I'm dabbling with the idea of selling prints of my photos through a website. I'm not a pro or full-time photographer by any means, but I have received enough direct requests for prints of my photos from friends and acquaintances to seriously consider the idea.
Currently, whenever I do receive a print request, it's a manual process where I send an order to a shop, and then deliver it myself (face-to-face, or mail). It's rare enough that I don't mind.
I am looking to services like smugmug, zenfolio, fotomoto to automate this process. But all of these are not cheap (to me anyway, I'm just an amateur photo-enthusiast).
I can set up a website to sell digital prints using WordPress themes and plugins at a very low over-head cost (and without requiring dedicated photo services like ones mentioned), but fulfilling physical prints is a whole different ball game.
So beyond friends and acquaintances that like my work (they have a personal connection), I'm wondering just what the market is like for people to buy prints from random photographers on the internet. My personal take is that it's a miniscule market. It just seems to me that people don't buy photo prints these days, unless it's for special personal occasions like weddings. Do even famous photographers sell a lot of physical prints?
I have very little solid data to base my take on, so I'd like to get a better idea from others. If you are a working pro and part of your business is selling prints (of non-personal photos like landscapes, wildlife, abstract etc), how are you doing?
Grateful for any insight.