I am beginning to feel so cynical about the business climate, I am trying to roll with it and see how it shakes out. google, amazon, they are all in it for the money of course. I don't think they can skim off the 'volume' cheap and not leave an entire marketplace that does not want mass produced, cheap, behind.
I would like to think I am not the only person out there that wants more than the mass-produced knock-offs. I am having a really, really hard time finding plain cotton 'henley' type tops for instance. Ihave checked everywhere for a year or two, even online. The only place I have found any lately is Cabela's..
Those selling sites or stores on Amazon have been around for years.
Amazon and eBay have been going at each other for years now. It stated way back when Amazon first launched
free shipping which is nothing but a marketing scam. The is not now, nor ever will there be free shipping. It
is either subsidized shipping or the cost is hidden in the price.
I used to have an Amazon Store and it did okay.... not great. But it was one of the sites I cut back on when I went
If you want to be on Amazon, that is what I would do. I would not mess with the FAA/Amazon program
simply because I like being in control of my own income stream whenever possible.
Of course if you open your own Amazon Store, you have to be able to do your own fulfillment so if you
don't want to do fulfillment, then the FAA/Amazon link is the way to go. But as you are seeing, that
can be problematic,
I'm thinking they are unrelated since FAA probably has it's own contract with Amazon. It's all just speculation of course. Hopefully FAA and Amazon will resolve whatever is going on soon and then they can paint a more clear picture for all of us as to what is going on.
they've always had a program like that. and image kind is there right now, i think zazzle may be too. i think this faa thing is temporary, unless he's not keeping a constant feed going or something and that's why it's out.
Gunter, not to be a smartass or anything, but if your banner is meant to resemble an equation, you might consider changing the minus signs between the words to plus signs. right now, to me, it reads "Passion minus Love minus Kindness equals Qtalk". Knowing you, I'm pretty sure you mean to say "Passion plus love plus kindness equals Qtalk". Unless you're all about hateful, mean, passionate art discussions, in which case you could just stay here! :-)
I didn't think art was included in the products or am I mistaken? Recently I had trouble at E-bay when I went to swipe my bank card and it wouldn't take. E-bay penalized me and put me on a list.
If a customer doesn't click all the way through and buy the item after clicking the Go To Checkout button you are penalized! Even though I e-mailed them to let them know I had money in my account (I doubled checked with the bank) they wouldn't take me off the list.
If you do not click through and it happens three or four of times, you can not buy from them anymore. I wouldn't want that happening to a customer of mine! It left me with a bad feeling, so far I have not been back to buy anything, I go to Amazon instead.
'I didn't think art was included in the products or am I mistaken?"
Are you talking about on Amazon? I think art is a subcategory under Home and Garden but I am no longer sure. Like I said, I
closed my Amazon Store and it all may have changed since I did that.
"If a customer doesn't click all the way through and buy the item after clicking the Go To Checkout you are penalized!"
You must have done something else wrong. You are not penalized if you abandoned a shopping cart of fail to check out.
Heck, I bet over the years I have done a thousand times just reviewing different check out procedures. Every seller can
develop their own shopping cart. If they are penalizing you in any way, report it to eBay. They will cloud up and rain all over
But they way to do eBay is PayPal. The own PayPal and the interface is flawless. I was one the original accounts on PayPal before
eBay bought them I was also one of the original accounts that eBay bought when they bought out OnSale.com, their biggest and first
accusation. OnSale at the time was the big kid on the block. In all of those years I have never had a problem with either eBay or PayPal.
When I had a buyer complain about some sort of problem, I would call eBay and get the facts, those they could share, and in 100% of the
case it was operator error and simple email to me or a call to PayPal or eBay would have fixed the problem.
"I also like the look of the Amazon interface." So do I but eBay sold ten time better then Amazon.
eBay used to have this data but they don't anymore. You used to be able to look at the selling categories and see how they were selling.
For instance, they had about 10 sub categories under art. Prints, paintings, posters, etc etc.
In the print category, where I used to be in their top 10 sellers, they sold a print once every 14 seconds, 24/7/365.
This is one print every 14 seconds of every day of the year, 24 hours a day. And that was just the one category.
Combine all of the categories and eBay is the largest seller of artwork in the world. Forget the look, why wouldn't you want your stuff
to be in the biggest art market in the world?
But as I have said, eBay means you have to do your own fulfillment, as does Amazon if you open your own store there.
If I was getting started today, I would be on eBay first, Amazon and FAA tied for second. Then you go to Bonanza. I use
Bonanza because they will take your stuff off eBay and you don't have to do a thing, The have a deal where you don't have to
pay a monthly fee, you pay only a commission when you sell something. Again, you do the fulfillment. I think I currently have five
Bonanza stores. The don't swell a whole lot, but they don't cost anything unless you sell. Plus if you have 20,000 plus eBay products,
the upload them for you, for free, overnight.
Go ahead Cynthia, he can take it... you should see all the guff I give him when he rejects my images to the Q-Collection. lol
Just kidding. He does a good job with that... but I do get rejections. But I can take it.
Not meat to be a complaint at all, but some of my beset selling images have been rejected. But to be honest with you
I would have rejected them too when you see the quality there. I am very happy to have to have as many accepted
that I have.
Gunter puts a lot of work into his group. Not sure if there are any out that that puts that much into it. There probably is but
I just have not found them yet.
I appreciate your experience, advice and suggestions. My plan is to sell original art, some of it for interior design clients, I can't send them to e-bay it would send the wrong message, but for some of my art it may be the place for me to start, although I am hoping since Amazon is getting into selling with "stores" i.e. websites, there will also be more traffic.
I don't want to do my own fulfillment although I am considering it and am setting up a gallery at Etsy for low cost canvas wraps only (no frames). When the customer contacts me for a print I will contact the printer and they will send the canvas out to the customer. I won't be warehousing prints, it should be pretty straightforward, although my store needs to be set up correctly or there could be the potential for confusion since some of the prints are different sizes and prices.
I am a little nervous about it because the images are mine or extreme edits of public domain photography and are all done by me. This is not a concern when it is someone else's work. I do need to get a quality printer like an Ebson for a hard copy (colors can look different on a computer screen) to make sure it is OK when printed.
I imagine the set up would be the same for Amazon and Ebay, although I thought when customers click on your "store" on Ebay it could be your FAA website. I will have to check out your website on Ebay, Floyd.