Places to sell your art online 2012
Nearly one year ago I wrote a post about the best places to sell art online. In this one year a lot of things have changed in the internet-world, so it´s time for an update.
Already one year ago it was pretty obvious that not many of all the art-places out there will survive the test of time.
Out of all the places I checked out in the last couple of days, only 5 are in my opinion still important enough to be mentioned here. (The list does not include zazzle.com, cafepress.com etc because they have a different focus)
The “biggest” plattform for selling art online(Alexa Traffic-Rang 4.279) is still very popular among the younger generation. The design still looks fresh, somehow timeless and the community activities there keep people interested.
What RedBubble is for the younger ones is fineartamerica for the older generation. The website is very successful, attracting more and more people. It has a very active community, but the design and the whole feeling of the place does look more like 2008 than 2012.
Society6 is a rising star. The web becomes younger and younger, more kids have internet access now than ever before and places like Tumblr, Pinterest and also Society6 are the new cool. The place looks great, the only problem is that there is no tagging. People search by popularity, means: if you are not popular, you will hardly sell.
Imagekind has lost a lot of it´s popularity in the last time. For the younger ones it is not cool enough and the older generation prefers fineartamerica. So imagekind is a little bit caught in the middle. It is still an okay place, but I would think about it twice to start a new account there.
This is one of my favorite websites and a great place for everyone who likes high quality art. It´s definitely worth checking it out.
Some things I found very interesting about this websites and also about the net in the year 2012 in general:
– the net is “young” and female, at least when it comes to everything concerning art. Tumblr, Pinterest and all websites mentioned above have mostly female users.
– websites are more and more specialised, they only attract a very particular group of users.
– if you want to establish a new website these days you need the young generation. All “rising stars” of the last year are mostly popular among the youth
– the net is changing quickly, let´s see how my update will look like in 2013 ;-)