Sell Art Online – A list of the best sites to sell or promote your art

Where are the best places to sell art online? {or just showcase and promote creative work?}

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of places that you can sell art or showcase your work online. However, as you may have already noticed, there is also a vast difference in the quality of the offering of many art related sites. There are some great ones and some that downright suck. The sucky ones may not get a lot of traffic through them, so placing your work on them may be like having an exhibition in the shed at the bottom of your dad’s garden [although that may actually be quite cool}, but I digress...

Therefore, this list does not attempt to list every single online possibility for artists but rather the best sites that have the highest standards and offer the most help and opportunity to creative folk. I have to say, as a disclaimer that I haven't tried all of them personally so can't vouch for them. Check them out and make your own mind up as to which ones will be best for you.

This is an organic post which I will add to whenever I stumble across new sites. Please post information on sites that you think should be included in the comments and I will add them in.

If you find this page useful, please Tweet it or link to it to spread the word. Thanks

Key

  • $ = There is a charge to use the site
  • Sell = Sales can be completed through the site
  • NDS = No Direct Sales. Use the site for promotion only
  • POD = Print-On-Demand sales available through the site

 



Showcase Sites { Some may not offer online sales }

Showcase sites allow you to place your work into a page online. Although initially a way to showcase your work, many showcase sites are now starting to offer the ability to sell your work directly on a print-on-demand basis so there is a crossover with that category. Some also have a networking element within the creative community, with the emphasis on getting your work seen in order to secure commissions or freelance work.

www.epilogue.net Sci-Fi/Fantasy Art | FREE | NDS

www.axisweb.org Well respected fine art showcase | $ | NDS

www.deviantart.com Contemporary, urban artists | FREE | SELL | POD

www.behance.net All creatives | FREE | SELL | POD

www.Illustrationmundo.comIllustrators, Designers | Free | NDS

www.society6.com All creatives, contemporary | Free | SELL | POD

www.coroflot.com Good free portfolio site, all creatives | Free | NDS

www.artst.com All creatives, contemporary | Free | NDS

www.folioplanet.com Illustrators resource & portfolio | $ | NDS

www.aoiportfolios.com Portfolio site from the Association of illustrators | $ | NDS

www.jacketflap.com For book illustrators & writers | Free | NDS

everycreative.comAll creatives/designers portfolio, contemporary | Free | NDS

inkygoodness.comUrban/contemporary/illustrators& artists showcase | Free |

www.spraygraphic.comAll creatives, contemporary, urban, | Free | NDS

www.designrelated.com Design related creativity | Free | NDS

www.altpick.com All creatives, contemporary, urban, | Free | NDS

www.designtaxi.com All creatives, contemporary, urban, | $ | POD

http://www.humblevoice.com/ All creatives, contemporary, urban, | Free | NDS

www.500px.com Photography | Cost unknown | POD

Print-On-Demand

Print on demand websites allow you to upload a high resolution image of your work. Reproductions can then be sold in a variety of formats {on canvas, as cards or prints etc} Print-on-demand is brilliant for giving you an extra income stream from your original work. It is also great for photographers, allowing you to sell a wide range of imagery without having to print individually.

www.redbubble.com Excellent art focussed print on demand site. Also T-shirts & framed prints | FREE | SELL

www.imagekind.com POD site focussed on framing art | FREE | SELL

www.fineartamerica.com POD site with ability to offer framed art | FREE | SELL

www.theuntappedsource.com/ FREE | SELL

skreened.com Ethical T-shirt printing | Markup | SELL

www.zazzle.com Print on demand site. Also T-shirts & framed prints | FREE | SELL

www.cafepress.com Focus on T-shirts and merchandise | FREE | SELL

www.Fibers.com T-shirt printing | Markup | SELL

www.brightonpod.com shopping portal dedicated to promoting the work of UK independent designers and craftspeople | FREE {20% Commission} | SELL

www.artofwhere.com Print your art on gorgeous cushions and handmade items | Commission at a good rate | SELL

www.Bakso.co.uk Upload your design to sell it as a quslity T-Shirt | Markup | SELL

