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: Old and new solutions to sell online

07-23-2014, 01:00 PM
Hi everybody, I'm an MSc student and I'm currently writing my dissertation about the role of the internet in the art industry. I want to investigate the distribution channels available for artists nowadays and what artists actually need.

What kind of service might interest you the most?

A) An online gallery where is possible to show and to sell your artworks. This hypothetical gallery hosts till 20 artists with styles similar to yours, providing as well a dedicated biography of your creations. The gallery asks a commission of 15% for each piece of art sold.

B) A company which manages all the sales of your paintings through big, well-established marketplaces such as Etsy, Ebay, Fine Art America etc. The hypothetical company would create your shop within the marketplace, updating the inventory and manage the relationships with buyers. The company asks a fee of 5% for each piece of art sold (that obviously should be added to the commission applied by the marketplace).

C) A company which creates a tailored website for you (price $2.000) and provides content management services (e.g. uploading new pieces of art) for $100 per year.

Please give a grade at each service from 1 (not interested) to 10 (very interested):
For example:
A) 5
B) 6
C) 7

If you think at other online-based services which might help artists in selling their works, please feel free to share your thoughts.



07-23-2014, 04:21 PM
I would say:

A) 8
B) 6
C) 8

The most important thing for me is to find a good way to make my paintings highly visible to buyers through a dedicated platform, like a personal website...

08-12-2014, 12:08 AM
A) 4.
B) 1.
C) 1. Unless you're wanting some really complex scripting and they also do a lot of advertising on your behalf, that is outrageously expensive...

But I'm a hermit and like to handle things on my own.

12-24-2014, 04:25 PM
I put my art on stock photos sites for free, so my profile is online and I pay nothing-I actually get paid to have copies up for sale.

15% commission, I heard 40% is the average for any gallery sale! So the question is unrealistic by today's standards IMO.

01-10-2015, 02:17 PM
I like selling on POD sites like www.zazzle.com It's also free and you can set your own commission. As for your own website, no one would pay that much money, especially now with services like weebly (http://www.easyhtmlcode.com/weebly/) where anyone can build their own site at a fraction of what a web designer would charge.

01-11-2015, 09:01 AM

you may also want to try secure & trustworthy free classifieds site like artist David Munroe did: https://kvizy.com/18/david-munroe-art.

You can describe you painting(s) or other art work, upload images and even get price displayed in Google search results.

01-14-2015, 06:44 PM
If you are going to use online classified ads, use an email address that you can later discard because my experience with online classifieds was getting a lot of spam.

01-15-2015, 12:45 AM
Yeah, I agree you have to pre-select carefully those type of sites. As for my part, I'm always looking for contact information, if it's not present, then most likely the website is a trash. I heard SSL (https:// at the address bar) is also a quality measure.

03-22-2015, 07:35 PM

I think a register/guide of some kind would be great. I am personally setting my website up as a business and will try and uses places like etsy just for additional exposure (nothing I have to check too much or pay for), I'd rather handle my business stuff myself but it would be cool to have more information and support on its legalities and handling (artist themed) and a way to increase traffic to your own preferred point of sales. I guess I would pay a small commission if I had to, but only if they kept the views up on the gallery themselves, otherwise you're at risk of it sitting there collecting dust and taking up room at home.
Sincerely Geeksandgraphite.com

04-08-2015, 06:52 AM
Thanks Geek and Graphite,

I know a website where are sold (link removed by moderator).

And a place of sale definitely will have suppliers in which you must enroll and Sell yr art pieces

04-19-2015, 06:12 PM
Really interesting topic Francesco

I would say it really all depends if the person in question create art as a hobby or trying to make a living out of their artpieces.. i think as a start up point of view, it might be best solution; meaning the artist will benefit from having wellknown destributors like ebay, etzy etc to get their artwork out to greater ordience.. But further down the line, having their own online Gallery in my opinion is the way to go. Due to the fact that it gives full control, and it's all about really branding the artist name..

I have an online Gallery but as i am new to this forum and here to help and state my opinion not brand my company i will spare the direct link towards it.

06-24-2015, 01:28 AM
Experienced sellers have any advice on good sites to sell on and what most people are interested in that sells. I'm new at this.

06-24-2015, 03:04 PM
I'm new at this as well. I utilize Redbubble, where u can upload your art and they market it on products, and you get a % of the sales. Other similar sites are Society 6, and Zazzle.

As for what people are looking for, trends change so frequently, it would be hard to keep up. ;)

Good luck!