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Selling art on shirts/prints/stickers/etc.

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by swagbasedgodswag, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. swagbasedgodswag

    swagbasedgodswag Junior Member

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    My gf is a really talented artist. I want to monetize her talents by creating a website where people can buy shirts/prints/posters/stickers/etc. I'm not sure what would be the easiest route for this journey. My main campaign will be instagram targeted automation to pull traffic.

    Does anyone have any tips of where to start? I have plenty of money to invest but I'm not sure what I should do first.

    I am considering buying shirts in bulk and finding a local screen printer who can put down the image whenever someone makes a purchase and ship it out myself. Are there other cost efficient ways? I have heard about teespring campaigns but not really sure the profit would be worth it.

    And advice or references to this kind of business start up would be great, thanks!
     
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    May I see some of her work ? Pm me please
     
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    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    Nobody pays for art. People buy stories.

    Answer this; how many times have you walked by something that looked REALLY cool and didn't feel the desire to buy. You didn't connect with it.
    On the flip side – you have likely bought a T-Shirt of your favorite game, movie or sports team. Something you... connect with.

    Brainstorm ways to engage with an audience and influence them to buy. Being just another cool artist doesn't work. You have to be the artist people are talking about. A great way to push your designs is getting influential people to wear them. Get in the media for reasons people relate to/agree with.

    I was in Target the other day and seen Five Nights At Freddy's toys. If it weren't for popular youtubers sharing the game, it would have been just another creepy, forgettable game.
     
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    Buying shirts in bulk would be your cheapest route but then you're stuck with holding inventory and a certain design or size may not sell so you'll be stuck with them.

    You can find someone to fulfill them for you on an on-demand basis. It sounds like you will be creating your store online and print/ship as orders comes in. This is great because it costs you nothing to add that shirt To your store (granted you're the one administering the store).

    You can also do a true "limited edition" shirt. Many will say sale ends in 10 days and you'll never be able to order again so get yours today. And then, you see the same shirt again a coupe weeks later with the "due to popular demand...". I know someone that truly sells a limited quantity and once it's done it's done. He gets $50-70+ per shirt and he sells 50 of them. This ma also work out well because if she's an artist she'll keep coming up with original' creative pieces that can sell.

    Will PM you with more info.

    Good luck.
     
  6. louiszhao

    louiszhao Regular Member

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    @funkybunker tells exactly the right thing. @swagbasedgodswag You should build her reputation and her audience before you think of making money. You can have a look at https://www.facebook.com/LizClimo - she had drew cute small comics many years before she got famous and started to make money from her art.