I've been a willing payer of two annual premium fees since 2009
This one for my tangible (roger swezey) Art
And this one for my POD (r allen swezey) Art
This $60/ per year is certainly worth all the fabulous Art I've been introduced to and purchased, that now fill the walls in my house,
This $60/ per year is certainly worth all the fabulous Artists I've been introduced to and remain in contact with
This $60/ per year is certainly worth this forum where I'm more or less allowed to pontificate.
This $60/ per year is certainly worth the chance to challenge, face to face, my peers in coming up with the most clever, out of the box, most charming, and/or most touching solution in the monthly Image Challenge.
And it's sugar on the cake, when I receive, every so often, messages like this one that I received yesterday afternoon, directly from this site
"we saw your work in montauk point, long island, N.Y. in the 1980's , i believe. we loved your vulture family in a tree or on a piece of driftwood. i would very much like to order one of those to surprise my husband for X-Mas,"
This has just resulted in a sale, that had it been my only tangible sale this year, would have fully covered my $60 annual responsibility. with money to spare
Now, I have to get to packing this piece for shipment Monday,
As for POD, I must remain patient , for my digital images to Catch Fire!!.....At 85 ...eleven years is just a drop in the bucket...So, when those images DO Catch Fire there will be enough water in the bucket to deal with it
So, as for you guys....Any thoughts about this site going beyond POD ?
Roger, I'm only in this forum because I'm selling POD, if I wasn't I wouldn't be here at all. Remember, I closed my account for a few months, did I set up a free account and come to the forum during that time? Nope, I didn't. I enjoy using the forum from time to time but it's not at all why I have an account here.
I only have one account but it's worth much more than the $30 a year!
I've learned from other members, both in this forum and in private e-mails, I've been helped by other members when I had a problem to solve, I've met members in person that I would never have met otherwise and have become good friends with a couple of them and I've experienced some spectacular art that I would never have seen.
Learning and sharing is what this discussion group is all about. I have actually made some long-distance friends here. We also converse off the forum and I am doing some collaborative sales promotions with a couple of them.
$30 a year is a pittance for the services we get with a fully functioning online art gallery that has an efficient sales funnel and excellent fulfillment. We have to do nothing other than create and upload sales-worthy art and FAA/Pixels takes care of the rest. Someone not "ready" to invest the $30 is certainly not ready to have an online business.
I'm good with the $30. It was obvious from the beginning it was worth it, but I waited a couple of months (literally 2 I think), just to feel it out and see for sure if I'd stick around.
BTW It was nice to see many of the "usual suspects" I see here in the "recent sales" pages today...congrats you art , rock stars, you!
Congrats on your vultures finding a home Roger! And such a good home too, makes it even more special! I gotta know, is that the exact one they saw in the 80s that was just waiting for its rightful home?? =)
I kinda agree with David, I wouldn't be here if it weren't my job to be. Doesn't mean I don't enjoy it though. As for the $30, it's a pittance for what we get and I would gladly pay more if I could do things like remove products from my AW that I prefer to sell only on FAA/Pixels, had personalized packing slips and had more control over site design. For starters, LOL!
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