We first wrote this post back in 2009 and since then, it’s become one of our most popular resources on the blog. A lot can change in six years so we’ve given the list a facelift. From website tools to get you online, to global art marketplaces, and insightful articles, the list below will get you started in the exciting world of selling your art online and moving your art out the door.
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15 Ways to Sell Art Online
- Amazon – The single largest directory of online stores, Amazon turned itself into one of the world’s largest retailers by creating a platform for anyone to sell anything. There are literally thousands of stores that use Amazon as their main source of sales.
- Artfire – A little bit like Etsy, ArtFire is a marketplace, craft, and maker community where people from around the world come together to buy, sell and interact. Podcasts, forums and articles keep buyers and sellers in the loop. Related: Selling Your Art Online: Advice from 3 Online Gallery Leaders.
- Artist Rising (Subsidiary of Art.com) – Global online community of independent and emerging artists. There are free and premium membership options, and ways to connect with other artists.
- Artplode – On Artplode galleries, dealers, artists, and collectors can list art for a low one-off fee of $60 per artwork for advertising. No commission is charged to buyers or sellers. Artworks must be priced at $1000+ to be offered for sale on Artplode.
- Artsy – A massive, venture-funded online gallery that sells art from thousands of artists from all over the world. “Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.”
- CafePress – Turn your art into unique products and get featured on the site without having to worry about managing an online storefront.
- Craigslist – In certain cities, people use Craigslist for everything. In Portland, I have seen everything from couches, to cars, to beautiful pieces of art for sale. Think of it as the world’s largest classified ad.
- Ebay – The world’s largest auction site. Follow @ebayart on Twitter to get a good idea of what kind of art does well on Ebay.
- Etsy – A well-known site catering to a community of artists who make handcrafted pieces. Related: How to Sell Your Art on Etsy.
- FineArtAmerica.com – Sell prints at any price you want to set. Fine Art America handles the logistics of fulfilling each order.
- I Am Attitude – If your focus is fashion, check out this alternative clothing marketplace.
- Imagekind – An online marketplace offering artists a place to sell their art with print-on-demand, high-quality printing and framing options, a supportive community, and marketing tips. Related: Imagekind Power Selling Tips.
- OtherPeoplesPixels – One of the original sites offering websites for artists. The templates are easy to use, do not require advanced web design and development skills, and you can typically get a website up in less than an hour. Related: Review: OtherPeoplesPixels, An Artists Website Service (Plus, Competitor Comparison!)
- Printful – A California-based, print-on-demand company. There are no minimum orders, you can get 20-percent off sample orders so you can gauge quality before you buy, it’s easy to use, and they integrate with Shopify, Magento, and WooCommerce stores. Related: Printful: Possibly the Easiest Way to Sell Your Prints Online.
- Spreesy – Looking for a way to use social media to sell your art? Spreesy helps you leverage the power of social with one-stop shopping for Facebook and Instagram, and offers online e-commerce storefronts. Related: How to Sell Art on Instagram.
- (BONUS) One-on-One Business Coaching for Artists – If you’re serious about your work and have the money to hire a professional, this is a great option for you. We focus on helping artists get clear on what their unique value is, who their ideal collectors are, and how to tell their own unique story.
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