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Old 01-11-2017, 10:18 AM
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My poor experience with selling prints through liscensing.

A few years ago I decided to approach print licensing companies to sell prints of my art work through them. At the time it seemed like a good direction for me to go, as I thought it would be a good way to increase my art income. Now several years later I wish I had never done it. : ( The company that i went with, was a well established one. They told me that my work would be sold mainly to "framers" and I envisioned it hanging in gift shops, etc. for sale. What I found instead was that it was put all over the internet for sale, ranging from inexpensive prints on Ebay, Amazon, Sears, Walmart, etc. sites to much higher framed prints on other large sites also. Since I also sell originals of my work, I was not happy to find the cheap prints available all over the place. : ( I never made much money from this venture and now after the contract period is over, I am spending a lot of time contacting sites that still have my work up for sale as print on demand type prints. It has been a very frustrating experience. I want to tell other artist to please think long and hard before making such a decision.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:47 PM
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Re: My poor experience with selling prints through liscensing.

Sorry you had a bad experience, and thanks for the first hand warning. The more I looked into licensing, the more I became convinced it wasn't for me. The infringement problems alone seem to make it not worth doing. The companies play fast and loose with the images, leaving artists to clean up unauthorized selling. And it seems almost a given anymore that the company won't strictly adhere to the licensing contract; you have to make them. I don't need that kind of angst.
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Re: My poor experience with selling prints through liscensing.

Thanks for the warning.

I know there were some here several years ago touting it as the best thing since sliced bread, so it's good to hear another point of view.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:54 PM
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Re: My poor experience with selling prints through liscensing.

Thanks for the heads-up about this. I listened to a podcast about art licensing, but it was a very different sort, and so was a blog post I read about it. It was art made specifically for the purpose, like being put on cups, napkins, place mats, or fabric. So the art was made just for that. Apparently, it could be sold to more than one company like this.

Here's that podcast. I really like the site it's on for interviews with (mostly) artists. I didn't think I would want to do this type of art, but it was interesting to find that out.

https://savvypainter.com/podcast/tara-reed/
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:45 PM
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Re: My poor experience with selling prints through liscensing.

I found out also that the company that I had signed with then has distributors that are also selling my work, and it is still up on their sites after my contract time has ended and should not be out there. I am having to do searches for my work on the internet now and contact these places.

I had read glowing reports also of the benefits of selling ones art work though licensing to make extra income. I am sure that for a few people it has worked out well. Unfortunately I am not in that category. I regretted my decision within a couple months of my work being out there, when I started finding inexpensive prints being offered all over the place. In hindsight I would have made as much money had I just continued to sell prints on my own of select work and saved myself a lot of headache now. Hope to save someone else from this problem in the future.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:55 PM
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Re: My poor experience with selling prints through liscensing.

If one worked in style that is very fast to paint and they produced a lot of it just for licensing, that may work well. My work was not in that category and so to see it offered as low priced prints was sure not what I had anticipated or wanted to portray as an artist. I did a lot of research before making the decision to try licensing, but did not realize up front, what it would really turn out like.
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