Selling Work Through ecommerce sites?

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  1. NaplesVincent

    NaplesVincent TPF Noob!

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    Hello all-

    I've been considering the idea of selling my work through a reputable online site that lets me mark it up and is processed and sold completely through them. i.e. imagekind.com, smugmug.com, redbubble.com....

    I have researched and researched and while I have found a lot of information, I cannot find a place that suggests sites or compares them...or even says how they've done with sales.

    I am just at the point where some friendly guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    I'd like to ask for your experiences and suggestions of sites.

    Thanks very much,
    Vince Valle
    Naples, FL
     
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    Vince,

    I'm familiar with two types of online selling situations:
    1. Shutterfly Pro Gallery
    2. Cafepress

    I've been with SF for three years. It works for event photography - sports, weddings, etc.

    I've been successful using it for an annual fishing tournament I shoot. Less successful using it for a garden club convention, and VERY successful using it for the one wedding I've shot in the past few years.

    I pay a flat fee per year and can use the bandwidth any way I choose. I set pricing, upload files that can be printed up to 20x30 and have had no problems at all with their service. For $99 (basic) or $199 (Premium) a year, it's well worth it - IF you're doing that kind of photography.

    Cafepress is something I've jumped into just in the past few months to see if I could sell my more personal ("artistic") work.

    People SAY say it works. But so far, I've seen nothing from it. Still, for $6.95 a month, I'm going to give it a little while longer.
     
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    Jim, thanks so much for responding. I really like your sites. I am going to check more into cafe' press.

    Vince
     

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