Online Galleries

Online galleries generally work as a middleman between you and the purchaser. You are generally responsible for sending the artwork and the gallery charges a commission on the sale.

www.newbloodart.com Contemporary gallery | Free + commission | SELL

www.discoveredartists.comSells original work | $ + commission | SELL

www.gallerytoday.com Sells original work | Unknown fee/commission | SELL

www.etsy.com Focussed on crafts and handmade items | $ | SELL

www.folksy.com Crafts and handmade items, UK based | $ | SELL

www.artulis.com Crafts and handmade items, UK based | $ | SELL

www.artfire.com Art, crafts and handmade items | $ 12.95 monthly shop fee | SELL

www.saatchionline.com Sells original work | POD | Commission 30% | SELL

www.artsyhome.com Sells unique home decor items by artists and artisans | SELL | Free to submit

www.5piecesgallery.com Young contemporary art in the media of painting, drawing, print and photography | SELL

www.portraity.com Specialising in portraits | Free to submit - different membership packages available | SELL

www.rebelsmarket.com Specialising in alternative art and crafts - especially goth/rock/punk/tattoo style work | SELL | free listing + commission fee for sold items only

www.phoenixartgallery.co.uk Contemporary Online Art Gallery | SELL | Free Registration, no fees. Just 20% commission on sold items

Rippingham Art Online Gallery Contemporary Online Art Gallery UK based | SELL | Free Registration, no fees.  Commission on sold items




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{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

Jilll Smith January 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Great list and so many new ones. A tip for the print people a lot of the printers will send them on to the customers,
Jill

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Trillium Gallery December 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Great place! Pleased we decided to visit. Please consider looking at us, Trillium Gallery. While we a by-invitation-only gallery online, and are very selective regarding member inclusions, we are always excited to see new prospective members’ work. Please do contact us! We are not only salves driven, but we focus on the support and community aspect of art and photography. We have just published out forth edition magazine, offer many outlets and means to promote and share art. Please take a look! We are free to become to a member with no catches. We look forward to seeing you all. http://www.trilliumgallery.com

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costi December 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

I trye to sell my art on Etsy, I don’t know if it’s the best site for my paintings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaintingsGalceava?ref=si_shop

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Dean December 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I think online competition is so fierce, that unless you already have a following and promote your own art outside of the web site you have, you will not sell much. I do like POD, but the downside to those sites are the commission rates, high membership rates and in most cases dealing with PayPal, rather then other payments.

Also one major draw back is the POD sites, that let you pay extra for your own domain name, have a logo link on your private domain page that allows you to loose sales to other artists, by clicking on that link. I know its promotional and keeps our membership price lower, but I still feel its unfair. Then their is the security of protecting art on the internet, which also falls way short. Not being able to right click, using water marks and re-sizing limitations help, but do not protect you, if someone is good at hacking. You heard of the old saying ” Locks are only for honest people “, I think holds true for online art.

I think when the POD sites finally tweak some of the art security, payment, management issues, then I think selling art online will be a much better place. But until then I believe it will be frustrating to say the least.

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Sam Carlson November 19, 2013 at 3:38 am

As far as Selling prints of your work, there is etsy, cafepress, zazzle, and deviantart. Etsy for me is too much of a hassle b/c I need to actually handle the shipping and printing and everything.

Also, you want to get all of your social media networks on par with one another, make it easy for people to be connected with you. on my homepage http://Obilex.com you can see that I have links to all of my different outlets (twitter, facebook, instagram ebay etc.)

Personally I use SMugmug.com as a printer and shipper of my work. they give you a whole gallery option and pricing plans. They have their bare minimum prices, and you keep anything over that amount. Say it costs them $2.30 to print out and ship an 8×10 print. if you price it for $12, you get 10 bucks.

Here is an example of my smugmug gallery.

http://obilex.smugmug.com/Art/Obilex-The-Artwork-o

Hope this helps, and keep up the hard work!

