What is the best way for a digital artist to sell prints online?
January 30, 2014 12:45 PM Subscribe
I run a little, very informal art project on a tumblr blog which has gotten somewhat popular. Recently people have been asking if they can buy prints. I don't have any prints for sale right now, and don't know much about how to set up an online store, or if there's some other method that digital artists find convenient. Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction with this?
I do have an old DeviantArt Prints account. But I don't like dA, since the prices are so high and the profit that I receive is so low (idk, maybe dA's prices are normal for third party orgs? I have no idea). So far I'd made more profits by just emailing each client individually, using paypal to sell them a high-res png of the image for a low price, and then giving them directions on how to get the nicest and cheapest print at a copy place. That method is rather sloppy though, and I've been getting increasingly more people asking for prints so I can't really manage it all. So, any advice would be much appreciated!
Bonus (optional) hard mode question: if I were to start collaborating with a few other artists on this project (i.e. it's part of the same project, but they're making completely separate images that would sell separately), would there be a good method of managing that as well, so that if someone buys a print done by Artist #2, the money goes to Artist #2 and not to me? Would it just be easiest to have separate stores?