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Am currently working on a larger original image I'd like to sell prints of, and possibly make a bit of profit with too. I don't want to take care of my own printing/packaging/shipping though (since I live in Europe and that could lead to ridiculously overpriced prints), and the only print service I've found that does everything for me is deviantPrints. Sadly, they charge a whopping 50% of the profits. Meaning that if I sell an 8x10 inch print that cost $3 to make at a price of $13, I actually get a measly $5. I'd have to sell a hell of a lot of prints to even get back the initial deviantPrints fee of $25.

But I'm considering using deviantArt's print service anyway, because a week of searching hasn't yielded any alternatives. I don't think anybody would buy my prints anyway, but hope springs eternal or some such crap.

So here are my questions to everyone who's had experience with online printing and deviantPrints in particular:

1. Does anybody actually buy prints?

2. Do you know of any alternative printing/shipping services I have overlooked?

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croaky
Oct. 12th, 2004 02:52 am (UTC)
devPrints isn't the most profitable way out I suppose, no. But if you think about it (printing costs, employee/workman cost, shipping service cost, time cost, quality cost, etc) it is not crazily bad, either. Sorry to say I have not find another place, neither (do pass on the word if you do o.o). As for selling prints... given that I -against all expectations- actually have sold one or two, I have no doubt that you could.
technoelfie
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
You're right as always. *hug* I'll just give it a try and see what happens, I suppose. The pic I'm working on right now is larger than my usual stuff so I have hopes it can be printed at poster size too when it's finished. Not too huge, but not too tiny either. I have yet to successfully manage painting at 5000px plus resolutions...
croaky
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC)
*hugs back* ^^ Generally, if you have a picture sized 6000x4000 pixels in 300dpi, you get ALL the sizes available for prints. And then I mean even the huge ones. Though I think that as long as it is around 3000pix and 300dpi, it should be no problem to print it in big sizes, either. I ahve never bought a DAprint myself but I hear from several sources that it is excelölent quality, so I think it is wortha try, yes.

If nothing else.. it is great advertising, heheh. Tmages offered as prints usually needs a lot less favourites to them to appear on the Today or front page of DA. It makes you realise how effective mere exposure really is. ;)
technoelfie
Oct. 12th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
The pic I'm working on is 3210x2140 at 300dpi. I suppose that should suffice for at least one not so small print... And the ration is 1.50:1, which allows the most print sizes I think.

And I'm not a print buyer myself. :) But you'e probably right about the advertising... I'm really curious now what will happen when I post the thing.
hardlyfatal
Oct. 12th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
I would buy your prints in a heartbeat, and you know it. Esp. if they featured hot elves or any of the studlies from Inuyasha-- Sesshoumaru of course, but also IY himself, Miroku, Kouga (oh, god, yes, Kouga). I'm feeling much love for Naraku lately (dunno why) so something appropriately ominous with him would be in my possession as soon as you offered it.
technoelfie
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
Well, DA doesn't handle fanart prints, so I would have to do that kind of thing either on a commission basis or using some sort of printing service and then shipping it overseas. I still wonder whether there's a printing service that prints single orders and just ships the damn thing to a different address than mine... O_o
hardlyfatal
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
Ok, well how about original characters who just *look* like hot elves or the studlies from IY? Heh.

But seriously... I would pay for your amazingly beautiful art. You already know I want you to do any cover art if I ever manage to get published.
kriatyrr
Oct. 12th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
I've never bought a print before, but I've wanted to. I have limited wall space and funds, so I'd only get something I really wanted. Your art falls well within that category. ^_^

I'm open to buying anything I like that costs me less than 200 NOK since that's when the EVIL! customs department start charging import fees.

~Kriatyrr (fangirl and part-time stalker *cough*)
technoelfie
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! I'll be sure to offer something in that price range as soon as I do my first print then. :D *doesn't mind being stalked*
singing_badly
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
I have no idea about the printing business, but I hope you do really well if you go through with the idea of selling your work! What you do is just too exquisite not to share. ^_^
danakess
Oct. 12th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
Technoelfie, I would buy your prints in a heartbeat!!!!!!

I would die of happiness if you could do the IY prints (especially if they featured Kouga... *fangirl drool*), but I would love any artwork by you. When I saw this post, I squeed. SQUEED. So loud Amanda in the kitchen had to ask me if I was on fire or something. I live in an apartment, but still. Shows you how much of a fangirl I am.

But, seriously, I would buy ANY print of yours, not matter the cost. But, I don't know anything about *buying* them. Will they come to my country? Can I buy them over the internet??? Because, you know, my boyfriend has this new credit card that's begging me to use it. ;)

Honestly, though (this is kind of a long answer, sorry o____O), I think that by all the answers you've been getting, you KNOW you can put out those prints to the public. As if they wouldn't sell. Come on, you know you want to...;).
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