Wholesale Sourcing for Art To Sell on eBay
When I published my book, Selling Art, Antiques and Collectibles on eBay, I included a short section about sourcing product. However I came across this great article by Rob Cowie and Chris Malta from WorldWide Brands OneSource (my top recommendation for wholesale sourcing)
Finding Art to Sell on eBay and Other Online Venues
by Chris Malta and Robin Cowie
A Simple Plan
So how do you get started sourcing art to sell on eBay or your website?
Bamberger recommends following several steps for an easy entry into the
world of art retail:
While some dealers may qualify you to ensure you’re serious about buying
before speaking with you directly, the majority of artists and galleries
will be more than happy to talk to you and sell you some art. Until you’ve
acquired an expertise in your field, it’s best to only buy from reputable
dealers, galleries, agents, etc.
The bottom line in determining what you can pay for a piece is, Do you have room to mark it up? There’s no standard pricing mark-up for art. You simply have to figure out your expenses, what you need to be making, and how much you need to sell, and set your prices accordingly.
Selling art on eBay can be a very profitable venture. It’s just a matter of doing your homework – finding the right niche, the right artists, and the right price. Says Bamberger, “Art isn’t some mystical commodity only art people know about—it’s very matter-of-fact. Any online retailer who takes the time to do their research can be very successful in this area.”
If you would like to learn more about sourcing art and specialty products for eBay and the internet: Check out OneSource. They are the only wholesale sourcing program I currently recommend.
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