A friend posted this on Facebook... so I went over and checked it out. My question to them on their site was (since they say it's a site "like never seen before") that I was struggling to see how this is different from Fine Art America. You will note that Crated (unfortunate name I think) takes 20% cut from the profits over and above wholesale prices. They seem to compare themselves to sites like 500px and Flickr (although you can sell art on 500px) and didn't mention FAA at all. They mentioned Social6. And they talk about it being a site to sell art ;)
It's always interesting to see what the competition is doing. I think though that FAA is still significantly ahead of the game in terms of POD. It would be nice if FAA had a more modern interface (drag and drop to arrange galleries sounds great for example and I love the sound of some of the other bells and whistles) but am I alone in saying that there's not a lot that comes near what it offers in terms of the POD aspect?
Anyway, I thought I'd share what I'd found.
i'd need to see the terms, how we get paid (unless they mentioned, i only glanced at it). i'm not sure why they mentioned society 6 and bubble, neither make great sales. and since its new, no one know it's there.
Agree, I'd like to see the terms as well... the devil is usually in the detail. I saw something in response to a question about artists being paid via PayPal. Also wondered why they only mentioned those two POD sites (unless because they are the most well known). Apart from the very modern interface I am yet to see how they are as revolutionary as they say they are... they made some fairly sweeping statements.
Looks and sounds brilliant. I was ready to sign up until I noticed the 300% max markup. On percentage sites my markup has been 700% to 1300%. Hope they get that changed. Otherwise Crated looks really good.
According to their site, the price markup can be between 0 & 300% only. This information can be found under the heading, "Pricing your Art". In order to see the terms of service, you have to sign up to be a seller. Their split is 20% and we keep 80%. Payments are only made via PayPal.
The only thing I could find on prints is this : "We use premium 300gsm matte fine art paper, ideal for high resolution digital art and photographic imagery. Producing extremely crisp and accurate detail in tonal range for art prints that make a statement".
Aha, well that's why I can't find it - I'm not signed up.
Thanks for the info on product media. I'm wondering if their product range will be the same as FAA - prints, canvas, metal, acrylic, etc. What you quoted there sounds like initially, they are only offering (paper / rag) prints.
I signed up. VERY clean backend. SEO looks good. Each piece gets it's own URL. Responsive design. Easy, fast uploads. 25MB file limit, same as here.
The site is still in beta and some parts (marketing, analytics) aren't available yet. I may end up loading a completely different portfolio there to deal with the pricing mismatch, but I really like the modern, clean, uncluttered design.