Art For Sale Online
Did you know you can buy art direct from the artist?
Art For Sale Online has grown immeasurably over the years. When i first started to put my early canvas art for sale online, the place to do it was Ebay. Believe it or not, in the early noughties, Ebay was actually a hotbed of artistic talent. It was a fantastic place to buy art direct from the artist. All kinds of original paintings were listed for sale. Things changed however, and Ebay is now the online equivalent of a car boot sale.
Online art for sale now appears in many “art farms” and it seems that everyone is getting in on the action. From people with no interest in art right up to Saatchi online.
Think You Know Where Your Money Goes?
Art collectors looking to buy original paintings use these places to find art for sale online. However, it annoys artists when there are phrases used such as “buy direct from the artist”. If you think that all of the money you spend goes to the artist then think again. Whilst it is understandable that bricks and mortar art galleries take a hefty slice of the money, usually 50%. Did you know that many online art galleries also take around 40%?
My Favourite Art Gallery – My Own Studio
Some venues which have art for sale online are much better for artists such as Etsy. Etsy actually takes a very small percentage and it’s listing fees are only twenty cents per item. This means that many artists actually sell their original artwork for less and can still make a reasonable profit to allow them to keep painting.
What Are The Negatives ?
Viewing fine art for sale online may seem a poor alternative to viewing it in a gallery and whilst this is true to some extent as nothing can beat seeing a piece of original art for real, rather than a poor alternative, I think it is a good alternative. Most artists go to great lengths to make sure that the images they upload when they have their art for sale online are of the best quality. Some websites, such as Fine Art America and Artfinder, for me, do a particularly good job of displaying artwork.
Also, in most cases, buying art online is pretty much risk free as many artists and online galleries accept returns with minimal cost, if any to the purchaser.
Advantages of Buying Artwork Direct From The Artist
The other, obvious advantage for people who buy original art online is the ease of viewing a huge amount of art compared to the volume of artwork you would see in a day visiting bricks and mortar galleries. I have sold original paintings to art collectors all over the world from New Zealand to Canada and everywhere in-between. This would never have happened if I had not had an early presence on the internet.
Not only this, but I have never had a piece of artwork from this website returned. Art buyers often ask to see larger images and it is easy to email these. This allows art collectors to make a decision before making a commitment.
Other obstacles are easily dealt with when purchasing artwork from an online artist. Costs of sending bulky frames can be addressed by sending an item unframed. Many art -lovers prefer to choose their own framing anyway. I have sent large oil paintings rolled up, suitably protected and they have safely arrived in places as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Phoenix, Arizona.
Searching for an artist selling their artwork direct is something that I would highly recommend. You are then genuinely dealing with and artist directly and supporting them. You will also be protected in most cases if you ay using a credit card or Paypal so there really is very little risk.
I have had art for sale online now since 2002 without incident.
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