Fine Art America is a popular site for many artists to use to sell their artwork. I have had my artwork on Fine Art America for a while and have discovered some pros and cons of selling my artwork on the Fine Art America website.
One of the biggest pros of selling my art on Fine Art America is that it is easy to set up and free to use. They also have a large selection of artwork matt and framing options. One of the biggest cons is that you must work very hard to be noticed on the site and you need to sell a lot to make any real money.
Here is my detailed review of Fine Art America and the pros and cons that I see of putting your artwork up on their site to be sold.
The Pros of Selling on Fine Art America Are:
No Up Front Costs
This is probably one of the biggest pros of selling on a site like Fine Art America, is that you do not need to print, stock, or find a way to ship what you are selling as Fine Art America will do it all for you.
Having to stock, ship or manage the orders is a huge cost for a lot of businesses so this is really an added benefit that you do not have to have these up front costs on Red Bubble.
Free To Join
It is 100% free to join Fine Art America. There are no yearly or monthly fees that you need to pay. So once you decide you want to sell your art on Fine Art America, all you need to do is upload the artwork on to the Fine Art America site.
Easy to Set Up A Shop On Fine Art America
I found it very easy to set up a Fine Art America shop. All you need to do is sign up for an account, and set up your shop. Once that is done you can start to upload your artwork to get it sold.
Easy to Upload Your Art
I found it quite easy to upload my art onto their site. You do not need to spend a lot of time figuring out how to upload the art as it is quite easy. The main caution here is to make sure your photo is of a high resolution so that it can print clearly.
Huge Selection of Items to Print On
Fine Art America has a huge selection of items that you can have your art printed on. They print on everything from facemasks, to blankets to pillow covers.
Has a Great Selection of Frames and Matting
I really love all their frames and matting selections you can get on Fine Art America. They have a program that allows you to see how a frame or matt will look with a specific print. I feel like this is one of the main advantages of Fine Art America as they have a nice selection of print and frames to choose from.
Site For Artists
More than other competitors as Red Bubble, Fine Art America seem to be a place for some highly trained artists who are painting or photographing some really nice works of art. Because of that, they have some very active artist communities that you can join.
Can Set Your Own Profit
Like many of the other print-on-demand sites, Fine Art America will allow you to set your own profit margin for what you selling. The danger of course is if you set a price too high you may not be competitive and if you set a price too low you will not make any money. The basic suggested profit on most items is about 20 to 25%.
The Cons of Selling on Fine Art America Are:
It Is Hard To Get Noticed
If you think you can sign up for Fine Art America and you will sell to all these random people, I just do not see how that is the case. I have found it very hard to have my art get noticed on Fine Art America, though it is easier than some other sites like Red Bubble.
You Must Sell A lot to Make Any Money
I do not see a site like this as a site for you to make a full-time income through selling your art. I am sure there are few artists who may do very well on a site like Fine Art America, but I feel like for most artists it is a way to supplement their income.
The Space is Crowded
The Fine Art America space is very crowded. Everyone and anyone can be on there selling their artwork. There is a huge amount of competition to get noticed.
You Must Drive Traffic To Your Shop
In all my months on Fine Art America, I have not seen how being on Fine Art America has driven a lot of sales to my art or website. It is almost more like it is a printing platform that allows you to sell your art. If you drive people to Fine Art America to buy your art there is no guarantee that they do not turn around and buy from someone else. So you can spend a lot of effort getting people to go to Fine Art America but still not sell very much.
They Own The Customer Information
If a customer buys your art on Fine Art America, you do not know who they are. If you wanted to follow up with an email to try to sell more to them you cannot do that as Fine Art America owns all the customer information, even those who have purchased your artwork.
I will continue to put my artwork on Fine Art America. One of the major reasons why I will continue to do this is because of their many matt and frame options that they have. I find this to be one of the great advantages of their art website
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