Sam

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claudia November 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Can I suggest to add http://www.siottgallery.com to your list.

It is a curated UK online art gallery, also showing at Art Fairs and Events.

Thanks

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joshy illath October 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I do creative art works in clay, fiber,oil paint, wood designs, mural on cement and other materials. looking for a site or club where these can be submitted and earn profit.

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Douglas September 17, 2013 at 1:25 am

Great information, thanks for the contacts. Can anyone point me to research on which POD sites have highest sales please?

Thanks

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Patrick July 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Great post!

theuntappedsource.com also offers custom framed prints now and canvas wrapped prints for artists looking for those options.

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Bob Barber July 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

You might also want to list, http://www.original-art-under100.com.

It’s a UK site that specialises in original art from emerging artists for UNDER £100. It’s free for 4 months and thereafter £20 pa. There is no commission to pay from artists. Instead buyers deal direct with the artists.

Well worth a look – there’s some amazing stuff on there for under £100!

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Jose Carrilho April 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Hi,

Thanks for this awesome list.
Many are well-known, while others may prove to be a good new opportunity.

Best regards,

José

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Emily April 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

If you are an artist and would like to submit your work to a website. http://www.customcanv.as is excepting submissions. They already do photos on canvas and are interested in starting an art gallery featuring different artists based on customer demand.

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John March 27, 2013 at 4:55 am

There is also smitsy.com which lets artists manage their own account.

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Cherie March 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Super list and I’ll be checking out a lot of them!

I’m a designer on quite a few ‘sell your art’ sites including Zazzle, CafePress, Skreened, Wordans, Printfection, Etsy and RedBubble, but would like to add to your list:

Greeting Card Universe
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/Cheries_Art

Send A Smile
http://cheriesartcards.sendasmile.com/

I know that there are more too!
Thanks!
Just Google me: Cherie’s Art
Cherie
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John Williams February 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Great Site!
Hi Helen,
You have a great list of places where Artists can sell there art on like thank you for the list.
I am a Full member of Fine-art America and with membership they provide you with your own artist Website Gallery & do POD sales for you. my FAA Gallery (http://9-john-williams.artistwebsites.com)
I still have yet to make a sale on FAA?

So a list of other sites is useful to me thank you! :-)

I am also a member of the SAA or Society for all Artists (http://www.saa.co.uk/) They also provide members with a Gallery.
My SAA Gallery:( http://www.saa.co.uk/art/artist/293635.html )
With membership they provide Free insurance cover in the UK on your art when you enter them in ain the UK Gallery for show.
They are also an Art shop and members Save money buying art materials through them.
Also they provide members with a bi monthly magazine & many Art competitions.

SAA might be a site to add to you list ;-)

Thanks again for your Helpful list.

Regards John
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Hollajack.com March 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

Another print on demand site for you list is my website Hollajack.com. We offer artists the ability to upload full color designs. What sets us apart is our direct to garment prints that provide a superior, full color product for the end user. We are hoping to attract artists to display their art and earn from commissions.

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Rob Mackay February 16, 2013 at 5:35 am

We run “This is Art” and are very pleased with the growth of artworks, artists and visitors (currently receiving more than 1200 visitors a day). We’re still only small but feel that it won’t be long before This is Art really kicks off.

Out main features are selling art & photography, a social network backbone, free artist profile pages, videos and education.

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Chloe February 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm

A friend of mine started selling her art as iPhone Skins at http://www.ottoskins.com
She just contacted the website and they were happy to let her add her art!
Ya’ll should check it out

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Niels December 19, 2012 at 12:46 am

If you art is location specific you, can also post it on Webtomap and share it on all social media networks with a backlink to your art blog.

