I wanted to kick off a batch of more informational posts with a list of some great websites where you can sell your art online!
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are sites that I actually have experience with and that I know to be legitimate. I also know that they provide good quality products and customer service, which is definitely important if you want to have happy, repeat customers.
Not all websites are created equal and some are straight up scams so be careful out there, and start with one or more of the ones on this list before venturing into unknown territory!
Pro Tip: Generally speaking, avoid Chinese based websites. All these ones listed below are US based companies.
Zazzle is where I first started my journey of selling my art online. It is known as a POD website, which means “Print on Demand”, ie. a product is printed and shipped only after it has been sold.
It’s free to open a store, multiple stores in fact, and upload unlimited designs. There is also a helpful forum with supportive members which is a great place to show off your designs and get tips and feedback.
I have had minor success so far on Zazzle, with nearly 1000 products in my catalog to date. They carry a huge range of products to design on, but it can sometimes be overwhelming and cumbersome to upload each design individually.
Read more about creating on Zazzle in my post, Selling your art on POD websites: Zazzle vs Society6.
Society6 was the second website I uploaded my artwork to. It’s also a POD site like Zazzle, but they have a smaller range of products. However, their products are high quality and the look of the website is more like an artist’s portfolio.
It’s free to upload unlimited designs to Society6, and the only downside, in my opinion, is the lack of a forum to connect with other sellers. (However there are groups on Facebook for this).
It took a good while for me to start seeing sales on Society6 (compared to Zazzle) but lately it seems to be gaining momentum. My advice is to just keep at it. It’s fairly easy to upload and add new designs to Society6 so I generally upload my newest designs here first.
Read more detailed info and my full review of selling on Society6 here: Selling your art on POD websites: Zazzle vs Society6.
I just started selling my work on Redbubble this year (2016). It’s another POD website but they have a few different kinds of products than the others. Scarves, dresses and mini skirts to name a few!
I find Redbubble to be quite artist focused, and they do a lot of advertising for you.
It’s free to upload unlimited designs, and they have a forum full of supportive members.
I got lucky so far on Redbubble and had one of my designs “featured” so I got several sales out of that! It was this design.
Tee Public is T-shirt focused, as the name suggests. It works best to upload .png images (with a transparent background), so graphic and vector styles do well here. All over patterns only work with some products. The uploading process is really quick and easy!
If you create fan art, typographic designs, or other styles that work well on t-shirts then Tee Public might be perfect for you! It is free to create a store and add as many designs as you like.
Get some design ideas from my own Tee Public store.
I had a store on Fine Art America for a while but didn’t sell anything so I wound up closing it down.
Don’t let that deter you though, I think it is more fine art based, so if your art style is more based around painting or photography then you might do well on there. You can also sell original art works which is pretty cool.
It’s free to open a store and to upload your first 25 designs.
They also have a lot of opportunities to enter contests and other ways to participate in the community which is great for exposure.
I had a store on DBH for a while but I was stretching myself thin with too many stores, so this one didn’t make the cut.
To me it seems to be fairly similar to Redbubble, and they have a small range of good quality products.
It’s free to open a store and upload up to 500 designs. It seems pretty easy to upload designs. I noticed you can choose a model for each category which is kind of fun way to customize your store.
They also have a forum, and contests which I have yet to check out but should be great for exposure!
I have sold on Etsy in the past but I do not have any products on there currently.
This is not a POD site but it is the most well known website for selling hand made goods. You can also sell download-able graphics or print-ables.
This is a great place to post your work especially if you are into selling hand made clothing, accessories, paintings, jewelry etc.
There is a small fee to upload, 20 cents per listing I believe, but you do get 20 free listings to start off with.
CafePress is another well known POD website, similar to the ones mentioned above.
They have a large range of products, like Zazzle. I don’t have much experience with it yet but I know it is legit, and I plan to open a shop here soon.
Once I have some more experience with it I’ll update here!
This is another legit POD website, focused on customize-able electronics cases and iWatch bands. I have tried applying several times but have not been accepted to become a designer, but I suggest you try as perhaps your style is more to their liking. Let me know if you have any luck!
Again, I will update with more info if/when I get more experience with selling on here.
Sell your designs on T-shirts through the online sales giant Amazon! Currently only available to U.S. buyers, but anyone can sell their t-shirt centered designs after being accepted to the program.
I have a few of my own designs on there currently but have yet to make any sales, so I don’t have much more to report on it yet.
That’s all I have for now!
If you stuck around this long, I applaud and thank you for taking the time to read all this information I’ve compiled for you. I hope you have found something useful here and I wish you the best of luck with selling your art online!
If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below 🙂