Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First Impressions of Online Selling

Hi everyone!  I'm still a newbie to online sales but I want to take a minute to do two things in this post.  

First, I'd like to thank all the people who have been following me, supporting, sharing and promoting my work, visiting this blog.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you as well to my family and other customers who have bought products featuring my art.  

"A Little Crooked" iPhone case / Society6

Secondly, I want to give a little report about my first few months as an online seller.  As of now, I have a shop at Society6 and one design in the marketplace at CafePress.  I'm happy to report that so far the products have been delivered successfully and that my customers are happy with them!  I ordered prints from Society6 myself as a test and thought the quality was very good.  One of my biggest worries about selling designs through vendors online was that after people would order something with my art on it that the item would look bad or be of bad quality.  So far that has not happened!  I have not earned enough yet to be paid by CafePress but payments from Society6 have had no problems.

"Kisses from Fannie Finn" iPhone case / Society6

My sales have been slower than I'd hoped but I really had no idea what to expect when I started so I was very happy to make any sales at all! Things have been picking up a little;  I've signed up on Pinterest, Wanelo and WeHeartIt as well as starting a Tumblr blog to increase my exposure. I started an art page on Facebook as well.  Please visit me on any or all! It's too early for me to get a feel for whether any of those sites are working for me vs. how much time they will take to maintain, but for now I'll let them play out for a while and see what happens.

"Holiday Curls" t-shirt / Society6

Through another artist I did discover one of my images had been stolen, was being used on an iPhone case and was being sold from an online shop.  The product was taken out of the shop after I contacted the seller so that incident had a satisfactory ending.  I will be searching and keeping my eyes open for the next time.  I appreciate that an online friend noticed my work and reported it to me;  I send emails now to others when I recognize the artist and suspect an image theft.


"Sometimes Angry Mug" / CafePress

The products in the photos I've posted here look good, don't they?  I'm excited to continue selling online.  It really feels great to find out that someone has chosen something because it has my art on it and has spent money to buy it.  It inspires me to keep creating!  Thanks again for supporting my work and for the visits and support of this blog as well. Cheers!

5 comments:

  1. So glad to hear your enjoying selling online... I also sell online and have been for the past 4-6 months,, my experience has been amazing.. I love it.. and Im finally starting to make a living out of it.. so keep the good work up. your art/designs are amazing..

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words, Rachel!

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  2. Thank you for the informative post. I love your artwork, and it looks like it holds up beautifully through all kinds of reproduction!

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  3. The products look GREAT, Laurie!!! I am hoping to take the plunge into selling online myself. I appreciated your candid report on how its going. I can tell from the photos the quality of the places you're using is very good, which is something I, too, was worried about. I guess I have no excuse not to try it now, huh? :) Thank you!!

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  4. Hey Laurie! I loved your post because a few days ago I just started my own store on Society6 and is good to hear from someone that's going thru the same process and that actually feels the same way.

    My store is www.society6.com/karlapena
    and my blog is www.karlangamadeit.blogspot.com

    I'll really appreciate if you payed a visit and gave me your opinion. I really like your style is a new take on the tradition am in love with your mermaid in a glass. Keep the good work and am following you.

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