Artrepreneur allows members to list certain types of creative works as for sale on the Artrepreneur Marketplace (“Marketplace”). The following sets out the rules and guidelines that our members must follow when adding artwork to the marketplace for sale. Some of these rules can also be found in our FAQ.
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Artrepreneur provides a platform to sell original fine art in a variety of categories, mediums, and styles. Through the Artrepreneur Marketplace, your artwork can reach a wide audience of potential buyers and collectors from around the world. We believe that you deserve to reap the rewards from selling your creative works. Artrepreneur will receive a commission of 10% or less for any sale. Artrepreneur also has no minimum pricing for works added to the Marketplace.
The following sets out the rules and guidelines that our members must follow when adding artwork to the Marketplace for sale. Artrepreneur reserves the right to remove any works that do not adhere to these rules or at our discretion. (See the Membership Account Modifications section in our Terms of Service).
DESCRIBE YOUR ITEMS ACCURATELY
Accurately title, tag, and describe all artwork available for sale, including posting high-quality depictions of the artwork, including all materials used and whether a piece of artwork includes anything extra, such as a frame or stand. This is a critical requirement for selling on the Artrepreneur platform as Artrepreneur's search system uses these descriptions to help users find artwork for sale.
Inaccurate listings or techniques with the intent to manipulate the search algorithms is prohibited. Artrepreneur reserves the right to remove any user from the system that it believes has engaged in such activities, without refund.
Every piece of artwork listed in the marketplace must include an accurate category and sub-category. Artrepreneur reserves the right to remove artwork or change categories for mislabeled artwork.
WHAT CAN BE LISTED FOR SALE
- Original works of fine art
- Limited edition fine art prints in editions of 50 or less, signed by the artist.
You must be the creator of the artwork to list it for sale in the Marketplace unless you are a duly authorized agent of the copyright holder.
If we believe you have violated this rule, you may be required to verify your identity, proof of ownership or other sale rights.
Not Permitted Works
- Public Domain Works
- Secondary resales are not permitted by individuals, however, organizations, such as galleries, with the rights to sell the works may do so.
- Supplies (such as yarn, beads, canvas, paints, books, patterns, tools, etc.) may not be listed.
- Services are not allowed to be listed in the Marketplace unless they provide a tangible, physical item. However, Artrepreneur anticipates adding a professional service listing feature soon.
- Mass-produced or commercially crafted works.
- It is best if a seller can create their items entirely with their own hands. However, Artrepreneur acknowledges that this is prohibitive for certain types of artwork. (i.e. printing for your digital artwork, or metal casting from your handmade mold). However, these works must be limited editions of 30 or less. When a third-party vendor is involved in artwork creation, we encourage you to send a “Contributor Request” from the artwork’s detail page so that the vendor can be listed as a contributor.
You may not list the following types of items in the Artrepreneur Marketplace:
- Working Firearms and/or weapons
- Real estate
- Motor vehicles (automobiles, motorcycles, boats, etc.)
- Digital-only items
ARTWORK SELLING FOR ABOVE $5000
To ensure that potential buyers have the requisite information about a work to make a purchase, we recommend adding as many details as possible. However, to protect you and our customers, works priced above $5000 require the following information:
- Your legal name indicated on your "edit profile/resume" page
- A personal summary or artist statement on your "edit profile/resume" page
- A website link (as the primary website link on your edit profile/resume page) that verifies you are the creator, legal representative or rights holder of the original physical work, such as your personal website or another website selling the work. (Resales are only available to established galleries and museums).
- The artwork title on the artwork's detail page must be the same as the title of the work. (I.e. img_2000245.jpg is not a valid title.)
- A description of the work in the description area of your artwork's detail page.
We may also require additional verification that you have the right to sell the work.
While the information listed above is the minimum required, we suggest adding as many details as possible about you and your work so that any potential buyer can best evaluate a purchase. Plus, you only have a short time to capture and hold the attention of a buyer. While your artwork may initially engage the buyer, a purchase often requires more than just liking your work. Many buyers will evaluate your entire profile to ensure that purchasing your work is the right investment, especially when the work is higher-priced.
After all, there are many other artists vying for a purchase. How you craft your profile (resume, portfolios, artwork details) can be the deciding factor in purchasing your work over the work of another artist.
