So here’s the thing. Fine Art America looks like a great site. I have not actually bought any prints from them, but I did have an email exchange with one artist who does some very fine work similar in some ways to mine (detailed pen and ink, although all black and white) and he was extremely satisfied with their handling of his account. So his buyers must be happy, too.
When I signed up they specified that they deposit money through PayPal or will send you a check. Cool, I thought, because I hate PayPal. But today when I signed in they said I had to have a PayPal account because they are no longer sending out checks.
A couple of months ago, when my PayPal account got hacked repeatedly and I had to close my checking account and open a new one, I naturally closed out the card I had connected to my account. So first I had an account, but no bank card to go with it. Then I had to buy a couple of things, so I just entered the information, and when the transaction went through, I cancelled the card. It worked okay.
But I got tired of all the spam emails about my PayPal account. Even if you send them on to “firstname.lastname@example.org” they don’t really look at them. They sometimes tell you the spam is a phishing attempt. They did that when I first thought all those email receipts were just spam. Nothing to worry about, they said, but the money was actually being removed from my checking account. So I permanently closed the account so I could totally ignore the spam.
But now I can’t get paid through Fine Art America. The website Create My Tattoo is the same way, they pay only through PayPal. And if I did open a PayPal account, the only way to get cash would be to use their debit card. They charge a fee every time you use it to get cash. They won’t mail you a check. I know that because I asked them to do that when I was getting reimbursed for the hacking, but they wouldn’t do it.
So that’s it, folks. You can still buy original work if you see what you like on Fine Art America because for originals it just says, “Here’s the seller information, talk to them, we don’t do anything here but reproductions.” I’m not sure what I’ll do if someone buys a print over there. I have not invested in prints myself, because you have to pay for a minimum number, and I’m not convinced that the special elements in my ink (like the metallics or fluorescent colors) will reproduce well.
Zazzle pays by check, but only if you’ve accrued $100 worth of sales. With a mere $4 credit per T-Shirt (to take much more profit than that makes the shirts prohibitively expensive), that might take a while to build up. They will just hold on to my money until I hit the $100 mark. Hmm… how nice for them. If I can get the t-shirts looking the way I want I think it might be better to work with me on that privately. I’ll let you know.
Bottom line: if you buy art, buy from the artist. They will take your cash or check. Nearly everyone offers very inexpensive items like greeting cards if their originals are unaffordable. Didn’t my first post here say “Cutting Out the Middle Man?” I should have said “Middle Men.”
Can you tell it’s about 85 degrees in here? I’ve held off turning on the cool air for so long I thought I’d try to make it through the middle of the month. But I think I’d better go find a cool spot for a while. Obviously, something is making me crabby. It’s probably just the heat.