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A DA prints account is... 

34%
84 deviants said nice, but not very useful.
26%
64 deviants said awesome. people buy stuff, i get mula, and it's definately worth it.
17%
42 deviants said other (please explain)
16%
39 deviants said crap, cause no one uses it.
8%
20 deviants said great. though i use it for myself, mostly.

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Scellanis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome...but people don't buy stuff so I don't get mula :(

But I still love it, especially now they introduced the new stuff...
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've debated about getting a print account myself, but considering the mere handful of stuff I've sold at Ellen Million Graphics, I don't think it would really work for me. I'm not good/known enough for it. The nice thing about it, though, is that people who can't pay via personal check or money order can buy prints here.

I think you'd sell lots of stuff...though there's still the profit margin to think about. :shrug:
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unholyfire Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im confused about the whole da thing like i dont want to sound stupid or anything but i mean in laymens terms about the galleries and such with the new layouts if you get an account to sell your stuff what is all this 1k stuff and alll?
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Axedrial Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006
In my oppinion...it all depends on the artist and their popularity. I mean the people who are more popular or "well known" in the DA community are obviously going to get more advertisement and such, so they have a better chance of getting good use out of a prints account. But if you don't get that kind of advertisement (even regardless of your talent) it may be a waste of money.
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sonettie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mostly use it to get prints of my own things to sell other places, better profit (did I spell that right? oO; ). But I do buy other peoples works too when I have the extra cash :) (not that you need a print account to do that :O_o: )
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SketchKat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Nice - but I'd use it for myself ^^;

Unless you know someone really well, you can't exactly be sure on what print to buy for them as a gift ^^;
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carmelpixie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Like others have said, if you're popular then a prints acount is nice, but if you're not well known, then it's crap. I have a prints account but I never
use it because I know no one would buy my stuff. You're well known and lots of people like your work a whole lot. You'd probably do well with a
prints account. Not to mention that they only take 50% of your profit. Other places I've heard of take 70 - 80%. It's conveniant to have someone else do your printing and selling for you too.
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akala Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
I think I'm not informed enough about print accounts to really make a decision. I'm not popular enough/good enough to even begin to consider it, but I think that since you're popular enough, you could make a pretty good profit off of it. It all depends on how much DA takes, I suppose, and whether you think it's worth it.
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dragonspeaker Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
A print account is useless to someone like me, but I like buying prints from other artists through the site. The prints I've gotten have all been decent quality, and it was very convenient to be able to buy from a variety of different artists all in the same transaction, and ship them together. I also like that you can choose different sizes, since sometimes I want a print of something, but not a really big one. :)
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GunnerRomantic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I use it for myself, schnah. They print on this beautiful photo paper stuff so the quality is certainly not something easily come upon. Makes my crappy art look really badass, too! Fwahahahah!
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:icongunnerromantic:
GunnerRomantic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
PS. I've made around $60 of revenue with it so far.
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INSTINCT-IVE Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Hmm...Now, I would imagine not many people would purchase prints off the account, rather than straight from the artist (kind of the same thing I guess =\) But that could very well be wrong!=) Good luck in what you decide.
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Kezrek Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
It's not useful if you aren't popular, but for you, people will buy a ton of prints.
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Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Student General Artist
I bougth one thinking that I would sell my pics online & never have to get a job. yeeeah, that didn't happen. XD
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written-word Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Student Writer
No opinion
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EvilWall Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
You probably could make money off of it. As people do enjoy your work. I'm not sure how much DA takes -
as their cut, but if it is a significant amount you might think of finding some other independant way of producing prints
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beldolor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist
I dont know about better ways, but DA prints takes a heavy hunk of the profit, and its difficult to (IN my opinion nyway) to get images to print quality and dimensions with out them looking screwed up, unless you plan to make prints and work with the size ratios they support...

i'm not really big name enough/put out print worthy enough stuff to make anything with it. i think i'v eonly ever sold two? I took all of mine down i think, at somepoint.
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campagnez Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
it would be really useful if only I could get to use it properly.. never had the good resolution and dont know how to obttain it.. I'm just stuck with this obstacle
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Telemaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
I'm too YOUNG!!!
Plus I'm not good enough IMO :p
Anyway, I think you are good enough to open one (I take it you're hesitating...?) Don't really know if people buy that stuff or not actually...
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ShiverDragon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
other: I mostly ignore that part of the site
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zelos22 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
"other"
ive considered getting one for myself, but im not popular enough >.< i dont actually know many people who actually buy prints through DA, so im unsure how much you can really make off it :hmm:. a lot of people i know on here are in their teens and probably dont have a need to buy any prints or dont have the spare change to buy one. having a print is nice and all, but you can still just fave a picture you like to look at so its never far from viewing...
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Kiyasumeni Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
it's nice, but only when you have enough people who'll buy your stuff, otherwise it's pretty useless to buy one..
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Other," I think.

Artists who have a great deal of traffic through their gallery would benefit the most, so I think that in your case, it might be a good bet. It might at leasat be worth the risk to make a few of your favorite images available to see if you get any nibbles, and from there decide if it's cost effective. You probably also should buy a couple of the prints yourself so that you can see the quality of their output.

Personally, I don't like the "DA keeps 50% of the money" business, and I don't like not having a big say in quality control, so I prefer to do all my own printing at home. But that profit margin DA keeps also means that they do all the grunt work for you; all you have to do is make the art.
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jocarra Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Other.

It does actually make money, and someone as popular as you would certainly make your initial investment back in profits - if I could do it, you could do it tenfold. I wouldn't say it's totally awesome and worth it, but it's nice to have around.
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Other:

In addition to wondering whether it is worth it to you, the artist, it is useful to look at it from your audience's point of view. Buying from DA is incredibly convenient. If I see something that catches my breath, then I can immediately purchase a print with a few clicks. I don't have to surf to some external webpage, find the print again, sign up for an account, sign into paypal, etc., then wonder what the quality of the product and service is going to be.

