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Going to begin selling prints...will Smugmug work?

 
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I have decided to begin selling prints.

I simply want to post them, advertise via word of mouth and a business card website address, post a price with the pictures on the site, then have customers email me from there and they can pay via paypal and I will ship them a print. I will handle the printing myself, unless they order something really big (i.e. 16x20 or larger), then I would order the print myself and send them that after inspection.

I noticed on Smugmug that they have a professional version of their services that allows you to set pricing, however, I simply want to put the pics out there for others to view, then contact me from that website. The pro service on their site is $160/year.

What is probably the cheapest way to do this and still appear professional and make it easy for buyers to contact me?

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Aug 07, 2007 17:07 |  #2

It's been documented on here a lot so you may be able to find more info by searching smugmug or exposure manager. Since you'd be printing your own either is good, however I'm not sure how you'd work it with paypal built in as these companies are working on commission of your sales. Both companies you can put as "self fulfillment" and in that sense Exposure Manager is cheaper in both the yearly sign up and commission (10% compared to 15% from smugmug). Of course both of that is higher than paypal...but to me it looks more professional and worth the extra 7%. EM if you know your stuff can costomize more than Smugmug, but they have templates I think for those that don't know there stuff that great (html).

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MJPhotos24,

Thanks and I will check it out.

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Aug 08, 2007 14:16 |  #4

You can set your Pro Account up not to sell if you wish. The only way I can think to post a price without having them process the print is to put a comment with each image. You will have much more control over your final print if you have your potential clients contact you for printing. I have not had any complaints from my customer with their prints from Smugmug.


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I have decided to go with Exposure Manager and do self-fulfillment. I have already uploaded a photo via FTP and set a price.

http://canoflan.exposu​remanager.com (external link)

I have only one print up at this time, but more will be added as they become available.

Thanks for all the help and I think this will get me what I need for now.

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Aug 09, 2007 04:08 |  #6

canoflan wrote in post #3692143 (external link)
I have decided to go with Exposure Manager and do self-fulfillment. I have already uploaded a photo via FTP and set a price.

http://canoflan.exposu​remanager.com (external link)

I have only one print up at this time, but more will be added as they become available.

Thanks for all the help and I think this will get me what I need for now.

Pat

Good choice on using the FTP option, it is so much more consistent and simple.


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I have been using it for shutterstock and exposure manager. Easy as pie!

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Aug 19, 2007 21:06 |  #8

canoflan wrote in post #3696571 (external link)
I have been using it for shutterstock and exposure manager. Easy as pie!

Pat

Are you aware that you can remove the "hosted by Exposure Manage" at the bottom of the pages? If your customers click on it, they will be in the EM website and can find out what they charge, which can lead to some customers questioning your charges,


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Oct 02, 2007 21:05 as a reply to  @ Mike R's post |  #9

What method does EM pay you your cut of sales in?


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What method does EM pay you your cut of sales in?

They pay by check, once a month if the check is for at least $25.00. If sales for a month are less than that, they will mail a check when the total is for at least $25.00


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Oct 02, 2007 21:47 |  #11

I had a pro account with smugmug and it achieved zero casual hits. In the end I figured I could just as well get the prints done locally and fulfill orders myself. Most people just wanted digital images anyway instead of prints so it was kind of a moot point.


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Oct 02, 2007 22:03 |  #12

I find that when parents visit my site for the sport photos, they are also looking at my landscape gallery, EM has it report as to what galleries and images are being looked at.
I have not had anyone ask for a digital image yet but would only sell it that way at a steep increase from what I sell prints for.


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