You had questions. We have answers!

If you’ve participated in our survey on selling art online, you might have noticed that the last question was if you had any questions or comments for us. And you did in spades! I’d like to take this opportunity to answer a few of them publicly:

I haven’t tried to sell my art because I want to learn more about how to avoid scammers.

EBSQ has long been committed to educating artists about the scams out there. We have a private section of our forums available to share emails you fear are fraudulent as well as look at scams (and spam) other members of our community have reported.

I would hope that with this upgrade, that my lifetime membership will remain intact?

Yes, of course it will! Current members won’t see their membership status change as a result of the upgrade. Nor do we have plans to raise our rates. We know this economy has been bad for everyone (us included!) so our prices have not gone up since 2007. And if at some point we simply have to raise our rates, it won’t impact existing members. As long as your membership stays current, your rate is grandfathered and guaranteed to remain unchanged.

I have had trouble using the listing template from ebsq site and copying and pasting it to ebay…somehow it gets jumbled and does not have a professional look.not sure what could be causing this….

This is unfortunately a known issue with Google’s Chrome browser. Our relaunch will include a new version of our auction template which will address this issue. In the interim, we suggest trying another browser (we highly recommend Firefox) for listing your auctions with our template.

I’d like to see a Twitter button so members could RT their own or others artwork with a direct link to individual pieces, portfolios or monthly shows.

It’s safe to say you’ll be seeing this and other social sharing tools figuring prominently in the re-launch!

How do you check what your membership status is?

If you’re unsure of your membership status, you can either check your PayPal account to view your subscription status, or to drop us a line and we’d be happy to look up your information for you.

I think there should be a Mission Statement about the purpose and function of the site.

You can find our current mission statement here: http://www.ebsqart.com/Info.asp There’ll be an expansion of this statement and more information about the services we offer in the new version of the EBSQ website.

I haven’t visited the site in quite a while, but an area listing legitimate art shows for artists to enter with perhaps a feedback area from artists who participated in previous shows.

You can find current Calls for Artists as well as discussions regarding exhibits, trade shows, festivals, etc, on the EBSQ forums: http://www.ebsqart.com/forum/

I want have my name as part of my profile link address vs my EBSQ account #

This is something we already do, actually! All paid members have a unique url for their portfolio based upon your username. In my case, it’s http://gillie.ebsqart.com (please note there is NO www in that url). We’re also taking things a step further in the relaunch. In addition to your unique url (which won’t change) you’ll get a new regular url that will include your actual name as part of the address. In the interim, if you’re unsure of your unique url, please drop us a line and we’d be happy to assist!

Do you have a question for us that wasn’t answered here? Let us know by taking a few minutes to fill out our quick online art sales survey. The survey remains open through 14 October 2010.

Cheers,

-Amie on behalf of Team EBSQ

PS. Don’t forget that if you include your email address, you’ll be officially entered to win a free EBSQ membership! What are you waiting for. Take the survey now!

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Reminder- first EBSQ Juried Artist q & a is tonight

EBSQ is hosting 3 online q & a sessions for potential EBSQ Juried Artist applicants. The first is tonight in the EBSQ Chat Room at 9pm EDT (6pm PDT)

Our other two q & a sessions:

  • Wednesday, 15 April 2009 between 1:30-3pm EDT via Twitter. Please use the hashtag #EJA with your questions
  • Thursday, 16 April 2009 between 4-6pm EDT via Twitter.  Please use the hashtag #EJA with your questions
  • Plus you can ask questions at your leisure via the EBSQ Juried Artists Application Q & A Forum
  • Good luck everyone! Our newest Juried members will be publicly announced on 1 May 2009.

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    Art the Economy and Survival – Open Forum tonight

    Last week we announced January’s EBSQ LIVE and because we feel it is an important topic we wanted to remind everyone that tonight is the night. If you are wondering what to do to maximize your chances of getting through the tough economy, have come up with any strategies or just want to talk or listen, we hope that you will be at this evening’s LIVE!

    Theodora Demetriades
    Theodora Demetriades

    Tonight will be an open forum gathering where all can participate. These are some rocky and scary times but they are survivable.  EBSQ LIVE will be in the EBSQ Chat Room at 9PM EST and is open to everyone. Please come and join us.

