - Individuals
U.S. Person Tests – Individuals
  1. Choose I have a Foreign (non-US) Income Tax Identification Number

Select the option that says ‘I have a foreign (non-US) income tax identification number’. Amazon basically needs to know that you are going to give your taxes in your own country. Then Click Save and Continue.

Tax Identification Number
Tax Identification Number

 

  1.  Fill in the country you live in and check mark the box where it says you have reviewed the tests that appear in Article 4 of the treaty

Scroll down and it’s going to ask you for you non-U.S. tax identification number.

Foreign (non-US) Income Tax Identification Number
Foreign (non-US) Income Tax Identification Number

 

If you are in the UK, you might be wondering what on earth is a Tax Identification Number (TIN)? From what I know, you can put your National Insurance Number in this box.

Put in your National Insurance Number and proceed to Save and Continue. Amazon will now prompt you on a screen that says, Congratulations you are now on a 0% tax.

 

So, simple as that. If you have a foreign Income Tax Identification Number, you can register yourself as a Non-U.S. person on Amazon and get 0% withholding tax. You don’t need to pay the taxes because you’ll be paying the ones in your own country.

DON’T FORGET!

If you don’t put the TIN, Amazon is going to, by default, tax you with 30% of your monthly sales. On the other hand, if you are in the UK, you can put your National Insurance Number. If you are in any other part of the world you need to know your Tax Identification Number in order to get a 0% tax on Merch by Amazon.

 

I hope that’s useful. I didn’t know this when I first started with Merch by Amazon. I’m sure lots of people out there have a similar problem. Imagine how much you can save without the 30% tax charged by default just for incorrectly filling out the form!

Have you faced any problems setting up your tax settings on Amazon Merch? Do you know of other ways you can get around the tax deduction as a Non-U.S. Citizen? Do let me know in the comments section. I’m really interested in knowing what has worked for you and all the different approaches that can help one get around similar problems.

If you’d like to learn more about starting up with Merch By Amazon, then download the free Amazon Merch Getting Started guide here.

My Merch By Amazon Pricing Strategy

Are you interested in knowing more about the pricing strategy I used to ride the wave of increase in sales on my 5th month? If so you’ve come to the right place. You can click on the video link or read on below to learn more.

Most of the standard t-shirts come around at $12.87 per shirt. For premium t-shirts, it’s around the mark of $14.87. It definitely goes up for long sleeves sweaters, shirts and for other variations too. I try to find prices that make me no profits but no losses either.

Why do I do that?  To get my shirts noticed and bought as soon as possible.

My Strategy To Reach Tier 500

When I was at tier 10, 25 or tier 100, I was purely focusing on increasing my chances of selling t-shirts. My main objective was to get to the higher ranks – reach tier 500 or above as soon as I could.

To do that, I figured customers would want to see my pretty cool designs at such low prices so that right then and there, they can instantly start buying.

The Goal

Simply put, my aim was to get the lowest best selling ranking (BSR) number possible. BSR basically represents how much sales you are making in a day. The lower the number, the better. Amazon rewards those who have the best selling shirts by letting them appear more in the search results. So the lower the rank your t-shirt has, the more visible it is to customers out there.  My initial goal was to get a BSR number under 50,000 which is a good indicator that my shirts are selling well.

How And When Do I Price Increase

As soon as I get a sale, I increase the price by $1. If I make a sale at $12.87, I increase it to $13.87. When I make a sale at $13.87, I increase it to $14.87. More or less, you get the point.

I continue with this approach until I reach a limit and stop making sales. By then, I know what my pricing strategy’s sweet spot is. The sweet spot is when I get to make the most sale at the highest possible price. I adjust my pricing to reflect what the sweet spot is and let it be for a period of time.

With this strategy alone, I’ve reached the Tier 500 level, made as much as 270 organic sales, and earned up to $700 profit without any external advertising.

