Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

  1. #1
    Administrator, Instructor Guy Mancuso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2555

    E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    Just got a interesting call about doing some spec. shooting and than loading them up on a web site of my choice than give out the info to all the prospective buyers of prints. Not a big fan of spec. work since many times these things do not pan out financially but this one sounds profitable

    So just thinking off the top of my head I thought of Zenfilio. Now i will fully admit I want to load them up and not deal with anything with sending them out and all that stuff. Customer picks what the want get's there prints i get my money. So really a turnkey solution and than I am thinking also on another note doing the same thing for other work.

    So what sites might folks be using and what are some maybe to avoid. I don't mind paying a percentage out for all the service being done either plus this could lead to a lot of other work and right now work is a good thing. LOL
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

  2. #2
    Senior Member emmawest72's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Waterloo,Belgium
    Posts
    443
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    www.photoshelter.com

    They seem to have very complete solutions but I'm far away from being an expert.

    Good luck.
    William
    Website
    FB Page

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    California/Thailand
    Posts
    1,206
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    I tested Printroom (at their invitation) a while back (quite a while now) and found them to be, um, "not to my liking". (See how I cleaned that up?)

    They seemed OK at first in terms of setup and the like, comp'd me a pro account, and I mentioned them to a couple of friends who also looked them. We then got spammed to death from them, and the prints were horrible IMO. I set up a test for some note cards and received some with the fold through the middle of the photo! etc. (The boxes with images folded in half even had an insert that said "Inspected by X".) QC was non-existent in my limited experience with them. Maybe they'd be OK for grade school soccer pics for parents or something, but not what I wanted.

    Just a heads-up (and one man's opinion) to my friends here.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    90
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    I've been with Pictage for almost 4 years and am very happy with 'em. I post all of my events with them and it helps me to stay on track with order fulfillment (they take care of it for me).

    If this spec job is a one-time deal and you don't plan to do this sort of thing on a regular basis then, perhaps, something like Photo Shelter, Zen Folio, Miller's or similar resource is the way to go. I admit that I don't know the ins-and-outs of the others but I think that a few of these allow you to pay per event and may be a better fit for what you are doing.

  5. #5
    Administrator, Instructor Guy Mancuso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2555

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    Hmmm checking them all out Photoshelter looks good but a little pricy but does offer a lot of functions.

    Pictage no real info except get a free DVD for info. I will try that one also
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

  6. #6
    Administrator, Instructor Guy Mancuso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2555

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffwros View Post
    I've been with Pictage for almost 4 years and am very happy with 'em. I post all of my events with them and it helps me to stay on track with order fulfillment (they take care of it for me).

    If this spec job is a one-time deal and you don't plan to do this sort of thing on a regular basis then, perhaps, something like Photo Shelter, Zen Folio, Miller's or similar resource is the way to go. I admit that I don't know the ins-and-outs of the others but I think that a few of these allow you to pay per event and may be a better fit for what you are doing.
    May not be job specific and may want to incorporate my stock too
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

  7. #7
    Ranger 9
    Guest

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    I am not an expert at this, but think it might make sense to start by deciding what kind of finished deliverables you want to sell and then working backward from there. For example, if you think your images are going to sell to the fine art/decor market, you'd want a different set of services than if your target market were, say, trade-show displays etc. Then look at vendors who have what you need.

    I know it's very mundane, but I'll point out that plain ol' SmugMug recently added a new lab with a broader range of services than they used to have, and they're also set up to support the sale of downloadable files. You do have a per-year fee, but their uptime is good and you get good reports on sales and profit.

    The flip side of this approach is that while SmugMug and some of the similar services are fairly customizable in terms of look-and-feel, you still don't have the same level of control as with a custom solution. Particularly if you're going to do stock sales off the same platform, I'd think that the ability to maintain your "brand identity" would be a top priority!

  8. #8
    Administrator, Instructor Guy Mancuso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2555

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    Been thinking the same thing , I may need two completely different types of packaging . The one is strictly for consumers market the other is much more specialized and needs to hit a different market. Never the two shall mix as they say. Great point
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

  9. #9
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Manchester/Jerusalem
    Posts
    2,652
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    290

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    I'm using instaproofs. They take the money with percentage but you do the prints/orders. Very customisable, very slick system.
    I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing. - Alfred Stieglitz

    Website: http://www.timelessjewishart.com

  10. #10
    Workshop Member glenerrolrd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Jupiter FL/Atlanta GA
    Posts
    2,279
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: E-Commerce Selling Prints Site

    Pictage is the standard for event/wedding photographers in the Atlanta area. My daughters have attended/participated in a number of weddings and Pictage keeps coming up. We looked at the service for Elizabeth s event work. Pictage has a well developed fulfillment process and takes the workload off the photgrapher. There quality is decent and appropriate . The only disadvantage of Pictage was the minimum costs involved....if you used it monthly it really worked but if less than that it was expensive.

    My daughter went with Zenfolio which is linked to MPIX ..so you understand the price point ....this works fine for the event market ..where she gets a lot of very small orders.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •