Interview: Your Designs on External Marketplaces

Interview: Your Designs on External Marketplaces

How do your designs make it big on marketplaces beyond Spreadshirt? Two experts from the external marketplace team have all the answers.

What are external marketplaces?

Two members of the external marketplace team took some time to answer your burning questions. Today, you’ll meet Julia and Tim. Julia is responsible for Amazon France and Tim for Amazon and eBay Germany.

Hello Julia! Let’s jump right in with the most important question: On which external marketplaces do you offer Designers’ designs?

Julia: The question is quickly answered: In order to increase the reach of designs from the Spreadshirt community, we offer them on Amazon in Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA, as well as on eBay in Germany and the USA.

How does it work?

So, now you know what we’re talking about when we say, “external marketplaces.”

But how do the designs from our community get to Amazon and eBay? And what criteria is used to select the designs that are ultimately offered on external marketplaces? Tim, can you tell us more about that?

Tim: Designs for external marketplaces are selected directly by our team. However, to make it into the selection, a design has to meet a few requirements. First, we look for designs that are already selling well on the Spreadshirt Marketplace. Designs can be successful if they appeal to specific target groups (e.g. fathers for Father’s Day), cover popular topics (e.g. hobbies, birthdays, funny sayings) and have an appealing layout. The description and keywords should match the design well, and the placement of the design on the product should be appropriately large and centered. Currently hot or seasonal themes can also be successful. In addition, we take strict care not to violate any copyrights. In our Amazon Brand Stores you can find designs that are selling well at the moment. It’s best to take a look and get inspired!

Do my designs qualify?

So, how do Designers actually know whether their design is currently being offered on Amazon or eBay?

Julia: Until now, you could only tell if a design has been selected for an external marketplace if it was also bought there. Here the sales statistics help. If the sales channel “External marketplaces” is displayed, you can be sure that your design was sold on Amazon or eBay.

Thanks for all of your helpful answers! Always try to keep external marketplaces in mind when creating your designs. Remember, you can find out more under your sales statistics.

Do you want to know even more about our external marketplace team?

At the moment, the team consists of seven people, including marketplace managers for Germany, France, the UK and the USA. Each individual is responsible for their respective country, e.g. for design selection, advertising or the Brand Store. The Brand Store is Spreadshirt’s sales page on Amazon. Through it, Spreadshirt’s products can be offered in their own store interface on Amazon and pushed by means of various marketing campaigns. Additionally, the team regularly works on new projects. For example, it now also offers customizable clothing on Amazon.

Do you have any other questions or comments about selling on external marketplaces? Just post them in the comments!

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  1. I took a look at the designs available on Amazon UK and they are FULL of copyright violations – Looney Tunes, Star Wars, Friends, Batman, Marvel – just to name a few! HOW are these even allowed on SpreadShirt Marketplace, let alone Amazon??? I keep on getting my own original designs rejected from Marketplace but Copyright violation is OK?? This isn’t a good look!!

    • Hi Andrew.
      Thanks for your reply. We have certain license partners. So don’t worry, no designs on our amazon page violate any copyright. Concerning your rejected designs i would recommend you the following help pages on rejection reasons and copyright informations.

      Best of wishes,


  2. So, basically, if you already sell loads, Spreadshirt will help you sell even more but if you’re struggling and need help, you’re on your own. Seems fair. The only thing I would like to know is how do you get your designs seen on Spreadshirt in the first place? How can you get on the first page? Is that even possible? No one ever answers this question which then makes you question whether this is a fair and level playing field. I suspect not. I know this may not go down too well and I may even get myself into some kind of trouble but I genuinely want to know. I’m sure there are lots more that would like to know too. So, how about it? How about actually responding with an answer that means something? I don’t expect to get an answer but at least I’ve asked the question. It would be great to be seen on Amazon etc but not much use if you can’t even get seen on Spreadshirt in the first place!

  3. Sounds like a great idea
    Can you put a few of mine on Amazon would be grateful and will also help spreadshirt
    Thanks everybody

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