Choices and decisions….

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FlowerMy final thing to do in preparation for selling my Photographic Art is to get a Seller’s Permit, which allows me to collect sales tax.

Well, that’s not happening anytime soon.

Now I understand what people mean when they say that California makes it extraordinarily burdensome on businesses, especially small businesses, and why many of those small businesses flee to other less burdensome states.

So….

My next venture is to open an online store where someone else, and their automated shopping carts and checkout counters, collect the sales tax on my Photographic Art.

The places that I know about are:

►Etsy
►Fine Art America
►SmugMug
►Zazzle

Rear end of a polar bearDo any readers have any experience with those, good, bad, or indifferent? Or know of anyone who is using any of them? Do any readers know of any other online marketplaces? I will be spending most of my day today investigating those four and any others that I discover.

At this point, Etsy looks pretty good. They charge 20¢ per listing and then, when the listing sells, 3½% of the sales price. Not sure how my Photographic Art fits in there since my work is not one-of-a-kind. So I wonder how I’m prevented from selling multiple items via one 20¢ listing. I suspect they have a way. I would prefer a marketplace where I don’t have to pay per listing. It’s not the price. It’s the inconvenience of having to do all those listings and, presumably, when a listing sells, do the same thing again.

I’m looking at Fine Art America due solely to the fact that I found products similar to my Photographic Art hanging on the wall at the Wesley Palms Retirement Community last Sunday. So perhaps there is a demand of some sort for Photographic Art in larger sizes than what I was going to offer.

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25 thoughts on “Choices and decisions….

  1. babso2you

    Russel – I have photos on Fine Art America for more than a year and nothing…I heard from a seller of art that the Etsy site is mostly used by folks to “get ideas” for what they can do. I did have a friend sell a paining on Etsy though…I do not know about the rest…

    We will be launching our photo website shortly! I love your PDF catalog and the way that you arranged photos…

    You might want to consider selling at craft shows….

    Hugs and my best to you and Jim too!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      You need a reseller’s certificate for craft shows, home & garden shows, county fairs, etc. I had thought about the San Diego County Fair specifically but, yep, you need a reseller’s certificate and all the other ducks lined up in a row.

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  2. Angeline M

    I’ve just joined a local art league that has various shows throughout the year where artists, including photographers, display and sell their art. I’ve heard nothing about any kind of license needed. Thanks, though for the sites you’ve mentioned. I am at the point of looking around at this also, and wondered if the online sites were actually profitable for sales.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      So far I’m thinking that they are more a “Look at me!” site but if you really want to sell something, you have to do marketing above and beyond what those sites might do. For example, I have a built-in market from my home inspection business, Realtors, home inspectors, and Clients. So I’m thinking that I post all my stuff at, say, Etsy, and then I market to those Realtors, home inspectors, and Clients by sending them a link to my Etsy store.

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  3. appletonavenue

    I spent some time on Etsy,but found there was just too much there, I was just lost in the 100s of 1000s jewelry sellers. Also, the charge per listing. I have switched to ArtFire, and am liking that more. There is no fee to list, only a percentage on a sale (forget the numbers). It’s smaller than Etsy, so I feel like I get more viewers. Whatever you do, best of luck! It ain’t easy.

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