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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: ABERS on March 21, 2015, 08:10:01 AM

Title: Selling Your Work
Post by: ABERS on March 21, 2015, 08:10:01 AM
A friend is determined to enter the tacky world of commerce by attempting to sell his photographic endeavours at craft fairs, boot fairs or any other fair that springs to mind or takes his fancy.

He has asked for my advice, which is non existant, on the matter. Can anyone give me some hints or tips?

DigiDiva I know from past posts is very active in such areas, perhaps her involvement has lead her to avoid pitfalls and the such or revealed useful nuggets of information that allow sales to be made on a regular basis.

What price range will people accept, are her prints mounted or not? Do framed prints sell better than unframed? How many prints should be taken for sale or just take a selection that can be ordered from for delivery later.

Can you advise DD please, any advice would be more than welcome.

P.S. I would advise him to go to fairs for the partially sighted.
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: DigiDiva on March 21, 2015, 09:46:54 AM
Tip 1 price for the area you are selling in.  I found that I had to sell cheaper at a sale in an ex mining village than I did in a country manor craft fair.

Tip 2 don't expect much interest. You are lucky if you get 1 sale

Tip 3 framed prints sell better as its a whole package and people don't want more expense or hassle looking for frames. As such have a variety of framed prints choices on show

Tip 4 talk to anyone showing interest . Tell them they are your work or the story behind the print. May not sell the print but passes the time as its quite tedious standing waiting

Tip 5 have local landmarks on show. People like local landmarks.

Tip 4 be willing to bargain

Tip 5 use good lighting and have an interesting display. I section my display into  themes using interesting props
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: ABERS on March 21, 2015, 05:59:40 PM
Many thanks for the info. I'll pass it on. :tup:
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: Mick on March 21, 2015, 06:17:11 PM

P.S. I would advise him to go to fairs for the partially sighted.


 :D  :legit:
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: Graham on March 21, 2015, 06:50:45 PM

P.S. I would advise him to go to fairs for the partially sighted.


 :D  :legit:
I missed that bit!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: Oldboy on March 21, 2015, 07:44:24 PM

P.S. I would advise him to go to fairs for the partially sighted.


 :D  :legit:
I missed that bit!  :2funny:

And me!  :uglystupid2:

Didn't know Abers had a sense of humour!  :o :P
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: ABERS on March 21, 2015, 10:31:53 PM


Didn't know Abers had a sense of humour!  :o :P

I must have, staying on here for some few years!! ???
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: Simple on March 21, 2015, 11:09:09 PM
Someone told me the other day: "The best way to make money from photography is selling your camera" :D
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: Graham on March 22, 2015, 07:09:31 AM
Someone told me the other day: "The best way to make money from photography is selling your camera" :D

  Yes. It's very easy to make a small fortune from photography...first you have to have a large fortune.
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: ABERS on March 22, 2015, 08:30:15 AM
A little on the drastic side, but you could always employ the Van Gogh marketing approach. Take a few pictures that nobody rates, cut off one ear, and then die.  ::)
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: Graham on March 22, 2015, 09:23:07 AM
It does annoy me that I'm going to have to die before my genius is recognised...And if I cut an ear off my glasses wouldn't sit properly.
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: DigiDiva on March 22, 2015, 09:41:59 AM
I make a fair profit by printing off 6" x 4" photos then sticking them on card and sometimes adding bling to make greeting cards. Cost about 20p each but sell for a quid. Not gonna get rich but  its nice to know that someone looks at my image on a card for a week or so before its binned.
Title: Re: Selling Your Work
Post by: ABERS on March 22, 2015, 09:50:01 AM
It does annoy me that I'm going to have to die before my genius is recognised...And if I cut an ear off my glasses wouldn't sit properly.

Ah, but the beauty of the van Gogh approach is that if the strategy doesn't work you'll not be aware that  your work is still regarded as not  worthy of acclaim.  There are contact lenses available.