Print-On-Demand Stores Review: ImageKind

About: ImageKind was founded in 2006. They were bought by CafePress in 2008. They are based in the United States.

Products: ImageKind only sells art and photographic prints, and they have a wide variety of paper types and framing options.

Seller Interface: Fairly easy to use. Images are uploaded and you add tags, title and description and select categories. Since they only sell prints, you only have to do this once for each image. The image file is able to be changed even after a product is published.  However, it is very buggy and oftentimes things will disappear without warning.

Product Statistics: Through the dashboard, by clicking on each image you can see how many times it has been viewed and sold.

Royalty: You set your own royalty.  You have to remember to do this each time, as you cannot set a blanket royalty for all of your products.

Affiliate/Referral Program:  There is an affiliate program, but it uses a third party website through ShareASale.

Membership Fees: They have four different membership levels with different perks: a free membership and three different paid levels. In all levels, you can have unlimited images and storage. The free membership is fully functional.   The various levels have different numbers of galleries you can create, etc., but the main benefits of the paid membership are priority placement in the search results and a customizable storefront.  I have only had the free version, but from my understanding, unless you are in the top 1% of artists on the site, even a paid version will not help your sales.

Promotional Tools: None for the free version, many for the paid version.

Storefront Layout: Not customizable in the free membership, fully customizable with a paid membership.

Community: You can follow other sellers, and add their images into your favorites. You can comment on other’s artwork. There are groups, but they are not well managed.  There are contests (called Challenges) that are hosted by various groups.  However, this section of the website is now well hidden and very difficult to find.   The message boards are not very active, groups are neglected and abandoned, and messages are ignored.

File Size Limits and Types: They accept JPG, PNG and TIFF.  The upload file size limit is 500 MB per file.

Conclusion:  As I have said before, I have quit ImageKind.  I originally signed up for a free membership with ImageKind in 2011.  Over the course of 3 years, I think I made a total of 4 sales.  I quit the site, but came back to it in 2015.  In the past two years I made only one sale.  As stated before, with a free membership you can only go so far.  But for $100 a year, the supposed perks you get are not realized by many, only a select few.  They also have not made any site updates since 2015.  Due to my poor sales and the fact that the owners of the site do not seem very invested in it, I decided to quit.  I had been considering upgrading my membership to see if that could possibly help boost sales, but decided against it, as that is a lot of money for no sure outcome.


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