Guest Author - Susan Alison
This is the second in my series of articles about outlets where you can sell your creations if you wish. Sometimes selling a piece is whatís needed to give our creativity a boost Ė itís that endorsement by someone else handing over their hard-earned cash that can makes us feel that weíre on the right track.
Yessy.com is an online art gallery. Itís been selling art for seven years, so (in internet terms) itís quite well established.
Two of the really great things about Yessy are that itís very simple to use (in comparison to many other online outlets) and you can try it for free for two weeks. Iíve been doing the trial period and am quite impressed with it. I wonít keep my store on with them, though, but only because I have a few online stores and this is a shop too far just now.
When something sells itís Yessy who gets the payment and passes it on to you and then notifies you that you can ship the item to the buyer. When the item is received by the buyer then the money is released to you. This is known as an escrow service and Yessy charge a 10% transaction fee.
You can give it a go for two weeks for free but then, if you wish to continue to exhibit (unlimited) artwork, it will cost $59 a year plus the transaction fee.
It seemed a little odd to me to sell the item and THEN to tell the buyer what the shipping charges are and in fact I sold a print of a Labrador, told the buyer what the shipping fee was, and suddenly she cancelled! I donít know why. You can email the buyer to ask Ė and I did Ė but got no answer. Anyway, it might only seem odd to do it that way because nowhere else that I have stores is it done in that fashion. Maybe thereís some benefit to that system of which I am unaware.
I mention the story of the Labrador print that sold and then unsold only because it has occurred to me since that it might be a better policy to put up the prices of your artwork first and then say that shipping is free instead of adding on shipping afterwards. This would make for a simpler process all round and people do like the idea of free shipping.
When you open a store, you will appear on the front page when you have five items listed, but then you gradually disappear as others open their stores. However, every time you list an item it appears on the front page, but as you might imagine it doesnít stay there very long given the sheer numbers of items being listed. (You donít need to click on a link on the front page to see the picture Ė just hover your cursor above it for a picture to come up.)
By all accounts the traffic numbers on Yessy are better than most other art-selling websites Ė on the other hand, thereís a great deal of art there!
Overall, Yessy provides an easy-to-learn environment in which to show off, and hopefully sell, some of your art. Give it a go Ė a trial period of two weeks has got to be worth trying out and you might get all inspired by the process to greater heights of creativity.
Below is my Golden, or Yellow, Labrador Retriever that was snapped up when I first uploaded it and dropped like a hot dog when I stated the shipping feeÖ
he can be found here in my shop on Etsy (another creativity outlet we will be exploring in this series)