Artisans have a variety of methods to sell their handicrafts, from craft shows to Ebay. Each has its advantages and pitfalls. But now there is an easy way to sell handicrafts online with no fees.
ArtFire.com is a brand-new website specifically designed for the handicrafts market. It is similar to an online craft mall: artists can list wares for sale on the diverse website. Potential customers can surf through the many types of handicrafts available to find those that most appeal to them and buy them right online.
The biggest advantage to crafters is the lack of fees. Those with a basic membership can list up to 10 items and include up to four pictures of each item. They can create an "about me" page. There is also a community forum in which artists and customers can learn more about each other and the products offer.
For a low $20 per month subscription, members can become verified. Once verified, ArtFire members can list as many items as they want, with 10 pictures per items. They also become eligible to bid on daily showcase placement. They can also build an online store, complete with banners, a 3-D gallery blog and other customizable options.
Potential customers looking for something special on the site can use the "Forge" function to commission a work. They provide a short description of what they want, including materials, colors, size, ideal pricing, delivery time and any other information, including pictures. Artisans can then bid on the project, providing price, time frame and other pertinent information. The buyer and seller can use all this information to discuss the project. If they come to an agreement, they proceed to an official bid/confirm process.
Another interesting service is "hot listing". Potential customers who are interested in a work but are unable to buy immediately can hot list it. This lets the artist know there is interest in the item and let other member see what others think is of interest.
To make the venture fun, ArtFire plans to run several contests. The site will also publish information related to grants, artists' guilds and other valuable information for artists. There is an "Art Daily" newsletter to help members keep abreast of new products and developments.
ArtFire is also a method in which artists can help worthy causes. For example, each time a new member signs up, the website funds the planting of a tree.
This new website is paid for with affiliate advertising, making it a truly low-cost way to advertise handicrafts. As with most auction sites, users are encouraged to provide feedback to show how well transactions went.
ArtFire is an exciting new way for artists to get the word out about their wares. There are many categories of products that can be listed, so it is ideal for artists who work in a variety of media, from accessories to woodworking.
ArtFire is an attractive website certain to gain a lot of attention for artists and their wares. Those who are interested in new markets for their wares should consider joining.
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A new arts and crafts community and marketplace
where arts and crafts go green. Handmade and sold directly from the artisan,
ArtFire is a fully interactive site for buying, selling and trading arts and
crafts of all medium. Their products range from hand
made jewelry, art, accessories, edibles and even toys for the little ones.
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