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post #1 of Old 04-10-2016, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Greeting cards?

Have any of you been successful in selling greeting cards at shows, and if so, what sort of prices have you been getting? I can get some done for 7.50 per 10 cards, I'd need to double that, is fifteen bucks a set of ten about right for a truly unique cards? Thoughts?

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I think that price would be fine, especially for original art. Now if they are prints you might have to go less.

I sell them on my Zazzle account for about 2 bucks a card, and that's for a print, so original work should be more expensive.

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OK, I wasn't sure you grokked my meaning. So you sell prints of your original art at Zazzle for two bucks a card, that would make for twenty bucks a set of ten. So we're in the same ballpark, only mine are hand-delivered on the spot, that should make them even more valuable, in theory.

Now if a person wanted hand-drawn art on a card, that would be a different proposition entirely!

Incidentally, I used Zazzle for gear at my Boomer nostalgia blog I had going, but when they got all worked up over art that featured people who are still alive (e.g.a Neil Young compilation I did), we parted on bad terms. They are the only printing site I've found on the web who are too paranoid to allow you to sell art of living entities.

Thanks for your input.
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Yeah...I can't use them for copyright stuff, but Redbubble doesn't seem to mind.

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I invested 100 bucks in a bunch of cards. My wife pointed out that individual cards cost 3-5 bucks at the store, so I should be able to offer cards with my art for 5 bucks a piece and discounts for quantity.

Seems like a no-brainer. The Art Walk isn't until June, I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
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Yeah...I can't use them for copyright stuff, but Redbubble doesn't seem to mind.
My point, if I can gently make it, is that copyright isn't applicable. Naturally, to copy a copyrighted photo or other depiction is wrong. I was posting art created by me, loosely based on photographs of a very public figure, where the principle of fair use had long been established.

Zazzle is very extreme in their policies of what constitutes the right to publish. And the way the US law works, anyone with an issue with any posted art has the right to request a takedown. This actually happened to me at Fine Art America, the family of Andy Kaufman requested (and received) a takedown of an ink piece I created. A bit annoying, but better than a blanket removal of any art depicting anyone who had lived in the last forty years. :-)

Copyright has been turned into an oppresive weapon of corporate America, and that cheeses me off. Disney started it with purchased legislation that means that Steamboat Willie is still copyrighted almost sixty years after Walt Disney's death.

Sorry about the rant. :-)
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Disney is all copyright sensitive because they steal stuff! Starting with the mouse!
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I have a drawing of Superman, and if I use it on Zazzle, I can't use the tag "superman". I can go all around it...but that is annoying.
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I have a drawing of Superman, and if I use it on Zazzle, I can't use the tag "superman". I can go all around it...but that is annoying.
My solution was to put them in the rearview. Their payment policy is stupid, too. If I make 2 bucks at Redbubble, it gets paid right away. Zazzle pays in ten dollar increments only, if I recall. When I left, I told them to keep the four bucks or so I had, and to use it to buy a spine.
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I love Zazzle, they pay once a month, when your cleared earnings reach $50 if Paypal is your payment choice, or when your cleared earnings reach $100 if check is your payment option.
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