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    Default Question about selling prints/drawings at cons

    Hey, I'm looking into figuring out the best way to sell work for the upcoming con season. After doing a lot of research, I ended up settling on doing my own prints in-house and shelled out for a six color printer with archival inks/paper. It's gorgeous and prints far better than even I expected. I've settled on printing two sizes, 8.5x11 and 13x19.

    A few questions:

    - The 13x19 is big. Maybe too big. Should I scale that down to a more manageable 11x17 or do you think people will appreciate the additional size (the difference in paper cost is negligible so it doesn't matter to me). At that size, it's pretty cool because it's almost like a poster-print (since it's still on the high quality print paper).

    - How do you package art and prints sold to customers? I'm offering a nice product and don't want to hand them a piece of paper, whether it be a semi-gloss print or an original drawing. Do you carry mailing tubes to the convention with you? That seems awkward. I was considering buying bags and board for 9x12 and 13x19 but that starts to get pricey, upwards of $1 per print/drawing (though mailing tubes are no better and are considerably more awkward to carry around).

    Thoughts? Any advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
    The 13x19 is big. Maybe too big. Should I scale that down to a more manageable 11x17 or do you think people will appreciate the additional size (the difference in paper cost is negligible so it doesn't matter to me). At that size, it's pretty cool because it's almost like a poster-print (since it's still on the high quality print paper).
    Big gets attention. While not all of your customers may by your larger prints, it's still good to have them and display them. At a convention, your art needs to sell itself, and pull people to your table. Tiny prints have a harder time doing this.

    How do you package art and prints sold to customers? I'm offering a nice product and don't want to hand them a piece of paper, whether it be a semi-gloss print or an original drawing. Do you carry mailing tubes to the convention with you? That seems awkward. I was considering buying bags and board for 9x12 and 13x19 but that starts to get pricey, upwards of $1 per print/drawing (though mailing tubes are no better and are considerably more awkward to carry around).
    Well, you're going to want to get a binder/portfolio to display your art. Page protectors are a very good way to display your 8.5 x 11 artwork, and they can easily be stored inside a binder:

    http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Diamond-...3683226&sr=8-2

    For your larger prints, you'll probably just have to bring some rubber bands, and roll up the prints. Maybe bring some plastic bags too so you can give your customers something to put them in.

    You can bring frames or tubes to put artwork in, but that can be very bulky and heavy when you're setting up. If you choose to do this, I would charge extra for any customer who wants a frame or tube.
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    Thanks for the response. For the smaller prints, I'm going to go with boards and bags. They can be had for about $.15 for both so the cost there is marginal. For the bigger prints, I may just go with rubber bands or, as you mentioned, charge extra for bags/boards/tube.
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    I sell prints of similar sizes and package them in bags and boards from http://crystalclearbags.com, and I find their prices are good and the quality is awesome.

    As for the bigger size, I say do it. Poster prints look great. 11 x 17 is nice, but larger is better. Coupled with your letter-sized prints offers good choices for customers.

    Good luck.
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