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The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Artwork on The Red Bubble Website

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Many Artists may be like me, and what to know if it is really worth trying to sell your artwork on a site like Red Bubble? Like most art-selling website platforms, there is a lot of pros and cons involved in selling your artwork on a website like Red Bubble.

Selling your artwork on Red Bubble has some pros and cons. Among the pros are that is free, easy to use, has a global audience, and a great variety of products that give you some really good marketing materials. You can also link your Red Bubble store to your website so you can almost immediately start selling your products from Red Bubble with your own website. But with the pros, there are also some cons, such as you must be willing to promote yourself within and also outside of the Red Bubble website to sell your products. And that the competition is very high so working to get noticed is difficult and you do not know who has purchased your products.

Advantages and Challenges of Marketing Your Art on Red Bubble

Selling art on Red Bubble offers a mix of advantages and drawbacks. On the plus side, it’s free and user-friendly, connects you to a worldwide audience, and offers a diverse range of products and effective marketing tools.

You can seamlessly integrate your Red Bubble store with your personal website, facilitating quick and easy product sales. However, there are challenges to consider.

Self-promotion is essential within and outside the Red Bubble platform to make sales. The high level of competition can make standing out difficult, and the anonymity of your customer base means you won’t know who’s buying your products.

A Video About Selling On Red Bubble

Here is a video you can watch about selling on Red Bubble and some of the pros and cons of selling your artwork on Red Bubble.

Pros and Cons of Selling Your Artwork on the Red Bubble Website

Exploring the Benefits of Selling Art on Red Bubble

Navigating the world of online art sales can be complex, but platforms like Red Bubble offer unique advantages for artists looking to showcase and sell their work. In this exploration, I delve into the various pros of using Red Bubble as a marketplace for your art. From its user-friendly interface to its global reach,

Red Bubble presents a range of benefits that cater to both emerging and established artists. Let’s take a closer look at what makes selling on this platform an attractive option.

Pro 1 – It is Free

Definitely, one of the biggest pros for selling your art on a marketplace like Red Bubble is that to sell on Red Bubble is entirely free. All you need to do is set up your account and upload the artwork you want to sell.

The fact you do not need to pay like .20 cents per listing on Etsy is, of course, a big plus, especially if you are just starting to sell your artwork online. So, with some good images of your artwork, you can start to sell on Red Bubble immediately.

Pro 2 -Setting Up An Account is Easy

I have found Red Bubble quite easy to use. Here are a few things I liked about it:

  • Signing Up Is Easy – I found signing up for a Red Bubble account relatively easy. You sign up with an email, username, and password. Then, you can upload a photo and bio and make a header for your shop. Once you understand how to sign up and set up your shop, it is pretty easy to get it up and running. I was able to do this in a few hours.
  • Linking with Paypal to be Paid Was Easy – I found that linking my Red Bubble Account to my PayPal Account was quite easy.
Winston Goes to A Party Cushion
Winston Goes to A Party by Anita Louise Art, a Floor Cushion Available at Red Bubble

Pro 3 – Uploading the Artwork is Easy.

To actually upload my artwork and set it up for selling I found it to be quite easy.

  • Uploading the Artwork – Uploading the new artwork was quite easy. You just go to your account and then upload “Add New Work.”
  • Several Choices in How to Upload Your Artwork – You have several choices in uploading your artwork. One way is to upload the artwork and add all the settings. Another option is to copy the settings of an artwork you have previously uploaded and use the same settings if that artwork is similar. This last function can save you a lot of time if you upload very similar artwork.
  • Set Colorways – I have liked how I can go through each product and pick a colorway or decide a dominant color for my products. Red Bubble even allows you to put in a hexadecimal number to match the color you want. I really appreciate this feature.

Pro 4 – A Great Variety of Products

Red Bubble has many products you can put your artwork on. Like most of these sites, they will show you what it will look like on each product, and you can make some adjustments as needed. I appreciate that they have such a large variety of products.

Here is a list of the kinds of products they will print your products on:

  • Clothing – They have a variety of clothing articles, from T-shirts to leggings to skirts. They really have a lot of clothing you can put your artwork designs on. They also have some scarves and socks.
  • Stickers – They print on a variety of stickers
  • Mugs, Cups, and Water Bottles – They also have a large variety of mugs, cups, and water bottles to which you can print your artwork. ‘
  • Phone Cases – They offer a variety of phone cases for all kinds of phones, from an Apple iPhone to a Samsung.
  • Wall Art – There is a variety of wall art, from artboards to metal to framed wall art to acrylic blocks.
  • Home & Living – They have quite a large home and living selection which includes cushions, bath mats, shower curtains, blankets, and duvet covers.
  • Accessories – They have a lot of accessories, from tote bags, drawstring bags, and phone chargers,
  • Stationery – They will print your artwork on cards and a variety of notebooks.
  • Kids and Baby Clothes – They also offer a variety of kids and baby clothes.
The Red Flowers
The Red Flowers by Anita Louise Art, a Shower Curtain, Available on Red Bubble.

Pro 5 – Their Prices are Reasonable.

