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: Greeting cards?


bbbaldie
04-10-2016, 08:46 AM
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?

leighann
04-10-2016, 10:53 AM
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.

bbbaldie
04-10-2016, 11:49 AM
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.

leighann
04-10-2016, 02:01 PM
Yeah...I can't use them for copyright stuff, but Redbubble doesn't seem to mind.

bbbaldie
04-10-2016, 06:11 PM
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.

bbbaldie
04-11-2016, 10:16 AM
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. :-)

Susan Mulno
04-11-2016, 04:17 PM
Disney is all copyright sensitive because they steal stuff! Starting with the mouse!

leighann
04-13-2016, 07:17 PM
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.

bbbaldie
04-14-2016, 08:22 AM
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.:laugh:

Liz
04-14-2016, 03:52 PM
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.

leighann
04-18-2016, 12:42 PM
Liz I will have to look u up on Zazzle. I actually want to totally redo both my Zazzle and Redbubble accounts, but just haven't found the time.

lmoyer
04-19-2016, 06:13 PM
I have a zazzle as well. Does anyone else have much success on there? You don't have to give out your earnings, I'm just curious if things sell fairly well on there for others.

Liz
04-19-2016, 09:53 PM
Are you guys on the zazzle forums? I get several sales a month at zazzle.

leighann
04-20-2016, 05:44 PM
I have sold much more on Zazzle than Redbubble, but a lot has been the same design. (word of mouth I think)
I make more $$ on Redbubble too, but I think I have sold 2 phone cases.

I just wish Redbubble was a little more customizable, and offered more products.

I tried Society 6, but I had issues with design size. I don't have photoshop, or even any type of good editor on my big PC, so that hindered me.

Liz...your stuff is awesome...I bet it does sell really well.

Mel_Robertson
04-20-2016, 06:52 PM
I've never heard of zazzle they claim "Earn 15% per sale" if they took 15% I wouldn't do it but they want to give ME 15%? of MY work? haha
anyone know if you have to register with Government issued ID to sell on zazzle?

Liz
04-20-2016, 07:41 PM
Thanks Leigh Ann. My stuff sells only enough to get a check every now and then.

Meli, you need to provide your tax id number so that zazzle can send you a tax slip just like any other company does.

Mel_Robertson
04-20-2016, 07:52 PM
you need to provide your tax id number

aaaawe I don't have 1

leighann
04-28-2016, 10:00 PM
I didn't provide a tax id# to be on Zazzle, unless you're wanting to do something different meli. I just do the thing where I upload my art, put it on products, and if the products sell they give me a %.

Liz
04-28-2016, 11:55 PM
You can sign up with zazzle and make products without providing any id but they won't send you your earnings unless you give them your social security number if you are in the US ( I think that's what you guys call it). International sellers need to to give zazzle a w8-ben form with the number they use in their own country.

That's what I meant by "tax id". Are you saying Leigh Ann that zazzle has been paying you without you giving them your number?

leighann
04-30-2016, 09:02 PM
Liz , no I'm sure I gave them whatever they wanted for me to get paid. :wink: