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« on: September 21, 2013, 10:48 »
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Anyone have any selling strategies they use to sell over at Fine Art America that they care to share?  I know price is all based on the value perceived by the owner & buyer but I as I stared at their print sizes and empty boxes for prices when uploading an image I froze.  The only images I would place there are those I really like, and would think someone would on their wall or in print, so they tend to carry a little more value to me.  Guess I just don't know what the norm is.
Would love to get some experienced thoughts.
Thanks,

Dave


« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2013, 11:07 »
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There are quite a few threads over there about pricing.  I use a mark-up formula where each inch on the longest side is a certain number of dollars. I can't remember exactly what, but say it is $5 per inch, then an 8x10 would be $50 and a 60x40 would be 60x5=300.
I can't remember what number I chose because I filled in the automatic pricing form a couple of years ago and haven't had to think about it again.
Don't price things too low. Buyers are unlikely to be put off by, say, $50 for a piece of wall art, and if they don't like it then being cheap won't persuade them that they do. Cheap tells buyers that you don't think your work is very good, so that might put them off.

« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2013, 13:59 »
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Good points, thanks for the feedback.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 10:33 »
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I wrote a blog post about it and included a picture of my pricing at FineArtAmerica. I've sold two images using this approach. Not great, but certainly OK! Sold one last week and made about $90 on it.

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

« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 23:23 »
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I wrote a blog post about it and included a picture of my pricing at FineArtAmerica. I've sold two images using this approach. Not great, but certainly OK! Sold one last week and made about $90 on it.

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


I had the same drama last week when i decided to put some effort into the POD market, i did a good old google and found Steves post which i've followed to the tee. Cheers for the helping hand champ.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2013, 12:32 »
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I hope we are still permitted to announce sales on Fine Art America!!

This must be a record - two sales in the same month, both generating $90+ profit. Only the stock agency that can't be named will earn more this month!

This last one was of a cherry blossom scene in Washington DC: http://fineartamerica.com/saleannouncement.html?id=517bfe2a3c7fbe5761987ae99258bd64

Steve

« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2013, 13:07 »
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Well, it might be a record for you, but this picture of a vegetable, taken with a Graflex 4x5 film camera netted me more than $200 .... http://fineartamerica.com/featured/in-the-raw-paul-cowan.html

FAA is like Alamy, occasional decent hits with long gaps between. This month I've made $90, last month I made nothing.

« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2013, 14:01 »
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First off I apologize for the thread jack.  Are you all on their yearly plan or the free plan?  Does the yearly plan (aside from search placement) offer any other benefits like higher royalties per sale.

« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2013, 14:06 »
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I'm on the yearly plan - the benefit is to have as many images as you like there. I've got about 500 I think.

ShadySue

« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2013, 14:07 »
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First off I apologize for the thread jack.  Are you all on their yearly plan or the free plan?  Does the yearly plan (aside from search placement) offer any other benefits like higher royalties per sale.

There aren't 'royalties' as such. You set your price and their fulfilment and shipping prices are over and above. Unless things have changed, the free plan only allows a limited number of images on the site. I didn't notice any improved search placement, but it's possible. You get a 5% of any 'extras' over and above the print that a buyer orders, e.g. mount, frame etc., and one or two other benefits, outlined here:
http://fineartamerica.com/sell-art-online.html

« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2013, 14:14 »
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Thanks that clears it up for me.

« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 15:06 »
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Although sales are sporadic as Paul mentioned, I paid for the year's fee within the first month so it's a no-brainer IMO to pay so have a large set of images available. Summer was pretty quiet, but I had a sale over the weekend, so I'm hoping fall will pick up a bit. I have about 540 images up, and try to add a few every month (at a minimum).

As far as pricing, I just made the amount I get rise as the overall price rises and wanted to be sure the end result looked reasonable - would I pay that for an image I wanted to buy? I did sign up for the discounted designer program they just introduced, but if that produces too many low-ball sales I'll just opt out (which you can do at any time)

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2013, 15:39 »
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I didn't know about the discounted designer scheme - not worth it?

Steve

ShadySue

« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2013, 16:03 »
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I didn't know about the discounted designer scheme - not worth it?

It was only announced this morning.
I opted in; YMMV.

Ron

« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2013, 16:20 »
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I paid 30 dollars, I sell between 1-3 pieces a month. I have a little over 500 images up. Its well worth the investment.

Ron

« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2013, 16:20 »
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Just dont price your images too low. People dont like to buy cheap art. It also doesnt look good compared to the high shipping cost.

« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2013, 16:55 »
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I'll probably start with the free version and work my way to the premium.  I'm not going to use stock images for this but things I'm in the process of learning so my port is starting at zero there.

Definitely more food for thought.


 

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