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Old 10-16-2004, 02:02 AM
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Question What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

Sounds like pretty straight forward questions but anyone know what the average is for a gallery or store owner to take as a commission on the sale of a print? What is the norm or range?

If you have any advice or suggestions I'd appreciate it.
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Old 10-16-2004, 05:11 AM
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Re: What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

It will depend on the area, but I would say anything between 25-50%. The majority of mine now take right around 50% but that's outer London galleries. A couple years ago my average was probably 35%, but they were smaller galleries, in a different market, or more 'cluttered' type galleries. (not that some of mine now aren't small)

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Old 10-18-2004, 12:39 AM
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Re: What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

In most commercial galleries in the U.S., 50% of the retail price goes to the gallery.

Occasionally, I have run across galleries that take a commission of 40% but these are usually new galleries, in my experience.
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Re: What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

when you say prints are you talking originals or reproductions of your work done in another media?
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Old 10-18-2004, 09:53 PM
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Re: What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

I've seen as low as 15% and as high as 65%.

I would imagine in my travels the average in between 40% and 50%.
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Re: What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

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when you say prints are you talking originals or reproductions of your work done in another media?


I'm talking about the originals.
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Old 10-20-2004, 07:36 PM
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Re: What's a fair gallery / sales commission?

It is a fairly standard 50% nowadays, but to be honest for high street rents, rates, insurance, wages etc. they usually need it. Here in Ireland it costs from $3000.00 a week to run any sort of a gallery that equals at least $6000 sales per week before any profit, go to a 'high street' gallery and that could double.
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