I currently sell some photography through SmugMug using a Pro account - this allows me to set my own prices and customize my galleries pretty well. Clients or the public can view my galleries, add prints to their shopping cart in whatever size/format they like, and place their order, and SmugMug handles the rest -- printing, payment, etc. They cut me a check whenever I earn enough. This works great, and I'm extremely happy with the service.
However, it's costly. The Pro account is a mandatory $120 or so a year, plus they take a cut of 15-20% (can't remember) of each order. This eats into my profits considerably.
I've recently discovered fotomoto
The best part is, there's no annual subscription to use the service. They charge a 15% fee (like SmugMug) on each order, but that's it. Plus it can be integrated with any site/design/gallery you want, and very easily at that. I like that idea very much -- SmugMug, while pretty flexible, just doesn't offer me quite what I'd like in terms of presentation/consistency.
I know the major difference is just the ~$120/yr subscription, but that's a lot for me (I don't make a living off photography, just side-income, so that eats into my profits considerably). Plus, as a I mentioned, it would give me the freedom to completely customize my galleries and keep them consistent with my main site/portfolio.
What I want to know is if anyone else has used fotomoto and what they thought of the process. First off, is the print quality good? SmugMug has fantastic print quality, and that's a big factor in whether I can rely on fotomoto. Second, was it as easy to use (either for the photographer or the customer) as it seems?
Any other comments on the service, or advice/alternatives?