Anonymous asked: is society6 worth it to sell art?
society6 is a decent resource if you can’t personally afford to print or manufacture items like giclee/canvas art prints, media cases, t-shirts, etc. the quality of their products is great, and the site really does feature a pretty impressive roster of talented artists.
that said, for me society6 is like a supplemental shop; kind of a placeholder until i can afford to produce things like apparel on my own. this is because the artist’s profit is pretty minimal. you’re able to set your own prices for the giclee prints, but everything else has a set price for which you get a flat 10% — so, for instance, you only see $3.50 for every $35.00 iPhone case that gets sold.
i can see how some artists might be able to make this viable, but personally i mainly use my shop to provide things i’ve been asked to produce but don’t yet have the ability to make myself. i figure if i can’t manufacture my own “best buds” cell phone cases (or whatever), at least i can have some available on society6 — that way the people who want them can still buy them, and it also gives me a little additional protection from assholes who try to rip off my work.
so i do think it’s worth checking out — i’m really happy with the quality of society6’s products, and their customer service is excellent both for artists and customers. it’s definitely a great option for some people, especially if you are a part-time artist or have just one or two pieces you’d like to print or make available for purchase, but i wouldn’t count on making a huge profit on society6 alone without listing a ton of really excellent work and doing a lot of promoting.