Offering prints through DA turns into a convenience factor for your customers and you. You don't have to worry about managing your inventory, paypal accounts, where to send prints to, quality issues, problems with shipping, lost orders, etc. You just have to submit the file and DA takes care of the rest. You don't make all that much money, but then again you don't do all that much work. You just submit the file and the process is maintenance-free for as long as you keep your work availible for purchase.

If you are looking to have control over your margin (or are just concerned about the quality of prints from DA), send your files into a professional lab, have them printed, then sell them yourself via people sending you notes/email or via a professional-looking personal website. If you don't have the time or the willpower to do this at the moment, then DA's service would be a nice solution for the time being, I think. That's the way I look at it.

:twocents:
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starseeker108 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
I've got one because of my subscription, but I never submit anything that feels like printquality. Nobody ever buys mine anyway, so it's rather use;ess.
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katarthis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
If you had it, and your work would sell alright, then it's good for you and good for DA... what naysayers don't realize is the extent of DA's operating costs (mega bandwidth) and the quality issue. If you wanted you could go to Kinky's copies and get prints made at a reasonable cost, but the quality issue and the postage would make it a bad bargain in a hurry, not to mention that a good copy shop will do a fine job but you still have to handle the postage and store all the unsold works someplace.

But until they come up with a nifty way to print and sell book type material, it's useless to a writer, so I don't have such an account. LuLu.com has something similar for writers though, and the price process works the same way as DA's print accounts, so I think everyone has a good deal.

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Dragonlady-Poho Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
dun have one. xD
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Sakurarules Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
I need one... though I doubt any of my pictures is good enough for selling :D
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like the DA prints account thing. You don't get hardly any of the profit. With one, you get 50% of gross profit. Which is 50% above the base cost. So lets say the base cost is $15. And you set your price at $45. So you make 50% profit over the base cost, and, thus, you only get $15 out of all the money spent to buy your art. Why dA needs this money, I dunno.

I thought about this long and hard, m'self. And I figured it be easier and more profitable to not use the DA prints account, but rather go print things on my own time and mail it to the person. (though I'm not as popular/good as you, so I would probably have more time to go to the post office) I know that to print something at Kinko's on 11x18 glossy paper in COLOR is roughly $2.50 SO If you do this and you sell it for the SAME price as you would sell it on DA. (lets pretend the $45 again) then you would get a little more than $40 profit, rather than the DA Print's account of $15.

See where I'm going? Plus, some artists can tell you, sometimes prints just don't sell. Unless you need people to buy them to cover costs for something, or if you put it in your journal like those are the only ten or something you'll sign or whatever, people will buy them more readily. But other than that, I heard that prints don't sell like... often. Y'know? I'm not trying to be biased here, both options have thir pro's and con's but I still like the profit one more. :/ Plus, I'm two years too young to get a Prints account anyway so I'll be making trips to kinko's. <<

I hope I helped a little. :heart:
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cooley Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been looking into buying a prints account as well, but I don't know whether or not it's worth it. I believe I'm in the same boat as Allison when it comes to this decision - is it really worth it?

According to what you say, and also from what little research I've done: it seems as if it's really not worth it. But I have another question: Can a print account elevate your status here on DA? Will getting a print account increase the chances that your print actually sells? Obviously people don't want prints that aren't checked for quality - but with a prints account they can verify quality, correct? So with quality on your side - wouldn't it be likely that your stuff would sell?

I know DA has a lot of costs to cover, so they pocket most of the profit. I'm not excited about that at all b/c despite their costs needs, it's still our artwork that they are banking off of, while the artist is left with very little profit. So...my question still is - is it worth it? Will the account increase your selling point?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I'm realy not sure about it. I do guess that if enough people like your work and know you have a print account, then you could indeed elevate your status, but that isn't always the case. :/
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:iconcooley:
cooley Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it a one-time payment of $25, or is that an annual cost? You said you don't have a print account?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a one time payment of $25. No, i'm too young to have one anyway.
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:iconcooley:
cooley Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, maybe I'll just give it a try. In two years -you're art will be more than worthy of a prints account.

*goes to add you to friends list*

See you soon!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwg! Why thankyou!! 8D

Shee yoo shoon 8D
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:iconcooley:
cooley Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. Let's keep in touch - maybe we can do a collab some time :D
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RikuDragon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
You´re really way to unknown. Your art is awesome, I just checked out your gallery.

You´ve +1 watcher now.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwh thankyou! :*> I've seen your avatar around. X3 :heart::heart::heart:
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RikuDragon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
You´re welcome :>
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Ebiru-Zeru Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
it can be good if you just want to make your stuff easily avaliable to other people without going through the effort to find a good local printer, print them yourself etc, but if you actually want to profit a decent amout from it, you have to set the price higher than many people can afford (or cheap people don't think is necessary) to pay
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thedancingemu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
i plan on getting one soon, once my art gets better and i have some customers :D
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6298 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
They're good to get when they offer them a percentage off when you get a 1k mark on a pic :D though I haven't even submitted a print yet so what am I to say.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah but they only offer it $10 off the FIRST time you get a 1k view on a pic. if another pic gets 1k they don't offer it again. :/
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6298 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
O_o I'm glad I got my print account on that first 1k when I did.
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe. I thought about it. But I decided against it.
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Maw123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
i would get one but i dont have £20 odd pounds to open oone......then i have to think will any one actuly buy my work ?_?
but if they did buy my work then ye it would be usefull
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