To provide a bit of insight into which products sell best on deviantART, I've put together below a list of our top selling product types by total dollar sales volume during the month of September.
1. Photo Prints - 51.8%
2. Fine Art Prints - 30.2%
3. Wrapped Canvas - 10.2%
4. Mugs - 2.2%
5. Calendars - 1.4%
6. Mouse Pads - 1%
7. Greeting Cards - 0.9%
8. Postcards - 0.8%
9. Coasters - 0.7%
10. Magnets - 0.5%
11. Puzzles - 0.3%
As you can see, the vast majority of prints sales are in the Wall Art category of Photo Prints, Fine Art Prints and Wrapped Canvas. Those three products added up to over 90% of prints sales in September.
It's for this reason you'll see that as a matter of priority, making improvements to those top 3 products is something we're focussed on much more than releasing new gift type products.
As an artist trying to sell prints, effort invested in improving these products is well spent. Here are a few things you should do:
Upload a high quality file to offer a good range of sizes, including some of the larger ones.
Think from a customer's standpoint. While you might like to have your name and website address across the work, this may be a deal breaker for a potential customer.
Fine Art Prints sell on average for several times as much as Photo Prints. You should make sure your prints are available this way.
You should also note that calendars will be picking up in a major way in the months to come as the Holidays and New Year approach, so don't overlook that as a potential moneymaker over the next few months. A great calendar can sell several hundred copies in the last 3 months of any given year.
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