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rightbrainwoman suggested

Concentrate on sales, not tiers, BSRs etc.

It seems there are a lot of people on the forums who are (in my opinion) overly concerned with jumping from one tier to the next. Their questions range from "when" to "why" to "why not." Other people seem to mourn the fact that they can't see their BSR for one reason or another. My take is that tiering up will happen eventually, as long as Merch by Amazon stays in business. And, instead of caring about when Merch will bump you up to tier 25, tier 100 or even tier 2000, why not concentrate on the factors that might help -- good, interesting, quality artwork, trends that buyers are looking for, key words that buyers are looking for, etc. That goes for BSR as well because Amazon tells us how many of which shirts sold ... and I've bought tons of stuff on Amazon without ever checking sales ranking. Speaking of good factors, even though Amazon is the leading online retail store, not everybody searching the net is looking for what we have to sell so it make sense that we have to find other ways to show off our wares -- pinterest, facebook, instagram, twitter, and anywhere else we can toot our own horns. Next, we should be sharing more with fresh information that works, not rehashing of old ideas without concrete proof of value. (I do not believe somebody who says he/she made tons of bucks selling t-shirts and you can too, for only $1995.00.) All this is not harsh criticism, just a drop of criticism and some suggestions that might help all of us start to carve a decent monetary return for our work.

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Pratik commented

Wonderful thoughts @rightbrainwoman. People care a lot about BSR but it's just a number, nothing more, nothing less.

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Dufrane commented

Merch by Amazon creators focus way too much on BSR, when they should be focusing on BSR and something else that is even more important that I will not mention because no one will listen anyway. :)

However, BSR is important when researching designs because it lets us know if people are buying shirts in whichever niche we are researching. Using certain Chrome extensions, you can search for a shirt on Amazon and immediately see if the shirts in the search results are selling or not. If you check a niche and none of the shirts are showing a BSR... welp, probably not a good idea to waste time designing a shirt for that niche. Same goes for if you search a niche and the first 5 pages in the search results are showing shirts with BSRs. That's a sign that the niche is a little saturated. You want to find a niche were the first few rows have BSRs and not a ton of designs.

I love when I have a shirt that sells and the BSR spikes to 150,000 or so and then a few days later someone tries to copy the idea... but then the shirt never sells again for 5 months. They wasted time creating a shirt that I got lucky with. :)

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Please mention something else, I'm listening. Looking to find better ways to improve my sales.

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The reasons you just listed are the very reasons BSR being on display is screwing up Merch. BSR is a rating system for thieves and copycats. Why should my competition be able to see how well my products are selling?

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T-Shirt Design Fan commented

Very well put! I see people celebrating a tier promotion yet they can barely sell anything on the tier they were on before. Slots won't matter if you don't learn how to sell. That's the one downside of Merch tiering people up before they reach the sales for that tier. When I joined you had to earn your slots. You didn't get to the 500 tier unless you sold 100 shirts on the 100 tier. I'm kind of glad I had to learn how to sell before getting tiered up. It has helped me a lot and one reason I've still done well in spite of so much competition.

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