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Author Topic: I wonder how much per month top artists on Fine Art America makes.  (Read 8022 times)

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« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2018, 11:11 »
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Congratulations! So, is 10 - 15% the normal mark up? I have no idea what to add to their prices.


Master Steve has some useful tips on pricing at FAA:

http://www.backyardsilver.com/2013/01/fine-art-america-a-new-way-to-earn-cash-from-digital-photos/

As well as some follow-up articles.

Hope that's helpful.

Alex


That article is from 2013.


ShadySue

« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2018, 16:29 »
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Remember that FAA isn't run like a stock agency; they have never made any bones about their expectation that we should bring in buyers. So if, like me, you make occasional sales while doing no marketing of your own, you can count yourself lucky. The top sellers say they actively or even aggressively market and use FAA for fulfilment.

Though I haven't looked this year, it used to be that at least some of the regular sellers had no keywords/description and bland titles, so clearly they weren't even hoping to pick up casual sales. E.g., some were photographic portraits of unnamed people just e.g. Portrait 1, no description or keywords, so presumably they are social photographers with no local printer they can trust.

Again, I haven't looked this year, but it used to be that at least 90% of reported sales were to Americans; in my own case it's probably more than that although I don't have much US content - what I'm selling is either from my US content or European images which may well be iconic to Americans USians (I don't have sales in Canada or the rest of the Americas).

« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2018, 11:19 »
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I do no 'marketing' but somehow sell a print on FAA once in a while.  I've had photos there for about 5 years and during that time have seen probably 100 threads in their forum on the "need to market yourself".   Some enthusiastic artist starts it, talking about how Twitter just brought them another sale.  Lively discussion follows, and it always ends with these conclusions:

1.  You have to market your work. 
2.  The main tools for that are Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
3.  Twitter no longer works, it's just a big waste of time.
4.  Facebook no longer works, it's just a big waste of time.
5.  Pinterest no longer works, it's just a big waste of time.
6.  Hey, all the kids are on Instagram now.  You need to be there!

« Last Edit: April 08, 2018, 11:49 by stockastic »

« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2018, 13:26 »
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Fine Art America is a site for "Artists".
Are you an "Artist"?

Is this a serious answer? My god if it is you just saved me a hell of a lot of wasted time. I was just thinking of going in strictly with printed merchandise and painted art.

« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2018, 13:27 »
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I started about 6 months ago there and have zero sales so far.

I started 6 years ago and have the same number of sales as you.


Is this a serious answer? My god if it is you just saved me a hell of a lot of wasted time. I was just thinking of going in strictly with printed merchandise and painted art.

« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2018, 14:43 »
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I do no 'marketing' but somehow sell a print on FAA once in a while.  I've had photos there for about 5 years and during that time have seen probably 100 threads in their forum on the "need to market yourself".   Some enthusiastic artist starts it, talking about how Twitter just brought them another sale.  Lively discussion follows, and it always ends with these conclusions:

1.  You have to market your work. 
2.  The main tools for that are Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
3.  Twitter no longer works, it's just a big waste of time.
4.  Facebook no longer works, it's just a big waste of time.
5.  Pinterest no longer works, it's just a big waste of time.
6.  Hey, all the kids are on Instagram now.  You need to be there!

Maybe yes, maybe not.
I'm not doing any marketing nor self-promotion at all. I'm not active in groups and I'm not socializing with other FAA members.
I keep less than 400 images on FAA and I made about $400, in 2018, so far.

That's more than OK, for me.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2018, 14:47 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #31 on: April 28, 2018, 20:46 »
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Has anyone ever seen a large format framed print from FAA?  I'm thinking of buying one.. for convenience.. and as a test.  Would like to get a quality review before ordering.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2018, 20:48 by trek »

« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2018, 07:21 »
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Finally got my first sale on FAA today...this is after 1 year!

You're charging just $20 for a 20x30 inch  print? My price for that size is $120. I reckon that if people want "fine art" print for their wall it's a one-off purchase that they won't balk at paying a reasonable sum for. So on the rare occasion that I get a sale I want it to  be for a reasonable  sum.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2018, 07:31 by BaldricksTrousers »

« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2018, 07:26 »
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Has anyone ever seen a large format framed print from FAA?  I'm thinking of buying one.. for convenience.. and as a test.  Would like to get a quality review before ordering.

Yes, I had them print a B&W image of mine at 24" x 19.25". It was excellent. However, how good the print is will depend on how good the scanning is, so you need to evaluate that. It will vary from artist to artist.
My print wasn't framed, though.

ShadySue

« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2018, 10:33 »
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Don't they use a variety of printers depending on where you're based? At one point, don't know about now, word/rumour was the the UK fulfilment was being done at a well known pro printer near Glasgow.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2018, 18:38 by ShadySue »

« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2018, 13:48 »
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Yes they use any number of print suppliers and never give out any information about them.

« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2018, 11:32 »
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Ive had an aluminum print & a regular framed print on Somerset fine art paper - both very high quality.  As good as any of the labs I normally use when Ive had work printed for gallery shows. I dont use them for fulfillment.
I Sent a couple of people there who contacted me for prints but some who were willing to spend hundreds for a print ballked at their shipping costs so now I use my regular lab if I can deliver the work myself.
I used to promote my work regularly on Twitter & sometimes on FB and while I can trace some sales to thos promos Im not sure the time was worth it but I guess having those links out there might help. My mark ups on prints are higher than most Ive seen - Ive seen some of my framed prints go for several hundred dollars. I find those who dont want to spend that buy smaller prints.
Given the time Ive put in I should be making more - Id love be to be in that $5-10K group. I think FAA is one of the biggest and best known sellers of prints online and in any case Ive always made back more than the $30 yearly cost with my first print sale of the year. But Im making hundreds not thousands.

« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2018, 11:35 »
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« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2018, 11:38 »
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I've had around 70 sales since I joined in 2012, some were cards and pillows and the like, but most are still prints. Even with piddly amounts such as $7.00 return on a shower curtain, my return per sale this year is above $100 per, as print sales usually bring in somewhere between $100-300 per sale, so a handful of sales every month or so makes the $30/year worthwhile.

$100-300 per sale is fantastic! Your art is obviously beautiful!

Thanks so much.

« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2018, 15:25 »
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Update:  I received a 36 inch framed print.  Looks good.  Nice to know their quality is as advertised. 

« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2018, 09:01 »
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The paper prints seem to be consistently ok.  I see lots of complaints about metal prints in their forum.


« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2018, 14:52 »
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I went with luster paper.  I like metallic but it seems to present best with gallery style lighting.  Casual lighting here.   

« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2018, 20:37 »
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I'm picking FAA is in steady decline


 

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