The Cons Of Using This Strategy

Using the strategy made me close more sales and move through the tiers as quickly as possible. I wasn’t earning any profits though.

Like I said, I was pricing my shirts really low and every time I made a sale I slowly increased the price. This also meant that my royalties at the start, during the first 4 months, didn’t have any significant increase.

As you can see below, my earnings in the first 4 months, were all pretty low.

May 2018 Estimated Earnings
May 2018 Estimated Earnings

 

Despite this, the strategy was proven effective in increasing my rank, enabling me to reach Tier 500 and earn a considerable amount in my 5th month. It was a quite a long-term investment, but all the efforts paid off by the 5th month.

Alternative Pricing Strategies

I realized after sharing this strategy with my patrons and with various Facebook groups, that there are alternative methods that can be used to avoid having minimal to zero profits in the first few months.

Start High Versus Low

One alternative is to start high versus low and adjust the pricing as needed. In the earlier example, rather than starting at $12.87, start at $19.99. You may not make as much in sales but you get a higher royalty (roughly $5 to $6) in every sale you make. Over a period of time, if you notice you are not making much in sales, then adjust the pricing to a lower amount. You limit the risks using this approach while guaranteeing higher royalty.

Average Pricing

Instead of starting at $12.87 or $19.99, price at $14.99. The price is low enough to potentially get the attention of the buyers but not high enough to turn them off. While most shirts are listed at $18.99 or $19.99 when they see your shirt at $14.99 they’ll be thinking ‘oh I found a bargain here’ and get the shirt. I’m also inclined to be earning as much as $2 for each sale using this method.

 

That wraps up the Amazon Merch pricing strategy I used and plan on using in the upcoming months. If ever I come across a new and comparatively better process, I’ll definitely let you know.

What pricing strategy do you use on Merch by Amazon? Do you use the same as mine or do you use a completely different strategy? Do let me know in the comments section below.

If you’d like to know more about how I started and learn from my mistakes, download my Amazon Merch Getting Started guide here.

Amazon Merch Chrome Extensions I Use At TIER 500

You might be wondering why are chrome extensions important for Amazon Merch.  Check out my video or scroll down to the rest of the article to learn more.

When I started using Amazon Merch, I had a lot of problem digging through the tools that could possibly be useful for speeding up my progress, leveling up my tier level and making  a considerable number of sales.

There’s a ton of information out there on the internet and it took me a while before I could come up with a workflow. I came across some very interesting Amazon Merch Chrome extensions that actually worked for me.

Amazon Merch Chrome Extensions I Use

These are the extensions I use when doing my research or uploading items to Amazon Merch.

#1 DS Amazon Quick View

DS Amazon Quick View is a productivity extension which adds ranking and sellers to the Amazon website. DS Amazon Quick View displays the Best Seller Ranking (BSR) number Amazon has assigned to an item.

Why would you need the BSR number? You can use it to find niches, designs, and topics that are selling well on Amazon.

DS Amazon Quick View
DS Amazon Quick View

When the BSR number is low, it means the item is selling well. When it is high, it means the items are essentially not making any considerable number of sales.

DS Amazon Quick View allows you to use the BSR numbers to lock down which shirts are selling well. You can make sales by focusing your designs on that particular niche.

To have an idea of what people are looking for, search niches with low BSR numbers. The next step is to add more designs in that category. Avoid copying any of the stuff. Be creative and come up with your own designs.

#2 AMZ Suggestion Expander

Apart from knowing which items sell using the BSR number, you might also want to look into the keywords that were used to rank in that particular niche. AMZ Suggestion Expander lets you do just that. Here’s how:

On the Amazon homepage, type a word related to the item you’re thinking of selling. Let’s say Croatia. AMZ Suggestion Expander will then let you know the keywords/phrases that people use when they search for that item. You can find out which keywords people used before (red column) and after (green column) your search keyword (Croatia). You will also see the default alternatives that Amazon comes up with. This gives you plenty of ideas on what keywords to use in your listing.

