Last Updated on September 21, 2019 by Michael Brockbank
When streaming live on platforms like Twitch, you have a variety of ways to make money. While tips, bits and subscriptions are often the most common, you can also sell products. In fact, the Streamlabs Merch Store helps you sell goods to the viewers.
For instance, what if you have a logo or an image that you associate with your channel or brand? Slap it on a shirt or a mug and your viewers may buy it.
And this is where Streamlabs comes into play.[template id=”145″]
What is the Streamlabs Merch Store?
The Streamlabs Merch Store is similar to platforms like Teespring and Printful. Essentially, you upload graphics to go onto a product of your choice, set a price and sell them to your audience.
Streamlabs gives you everything you’ll need to generate revenue through sales.
Items you have for sale are available on your Streamlabs tip page. The audience can buy directly from this screen. It’s like having a small store attached to your channel.
What Can the Streamlabs Merch Store Do for You?
A lot of creators will use systems like Teespring to generate a bit of revenue. This is especially popular on systems like YouTube as ad revenue isn’t always the most reliable.
Streamlabs provides a similar service by giving you a way to create a store filled with branded merchandise.
The store itself is an addition to the tip or donation screen. This is what people see when you connect donations to Twitch. However, visitors can choose from the “Donate Money” or the “Merch” tab.
You can also share the store’s URL as you could with any other selling platform.
Like the other printing services out there, the Streamlabs Merch Store gives you a platform which to see a higher return for branding yourself and your channel.
It’s always a good idea to diversify where your money comes from, and this is just one more outlet to help drive more money to your bank account.
All it takes is a few moments of your time, a popular channel and making sure the audience is aware you have merchandise available.
What are Some Notable Features?
Although I am not a huge fan of drop shipping practices, the Streamlabs Merch Store does have quite a few benefits. For example, anyone can get started right away without worrying about becoming a Twitch affiliate.
Several Goods to Choose From
The system gives you several goods to sell with your art. Currently, you can choose to sell a:
- Framed Poster
- Canvas Printing
- Upper Wear, such as shirts and tank tops
- Coffee Mugs
- iPhone and Samsung Phone Cases
- Drawstring Bags
The hardest part is really coming up with your own artwork or marketing idea to sell your goods.
Low Profit Margins, Par for the Course
One of the reasons why I don’t like using drop shipping of any kind is because it cuts heavily into profit margins. For instance, you’ll only make about $4.88 on a shirt you sell from your channel for $25.
The fees that come with services such as manufacturing costs are often extremely high. But, this is to be expected unless you can afford the thousands of dollars to print thousands of the same shirt.
Print-on-demand is more expensive than traditional manufacturing. Which means you won’t make as much money per item sold.
If you want to make a living off of selling products, you would have to sell at least 20 items per day.
Creating items in your store is relatively simple. Just like everything else from Streamlabs, it requires very little expertise outside of having some talent designing graphics and artwork.
Most products you can sell follow a quick, 3-step process that can have you selling in mere moments.[template id=”505″]
Data Tracking for Sales
Who doesn’t like data when operating an online store? It’s the data that helps drive strategies for selling new products, removing ones that don’t work and determining what your target audience likes more.
The Streamlabs Merch Store keeps tabs on your performance and offers a sales report to help structure your future ideas.
Minimum Price Requirements
Each item has a minimum retail price you can charge. This is to help make sure the item is paid for in terms of manufacturing as well as sharing the profits with Streamlabs 50/50.
Unfortunately, you won’t make a lot of money selling items unless you can unload them en mass. Which means you need a large, high-quality audience willing to spend some money.
Stream Alert for Sales
One feature that may peak your interest is how Streamlabs will send an alert when someone buys your goods. This means everyone watching your channel will see when someone picks up a shirt or coffee mug.
Of course, you need to make sure you have alerts running on your stream.
The visuals of someone buying your goods also work as a way to market the product. What if a viewer doesn’t know you’re selling coffee mugs and then all of a sudden he or she sees an alert during your stream that somebody bought one?
Once you start adding things to your Streamlabs Merch Store, you can download and use pre-designed image panels to add to your Twitch channel. These are simply images that you can use as buttons so people have direct access to your store.
You can always use your own images, but Streamlabs gives you a few color options to choose from. You download the lot as a ZIP file, which you can then upload to your channel’s panels.
Luckily, there are no minimum requirements for payment thresholds. If you only make one sale inside of a month, you will get that money.
Payouts are on the 5th of the following month. So if you had $25 in profits for June, you would be paid on the 5th of July.
This is a good feature for several reasons. The most important is that you don’t have to hit a $100 payment threshold to see your money. Most systems will hold your cash until you meet this requirement, such as Amazon, Twitch and AdSense.
The Streamlabs Merch Store will send any money you made in a particular month regardless of how much it is.
One feature I am looking forward to using some time down the road is the automated giveaways. Essentially, you pick the product to giveaway and a random viewer is chosen by the system. He or she simply fills in the address form to get their item.
It’s a great way to engage the audience and keep people coming back for more. I did something similar to this when I had closed Beta keys for World of Warships a couple of years ago.
I just received my coffee mug in the mail depicting my logo. As for the print job, it’s a nice representation of my colors and the mug itself is nicely crafted.
Unfortunately, I don’t know whether to set it aside as a collector’s item or fill it up right now. A cup is meant to be used!
Not Ideal in Terms of Shipping Fees
I ordered it on the 18th, and it arrived on the 26th…so an eight-day delivery. Now, a week isn’t bad considering it’s print on demand. What I am more concerned with is the price-to-shipping ratio.
For a $20 item, I had to pay $6.50 in the cheapest shipping method available. So in essence, I paid $26.50 for a coffee mug.
However, it was packaged safely and I would trust Streamlabs to ship more often. Well, that is I would trust Streamlab’s drop shipper to send items.
The Bottom Line…
It all boils down to being able to market your goods to an active audience. This means your channel needs to have a high enough popularity of those willing to buy your goods. If the majority of people are just lurkers, don’t expect a huge payout.
Once you establish yourself as a semi-popular streamer, I can see how the Streamlabs Merch Store could be an asset to making money. But like most other ways to generate revenue online, it all comes down to having quality traffic.
And that is an aspect that is completely controlled by you.[template id=”543″]
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Streamlabs Merch Store
Ease of Use9.0/10
- Easy to get started
- No minimum payout requirements
- Clean and customizable-ish store
- Nice quality of items
- Split profits mean less income
- Shipping makes some items a bit expensive.