Whenever I am doing a show in which I get paid, I carry my CDs to sell. I sell CDs, but some people sell shirts, baby cloths, and bumper stickers, anything that is funny and will get people to fork over some more money. I like selling CDs because I can make them myself so I have an exact amount for a given show. Not saying that having someone else make them is a bad thing, but if I invest 200 bucks in CDs I will be even more pissed if I can not get a profit from them. When I make them myself I am certain to make enough to make more and spending money.
The reason Comics sell merchandise is simple: Most shows don’t pay enough. For instance I did one show and made 100 bucks. Now after gas I would have been left with about 30 bucks. I sold 40 dollars worth of CDs. That isn’t a lot, but it was enough to get something to eat for a couple of days. It has helped me do an entire run and not spend any of the money I made from the show. Selling Merchandise helps features actually make money. Maybe not enough money to not go to work the next day, but at least enough to get a coffee on the way in.
When I first started I was weary of selling stuff. That changed when I saw Morgan Preston make 300 bucks one night selling shirts. I was amazed! He made as much as I was making the entire week in about an hour. That’s when I started selling DVDs, which did not sell that well. Then I switched to CDs and have watched the money…trickle in. I think that is because I am not a good salesman. I am almost embarrassed to be offering the thing for sale. I am not just taking a sharpie and writing my name on it. There is cover art! That is another part of being a comic I really need to get down in order to take advantage as much as possible.