AMZ Suggestion Expander
AMZ Suggestion Expander

#3 Merch Tools

When you have a significant volume of shirts added to Amazon, it’s quite hard to search for a particular item you’d like to do some edits on. You may have to go through several pages before you can get to that one item. Under such circumstances, Merch Tools comes in handy.

Once you have Merch Tools installed, you can click on Merch Tools extension, go to quick editor then type in a keyword in the search bar to locate the item you’d like to do some edits on, make the amends and save it. You’re done! It’s that easy. This extension has saved me tons of time and effort in my experience of using it.

#4 Merch Buddy

The final Amazon Merch Chrome Extension that I use when I’m uploading shirts is Merch Buddy. This is one of my favorite extensions. There are quite some features in Merch Buddy but, to make the long story short, the best feature is the fact that it speeds up your upload process.

When you are in tier 100, you can upload 25 shirts a day. When you are in tier 500, you can do 50 a day. If you are doing all that manually, uploading items one by one, it’s going to take a long time to upload all the items.

What Merch Buddy does is, it lets you copy and paste text from the previous listings. So, if you have 10 variations of the same design, say a sweatshirt, a hoodie, one for men, one for women and so on, you can copy and paste the product details using Merch Buddy Chrome extension.

Merch Buddy
Merch Buddy

 

Merch Buddy literally adds these Copy and Paste buttons to your Add product Details page and makes it so much easier for you. This speeds up your process 10-20 times. It only takes me a couple of hours to upload my 50 shirts in a single day.

You can get this extension for $30. It’s the only one in the list that is not free but it’s probably the most valuable one out there.

These four Amazon Merch Chrome Extensions are what I’ve used to speed up my process of adding my listings to Amazon. These have worked wonderfully for me in terms of saving time in research and uploading my products to Amazon. This is exactly how I got to tier 500 and sold 272 shirts last month.

To everyone who is reading this, stay motivated! Stay committed and you’ll see the results. I had four months of pretty low results on Merch by Amazon but it shot up last month. Stay consistent and you’ll see the results. Keep working. All you need is patience, motivation, commitment, and consistency.

Have you got any chrome extensions you use yourself that you found really valuable in progressing through Merch by Amazon? Let me know in the comments section.

If you’d like to learn more about starting up with Merch By Amazon, then download the free Amazon Merch Getting Started guide here.

Merch By Amazon 2018 Updates – Sell More Shirts With These Latest Changes

Merch By Amazon has rolled out some changes in 2018 that are going to help you sell more shirts. If you want to know what these are and how it helps you make more sales, click on the video or read on below.

What Is Amazon Merch?

Amazon Merch is an online platform created in 2015. It was created by the company Amazon Inc, in the USA, which allows designers and creatives from all over the world to sell textile products, specifically branded t-shirts, with their own designs, produced, sold and shipped by Amazon. Content creators are entitled to royalties or certain profits for every T-shirt sold.

2018 Features To Watch Out For

2018 promises to be a fantastic one for content creators on the platform. Amazon has rolled out exciting new features to help you experience better shirt sales in the quickest possible time.

I’m going to share with you some new exciting features I’ve noticed on Merch by Amazon. If you can adequately exploit the opportunities they offer, these latest changes can prove to be game changers.

Daily Uploads

For those familiar with the platform, we already know that Amazon Merch has a Tier system in place (Tier 10, 25, 100, 500 and PRO).

When I started using this program as a Tier 10 content creator, I was limited to one shirt upload a day. When I moved up to Tier 25, the number of shirts I can upload should have been limited to 2 shirts a day. However, I received a notification from Amazon Merch that they have increased the limit. Hence, they’ve given me the luxury of a 5 shirt upload instead. Even better, when I moved up to Tier 100, I was allowed to upload 10 shirts a day.  This was double the previous quota, which was 5 shirts a day.