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Helen Aldous December 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

That looks like it could be really useful. Thanks Neils

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Heidi December 9, 2012 at 5:43 am

HI, just stumble upon this site. I have tried most of what you showed and out of all those I sold only ONE thing and that was on Zazzle. I think you need to add ArtWanted.com. Even though I haven’t sold anything since I’ve been on there. (5 years?) lol they offer lots of products, but also a great community to meet other artists. Easy to navigate too! These days I am weary of online artsites because I haven’t sold much and it grows tiresome. There is so much competition today that you yourself has to be smart with promoting. Thanks again. I will look around your site. :)

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Karyn November 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hello Helen,
Thank you for this great resource. I have compiled a similar resource and put accolades to you in the blog post for your work here.

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Steve October 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Thank you for your helpful list. Any info on theartgallerist.com? They jury the artists they accept and charge a 25-35% commission. It appears they only sell original art (no prints or POD).

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Samuel Evetts October 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Dont forget to include http://www.phoenixartgallery.co.uk in your ‘Online Galleries’ list. We have 32 artists so far with a total of 270 pieces of art for sale.

Free registration, free to upload artwork, no annual subscription fees, only a 20% commission for work that is sold through us.

We welcome all enquiries form artists, art collectors and art fanatics alike.

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Phoenix Art Gallery February 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Not sure what artwork to buy for that perfect present, gift vouchers are now available to buy on the gallery! @
http://www.phoenixartgallery.co.uk/voucher

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Harry September 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

We started a new website for artists http://gotartwork.com

You can list originals as well as sell POD giclee prints, greeting cards, t-shirts and other products and earn your desired markup. Check GotArtwork.com and help us build a vibrant artist community.

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Lance August 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

Thanks for the great list of useful sites. Would like to mention LocalArtScenes.com as a new service available for artists. It is an online gallery with a POD option. There is no commission charged on sales. There is a Free option as well as an upgraded option for only $14.95/year. It is an “Art Community promoting Community Art” and specializes only in artwork that depicts Cities, Towns and Communities.

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jamie August 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Who can print a tshirt design the biggest? I’m looking for a POD who can print at least 18X24 and bigger.

Thank you.

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Helen Aldous August 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Im not sure about that Jamie, perhaps other visitors may be able to share their experiences re size.

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Gene August 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Hi Helen,
Thank you for sharing. That helps me. My friend is an artist and I try to promote his colored pencil drawings via Internet.

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Helen Aldous August 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Gene. Really glad it’s helpful for you.

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Voigt July 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi Helen,
great list, thanks for sharing. May I suggest Glossom:
http://www.glossom.com/darknessbox
You can’t sell art there, but it’s great portfolio site, with lots of good work for inspiration and fast growing community.
Cheers

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Helen Aldous July 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thats a very interesting site. Looks good. Thanks for flagging it up

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Arthur June 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I sell with http://www.artulis.com which has free listings — perhaps you could add them to the list?

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Jennifer Reynolds May 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi Helen – our curated online gallery represents artists from South Africa. Please take a look at http://www.StateoftheArt.co.za – we deliver worldwide!

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Kyle Robert Willis April 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

I would suggest adding Art Fire to your amazing list.

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/artofkylewillis

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Helen Aldous April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nice work Kyle. Thanks

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UniSquare February 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

We just launched a new art marketplace where you can buy and sell art online:

http://www.unisquare.com/buy/695/art/

There are no listing fees and only a low, flat 2% final value fee, only if an item sells. You can also build free webstores, similar to ebay. Meaning you can create your own categories and names, upload store logo, change colors a little and have a store search feature. Also, you can accept PayPal and Google Checkout. Both auctions and fixed price listings can be made.

We have the same categories as eBay, so if you are into crafts and scrapbook, we have a marketplace for this as well!

Please check out UniSquare. We are brand new, but we have a leading-edge, targeted marketing system that has already brought in visitors and sales for the items!

Kind regards
UniSquare.com

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Eugene February 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

You have a great list of showcase websites. May I suggest our own website dedicated to portraiture and portrait artists? You can find us on http://www.portraity.com/.

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Helen Aldous February 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

Nice site Eugene. Thanks

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Robert January 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

I might suggest http://www.5piecesgallery.com one of the finest contemporary online art galleries at date!

