I've been a member of Fine Art America since 2011. Has it been worth the $30 sign-up fee? For me it has, because each year I've not only made that money back, I'm made more than that. Not enough to be my sole income, but enough to enjoy the extra income. The reality is, this amount would be far higher if I better advertised myself. The fact that I've only minimally advertised shows that FAA is a great way to earn extra income because you can earn even without advertising much provided you properly keyword your images and upload only the best of your work.
Ironically, one image has sold the most of all of my images, and it is one of Louisville, Kentucky! It's also one of my favorite man-made views of my state. Taken from the park in Indiana across the Ohio river, the full beauty of Louisville at night is hard to miss. Here's the image that is currently my most popular despite how my work has progressed with my higher quality Canon 5D Mark III and the fact that this image was taken with my older Nikon D40. I find it impressively odd the popularity it currently has. Many tell me it's because of the light and shadows. What do you think?
Anyway, FAA has been a great way for me to upload, set prices and walk away. Of course, the only downside is the profit that FAA makes off my work, but for the times of the year when I'm busy with client sessions, it's been great to not have to package or ship prints of my work. FAA also has other kentucky prints besides that of my work if you're interested in supporting other local FAA photographers and artists.
So what all are the benefits of FAA?
1. Upload images, quickly set prices and start selling. On the 15th of each month, you receive payment from Fine Art America via PayPal for all of the orders that you received during the previous month. I've never once had an issue with non-payment.
2. All purchases have a 30-day guarantee:
Imagescan be purchased as: prints, canvas (rolled or stretched, framed prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, throw pillows, phone cases, posters and greeting cards.
3. Shopping cart widgets, PDF sales sheets, announcement pages for recent sales, built in personal website with emails and even blogging, events and promotions. You can also link your store to your facebook page like I've done here:
4. FAA is also a community of other photographers and artists. You can comment and communicate with other members or favorite pieces. I can embed my 'store' anywhere.
Such as here in this blog post:
Amber Flower's Fine Art America Store:
So, if you're a photographer or artist and would like a way to make some extra cash off your work or even promote yourself enough to make a full career, FAA might just be a perfect way to get started with all the tools you need until you've the income to create your own eCommerce website. Best of luck! Comment with your experience with FAA or send me your store link. I'd love to see your work!