The improved feature of Merch by Amazon has given content creators the opportunity to scale up their businesses, boost sales and level up as fast as possible. It’s all about numbers on the Amazon Merch platform.  The more designs you have out there, the more sales you are likely to make. With each Tier, you now have more shirt uploads per day, compared to what was previously offered.

Quick level up

Prior to the Merch by Amazon 2018 update, to move from one Tier to another, the required number of shirt sales to close were higher. For instance, there should be at least 10 shirt sales in order to move up from Tier 10 to Tier 25. There’s a need to close 25 shirt sales if the goal is to move from Tier 25 to Tier 100.

The good news is that all this has changed with the Merch by Amazon 2018 update. I was able to move up from Tier 10 to Tier 25 by making just 6 shirt sales. By March, I was able to jump from Tier 25 to Tier 100 by making just 11 shirt sales.

It doesn’t just end there. A lot of content creators out there are doing even fewer shirt sales and scaling up quicker than ever. We’ve seen people move up to Tier 100 after making 3 – 4 shirt sales. Others have also been known to reach Tier 500 after making 50 – 60 shirt sales rather than 100.

As you may have noticed, Amazon Merch is really bringing down the requirements needed to move up the Tier ladder. This allows more content creators to unlock strategic features that can aid them in boosting passive income.

Shirt lifetime

Amazon Merch is programmed to take down any uploaded shirt which fails to make a sale after 90 days (3 months) of upload. It is seen as a nuisance on the platform.

In the Merch by Amazon 2018 update, the shirt lifetime has been increased to 6 whole months! If your shirt doesn’t sell in the 3rd month, you have an opportunity to make sales in the 4th or 5th month before Amazon Merch decides to pull it out from the marketplace.

This increase in shirt lifetime is no doubt, a great way to give content creators a better chance of making sales and being successful on the platform.

Hoodies and Sweatshirt

I was only allowed to sell T-shirts and long sleeve T-shirts from January to April. I was allowed to add hoodies and sweatshirts to my designs when I reached Tier 100.

Now, the Merch by Amazon 2018 update allows content creators to add hoodies and sweatshirts to their designs no matter what Tier they are on. It increased the number of products that can be offered to customers as a result. It also boosts the potential to make a greater income.

Wait Time

If you’ve been following my channel for quite a while, you know that I submitted my application to Merch By Amazon in December 2016. It was only in December 2017 that I got approved. These days the wait time to get approved has decreased. Some are getting approved as early as within the week of application submission.

Merch by Amazon is continuing to improve its features and making changes to enhance the experience.

Check out my YouTube channel and subscribe to know more about Amazon Merch. You can also like and share this blog post with those you think might benefit from it.

If you’d like to learn more about starting up with Merch By Amazon, then download the free Amazon Merch Getting Started guide here.

Merch Collab By Amazon

What’s great about Merch Collab is that it allows you to sell what would traditionally be flagged as a Copyright violation. It changes everything. If you want to know how, watch the video or read on below.

If you’re a T-shirt seller on Amazon just like me, you have to be extremely careful in making your designs. Copyright law is something that Amazon takes very seriously and pays great attention to.  Amazon is quick to take down uploaded designs which violate copyright laws. They also go the extra mile in ensuring that you would not be able to sell such a design in the marketplace in the future. A copyright violation can lead to a suit which could involve heavy financial repercussions for settlement, if found guilty.

What is Merch Collab?

Merch Collab by Amazon is a licensing program which gives brands, qualified designers, as well as manufacturers, the opportunity to collaborate with each other in a bid to create an enormous, worldwide selection of branded merchandise, for an efficient and more secure market. With Merch collab, licensing is easier than ever before, allowing a synergy between brands and small business owners, to meet the demands of potential clients.

Basically, what this means is that, as a designer, with Merch Collab by Amazon, I can pair up with some of the biggest brands in the world and receive permission to legally create and sell T-shirts that are related to these brands. As an umpire in the marketplace, Amazon simply tracks sales of merchandise and pays out royalties.

