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Selling Photographs


olbell e2
7 47 1 England
3 Feb 2008 2:58PM
Hi,
i have just started up a website and given the option to purchase my prints. Should people buy my prints, is it acceptable to have them printed by someone like photobox and then send them off to the buyer, or should i be doing it another way?

Your advice is appreciated!

Rgds Ollie

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Photobox is fine.
Graysta e2
9 1.1k England
3 Feb 2008 3:08PM
Make sure you make a profit.Having them printed by a 3rd party is ok but make sure that you check the quality before reposting them,Ive always found Photobox reliable.

Graham
olbell e2
7 47 1 England
3 Feb 2008 3:23PM
Ok great, thanks guys.
3 Feb 2008 3:54PM
Totally agree I have just done a wedding for family members and although I can print up to A4 some of them exressed an interest in some larger prints so got on the web found photobox and due to reasonable prices and good quality prints in the past will be using them for the bigger picture so to speak and am able to make a small profit for my self

Richard
olbell e2
7 47 1 England
5 Feb 2008 12:16PM
Right guys more questions about printing, sorry!!!

I have seen people offering 'giclee printing' and printing on 'fine art paper' what does entail. I have also seen photo printing on what looks like water colour paper and i really liked it. Are there online retailers who provide these services?

Cheer, Ollie
Ollie,
Different printing services will be listed in the back of camera magazines, or do a Google search using those terms.
Depending upon where you live you can probably find a printer locally who will offer these services.
Merl
angej
10 477 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2008 1:09PM
Hi Ollie,
My advice would be for you to invest in an A3+ printer and do it yourself. There are some really great ones around. The one I use is the Epson Stylus Pro 2400 and I have found the whole printing thing very easy. This way you can save yourself the hassle of relying on suppliers, keep the costs down, your profit margin up and also have the luxury of experimenting with the fine art papers etc which are available from www.warehouseexpress.com.

Hope this helps,
Ange
agoreira 11 6.0k Wales
5 Feb 2008 1:22PM

Quote:Hi Ollie,
My advice would be for you to invest in an A3+ printer and do it yourself.
Ange



My advice would be the opposite, send it away to a good printer. I don't believe that pricewise there is much in it. By the time you factor in the price of the printer, inks, profiles, paper etc, you can get a lot of prints for that sort of money. People have mentioned Photobox, every so often they have half price offers, reduced prices, there is no way you could print at those prices. It couldn't be easier, upload today, your prints are back the next day. Personally, I would also feel happier buying a print that was professionally printed.
angej
10 477 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2008 1:37PM

Quote:My advice would be the opposite, send it away to a good printer. I don't believe that pricewise there is much in it. By the time you factor in the price of the printer, inks, profiles, paper etc, you can get a lot of prints for that sort of money. People have mentioned Photobox, every so often they have half price offers, reduced prices, there is no way you could print at those prices. It couldn't be easier, upload today, your prints are back the next day. Personally, I would also feel happier buying a print that was professionally printed.


We will have to agree to disagree on this oneSmile
olbell e2
7 47 1 England
5 Feb 2008 2:35PM
Thanks guy, i know about photobox but i dont think they offer printing on fine art paper etc. Correct me if im wrong!
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
5 Feb 2008 2:43PM
Photobox tend to produce dark prints, which is an obvious disadvantage if you're selling prints on. If you choose a lab that can provide you with a profile (ie Loxley), you can softproof first in Photoshop.

Quote:Photobox tend to produce dark prints


They do but you adjust your photographs accordingly.
If it's ultra important I get the prints done at 5x7"
to check first - takes an extra day that's all.
mjsayles e2
8 1.0k
5 Feb 2008 6:16PM
Giclee - just a fancy word for 'inkjet printing' Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
5 Feb 2008 6:39PM
Indeed - and if you are offering it make sure you get the accent on the right letter, i.e. giclée

Sounds so much posher than inkjet doesn't it! Wink More here .

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