I have found the printing for most of the items to be quite reasonable. This can help you with the overall sales as the prices are reasonable for people to be able to buy your artwork from Red Bubble.

Pro 6 – They Have Great Promotional Materials

I really love how Red Bubble offers you some great materials to help you promote your artwork. I love how they allow you to download photos of your artwork in roomsets to show people how you can use them. For example, they have a photo to show how your shower curtain could look in a bathroom or the tote bag will look on your shoulder. These photos are really an excellent way for you to promote your artwork.

Pro 7 – You Can Put Your Red Bubble Site On Your Website

You can link your website to your Red Bubble site. I like these links but I have a few issues with how it does link (you can see my cons below) But the fact that it does link to your website, means you can easily have a Buy Now button on your website.

Pro 8 – Supports Several Languages

If you want to build an international brand, Red Bubble can help sell in German, French, and Spanish. You need to translate each of your items to these languages, but it does help to open up a Global audience to you and to your items.

Pro 9 – You Can Sell Around the World

Red Bubble is an Australian Company, but they have facilities set up around the world. This means that your marketplace is not limited to just one country or a few locations. I like Red Bubble’s global aspect of sales. This means you can be anywhere in the world and sell your artwork on Red Bubble.

Keeping Your Head Above Water
Keeping Your Head Above Water by Anita Louise Art, A Throw Pillow Available on Red Bubble.

Pro 10 – They Have Groups You Can Join

Red Bubble is also a social platform in that you need to try to get people to follow up, and you can follow others. You will need to find creative ways to get your artwork noticed and to stand out from the crowd, but one way you can do this is to join some groups and go in to comment about other people’s work and follow them.

Though I have put this down as a Pro, as they allow you to join groups, I also see this as a Con (you can see my comments on this below).

Each Red Bubble product has its own link. This means that you can give people a link from Facebook or Social Media, and they can find the product on Red Bubble

This is also a Pro that I put down as a Con, as the link goes directly to Red Bubble and not your website. You can see some of the reasons why below.

The Petal
The Petal, by Anita Louise Art, Bath Rug, Available on Red Bubble.

Understanding the Challenges of Selling Art on Red Bubble

While selling artwork on Red Bubble offers numerous advantages, it’s important to acknowledge the platform’s limitations and challenges. In this discussion, we will explore the various cons associated with selling art on Red Bubble.

From the intense competition to the necessity of self-promotion, these factors play a crucial role in shaping the experience of artists on the platform. Understanding these drawbacks is essential for artists to navigate the platform effectively and to set realistic expectations for their online art business.

Let’s delve into these challenges to gain a comprehensive understanding of what artists may encounter when using Red Bubble.

Con 1- You Must Promote Your Artwork Yourself

Red Bubble will not promote your artwork for you. So you must be willing to do this and to be actively doing this. A lot of Artists think all they need to do is put their stuff online and it will sell. The truth is that it will not. You need to have an active marketing campaign you are willing to spend time on to promote your work on sites like Red Bubble.

Con 2 – Once People get on the Site, it Shows Others Works

I have found this to be one of the most annoying parts of Red Bubble. You put the Red Bubble link on your site, and then people go to your store. It is hard for them to stay in your store. Red Bubble starts to show a lot of things from other artists.

This means you can spend all the time and effort to get people to come to your storefront on Red Bubble only to have them buy from someone else.

Con 3 – Profit is Low

To stay competitive on Red Bubble and not overprice yourself, you need to stay within the range that everyone else is. When you do this, your profit rate is very low. I sold a few items and earned under 6 USD. That means to really be able to earn some income on Red Bubble, you need to sell quite a bit and promote yourself a lot.

Con 4 – Putting in Time to the Red Bubble Website

If you are an artist like me and you already have Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, you are busy trying to get noticed, you may feel you already have your hands full. You may also be like me and have a website and a blog that keeps you busy. To really get noticed on Red Bubble, you need also to join some groups, write some journal posts there, and be active in their community groups.

This can be a lot to handle, especially as you need to continue to work on your artwork and bring in new and fresh artwork. The truth may be that you may not have the time or energy to do all this, or it may take away from what is essential – creating new and fresh artwork.

I found the way Red Bubble links to my own website is clumsy. There is only part of a page that is shown with just a bit of art, and it shows only some of the art. I was not impressed by how the Red Bubble website worked with my own WordPress website.

Con 6 – Not Impressed With Some of the Search Functions

I have not been impressed with some of the search functions. When someone is on my storefront, and they want wall art, if they go to the top tabs, which would be the natural thing to do, it shows the wall art from everyone else, so I have already lost the sale.

I find how the search functions on Red Bubble favor the work of others more than allowing people to stay on my storefront as a huge drawback to the entire website.

Con 7 – You Need to Give Them Very Good Images

With all these kinds of print-to-order websites, if you are selling actually paintings as I am, you must have the ability to be able to upload decent-quality photos and images. This means you need to have some kind of understanding of photography, lighting, and cropping of images. If not, the image will not print well and will not look very good when printed.

