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Old 09-07-2009, 08:24 PM
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Selling on Ebay

Have anyone here have success selling their work on Ebay?
What were your experiences?
I'm trying out a painting on there now.
There's a link on my blog if your want to check it out and give me any ideas on listing.
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:44 PM
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I have been selling on ebay for about 3 years. I sell only small pieces that won't hurt my feelings if they go for $10. The most underestimated value of ebay is the promotional value. Many larger commissions have been generated from ebay exposure. Almost all of my serious collectors also originated from ebay. Explore and experiment and try to find out what works for you. Ebay is not for everyone.
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:24 PM
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Re: Selling on Ebay

Thanks Keemo,
The exposure angle is a good way to look at it.
Thanks for the Info.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:50 AM
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Re: Selling on Ebay

This is only my opinion, ignore it if you want but it comes with the experience of selling paintings on eBay for years.

Your starting price is way too high. I know it's hard letting our creations go but you've got to be realistic, especially in these cash strapped times. I'd put that on eBay starting at $4.99. That way the market will decide what it is worth and you need to know that before you put more work on. You can then gauge how much effort to put into each piece to see if it will be worth your while continuing.

Take a look at the competition. There is some good stuff out there which doesn't sell even though it's price is rock bottom. Subject matter maybe?

Unfortunately, it seems that anyone who can hold a crayon, is blitzing eBay at the moment. Lost job. Desperate financial situation. Don't know. So the art categories are getting swamped with second rate work which reflects badly on the good work which may get lost amongst it. So whatever you do has got to be good, different, value for money.

Having said that, if you can produce correctly priced work, and don't mind taking a hit occasionally, you can build a surprisingly loyal following who will hunt you down and collect your work. When this happens, bidding wars break out amongst them and your prices appreciate accordingly.

It is said that now is a bad time for artists on eBay and I've never known there to be a good time to start, so why not now. Dip your toe in and see what happens but be realistic about what your stuff is really worth.
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I sold very well on eBay a few years back when there wasn't a lot of competition. Oh, the days of multiple bids! Sorry, salmon, I disagree about price. As artists, we're trying to make a living too. Unless you have the kind of production where you're turning out a lot of art, sales are may be far and few between. You have your costs to cover too.

There's another side of this too. As an artist, you're putting yourself out there in a way that no other seller does. It's a matter of your worth as an artist and how you value your work. Don't cave in and sell for pennies just to make a sale. Your creativity is worth more.

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Sorry, salmon, I disagree about price. As artists, we're trying to make a living too. Unless you have the kind of production where you're turning out a lot of art, sales are may be far and few between.

It's quite alright to disagree wayfarer, as I said in the beginning of my post this is only my opinion and my opinion carries no more weight than anyone elses. My mention of the price was so that meatball could put the work out there at a low price to see how buyers respond to it. If they got 20 bids and it sold for say $25 then that would give ideas on the popularity of the work and the demand for that type of work from buyers. Then price the work accordingly in the future. If the work was put out at $50 and there was zero interest at that price level then meatball would feel deflated and possibly give the idea up.

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You have your costs to cover too. It's a matter of your worth as an artist and how you value your work. Don't cave in and sell for pennies just to make a sale. Your creativity is worth more.

Costs. Assuming you are a full time artist who has the costs of a studio to run, materials, etc. etc. I'd agree, but if one is a leisure painter who decides to sell the odd painting, then whether or not a painting sells, the costs will still be met by the painter because they enjoy doing it.


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Your creativity is worth more.
It may be worth a lot to you but it may not be worth that much to someone else. Don't forget it's the result of your creativity you are selling not the creativity itself. My creativity is priceless and I couldnt imagine living without being creative in one way or other. The results of my creativity is something else. Hopefully someone will want to own them, if they don't I can still get pleasure from being creative. It's a case of finding the people who do like what we do and hope it has enough of an interest that people want to own it.

There's no point in painting pieces that you don't want to sell because you think the price is too low. If that was the case I'd have thousands of artworks cluttering up my place - to what end? Best to get it out there and have your name on peoples walls. Let's not pretend we're going to be the next Picasso or Matisse. For every major name in the art world there are millions who we have never heard of and probably never will. Once again this is only my opinion.
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Re: Selling on Ebay

Paul,

Congratulations, I see you have a bid. This is a lovely piece. I don't think you can change the listing now that you have a bid, but I would suggest on future listings that you include "plein air" in the title. These words are heavily searched and will get you more views.