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    Open Thread-Is art on eBay over?

    Smallest Painting on eBay by Jim Harrington
    Smallest Painting on eBay by Jim Harrington

    I got a rather meaty set of questions in my inbox the other day from EBSQer Catherine LaChance. I’m re-posting it here (with her permission) :

    Hi Amie!

    I have a question. I was wondering if the “old” ways of selling art on eBay are obsolete. It seems there have been many changes since the past few years, and I used to successfully sell art on eBay, while nowadays it’s harder.

    A few years ago, I used to put EBSQ in my title – nowadays, it seems almost nobody does that anymore. Also, I used to add watermarks to all my pictures. Is it still a thing to do?

    I saw that my big paintings aren’t selling, but if I sell ACEO’s, they seem to be the most popular format and they sell better. Are there still people (for example in the EBSQ Juried category) who still start their art at 99$ and sell? Or are we now reduced to sell ACEO’s only?

    I know I’m asking “big” questions, it’s just that I’m a bit confused as to how the art market has changed on eBay.


    Can you tell me if what I’ve been observing is right?

    Thank you!

    Catherine

    So–I figured you all are smarter about this sort of thing than I am since I’ve been on an active-selling hiatus for a while and all of my knowledge is second hand.  I’ve heard a lot from former eBayers who are now selling their originals almost exclusively on Etsy, via their EBSQ portfolios, their personal websites, etc. But what about those of you who have stuck it out at eBay? What’s it like out there? Any strategies you’d like to share for finding success on eBay without going broke in the process? Or is the heyday of great sales for independent artists on eBay finally at an end?

    3 Reasons to Apply for EBSQ Juried Artists

    EBSQ Juried Artists are accepting applications for new members through 20 October 2008.  New to the program? On the fence about applying? Here’s three compelling reasons to jump into the fray:

    EJA is peer-juried. Unlike other art sites with a juried section, ours is a peer rather than an editorial review, based solely on the quality of your art and online presentation of your work, not “taste” or “experience.” The jurors are your fellow artists, who previously went through the process themselves.

    An in-depth critique like no other.  Ours is a blind-submission/blind-juror process. The jurors do not know the identity of the artists whose work they’re reviewing, nor even the identity of the other jurors. What they see is your five pieces of art (with its accompanying artist statements) stripped of your personal information.  And what you’ll get back is amazing. Because it’s anonymous, our jurors are able to give you unbiased feedback about your submissions and online presentation style. Even artists who haven’t been accepted have found the process to be valuable.

    Access to a community of peers (and additional EBSQ shows). In addition to the accolades that accepted members showcase in their portfolios, EJA members have access to an additional private member forum and shows that are EJA-only.  To borrow a phrase from American Express, membership has its privileges!

    Thinking about applying? Have questions? We have answers! Feel free to ask here, or stop by the official EBSQ Juried Artists Q & A forum at your leisure.  (you must be a paid member and logged into the forums to access this section)

    Good luck!

    EBSQ Juried Artists Q & A Tonight 9PM EST

    This is just a reminder that the EBSQ staff as well as some current EBSQ Juried Artist members will be in the EBSQ chat room tonight at 9PM ESTfor a question and answer session regarding submitting your work for EBSQ Juried Artist process. This is a great opportunity to get answers, insight, and guidance on submitting your art for the 2008 Fall EJA selection. Any and all questions are welcome regarding any part of the submission process. We look forward to seeing you there!

    EBSQ will be accepting applications for EBSQ Juried Artists between October 5 – 20, 2008.

    EBSQ Juried Artist Q&A

    Please join EBSQ staff as well as some current EBSQ Juried Artist members on September 6th at 9PM EST in the EBSQ chat room for a question and answer session regarding submitting your work for EBSQ Juried Artist process. This is a great opportunity to get answers, insight, and guidance on submitting your art for the 2008 Fall EJA selection. Any and all questions are welcome regarding any part of the submission process. We look forward to seeing you there!

    EBSQ will be accepting applications for EBSQ Juried Artists between October 5 – 20, 2008.