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Selling digital Art

How can I sell digital art over the web?



10:46 pm on Jan 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Can anyone give me some advice on the best way to sell digital art over the web?

This is how the David hamilton site does it:

"Printout Resolution images

Members may also purchase individual images delivered by email. ... Although sent as JPEGs these files have been only minimally-compressed so expect a long download. (In fact, some ISPs bounce back mailings of such large attachments. In those cases we shrink the filesize until we reach a size acceptable to the ISP.)..."

There must be a better way than this!

All tips, advice and experiences will be gratefully received.



10:54 pm on Jan 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I imagine that I would do it the same way as selling software. The most reasonable way of that that I have seen is after the customer pays through your credit card system, they get a unique "token". That's pretty much just a password or URL that they ca use to download the software. You can make it work just once, or good for a few days.

Alternatively, make the customer create an account. When they login, you present them with a set of links that they can use to download only the software they have purchased. Make the links point to a script that checks the database to see if they have paid, and if so pushes them the content.

There are a bunch of canned scripts that do this kind of stuff out there, but I bet most of them market themselves as software selling scripts instead of artwork selling programs.


11:13 pm on Jan 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Amoore

That looks like what I need, espicially the "token" scheme. Can you fill in a little detail, perhaps point me to some urls where I could find the scripts etc. I'm really new to this.



11:39 pm on Jan 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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hotscripts.com and cgi.resourceindex.com are two good places to start looking for cgi scripts of any sort. Odds are, you can find one that does what you want for free.


8:40 pm on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Maybe you should try shareware registering services.

I currently use www.swreg.org and they are quite versatile and have a lot of options, but unless you use their advanced method (there is no fee involved) your forms will look a bit unprofessional.

These services deal not only with credit card transaction, but with software delivery by sending a download link by email when the credit card is aproved in real time. There are many protection methods involved, like IP checking or password generators. Check with each provider.

Check these urls for services comparison:

Also, you can try a service like ibill.com or others that offer recurring billing, where a customer pays a monthly fee and it is renewed each month o given period and the user can download all of your images (for this to make sense you'll better have a large collection). Of course, you'll have to set a private page where your subscribers can access your images.

For a way of serving a large collection, take a look at www.rebelartist.com They sell images starting from less than three dollars, and if you want, you can set an account and sell yours and they'll handle all the payment transaction. (hey! maybe that's what you were looking for :)

Hope this helps,



10:14 pm on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks Enrique and Mivox, very useful.

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