Selling art online is making a comeback. Artists have been selling their work on the Internet but as of late, there’s an increase in online art sales. In an article by Bloomberg, it is reported that global art sales went up to $65.9 billion in 2013. Many online high-end art galleries are emerging and even Amazon is jumping on the bandwagon (after a failure to launch in 2000). The bad news is, these places take a rather large cut from your earnings.
You can of course build your own website to share your art, run your own marketing and promotional exercise via social media and other channels but you will probably gain more exposure with the following 10 online markets. Time to get your beautiful art out there.
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On top of letting you sell prints and canvases, Society6 also allows you to sell your art via a variety of merchandises such as tote bags, phone cases, clothing and mugs. You can set how much you profit from each item by raising the base price. Society6 will handle production, packaging and shipping for you whilst you keep working on your art. Rest assure, you retain all rights to your art. [Visit site]
Redbubble offers the same model as Society6 by offering artists to sell their art on various products while handling all the nitty-gritty stuff. Artists can set the price of their products by adding to the base price and they retain ownership of their work sold there. Joining is free. [Visit site]
INPRNT sells glicée prints of art pieces. If you are interested to sell, INPRNT requires you to submit 3 pieces of your artwork for review. When your art is approved, they’ll get in touch with your about setting up shop. When any of your art is bought, you’ll earn 50% of the sales. INPRNT handles all logistics and you retain all ownership of your works. [Visit site]
Big Cartel may offer only 5 listings under its free plan (to continue your subscription it is between $9.99 to $29.99 per month) but it offers one thing most art e-commerce platforms don’t offer: CSS cuztomization of your shop. If this is important to you as a web artist, then this is the online market to put up your wares. You also get to keep all your earnings and you can take advantage of their iOS app that allows you to manage your shop while on the go. [Visit site]
College Art Online
Attention all art students and lecturers, this platform is for you. You can set the price of your own artwork and College Art Online takes only 25% commision fee out of each piece sold. Setting up and maintaining your account is free and you can display as many pieces of your work as you want. The best thing about this site is that it supports art graduates of the last 3-5 years too. [Visit site]
Selling your artwors on paper or canvas is so mainstream; why not sell them as metal posters call Displates? Setting up an account is free and you get to set your own prices. You can even earn some moolah when you promote other artists on the site, 5% commision goes to you when someone purchases an artist’s work that you promoted. [Visit site]
On Vango, for a 20% commission, you can feature your product on an app they made which lets buyers see how your art piece looks on the buyer’s wall. You can start selling your art pieces at $100 or $250 and steadily raise the price as you sell more pieces on the site. You will have to handle the shipping of your own work but Vango will cover the shipping fees for you. [Visit site]
You may think Storenvy is another art-centric e-commerce site but you would definitely love the fact tha it lets you run the first 500 listings for free. You will also get store analytics, layout customization for your online store, inventory and order-tracking services for free. If you would like to have your own domain set up, then that is just an extra $5.00 a month. Well, you’re getting all other essentials for free, right? [Visit site]
If you love posters, and love creating them just as much, Hey Prints is the place to get your poster designs out there. Your poster art will be printed on Epson Enchanced Matte Inkjet Paper (192 gsm) for a high resolution turn out, and the posters will be available in 3 different sizes. You can set your own retail price on top of their base price, and they will handle the shipping for you. [Visit site]
One of the most popular places to get T-shirt art prints, Threadless sells your art differently than the others. Instead of setting up shop on the site, you submit your designs for one of the site’s design challenges. Your design will be scored by people around the world. If they like it, Threadless will turn it into a T-shirt design and do all the heavy lifting to get your art out there. [Visit site]