That's nuts. I don't get that at all. Why so much? They're not sold out on my store, who's gonna buy it for that much without bothering to look around? On the one hand I think it's shady, but on the other, if someone wants to spend that much dough on it without shopping around, they deserve what they get. I don't know how involved I want to get... Any of you ever post a link to your shop? I didn't see where I could post one (unless it's through the question window, which I think the seller has control over what gets published).
Seriously, just stop looking at ebay. Flippers gonna flip. Suckers gonna suck. Meanwhile you will sell out your posters, and be happy about it. Go out and get a nice lunch, and raise a glass to The Black Keys.
Or just sell your stuff on ebay and let the market set the price one poster at a time.
Hey man, that girl was doing the same to me with the Avett posters I do...all she is doing is selling them at that price then ordering from you and having you ship to her buyer...she isn't doing ANYTHING besides listing your work for double the price. Email her and tell her if she doesn't take your posters down you will report her. I bet she's doing it to everyone on there.
It's called "arbitrage" and it's an ancient business practice. I used to do that with records before the internet.
Tuffy you scammer you
You guys are totally looking at this the wrong way.
If this seller is able to get people to buy your prints at double the price, and then order it from you and ship to her customer, then she is doing you a favor, AND doing market research FOR you. And you're still getting paid.
You can only really control 2 things in prints- the price you sell it for, and the qty you print. Now, on some deals, you can only control the price, as the qty is set by the deal w/ the band or whatever.
If she's finding an audience that is buying your prints for a mark up on eBay while YOU still have them at regular prices on your site- that means YOU ARE NOT REACHING THAT MARKET. If anything, these resellers/flippers are getting your artwork in front of people that are not finding your website.
You need to use this stuff like I do- when I see someone pay, say- $159 on eBay for a print I have on my website for $30, like happened HERE-
Then I go to twitter and say- HEY- I can't believe this poor person paid $159 for a print I have on my site for $30!
And then customers buy MORE of my print, making me even more money- which is the goal of selling your artwork, right?
Yes, it sucks that someone couldn't be bothered to do a google search to save some money to see if a print is available elsewhere for cheaper- but those people weren't going to find your site regardless- OBVIOUSLY.
If flipping annoying? Yes. Can you ever stop it? No. Can you use it to help your sales? FUCK YES.
The only thing you should be upset about is that this person found customers for your product that you couldn't.
And that's...one to grow on.
Justin, I had considered going at this girl with both barrels but in the end I just didn't think it was worth it. And I don't mean that to sound like one person can't make a difference, because they can, but for what she's doing, it doesn't seem worth my time and energy. I'll just keep an eye on my sales and if I notice anything suspicious I'll investigate.
Dig your glass half-full approach Alex. I agree, in the end, in this particular situation, we're all getting paid. And any knowledge we can draw from this awareness, and use constructively, will only make us better artists and business people - and that's what I was really after in this thread - awareness [okay, I wanted to vent a little too].