Remember back in August when I discussed how the crickets my online shops usually attracts had become a little less cricketier thanks to one seemingly forgotten design of mine? Of course you don’t… you probably can’t even remember what I posted here yesterday. But that’s what links are for, to refresh your memories…
This Rainbow Donkey design, which I drew over two years ago and had been ignored by every other person on this planet save Merby, suddenly sprang to life in August and started netting me a few sales on both my Redbubble and Cafepress shops simultaneously. While the coffee mug that post inspired Trisha to purchase is still the most recent thing my stupid RB shop has managed to make me virtual money for, it’s been a completely different story this Fall over on Cafepress, where……. well, see for yourself (click to enlarge):
That’s ten sales in the past three months… seven of which feature my Believe design! Hell, four of them are throw pillows… bought by people in three different countries! I have to think CP must actually like that design enough to be promoting it in some way to score all that action, especially in the ass cushion category. Of course, despite this flurry of official Rainbow Donkey licensed garbage I’m spreading around the world, it’s worth noting that I won’t be turning in my Mecca box cutter anytime soon. All of these will eventually end up netting me a whopping
$10.61…. er, make that $9.55 once CP takes its 10% “shop fee” out of my measly profits.
And I’m not necessarily complaining…. after all, Cafepress is doing all the heavy lifting, including listing and promoting the items. The real money is made in selling directly through your virtual store, which only my online friends who have those links will use as their conduit for ordering my designs. Stranger traffic is gonna always find the stuff listed in the website’s “Marketplace” where the margins are infinitesimal. But 4.5% of something is better than 0% of nothing, right?
And yes, I know I’ve long owed someone a special design, which I hope to unass myself enough to actually get around to doing sometime before friggin’ Christmas….