I was put a question,
…and asked to write out my answer, so here, it goes!
ArtFire works for me because I have found that they cater in ALL WAYS to the ‘little guy’. I have been selling my creations for many years in many different formats and so far my ArtFire shops have been the most profitable and most beneficial to me.
There are many ways to compare the different on-line selling sites, but I would like to just focus on the WHY I think ArtFire is so wonderful! When I first opened my studios, yes, I have 2 of them; I was amazed at how easy they were to set-up. There are so many wonderful features in ArtFire that make it easy on the seller and the buyer both. ArtFire not only supports us, but also listens to us, the artists. Just some of the wonderful features offered are; Coupons and Discount codes, these can be used as a way to promote give-a-ways and entice buyers to find and buy from us. Allowing each studio to have a gallery of past work and a place to blog, is just yet another added bonus.
When I write my daily blog post I usually do a ‘featured artist’ of the day section. And for me, I can’t think of a better place to find them then on the ArtFire It is nice to find an artist, know if they are active in their studios (because of the ‘check in’ feature) and be able to read about them on their Bio Page. There is no doubt in my mind that some of the best artists of our time have studios on ArtFire.
I would also like to tell you about how much it costs! Yes, that is right, I want to talk about the money your will spend on your studio. It is simple. There is a set monthly fee that you agree upon when you sign up and….. wait for it….. that is ALL you will pay. Many of the sites out there charge listing, re-listing, selling, and many other types of fees, but NOT ArtFire. There is one fee and that is all. Now, recently they have come out with a ‘bonus Convenience Add-on Feature Pack’, but you do NOT need to purchase this if you do not want to and it is not necessary to having the studio. It is full of Add-on things that not everyone needs or uses. So your monthly fee is the same, no matter how many items you have listed or how many sales you have. Talk about an easy way to budget!
Finally I would like to say that throughout the years I have also been able to meet many new artists, crafters and just wonderful people. Not all of them sell, or even sell on ArtFire, but I would recommend ArtFire to anyone that would be interested in starting or continuing their selling on-line – and I often DO recommend them.
ArtFire Studio: http://kraftymax.artfire.com
DESTASH Studio: http://kraftymaxDESTASH.artfire.com
KraftyMax Joined on: 2009-06-22
kraftymaxdestash Joined on: 2010-09-19