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selling prints etc online

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by shifty_uk, 1 Mar 2006.

  1. shifty_uk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 12,977

    Location: Glasgow

    Well, basically I want to start selling prints of my work, and to sell them online would be the best option.

    Does anyone use Cafepress ? I was considering using them to sell my goodies, as they do alot of products, t-shirts etc, but there based overseas, so not sure if this would cause any problems.

    Does anyone know if theres any UK based alternatives to cafepress?

    Has anyone ever used cafepress? Are they any good?

    Anyone ever had any problems with them?

    Thanks
     
  2. titchard

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Feb 2004

    Posts: 5,116

    Location: Crewe, UK

  3. Adz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,274

    Location: Berkshire

  4. shifty_uk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: Glasgow

    Used to have an account on DeviantArt, but I just deleted all my things and left it.

    DeviantArt only does prints, but cafepress does loads of stuff, like mousemats etc, which could be cool to sell in the future.
     
  5. Pebbles

    Mobster

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    Adz have you/do you use that company?? If so, are they any good?
     
  6. SCM

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Jan 2004

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    Location: Fife, Scotland/Hell

    Not true DA does mugs, mousemats, postcard, jigsaws, calendars etc now.

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  7. Adz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Berkshire

    They're actually a customer of ours, we developed and host their website. As for whether they're any good or not, the Pro Galleries certainly are - I've not experienced their processing services but they certainly know what they're doing. 2 of the directors are/were pro photographers themselves.

    I think they're still doing introdutory discounts/trials at the moment if you want to drop them an email.
     
  8. Pebbles

    Mobster

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    Thanks, most useful :)
     
  9. SCM

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Jan 2004

    Posts: 672

    Location: Fife, Scotland/Hell

    Ouch, that is more for the professional photographers as the prices for monthly webpage hosting etc are rather pricey at £30 a month :eek:

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  10. Adz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Berkshire

    I assumed the OP was a professional photographer of sorts. Even so, £30/month for a gig of space, unmetered bandwidth, fully featured gallery system with dynamic watermarking, resizing, etc, built in e-commerce and payment processing. Seems like pretty good value to me!

    (not on commission :p)
     
  11. SCM

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Jan 2004

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    Location: Fife, Scotland/Hell

    If you can afford it yes but they don't do prints themselves reading it, they refer you to an approved list of sorts. At least with DA you can buy your own items at base price which works out a lot cheaper than any print shop i have found in the UK so far.

    Just you would need to buy a few to justify the added cost of postage.

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  12. Adz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    The site doesn't make it very clear but essentially what happens is you choose your preferred lab from a drop down list. This populates your defaults with the correct print options which you can then assign to events. You don't need a contract with the print lab, that side of things is all handled for you. Your customer receives their images direct and the funds are taken from your Pro Darkroom account. Clever, huh? :D