Manage your merch shelf

The merch shelf allows eligible creators to showcase their official branded merchandise on YouTube. The shelf appears on the video page of eligible channels, but may not show on all video pages. 

In this article, you’ll learn how to organize your merch shelf and see our merch FAQs.

Learn how you can get started with the merch shelf here.

Organize your merch shelf

Organize your merch shelf for individual videos

Items on your merch shelf are automatically selected and arranged for you. You can pick up to 12 specific items and order them yourself. 
If you don’t choose a specific item order for individual videos, your merch will be arranged in the same way as your channel.
The following instructions will tell you how you can choose the item order for individual videos. 

To arrange your shelf for an individual video

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. In the left menu, click Videos.
  3. Click on the video where you want to customize your merch shelf. 
  4. In the left menu, click Monetization.
  5. Click the Merchandise tab. You'll only see this option if your channel is eligible.
  6. Click Organize on the “Status" card.
  7. Drag, drop, and order up to 12 items. Viewers may see fewer items depending on the device they’re using.
    • On desktop: The first 4-5 items will appear, and viewers will have to interact with the shelf to see more items.
    • On mobile: Only the first item is displayed on mobile devices. Viewers can see the other items by interacting with the shelf.
  8. Click Done.
  9. In the top-right corner, click Save.

To go back to channel-level arrangement 

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. In the left menu, click Videos.
  3. Click on the video where you want to remove video-level customization of your merch shelf. 
  4. In the left menu, click Monetization.
  5. Click the Merchandise tab. You'll only see this option if your channel is eligible.
  6. Click Organize on the “status card.”
  7. Drag and drop all items back to the inventory list or clear the selection.
  8. Click Save.

If you want to go back to automatic arrangement, you'll be able to do so at the channel level.

Organize your merch shelf for your entire channel

Items on your merch shelf are automatically selected and arranged for you. You can pick up to 12 specific items and order them yourself.

To arrange your shelf for your entire channel

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. In the left menu, click Monetization.
  3. Click the Merchandise tab. You'll only see this option if your channel is eligible.
  4. Click Organize on the “Status" card.
  5. Drag, drop, and order up to 12 items. Viewers may see fewer items depending on the device they’re using.
    • On desktop: The first 4-5 items will appear, and viewers will have to interact with the shelf to see more items.
    • On mobile: Only the first item is displayed on mobile devices. Viewers can see the other items by interacting with the shelf.
  6. Click Save.
    • If you’ve previously ordered items for specific videos, you’ll see 2 options:
      • Save to videos that don’t have a customized display: The new arrangement will be saved to videos where you haven't customized the order of your merch. 
      • Save to all videos: Will overwrite any video-level arrangements and set the newly organized shelf as the standard arrangement for the entire channel.

To go back to automatic arrangement

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. In the left menu, click Monetization.
  3. Click the Merchandise tab. You'll only see this option if your channel is eligible.
  4. Click Organize on the “status card.”
  5. Drag and drop all items back to the inventory list or clear the selection.
  6. Click Save.

Merch shelf FAQs 

How do I get my merch items displayed on the shelf?

Once you create or modify your merch items with your official merchandise retailer and submit them to YouTube, the items will be reviewed for compliance with our policies. This review typically takes a few business days.
How do I know if my merch items are under review?
To find out the status of the product review for your merch items:
  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. In the left menu, click Monetization.
  3. Click the Merchandise tab. You'll only see this option if your channel is eligible.
  4. Click Organize on the “status card.”
  5. In the “Organize items” panel:
    • Items which are under review will be marked as “Under Review”
    • Items in the panel without this label have been reviewed and are available for display on the shelf.

I can’t find some of my merch items in YouTube Studio beta

If you have questions about specific merch items not appearing in the “Organize items” panel, please reach out to your merch retailer.
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