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« on: October 27, 2016, 13:11 »
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Every once in a while I post the question here: has anyone had a sale on Crated.com lately?

From my experience, it's a place where crickets chirp.


« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016, 13:15 »
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My last sale there was in August. I've had a couple.

« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2016, 21:45 »
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I had a buyer buy a dozen prints a year ago and nothing since. I had high hopes for Crated. Seems well designed. But doesn't look like they promote the site. Ghost town.

« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2016, 22:57 »
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I closed my account there, had about 400 images, zero sales after a few years. Maybe not for my type of images.

« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2016, 17:15 »
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No hit tracking (view counts) on the site, no discussion forum; the content on the main page never changes .  The last post on their blog was a year ago.  The only sign of activity has been their occasional posts on FB but the last one was September 4. 

I made one small sale there, several months ago.  I'm getting a little uncomfortable about leaving my work there, if no one is home.  Who knows where it might end up if the site suddenly folded.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2016, 17:48 by stockastic »

« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 14:01 »
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Another 6 months have gone by, and it's time once again for me to ask if anyone has heard anything about Crated.com.

It's weird.  Nothing on FB since last October, the main page on the web site never changes, Google turns up no news or activity.  And yet the site is still there and apparently 'live'. 

Anyone?

« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 15:37 »
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Last sale there was the middle of December. I get occasional emails when someone has liked my images or followed me. I don't see any signs of growth though :) As long as they pay on time for the occasional sale, I'm happy to leave my portfolio up.

« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 18:03 »
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Thanks Jo Ann, that's at least... interesting.  Obviously they've ceased any promotional activity and become just another POD on autopilot.

« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2017, 00:25 »
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Every once in a while I post the question here: has anyone had a sale on Crated.com lately?

From my experience, it's a place where crickets chirp.

No, I have never had a sale there, as I never contributed.

« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2017, 03:43 »
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Not 1 sale since they started!

« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2017, 10:34 »
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I had one more sale earlier this year. Their blog was being regularly updated until Oct 2015 and then just stopped. No other updates or press. Seems to be a ghost ship adrift at sea. Wonder what happened.

« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2017, 13:18 »
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Sometime last year, I had a sale - the only one ever.  And I had my markups set wrong, so I made $1.85.   They have a rather confusing markup arrangement so I emailed support to be sure I understood it.  I received prompt and helpful replies.  So the ship is "manned" but seems to be adrift.  I suppose I could email them again and ask what's happening, but that seems sort of rude, somehow....  I guess I'm just not motivated. 

« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2017, 19:06 »
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i had one sale last year of a print, 2.95 dollars but when i asked them why i didnt receive the money on the paypal they told me the sale was under 20 dollars.so that means they are like other agencies you get a payout if you reach 50 bucks?

« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2017, 19:07 »
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i had one sale last year of a print, 2.95 dollars but when i asked them why i didnt receive the money on the paypal they told me the sale was under 20 dollars.so that means they are like other agencies you get a payout if you reach 50 bucks for eg?

« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2017, 17:33 »
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I've been with them for over a year and not one single sale.

« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2017, 13:47 »
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Seems way too quiet over there but they sold another print of mine last month (April 2017) so I'm keeping my work there. I sold the exact same one on Fine Art America last month too, which was a weird coincidence. I get followers on Crated fairly regularly, but not a lot of sales.

« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2017, 17:49 »
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I just tried a few keyword searches.  The results were often rubbish, turning up tons of junk.  It's obvious there's no more 'curation', everything is now accepted and added to the search.   Some of my best stuff doesn't even show up.  It's hopeless.  I should probably close the account; too often we hang on, waiting for a miracle.   But I'll leave it there for now, as a backup gallery in case FAA goes down.   I'll never get any sales through Crated, but if FAA went away I could at least point all my Pinterest pins to the photos on Crated and still be able to sell prints.

I've been thinking today that it's been a very long time since I've heard even the smallest bit of good news about microstock or POD.  Just more decay and decline, year after year.   It's discouraging.  Somehow, the game has to change; new players, new business plans.   
« Last Edit: May 15, 2017, 18:36 by stockastic »

« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2017, 14:38 »
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I just received payment this morning from Crated - I had apparently made a sale March 10th (I did find the email but hadn't noticed it at the time).

The timing of the payment is a bit off though - it is supposed to be by the 15th of the month for all sales made by the 15th of the prior month.

There's some wording about the date of shipment to the customer, so let's assume that pushed a March sale past the 15th as a shipment date. Even so, I should have been paid by May 15th and they've pushed that out to the end of the month this time.

I did get paid, so that's good, but moving out payment schedules is never a good sign (and I did check the FAQ which still says the 15th)

« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2017, 20:09 »
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Part of the dark side of online sales is that there's no easy way to check on the health of a business.  If this were a physical gallery in my town, I could just stop in.  Obviously if the door was locked, something bad had happened.  But how can we find out what's really going on at Crated.com?   


 

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