ACCURATE PRICING REQUIRED
Your artwork price must be an accurate reflection of its value and added with the intent to sell the work. Inaccurate or inflated pricing can erode the overall confidence in the buyer's coming to purchase works on our platform
If we believe artwork is priced at a level inconsistent with the market value or added for reasons other than a genuine attempt to sell the artwork on Artrepreneur, the work may be removed. In some cases, we may request additional documentation to verify its value, such as an appraisal or proof that similar works created by the artist sold a comparable price.
For example, a $100,000 price on a small pencil drawing created by an artist who has never sold any artwork may be flagged as inaccurate.
A determination of accurate pricing and removal of any artwork on the Artrepreneur Marketplace is at our sole discretion.
ADDING ARTWORK TO THE MARKETPLACE
The process is simple.
- Go to the artwork's detail page and click the “Sell this Artwork” button as shown below.
- Fill out the details in the Marketplace Popup Form
After your art is listed for sale, the “Add to the Marketplace” button will change to “Update Sale Details.” You can edit your artwork at any time.
For information on filling out the Marketplace Popup Form, click here.
Marketplace Popup Form
All works in the Marketplace must follow our Image Guidelines.
The Marketplace Popup Form will allow you to choose up to 50 editions for each work in the Marketplace. The editions available will be shown on the artwork detail page (see graphic below).
If a work is sold through Artrepreneur, the edition number will decrease automatically.
If you sell an edition outside of Artrepreneur, you should manually reduce the number of editions. When the editions reach 0, the artwork will be marked as “Sold.” The work will still remain in the Marketplace so that anyone wishing to see if you have similar work available will be able to find them easily.
CHOOSING ESCROW OR DIRECT SALES METHODS
There are two different sales methods available to Artrepreneur Members based on your Membership Level.
- Basic Level Members (Free Accounts) must sell their work using the Escrow.com service. Artrepreneur takes a 10% transaction fee for use of this service
- Pro Tier Members ($9 per month) have a choice between using Escrow.com or selling directly to their customers. Artrepreneur does not take a fee for direct sales since we are not involved in the transaction.
Escrow.com acts as a neutral third party that monitors and handles the exchange of payment for the artwork, hold the payment until the artwork is delivered and approved by both the buyer and seller.
This reduces the risk of fraud and makes it easier for the buyer to be reimbursed in case the artwork is damaged or is otherwise unacceptable. This provides art buyers the opportunity to inspect the art before sellers are paid and give the buyer peace of mind, which increases the likelihood that they will purchase an item.
How It Works: For Buyers And Sellers
- Seller makes the artwork available for sale.
- Buyer initiates a purchase. The buyer will receive an email with instructions on setting up an Escrow.com account to make the payment for the artwork.
- Once a sale is initiated by a buyer, (or at any time prior), the seller registers with Escrow.com, providing identity verification and bank account information so that he or she can receive the payment as a direct deposit.
- Buyer pays Escrow.com - The buyer submits a payment by approved payment method, Escrow.com verifies the payment, the Seller is notified that funds have been secured.
- Seller ships merchandise to Buyer - Upon payment verification, the Seller is authorized to send the merchandise and submit tracking information. Escrow.com verifies that the Buyer receives the merchandise.
- Buyer accepts that the artwork has been delivered and is undamaged.
- Escrow.com releases funds to the Seller.
For information on escrow vs. direct sales methods, please see Escrow or Direct Sales: Which One is Right For You
You are responsible for packing and shipping your artwork. Be sure to pack your artwork appropriately so it arrives undamaged.
Who pays for shipping in an escrow.com transaction? (LAUNCHING APROX. AUGUST 29, 2019)
You may choose to add shipping to your transaction or make shipping included. If you choose to add the shipping cost along with the purchase price you will initially pay the the shipping carrier directly at the time of shipment. Once the transaction is complete and the receipt of the artwork is accepted by the Buyer, you (the Seller) will be reimbursed the shipping cost along with the the purchase price (less the 10% commission fee paid to Artrepreneur.
Note that Artrepreneur's fee will be 10% of the sale price only. There is no fee on the shipping costs. Also, if the Buyer rejects the artwork at delivery, the Buyer will be responsible for the shipping costs.
Please note, in the event the artwork is received by the Buyer and rejected, the Buyer is always responsible to ship the merchandise back to the Seller at the Buyer's cost. THE BUYER SHOULD USE ONE OF THE APPROVED SHIPPER SO THAT ESCROW.COM CAN TRACK THE ARTWORK'S RETURN.
