I have a question for the group to toss around - if you choose to -
I am anxious for others opinions. I haven’t been on the list for
quite awhile ( just couldn’t keep up with you all!!!). So I would
much appreciate any discussion also being sent to one of my e-
addresses Silvrgrl@earthlink.net or @jody
So here’s the phenomena I’m questioning:
I had an interesting thing happen. A customer - who saw my work at
a retail show - sent me an e-mail to order a pair of earrings. The
interesting part is that it came via an Arts Site that I participate
on: ABSOLUTEARTS.com I have a page on their site with images and
descriptions etc. If you aren’t aware of it - it’s free - you get
one page. If you have an inquiry - and I’ve had a few of them from
people I don’t know… The inquiry comes via an anonymous e-mail.
i.e. You get the inquirers return address but the address they see it
going to is “Absolute Arts”. Presumably to protect your privacy.
Anyway, finding it interesting that I would get this order via their
site rather than my own website - I went to DOGPILE.com and typed in
my name for a search. Absolute Arts came up first - in and of itself
But here’s the question to toss around. I also came upon a site I’d
never heard of - so I went to it and took a look around. They have
three of my pieces on the site for sale. I finally figured out that
it was a Gallery (site is not the same name - but I deduced this from
the contact info) that I no longer do business with. Incidentally
this is BECAUSE of her business practices. Well, the prices on the
pieces are all JACKED up! Like my $150. bracelet is listed for $200.
I have no doubt that it will NOT sell for $200. - it’s not worth
$200! This really ticks me off. I don’t know exactly why - but it
does. So, what can we do about this happening? Probably nothing on
this one - cos she bought the work from me, so I no longer own it.
However, I AM considering a clause on my invoices that work will not
be sold on the Internet (and maybe in Galleries too) for MORE than
keystone without my express permission. Would love to hear what you
Meanwhile - Happy Holiday’s to you all.