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Where and How to Sell Your Artwork Online

Updated on April 30, 2009

Selling Your Art Online

The Internet provides both aspiring artists and established art professionals a new option for selling their artwork to anyone interested in purchasing it. Artists can gain exposure quickly through websites and online portfolios, and trade tips with other artists for putting their pieces of art up for sale. There are several websites available that will allow you to display and sell your art, all with varying levels of control and input provided to you. I have listed out a few of the best options for artists.

Selling Paintings on Etsy

Etsy is a popular online marketplace where you the only items for sale are individually hand-crafted goods. It makes for a unique option for buyers who want to support grassroots movements and want a truly unique item, ranging anywhere from handmade purses to candles to-  oh yes - paintings.

If you end up listing some or all of your paintings on Etsy, you will pay 20 cents to post the item, and Etsy will also keep 3.5% of your selling fee when your painting sells. In return, they handle the creation of your storefront, listing your item, and accepting payment when the buyer enters in his or her credit card information. You can sell on Etsy from anywhere in the US, and you list your painting in a subcategory such as acrylic, watercolor, or oil. There are currently over 100,000 paintings listed on Etsy, ranging from tiny watercolors to 100 square foot abstract murals, so anything goes, as long as you made it yourself!

Sell Art on Ebay

Ebay is the masively popular auction-style art site, though there are some people who offer a set price listing and wait until someone accepts their price. Under the "Art" section on Ebay, there are three sections: one for art being sold by the owner, one for dealers/retailers, and one for wholesale lots for sale. Choose the art being sold by its creator option, but keep in mind that these are not necessarily unique works, but also include limited edition prints, reprints, etc. Make sure you state clearly and visibly that you are selling an original, one-time-only work of art.

There are currently about 26,000 paintings for sell by the painter on Ebay. Some are offered at a "Buy It Now" price, and others are true auction-style, which is riskier, but has a higher potential selling price. If you choose auction style, depending on the price you set as your starting or reserve price impacts the inital Ebay listing fee, so that it is anywhere from $.10 to $4.00. Additionally, when your art sells, Ebay will take 8.75% of the first $25, 3.50% of the next $975, and 1.50% of the remaining sell price. It's a hefty fee, but it may be worthwhile for you considering how much traffic Ebay gets on a daily basis.

Selling Prints on Imagekind

Imagekind is a new site that handles the creation and selling of prints and prints on canvas of your paintings and digital artwork. If you want to sell original pieces or pieces that will not work on a flat piece of canvas, you will need to find somewhere else to sell also. However, the advantage is that you upload an image of your artwork, and Imagekind handles everything else for you. You even get a 15% commission on all frames sells with your artwork.

You can join Imagekind under a free membership, where you can list up to 24 prints, or more advanced memberships, ranging from $7.95 a month to $94.99 yearly. They will accept images of up to 10,000 pixels by 10,000 pixels, and suggest you send your prints in .png or .tiff format so that the artwork they print for you is as pristine and as true to the original as possible. For someone who has at least a few high-quality prints they would like to sell, Imagekind could be a great supplementary art selling option at the very least, if not your main one.


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      roswebb 8 years ago from Ireland

      great hub... I have also sold work through Facebook and Flickr ; these are good sites also.

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      successfulblogger 8 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

      Nice hub, it is very well put together!

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      Veronica Almeida 8 years ago from TORONTO

      Thank you for the hub, I'll make sure that my partner knows about it, it will be very useful info.

      im adding you to my friends list.

      take care.

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      AfricanArt 8 years ago

      Great article

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      LobeliaToadfoot 8 years ago is another site that sells arts and crafts.