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There's another side of this too. As an artist, you're putting yourself out there in a way that no other seller does. It's a matter of your worth as an artist and how you value your work. Don't cave in and sell for pennies just to make a sale. Your creativity is worth more.

Ebay is a flea market and shouldn't be expected to generate any better then flea market prices. If you're unwilling to sell at flea market prices, why offer it for sale at a flea market?

Price is determined by the marketplace. There is no such thing as real value. There is only perceived value. It's reasonable to perceive that anything offered for sale at a flea market has low value. If you expect buyers to perceive your work has greater value, offer it for sale elsewhere.
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Re: Selling on Ebay

I agree that it only makes sense to sell on eBay if you are ready to sell cheap for a long time. If you are willing to do this, you may build a following over time. I don't know if this works for everyone though.

I gave it up because it was too much work and too frustrating. I ended up having to pack and ship a painting that I was selling for a few dollars. This made me unhappy, but another thing I noticed is that the buyers were not happy either, because they felt that what they were buying was worthless. The lower my prices were, the more problems I had with buyers.

Just my 2 cents, but everyone has a different experience. I suggest you keep trying it for some time and decide if it works for you.
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Re: Selling on Ebay

Back in the day, I made a lot of money on Ebay. After it went down hill, I stopped listing for a few years. About 4 months ago, I decided that the promotional value should not be ignored. It is reallly a great way to advertise my studio pretty cheaply. I started listing 5 paintings a week, all 5x7 studies at 3.99 for opening bid. Some sell for 3.99 but others sell for 50.00+ I have begun to build a following of buyers from California and Texas. Mostly, I do it for the promotion of my web site, but they are selling so it's free advertizing.

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Back in the day, I made a lot of money on Ebay. After it went down hill, I stopped listing for a few years. About 4 months ago, I decided that the promotional value should not be ignored. It is reallly a great way to advertise my studio pretty cheaply. I started listing 5 paintings a week, all 5x7 studies at 3.99 for opening bid. Some sell for 3.99 but others sell for 50.00+ I have begun to build a following of buyers from California and Texas. Mostly, I do it for the promotion of my web site, but they are selling so it's free advertizing.


Hi Linda,

Great ideas... Would you mind being more specific as to how you use it for promotion. Do you link to your website... emails? or ???

Your fan



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Just go to ebay and seach "blondheim" and you'll find her. But watch out, you'll find something you love and bid on it like I did! Thanks Linda for the advice.

Now that I'm fulltime again, I plan on making ebay a part of my promo plan, as well.

The ONE thing I can say that's really really important, is to keep your quality up. Don't think "oh, it's just ebay". If it's one of your calling cards, make it count.

And another thing...you MUST keep them coming. They sell each other. In other words, someone searches for, say, in Linda's case, "palm tree", and finds Linda's. THen, they are likely to want to see all of Linda's work, and if the first palm tree might not have hit a chord with them, but the flower study did and they buy that.

I found that worked for me.
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Another consideration.

I work with many gallery and gift shop owners. As much as artists/artisans need help dealing with retail shop owners, those owners need help dealing with artists and artisans. Pretty much all retailers expressed a hardline negative opinion of anyone that sells on ebay. They said they would never consider buying anything from anybody that sold on ebay. As one shop owner so well put it, "Nothing selling on ebay will ever be in my shop".
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Yeah, we've discussed that many times here. Linda, for one, is proof that you can do both, I suspect they care more about having salable higher end art when you get right down to it than worrying that someone's offering their studies for sale on ebay.

I for one am not really interested in a gallery and since I'm not a manufacturer like you, not interested gift shops, either, so it doesn't matter to me.
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The price issue is the same as what freelancers like myself encounter with writing. Sites will advertise positions for $1 an article. Writing is worth more. Creativity is worth more. EBay like Elance and other freelancing sites are flea markets, but at those flea markets are gems.

Have you forgotten the impact of sweat shop "art"? I stand by my words and encourage all artists to do so. If you value your creativity, give it value. If you don't, no one will.

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