On the Merch Collab webpage, we can see some available brands, already on this scheme, which includes the likes of Shane Dawson, Annoying Orange, Rick and Morty etc. With Merch Collab, you will receive the go signal to create and market T-shirts related to these brands.

Merch Collab's available brands
Merch Collab’s available brands

How does it work?

As a seller, I can use Amazon Merch Collab to choose any of the available brands to create T-shirts and upload to Amazon. The brand will then access my design and choose to decline or approve it as they deemed fit. Amazon recommends that the brands login at least once a week to either approve or decline applications. The T-shirts go live for potentials clients to purchase once it has been approved.

Now, it is important to note that Amazon splits royalties between brands and sellers. Brands are entitled to 67% royalties, while the seller gets the remaining 33%.

To cite an example, let’s say I’m selling a Neil Degrasse Tyson branded T-shirt for $50. The brand is entitled to $33.5 while I’m entitled to the remaining $16.5. Obviously, there will be expenses incurred during the production and shipping process and royalties will be split from the profit made after sale.

BENEFITS

Potential Increase in sales

Most designers don’t have an established brand in the marketplace and tend to shuffle between one unique idea to another, with the hopes of getting discovered randomly. This can consequently limit your sales, as there is nothing in your brand for potential clients to associate with and are searching for. But the moment you start designing T-shirts that are connected to popular, established brands, your merchandise becomes more visible to potential clients.

For example, if I’m creating branded Rick and Morty T-shirts through Mesh Collab by Amazon, when customers search for Rick and Morty T-shirts, my product’s are going to be high up in the search results, which increases my chances of making more shirt sales.

Ability to charge higher

Another cool benefit of enrolling for Mesh Collab by Amazon is the ability to charge customers higher for shirt purchases than if you were making your own. The reason is that a lot of people are die-hard fans.  Because they feel extremely passionate towards these brands, they are usually willing to pay a good amount of money to get their hands on anything related to it.

What this means is if I can sell my personal branded shirts for $30, I can charge higher for branded ones. If I decide to sell Neil Degrasse Tyson shirts, I can set the price to about $50 and still make a lot of sales.

No legal problems

This happens to be one of the most exciting benefits of enrolling in this scheme. Being a member of this program takes away the worry of breaking copyright laws which a lot of sellers deal with from time to time. Some are even facing serious consequences which are likely to cause a huge damage to their businesses.

With Mesh Collab by Amazon, you have the green light to create and sell T-shirts by top brands, as you please.

Conditions to join the Mesh Collab Scheme

  • You need to have an Amazon seller central account. Create an individual account for free to join this platform.
  • You need to be a member of the Merch by Amazon scheme. This is a platform which allows designers to sell T-shirts on Amazon

Steps to apply

  • To apply to this scheme, you first have to visit the Amazon Mesh Collab webpage
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and apply as a designer
Merch Collab By Amazon Designers
Merch Collab By Amazon Designers
  • On the next page, there are two text fields you need to fill out – “Tell us about your style” and “Why do you think you would be a good partner?”. It is important to fill-in strong and valid points, as this will increase your chances of being accepted. Once you’re done filling out the text fields, hit submit.
Merch Collab Designer Application Form
Merch Collab Designer Application Form
  • Go ahead and tick the box to show you have read and accepted the terms and conditions. Then click accept on the next page

Amazon takes a month to review your application. After which you will be notified if the application has been rejected or accepted.

Merch by Amazon and Merch Collab makes it easy to earn money by selling branded shirts. Anyone can do this. You can do it anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be a U.S Citizen to apply for the program. Stay motivated. Be consistent, upload as many designs as you can and I’m sure it will go well for you.

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If you’d like to learn more about starting up with Merch By Amazon, then download the free Amazon Merch Getting Started guide here.