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As an artist you should be aware that the internet can be a very profitable avenue. When you’re independently representing yourself it can be your best friend. There are many online market place sites to use as a venue to host and sell your work, here is a few that we have come across. These types of sites have a tendency to be craft based rather than fine art based.

Etsy (link .url)
Online Art and Craft Store: Etsy is an online marketplace where you can register to buy and sell handmade items. This website is craft oriented but is also applicable to fine art products. Sales on this site are simple. To list 1 item it costs 20 cents US. This means if you have 4 of the same item, say 4 prints, it’ll cost $0.80 cents to post them. This fee lists the item on the site for 4 months. Upon the sale of an item Etsy takes a cut of 3.5% of the total sale price, this does not include the shipping price.

Fire Art America (link .url)
Online Art and Craft Store: This site is another site of the same genre, create a profile and upload images which then can be sold. Fine Art America is a social network and e-commerce marketplace for photographers, visual artists, art galleries, and fine art collectors.

Shop Hand Made (link .url)
Online Craft Store: Shop Hand Made is an online marketplace where you can register to buy and sell handmade items. This website is mainly craft oriented. To list 1 item it costs 25 cents US. This means if you have 4 of the same item, say 4 drawings, it’ll cost $1.00 cents to post them. Upon the sale of an item Shop Hand Made asks for you to choose a percentage to give back to the site, you can even choose 0%. An interesting feature of this site is upon the sale of item you can choose to sponsor 100 or 250 square feet of an endangered rainforest.

Art Fire (link .url)
Online Craft Store: ArtFire is an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade, art, vintage, media and craft supplies. This site offers two types of accounts, a basic a and a verified account. The basic account is free to use and has a few limitations. The verified account has upgraded features and cost $12.00 a month, US. The verified account has many customization options for your account page.

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