If you cannot do this yourself, you may need to get your original art professionally scanned or photographed before you can even upload your artwork to be sold.

Petal Power
Petal Power, by Anita Louise Art, Cotton Tote Bag, Available on Red Bubble

Con 8 – Huge Amount of Competition

Red Bubble has a huge amount of artwork on it and artists on the site. So there is a huge amount of competition. This makes it that much harder for your artwork to be noticed by anyone. So you really need to see this as a platform for you to sell your art but you must do the marketing and promotion yourself.

Con 9 – You Do Not Know Who Purchased From You

One of the big issues with most websites like Red Bubble is you sell your artwork, you do the promotion, but you have no idea who purchased your work. This is a huge disadvantage in being able to build a solid customer base, and having repeat customers who will buy from you time and time again is very difficult if not impossible on a website like this.

Con 10 – Your Promotion Is For Red Bubble

You do all this extra promotion to try to drive people to your storefront on Red Bubble, only to find they do not buy from you. You may find that the promotion you are doing is slipping out of your hands as they are going to the site and not buying from you.

Or worse yet, you have no real idea how successful your promotion campaign is as you do not have real data to show you if they purchased from you. So, in a sense, you are promoting for the Red Bubble website and not for your artwork or your Red Bubble Shop.

Con 11 – Red Bubble Wants People to Sign Up to Like or Buy

Of course, Red Bubble wants to try to collect as many email names and addresses as they can for their promotions, so they want people to sign up for an account to buy from them or even like your artwork.

I had a friend who wanted to like my artwork but did not, as she did not want to sign up for an account yet. This may deter people from actually buying on this website.

There are a lot of great things about the Red Bubble website among them is that it is free, and you can start to sell your artwork immediately without any cost. You will also quickly gain international exposure to your artwork through their website and the ability to support several languages.

Red Bubble also helps to give you some great promotional materials for the products you are putting your artwork on to sell and promote.

But you must be willing to put in the time and effort into selling your artwork and ensure you have the quality of the photographs and images required for your artwork to be printed on all the different kinds of items that Red Bubble offers. You must also be willing to be an active part of the Red Bubble Community to get the ultimate amount of exposure on the Red Bubble website.

For those looking to sell on Red Bubble, here is a very good website and guide I have found called How to Sell On Red Bubble and Actually Make Money.

You can find out more about Red Bubble to go to the Red Bubble website by clicking here.

You can also check out my Red Bubble Shop of Anita Louise Art by clicking here. If you like what you see, consider following me and let me know about your shop so I can follow you and your work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Selling On Red Bubble Worth it?

I believe that given its cost-free nature, it’s worthwhile to showcase your artwork on Red Bubble. While it may not lead to substantial wealth, it can serve as a supplemental source of income to complement your art or other work. Since there’s no financial investment required, it’s a low-risk opportunity to test the platform and see how it benefits you.

How Much Profit Do You Make On Red Bubble?

On Red Bubble, the recommended profit margin is 20%, but you have the flexibility to adjust it anywhere between 5% to 50%. However, it’s important to consider that setting a very high-profit margin might negatively impact your total sales.

What is Red Bubble?

Red Bubble is an online marketplace that allows artists and designers to sell their original artwork as prints and on a variety of products like t-shirts, stickers, phone cases, and more.

How do I start selling on Red Bubble?

To start selling, create an account on Red Bubble, upload your artwork, choose which products to feature your designs on, and set your prices. Red Bubble handles the production, shipping, and customer service.

What kind of products can I sell on Red Bubble?

You can sell a wide range of products including apparel, phone cases, stickers, wall art, home decor, and stationery featuring your original artwork.

How does pricing work on Red Bubble?

Red Bubble sets a base price for each product, and you can add your desired margin to determine the final selling price. You earn the margin as profit.

How do I get paid for my sales on Red Bubble?

Earnings from your sales are credited to your Red Bubble account. You can set up payments to your bank account or PayPal.

Is there a fee to sell on Red Bubble?

No, there is no upfront fee to sell on Red Bubble. The platform makes money by taking a portion of the sale price, which is included in the base price of products.

Can I promote my Red Bubble products on other platforms?

Yes, you can promote your Red Bubble shop and products on other platforms like social media, blogs, or your personal website to increase visibility and sales.

What is Red Bubble’s return policy?

Red Bubble offers a return policy for customers, typically allowing returns for any reason within a specified period after purchase. This policy can help build customer trust and satisfaction.

Should an Artist have an Instagram account?

We also like Instagram to show your art since, like Pinterest, it is all about the visual content. Every Instagram post needs to have something visual like a video or photo. Instagram can also give you some excellent exposure.

You can read our blog on 9 Reasons Every Artist Should Be on Instagram by clicking here. This blog will give you some reasons as to why Instagram is also a great social media platform for artists.

Should an Artist write a blog?

Search engine optimization is constantly changing; having new content on your website is very important. One way an artist can do this is by writing a blog on their website.

You can read our blog post Should an Artist Write a Blog? Your Top 7 Questions Answered by clicking here. This blog will give you some ideas as to why writing a blog is also important for artistic websites and artists.

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