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« on: October 11, 2016, 04:35 »

I'd like to ask about Society6 is it worth to upload there things like photos landscapes nature etc ?
What about the selling things there ?  Any conclusions ? Any experience?

« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2016, 05:02 »
Is it free to upload?

« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2016, 05:39 »
Upload to Society6 is completely free.

I am new contributor to S6 and after 3 months a sold two prints. One is texture photo of blue jeans and second is ocean wave shot. I have about 120 things at S6. Landscape shots, objects, nature, animals and some abstract patterns.


« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2016, 05:46 »
Warning: large previews without watermark.

From their point of view it makes sense since they sell prints and gadgets, not digital files.

But for us, no way. Same reason why I don't upload to Eyeem.

« Last Edit: October 11, 2016, 15:57 by lemonyellow »

« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2016, 09:31 »
I ordered something from them earlier this year - mugs with a friend's artwork - and thought I'd try uploading some of my own work.

I didn't realize until I went to check today that I'd made a couple of sales last month. I think if I promoted my stuff (I don't)  it might produce better, but if you have the time to make sure your work is well positioned/suited to the various objects you sell on (which is the part that requires a bit of time investment) it's another outlet for certain types of work

« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2016, 08:14 »
Society6 pays all fees taxes for us ?
Shutterstock pays 10% tax from my money from Usa clients (i'm from Europe W8BEN) and i pay my taxes in my Country and what about that kind of situation ? The same is FAA. Do i have to pay by myself ?

« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2016, 12:08 »
 I checked them out in the past and decided it wasn't worth the effort - but I forget why. Should have made notes.

I think you can get a sale anywhere; the real question is, will whatever you get be worth the effort?   So many of these sites don't even read IPTC, uploading and keywording hundreds of photos takes forever.  They're all pushing t-shirts and hoodies, that does nothing for me.  And setting up the products I might actually sell - maybe decorator cushions, or iPad sleeves - can be a lot of diddly work.   Some sites look good but are flooded with low-quality stuff, you'll never get seen. 

I used to sell an occasional t-shirt on Zazzle, but the markup was so low, it wasn't even worth continuing.   I've had stuff on Redbubble for years, but never entered many keywords; I think I've sold 3 greeting cards.   I made one single sale on Crated, a few months ago.

Looking at Society6 again, the first things I notice is that it looks weirdly, spookily like Crated; exactly the same sort of art on the main page, as if the same person made the selections.  The next thing I notice is that if I l click "framed art" I see a lot of pieces for $30, which is ridiculously low if it includes the frame, these are IKEA prices.  What can the artist's markup possibly be?   
« Last Edit: November 09, 2016, 14:58 by stockastic »

« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2016, 12:24 »
Ok, I retraced my steps and found I'd already created an account there.   The answer is, they don't read IPTC - not even title or description.  Not only that, you have to chose a 'category' (photography) and 'materials used' (film or digital!), a "style" (from some meaningless buzzwords like "manipulated"). Then pound in title, description and keywords (only 10).   Then set your markup (defaults start at $1, no bulk editor).  Then go back and hit "Publish", just for one more hoop to jump.

Walking away now.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2016, 12:34 by stockastic »


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