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Selling Prints Online, where to go?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 6y

I am trying to find a decent online store that can show, and sell your photographs while taking a commission. I don't mean stock photography either. More an online shopping portal and possible host. I checked out:

imagekind (offers what I am looking for)

deviantart(does the same, but looks more like an anime site)

photosourcebank (truly horrible interface).

There are some pro sites out there, but I am not interested in paying out monthly subscriptions to sell something.

Does anyone know of anywhere else?

2. Posted by LuisDafos (Full Member 15 posts) 6y

Nobody is gonna answer? I´m interested too...

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 6y

hmmm. I spent some time looking around and signing up today... really it's a pain when a business looks so good, and then... no international shipping. Lots directed at the USA no where else. ho hum. Lots of dodgy sites out there too.

dotphoto.com - seems to offer a bit, prints, frames, mugs etc. - but for outside buyer it is annoying.

I had another look at deviant art. Shipping costs international were $8.00. But prints seemed really quite expensive.

zazzle.com - offers an affiliate program, so if you have a website you can get and extra 15% commission on selling your own work plus royalties. They also offer API and a few other gadgets. Biggest issue, a buy had to create an account and log in then do all the credit card stuff.

Just said I'd add these few. BTW 2 other things. Some mentioned paypal and so on, I personally am not interested as it would mean printing out, and shipping myself. I am looking for an online merchant to do this.

Another thing I read about is is the issue of model release forms from merchant stores. Some of them take that quite seriously, especially on the USA side of things. I read about one woman suing a photographer for selling an online photo of her daughter's basketball game. Great close up photo off a shoot, but it showed half her daughters face and without a model release form she went after the photographer to sue. Don't know after that. But it's worth keeping in mind if people are thinking of selling portraits or so on.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 6y

smugmug.com looked so good, until I saw the whopping $USD150 to sign up and sell

I guess no one knows any others?

5. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member 66 posts) 5y

HI Outcast..

I'm sorry to say, I don't know of any sites for this type of thing. I can tell you re the release and portraits, I tend to take photo's at my childrens school. We once had a lady who took pictures, printed them and set them out for people to sell. Now I don't have that kind of money to outlay to shoot and print 300plus photo's in hopes that someone would purchase them.

I'd been in contact with one of our local photo shops that has a website and does printing re photo's posted online, in an album.. like a Kodak site, or one of those. I've even suggested that we open a site for the parents, they could upload photo's, people could buy what they want, and the school/PTA of the school, could make a little money on proceeds of the sale.

big problem however, is a release statement that ALL parents would have to sign to even allow the photo's to be posted. We've even been told by the school that we could do a school Calender, but we couldn't allow the childrens photo's to go in it, unless we had signed release forms.. (and i'm not even in the US so it's a problem/situation everywhere). it is a protection for the children, but.. it kind of makes it difficult to do anything like this.

I'm an amatuer photography, but I think I have some nice shots of things, and would like to see if any would actually even sell.

6. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 5y

Although I've never used them, here are a couple that I have come across not on your list: Cafe Press and here's one that you need to apply to sell your work through their site, Dezine Design. Cafe Press does not charge a fee to sell on their basic site. There are charges to join thereafter. I hope this helps. Most of these I have come across from other Travelers who are selling their stuff while on the road. I have also heard that Getty Images is now trolling flickr for stock work as well. Hope that helps! Good luck with your search.