Print-On-Demand Stores Review: Fine Art America

About: FineArtAmerica was founded in 2006. They have multiple sites in different countries, with being their internationally accessible one.

Products: Their product lines are limited to wall art (canvas prints, posters, prints, framed prints, acrylic, metal and wood prints), home decor (throw pillows, shower curtains, duvet covers, towels), various types of tote bags, beach towels, greeting cards, phone cases and clothing. New product types are added sporadically.

Seller Interface: Very similar to Redbubble, with the user uploading a single image and it being placed on all products, with the ability, in one single page, to move and resize the images online to fit the product. You can upload a higher resolution image for a certain product if you want. You can also offer originals for sale and image licenses for commercial use.  The image file is able to be changed even after a product is published.

Dashboard: They call  this “Behind The Scenes”.  There is a lot here, and more in the paid version.  You can see your sales, edit your accounting and profile information, setup up your shopping cart, set up your special features, marketing tools, and others.

Product Statistics: You can see how many times a design has been viewed from your dashboard in the Visitors and Comments section.  Even though you can see your sales in the Accounting section, I do not see that there is a statistic for how many times a particular product or design has sold.  I guess that is something you have to keep track of on your own.

Royalty: You can set your own royalty, but they make suggestions.

Affiliate/Referral Program: There is no affiliate program currently.

Membership Fees: There are two levels. The free store is fully functional, but you are limited to selling 25 art prints. The paid subscription, which is very reasonable at $30 per year, allows you to have your own customizable website, a drop in shopping cart for your website, unlimited sales, 5% commission on frames, and gain the ability to have your artwork licensed by television and movie companies.

Promotional Tools: Several, some mentioned above.

Storefront Layout: Not customizable in free membership, fully customizable website for paid subscription. Even in the free version you can arrange your images into galleries, and the images can be sorted within each gallery.

Community: You can watch a seller, favorite and leave comments on their works. There are groups you can join and add your work. The community page within your account lists the activity of all the people you watch.  Groups can host contests, and the prize can vary.

File Size Limits and Types: Maximum file size is 25MB, and they accept PNG and JPG.  This seems small to me, especially if you want a high resolution image of a very large painting for printing.

Conclusion: I like Fine Art America.  I have been a member for about a year now.  The thing I like the best about them is that they provide the shopping cart plugin for your website.  This website is geared more towards the fine arts, such as painting and photography.

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