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Thought Bubbles

I just thought I’d touch base with this one, as a few people have asked me about it. I’m very pleased with the site and what has been set up thus far, but I’m wondering about the ratio of art buyers / art makers. We all enjoy appreciating the work of others, and having our own work acknowledged, but is this mostly what happens on Red Bubble i.e. is it a site that is much more for artists ‘show and tell’ than for non-artists (or other artists) to browse and buy? Are we all running around yelling ‘Great kick’ but also yelling louder ‘Kick it to me, kick it to me!" I have bought an item on RB, and have sold a few, but in essence I’m here to sell rather than to buy, and am wondering philosophically: “Are there many more out there such as me?” I like the accolades from my peers, but I also want their money – or more accurately the money of buyers rather than artists. Are the buyers in fact a distinct group, or are their many on RB who are just as happy to buy other’s work as they are to sell their own? Any thought bubbles from you bubbly lot out in bubbleland?
I may just be regurgitating things already expressed on this site, but I haven’t read many blogs so far on RB, so that’s my excuse.

Comments

  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeabout 7 years ago

    They are fair questions Mono, and fairly heavily canvassed in the forums. Maybe go for a bit of an explore. But I think the underlying philosophy for participation in Redbubble is that the wonderful bubble gods have created this space where artists can belong to a dynamic artist community and upload their work for sale, for free!!! BUT marketing falls back onto us. Not entirely as I’ve seen a few things Redbubble has done to market the overall site, however, if we want to make sales, we need to generate the traffic somehow. Some people advertise in other media, many RedBubblers are cross promoting from other websites and so on.

    No matter how vigorously Redbubble promotes the site, it’s up to us to brand ourselves so that we stand out from the crowd.

    Glad to hear you have made a few sales and yes, I too have sampled some wonderful works here at Redbubble (but being the ‘starving artist’ cliche, they’ve only been cards thus far).

    Hope my comments help you – and I’ll just point out that I’m not a Redbubble God, just a fellow member.

    Hope to see you in the forums.

  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeabout 7 years ago

    oops, sorry Manotron.

  • Bruce  Watson
    Bruce Watsonabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Anne. Your thoughts have helped me to get my head around it all a little more. Certainly the cross-promotion angle is an important one, and i’ll certainly be monitoring the forums. ‘Mono’ is fine. In fact, I may change to Monotron in the future, and it will all be due to you. Thanks again.