Have you been thinking about selling your artwork? Are you overwhelmed on how to get started? There are many options for artists to sell their artwork. You could sell your art at craft shows, galleries or even online. Most artists are now selling their work online. In this article, learn if you should sell art on third party websites.
Should You Sell Art On Third Party Websites?
What is a Third Party Website?
A third party website is a website that is owned by someone else. Etsy, for example, is a third party website. The website allows artists to list items for sale that they have created. The artist will pay listing fees and selling fees to the owner of the site. In this example, Etsy will collect the fees.
All third party websites have unique fees and terms and conditions. Before jumping in, you should become familiar with the fees and the terms and conditions. You will then be able to decide if a specific site will work for you.
For simple terms, a third party website is like an apartment. You will be at the mercy of your landlord.
Sell Art On Third Party Websites Pros
There are benefits of using third party websites for artists just beginning to sell their artwork or veterans.
- Most Third Party Websites are very easy to get started. (Read the terms and conditions before joining.)
- Uploading artwork is effortless
- Some sites allow you to have a storefront to brand your business
- You do not need to know how to build a website
- Sell prints of your work
- Sell prints on merchandise
- They will help you market your items
- They offer a shopping cart
- Ideal for someone just starting out
Sell Art On Third Party Websites Cons
With every positive, there will be negatives. You will want to weigh out the pros and cons before you decide if you will be using a third party website.
- You do not own the site
- Limited branding functions
- Over crowded with artists making it difficult to stand out
- Selling and listing fees
- You cannot collect buyers contact information
- Some sites charge monthly fees
Popular Third Party Websites
Here is a list of some of the more popular Third party websites artists are using.
Who Should Sell Art On Third Party Websites?
Third party websites are a great place to start if you are just starting to sell your work online. They are relatively easy to upload art and start selling. You can spend your time in the beginning learning how to market, promote and build your online presence.ti
After some time you might feel that you would like more control of your website. You might want to collect your customer’s emails so you can send updates and promote your newest creation. If you feel like you need more control of your business, you will want to own your website.
When you own a website, you are in control. No one will be able to close you down or change the selling fees. You will be able to brand your site exactly the way that you wish it to be. You will be able to collect emails so you can stay in contact with your buyers.
I recommended becoming familiar with WordPress while you are building your online presence on third party websites. WordPress is a blogging platform that allows you to incorporate e-commerce directly into the blog. Your options are endless with WordPress.
Many artists that have their websites continue to use third party websites to sell prints of their original artwork. This is an excellent way to generate extra income from a piece of art that has already been sold.
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