Make Money From My Art Etsy or eBay
Introduction to Etsy and the Artists
I recently had the opportunity to interview the artist, William Hessian aka William the Canvas Killer in conjunction with an artist interview series I have been developing for the MakeMoneyFromMyArt.com website. His experience and actions as an artist and promoter of his works are a model for anyone interested in clever, viral-friendly and cutting edge art promotion.
What is Etsy
Etsy is a place to buy and sell, like eBay, but with one very significant restriction. It is a place only for handmade goods, Arts, Crafts - Yes, cheap asian imports - NO
As an artist, Ive found its a much better marketplace and has significantly lower listing and final value fees.
Who is William the Hessian?
A very skilled professional artist, after the interview you can find many linsk to his writings, artwork, portfolio sites and stores.
Who is Sunforged?
Sunforged is a collaborative of artists, here on HubPages he is represented by the Artist and Writer, Joshua Sunforged.
- Bearded Bunny Blog
- Etsy :: williamhessian :: William Hessian's shop
My etsy shop serves as an extension to my artist website (www.williamhessian.com) and my art blog (www.beardedbunnyblog.blogspot.com)It is here that you can purchase my bearded bunnies, seen in art-o-mats across the country. I also sel...
- Miniature Art Hunts & Fine Art by William Hessian (artist portfolio)
An online artist portfolio displaying original art in all mediums. Feautring free miniature art hunts, interactive art battles and artwork that creates future.
eBay vs Etsy
William, I must admit that you are one of the inspirations
for the MakeMoneyFromMyArt.com website, you do everything right, you have a
unique style, your active in the artist community, you take full
advantage of all the web has to offer. I have seen you post videos,
hold contests, you have large social media network and you have blogs
and websites that support your art.
How long have you been developing and learning the internet portion of your marketing efforts?
I remember in 1996, when my parents got their first PC, I immediately wanted a website (free hosting with angelfire) to post my sketches and publish my ideas. Slowly as new online social markets, medias, and other communities have emerged I felt it was a good idea to be everywhere. It started in 1996 with angelfire, advanced to my own dot com, and has evolved since then to include registering with over 15 social websites to promote my art blog, artwork and other projects.
Q. Here at Sunforged we are very experienced in eBay sales, but other than a few exceptions never really felt it was a great market for selling original artworks.
How to do you feel about the eBay marketplace, have
you found success with sales there, do you feel that you received
acceptable value from your involvement?
I studied ebay three seperate times trying to decide if I wanted to sell art there. I take notes and balance my investments. I never invest money, such as ebay fees, unless its worth the risk. The first two times I opted to skip it, and the third time I had only minimal success. I sold 5 things and 10 things went unsold. Most of the sales went to my friends and family, who then had to pay shipping, and I had to pay fees. It quickly seemed obvious that ebay was not for me.
How about ACEO's and ATC's ? These are the notable exception in our
opinion. Small trading card size artworks that are made specifically
for resale are a viable income opportunity for an artist, do you have
any experience with this as either a buyer or a seller?
I am a part of 2 or 3 ATC and ACEO trading groups on Yahoo. I think artists should join these groups if they enjoy making art cards, or trading art. It is very fun, although I only do it when I have enough time; which at the moment is very sparringly. I do love it. Its a great way to collect art from many people and also explore and be a part of a community of artists.
Q. My first purchase on Etsy was actually of one of your bearded bunnies, I still keep the framed print in my Living room. As a result of this purchase, i joined up as an etsy seller too, I dont get the same kind of traffic (I track the site in analytics) but i have generated more sales of my handmade items at a much higher profit than ebay. have you found this to be true also?
Absolutely. I think Etsy attracts real buyers and collectors. I have sold many works across the country through Etsy, and have repeated sales, and legitimate collectors to emerge from the sales and communication that follows. I think Etsy does a lot of things 'right', which Ebay overlooks. I'm glad to see it catching on, because the more success Etsy has, the more success us Etsy sellers will have as well.
Q. In general which do you prefer etsy or ebay? Have you ever purchased anything from etsy yourself?
I have not purchased through Etsy, but my girlfriend and my dad have, and I've been able to see the transactions. Etsy is hands down the best way to sell artwork online, besides setting up your own shop on your own website (which costs money). Ebay is better for selling your used glass eye, and old spiderman comics, I'm sure. But selling art on Ebay is quite a hassle.
Q. A little over a year ago, you started a blog entry on one of
your blogs blogblogcherry where you were doing an experiment/battle between the two sites? How did it turn out?
Etsy blew Ebay away from the start, and the results were so lop sided that I quit the experiment, because I was losing money on ebay sales, while making money on Etsy. The entire comparison seemed like a good idea, until it was so obvious which was better.
Why he is the Canvas killer!
See William's Etsy Store
Paintings, Prints, Art Books and more.
Get Your very own Bearded Bunny - I have one, I recommend them!
Also a great example of a well designed store with interesting captions and character
More info about Etsy,ATC's and ACEO's
Go ahead and start a HubPages account to earn from your self created promos of your art and from sharing your experiences
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