Also you may Drop-ship the artwork from a third-party, such as when framing the artwork and having it shipped by the framer. However, the drop shipper must use one of the approved carriers and provide a tracking number that you can provide to Escrow.com.
We understand that you may not know the shipping costs because you do not know the location before someone purchases the artwork. So, you will need to estimate a costs based on the size, weight and a location that will cover the costs.
if you would like to add the shipping costs to the transaction, first, choose one of the approved carriers. For Escrow.com approved carriers, click here.
Then use the shipping calculator from your preferred carrier to estimate shipping. Shipping calculators can be found here.
For Free Shipping, (including shipping in the sale price), just click the "Free Shipping" checkbox on the marketplace popup form.
Escrow.com approved carriers will allow you to take out insurance in case the work is damaged. You may also want to include the insurance price from the approved carrier in the price. However, the maximum insurance available may not cover the entire value of your work. For example, FedEx permits a maximum declared value up to $1,000 for artwork. If you artwork is more than the maximum insurance amount from your shipping carrier, you may want to consider a supplemental insurance policy or check your homeowners policy to see if the value of shipped artwork is included.
HOW DO I GET PAID
You can specify your preferred disbursement method when you set up your Escrow.com account or can decide the method for each transaction. Once all terms of the transaction have been completed and verified, Escrow.com will pay you using your preferred disbursement method. Artrepreneur will remove its 10% fee before disbursing the money to you.
Please note, some disbursement methods incur additional fees.
Wire Transfer (U.S.): 1 Business day - -$10.00
Wire/Bank Transfer (Outside U.S.): 3-5 Business days - $20.00
Electronic Check (ACH), U.S. only: 3 Business days - No charge
If there are multiple editions of the same work based on multiple sizes, you can list the same item twice. We suggest adding the size to the title so that potential buyers can easily see the difference between the two listed works.
Only the admin of the work can make it available in the marketplace. The admin should be a rights holder of the work, such as the creator/copyright holder or a duly authorized representative.
If you are a rights holder but not the admin of the artwork and wish to make the artwork available for sale in the Marketplace (or make any changes to the artwork’s details), you must first gain admin control over the artwork.
To become an admin of an artwork, you must be a Contributor to the work. (See the Contributor section of the Artrepreneur Terms of Service).
To become a Contributor, request Contributor status from the artwork detail page. Once approved by the admin, you can contact the current admin through the platform by going to their resume page and clicking on the contact button. You can request that the admin transfer admin control to you.
Admin control can be transferred by the Admin simply by clicking on the admin name on the artwork detail page and choosing one of the Contributors from the Dropdown box.
NOTE: If the work was already in the marketplace, it will be removed and the new admin will have to add it back into the Marketplace.
If you are the proper rights holder of a piece of artwork and the current admin will not relinquish control, please request a DMCA takedown of the work before uploading your own copy. This process will help us to avoid duplicate works on Artrepreneur.
Artrepreneur cannot review every listing in the Marketplace so we rely on you to help us know if someone is listing an item that violates our Terms.
If you have discovered a member violating our Terms, we encourage you to go to the artwork detail page and click on the “More” menu item, represented by three vertical dots. Then click the “report abuse” link. Please detail the grounds for which you suspect a violation of our Terms and if possible, attach any other supporting evidence so that we can investigate and evaluate the alleged violation. This is a confidential process; the member being reported will not know who reported the abuse. Artrepreneur’ investigation in regards to the foregoing will be handled internally with Artrepreneur; you will not receive a personal response to your report nor be notified of the outcome of our investigation.
Please do not flag a single violation multiple times – we will receive your correspondence and will evaluate it appropriately. If you believe that your rights are being infringed, you may initiate a DMCA takedown to have the work removed.
Abuse reports should not be used maliciously or to harass other users. Artrepreneur reserves the right to delete any Member Account that uses the reporting system for anything other than its intended use or in bad faith.
(Capitalized terms used but not defined in these Marketplace Rules can be found in the Artrepreneur Terms of Service.)
Marketplace items are subject to Artrepreneur staff review on a case-by-case basis. If the staff determines that a work is in violation of these Marketplace Rules, the item will be removed from the Artrepreneur Marketplace. All determinations are subject to Artrepreneur’s sole discretion.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about pour Marketplace Rules, you may contact us using the information below:
By email: support@Artrepreneur.com or through our Contact Page
By mail: Orangenius Inc., DBA Artrepreneur. 511 Ave of the Americas Unit #934, New York, NY 10011
Updated on August 20, 2019