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Helen Aldous January 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thanks Robert. Great gallery. I have added it to the list.

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Paweł Jońca January 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

Greetings from Poland :) http://printfolio.pl

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Helen Aldous January 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

Some beautiful work on your site Pawel.

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Jared Fullinfaw December 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

Fantastic list guys; you should add our website to that list for Australia print on demand! The Print Bar :)

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Helen Aldous December 7, 2011 at 11:48 am
SimplyMe November 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

What a useful list for all artists looking to sell their art.

Thanks
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alex October 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

What a wonderful list of current and trendy sites! Some of them I didn’t know about :) – Thanks for the great post! Alex
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Artsy Home September 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Great list of resources! Very helpful to have one place where artists can go to view their options. We’d love you to include ArtsyHome.com in your list. Our focus is unique home decor art by artists. We promote our artists online as well as in our 2,000,000+ print catalogs. It’s Free for artists to register & submit their work. Thanks!

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Nanci August 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

These are great lists to check out- both for design ideas/products and to see if it’s a good fit for what I do.
Another one that I am on (they jury in artists) is Zatista.com
You get your own page (store), it’s easy to customize the look, uploading is easy, and you can add lots of information about the pieces, and your background if you want.
They take a 30% commission now, and payment is through Paypal.
They also try and educate/help buyers with searches so the features are very consumer friendly and well designed.
I’m hoping it will ultimately yield some sales-
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Conor August 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

A great list, very handy to have

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Helen Aldous August 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Thanks Conor

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Marie Kazalia June 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I also have a blog Artist Marketing Resources http://ArtistMarketingResources.com

and I have put together a list of over 300 places to sell art

Pop in a check it

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Nan Engen April 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Great list Helen, some here I wasn’t aware of. Question – when you sell at several different POD sites, what are your thoughts on listing them all as purchase points on your own site?

I sell through FineArtAmerica, Imagekind, Redbubble, and Zazzle. The prices are similar but I’m wondering if it would be better to just list one gallery on my own site. All image links and prices are to FAA, as I’m trying to keep it as clean as possible. Appreciate your thoughts on this.

thanks

Nan

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Helen Aldous May 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi Nan. Good question. Think it probably depends if the sites offer anything radically different from each other. For example if one offered better shipping rates for overseas buyers [some shipping rates to the UK/outside USA are exorbitant from some sites but not others - good to check] or if they offered a radically different format {ie laptop skins/badges} that was suitable for your work then it may be worth including more than one. Some buyers just get on better with one shop than another.
That said I like your wish to keep it clean and avoid confusion.

I think the key is definitely in the differentiation each different shop format can bring and is it enough advantage to be worth adding.
Hope that helps

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Tara April 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hi Helen
What about http://www.saatchionline.com? It’s a gallery but they’ve recently started offering to do POD and you can sell originals too.
Tara :)

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Helen Aldous May 7, 2011 at 8:20 am

Thanks Tara. Great suggestion. Is now added.

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Robin Rothwell January 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Might I suggest my own site! At POD (Promoting Original Design) http://www.brightonpod.com/ we feature some great illustration from Oliver Lake (Iota illustration), Sean Sims, Jamie Sneddon’s 8-bitscape series and Graham Carter amongst others. Sign up is free. We take 20% from sales. Check it out.

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Helen Aldous January 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Lovely site with great stuff Robin. Is duly added. Thanks

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Brandi January 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Maybe another one for your list, I’ve had a bit of success with fineartamerica.com ~ POD similar to imagekind. thanks for being a great resource!

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Helen Aldous January 24, 2011 at 6:30 am

Thanks Brandi

Have added that in. Thank you

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Helen Aldous January 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hi Alison. Thanks. I cant believe I didn’t add those on. Doh ;-) Thanks for pointing that out.

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alison January 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Great post! Here’s a couple of VERY popular POD sites to add to your list.

zazzle.com Page Rank of 7
cafepress.com Page Rank of 7

Ali

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