August 7, 2016 at 1:47 am #27538
I may have found a solution to sell prints (and e-cards) from our individual Symbiostock sites. For the past couple of days, I have been experimenting with the FotoMoto plugin – and so far, it is working and playing nicely with Symbiostock. But I am still testing configurations.
It adds a Buy Prints | ECard | Download button under your image (Of course, I turned off the download option.)
Good things to report: to get started, you need a FotoMoto account (free and easy to setup).
Bad things: it takes a little time to get it setup on your site. If you follow the instructions, you will be able to do it.
More to consider: You get to set your print prices – and they will even fulfill orders for you or you can do that yourself. Your decision, of course. The free account costs you 22% of the sale. if you want to pay a monthly fee, you can get that down to 10% of the sale.
Still working on prices – when I have that figured out, I will make my prints option visible on my site.
GeorgeAugust 7, 2016 at 2:48 am #27539
Symbiostock itself can be configured to sell physical prints. I did that on my site http://cityscapeprints.com/product/louvre-museum/ except a little bit more work to replace the phrase ‘license’ with ‘prints’.
Not sure how good the printing cost of the platform you talked about. I did not sign on and did not find the info. I ever use smugmug, zenfolio and FAA (still on FAA). Their cost is high. That scared away a lot of buyers and leave very little profit margin. That’s why I decide to fullfill the order with my friends.August 8, 2016 at 1:24 am #27543
How do you tell FotoMoto to use the unwatermarked full size file for the print fulfillment?August 8, 2016 at 5:14 am #27545
There at two options in the control panel – you can choose automatic or manual processing. If you choose automatic, you tell Fotomoto where the files are. I chose manual, for the time being.
GeorgeAugust 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm #27557
I went with using the Symbiostock way, also. It allows fulfillment by whoever is best (quality and price) at the time. I have found several acceptable vendors that give great sales fairly often and the best price can vary at any given time. True, it does require manual processing, but unfortunately that is not a problem right now. If sales volume ever gets high enough I might want to go with a set fulfillment and automated processing, but for now this way seems best to me.August 9, 2016 at 12:18 am #27566
I think the main issue is probably finding a fulfillment partner that can print and/or ship world wide.August 9, 2016 at 1:16 am #27572
Songquan PhotographyParticipantAugust 9, 2016 at 1:23 am #27573
Supposedly, if you allow FotoMoto to fulfill, they will pass off the fulfillment to one of their lab partners, and they choose the one closest to the customer. I assume that if you with auto-fulfillment, you can choose the lab.
GeorgeAugust 9, 2016 at 1:29 am #27576
One of the reviewers (in fact the only one) of the plugin on wordpress.org says it’s not mobile friendly/compatible.
I was a little shocked when I noticed at visitor and ad campaign statistics that 80% (eighty) of my visitors/responders were using mobile devices. Looks like the desktop/laptop is no longer the device of choice for most users.August 11, 2016 at 6:39 am #27604
Question for all – how many different image sizes and options are you providing? I am trying to decide where to draw the line between providing everything that might be possible and a practical number of options.
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