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Sales History on RedBubble

So I am seriously beginning to wonder if RedBubble is really a good tool for selling my work. In little over 2 years with RedBubble, I made 38 (4 of which were my own) sales. The commissions RedBubble charges are borderline outrageous. The site however is great for the many other awesome artists I got to know, many of which I consider close friends. I’m curious if any of you are selling your work at other online sites, and how that is going? Any suggestions to other sites would be appreciated, I am considering Imagekind.com for sure. Or is there just a general “slump” in art sales due to the global economic downturn?

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  • JohnGo
    JohnGoover 4 years ago

    I am finding that nobody outside of artists and photographers know about this site. I tell everyone I talk to about it, but they look at me like I have a couple of heads. :-)

    Of course, that is in the South Eastern U.S. May be different in other regions.

  • I have to agree with you, that folks generally don’t know about this site. Like you< i have been trying to get the word out as well. Are you having success with any other site?

    – Andy Mueller

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyover 4 years ago

    RB is more of a testing ground for me Andy…along with meeting fine individuals like yourself.
    Getting showings in galleries seems to be the way to go…and I mean a lot of showings in a lot of different cities. It’s a bitch marketing one’s self but….the rest is just plain stupid luck.

  • You are one of the top ten artists I’d like to meet in person, from the Bubble. So galleries, huh? In many cities? Wow, that is getting complicated ….

    – Andy Mueller

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Hi Andy, I am with Von.
    I test my work here and see what is best received and then I go out and show my work. I am creating a website with a sales venue and for me that will lead people to my work where I make much more money than here. I have almost been here 2 years.. feburary of 2010 will be 2 and lately I have sold more art than ever. I do not direct my clients here as I cannot make the percentages that I need to survive. I use a private printer who will be on my website
    when people order canvas or prints I will make 125 to 150% and my base print price is much less than RB.

  • Interesting concept, of testing your work here within the Artist community. As you saw, Von does that as well. I have created my own website as well, but the shopping interface is horrible. I initially liked this, but am thinking of abandoning

    – Andy Mueller

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 4 years ago

    I have been here around15 months and have sold 6 things to other bubblers……..I think you may have to direct clients over here .I have been very successful outside of RB but a lot of hard graft,groundwork and marketing.I have had up to 12 outlets that take my Photo cards ,so have established myself quite well in Edinburgh.At first the rejection was horrible but eventually got it right.Online marketing seems to be much harder as the choice is instant and customers don’t have the goods in hand where as a personal visit or a physical portfolio is there for them to see…..If you know what I mean.
    I am registered with Image kind but no sales yet,I found it to be quite like here as in meeting other artists and joining groups, but in saying that a friend of mine joined up and became the featured artist in the first week ,ended up sellin some original works made a few thousand pound so it can be done…………..But what is the right Recipe?/??…….If you come across it for online success pass it on…..lol
    Good luck and I wish you many sales……….x
    Doreen
    xxx

  • Wow Doreen, it sure sounds like you have found a successful venue, by getting your work to various distributors. Perhaps that IS the solution, and not necessarily the online websites (which one would think the exposure is so much greater there …).
    I wish you nothing but continued success, Doreen, and will heavily consider your comment about physical vs. online outlet.
    Andy

    – Andy Mueller

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 4 years ago

    sales here come in unexpected spurts. never has been a steady thing for me. i sell on stock sites and tend to make more steadily that way, but one good sale here can equal several months of stock sales. like Von say’s get out in person and market yourself. start at the local coffee shops and bistros. find a gallery that will take you in.

    Cheers, James

  • James, I have 4 pieces in a local Gallery, and heard (from the curator) that their foot traffic increased multifold when my work (and Joel Hall’s another RB’er) work was on the main frontwall visible from the street. But, not a single sale …..I have 3 other pieces in yet another exhibit, again no sale …. I don’t do this for the money, but it sure would be nice if my hobby would afford me my next lens, etc. Thank you for commenting – Andy

    – Andy Mueller

  • JohnGo
    JohnGoover 4 years ago

    I haven’t tried. I hear a lot about deviantart.com. I just liked RB because of the T-Shirt aspect. I have sold a few of my designs, but I definitely couldn’t retire from it. ;-)

    I enjoy the community here and have a full time gig, so the need has not been great. I probably could up my income a tad by hitting others, but I barely have time to peruse this site, let alone manage others.

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Andy do you have a printer that will take your orders direct? That is what I will be setting up. Your prices are too low, your work WOW!! Get a printer that only does FINE ART PRINTING.. HERE IS MINE THAT I USE.. THEY ARE AAAAMAZING. BLOWUP He only prints on aaaaaamazing rag paper and fiber for glossy. My clients do not know my printers name but when they order the order goes direct to the printer and we are working out the payment, also the shipping and handling is something I have to work out with them as I think there is a program that will take a zip codes and you can price your S&H that way.

  • I submit my print orders to WHCC Their site and they do a fantastic job. Problem is, that then the order ships to me, and I would have to ship to potential buyer. You are saying my prices are too low? Are you referring to here on the bubble, or the ampmphotos.net site? How does your customer see and order your work? Is your website up yet?

    – Andy Mueller

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    PS I do not print any lower sizes than 8×10 and I never suggest that, only 11×14 and now the wow size is 30×40 canvas.. all the printing is done with non toxic archiveable (lasts over 100 years) ink and the canvas is a tight weaved linen stretched and UV coated.

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    no not up yet. in the works and I sell my work as Art more than I do as photography hence the kind of printer I use. There are so many photographers so I decided I needed to find a way to look different. I sell my work now as fine art and I use images that I have worked on. My shots like these sell very well to public and clients themselves.
    here
    and here
    My clients are through a show that I had in October and their friends have called me to do work on their images. So from one show I have worked different angles.

  • You have some fantastic work! I can see how spectecular these must look printed on huge canvas like your printing company will create. Interesting point about selling as Fine Art, vs. photography. It sounds like you fond a great way to get your work out there. I know my work is pretty decent as well, I just need to get my name and work out there ….

    – Andy Mueller

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    your work is past decent.. it totally Rocks the House down. I mean it. I have had you on my watchlist for a long time and I am amazed at what you do!! You are a Fine Artist indeed!!

  • Wow, THAT is quite a compliment and I really do appreciate that!

    – Andy Mueller