I would love some help with pricing - as in actual relevant numbers and ranges. I realize that people are reluctant to price other people's work for a variety of reasons. I'm going to suggest a way around this, and I'd welcome other suggestions in the thread. Maybe we can all come up with something the site will find worth implementing?
I'm assuming that there are people out there in internet land who have the experience to know at what price ranges people actually buy works from student artists, amateur artists, brand new artists, more experienced emerging artists, newly established artists, mid-career, local, regional, national, and all of the other categories used to describe artists' career stages.
Why not post this info for members, or at least for artist members enrolled in the salesroom?
One suggestion for how to do this without offending people:
Break it down by career stage: early emerging, emerging with a few juried shows and awards, established, etc.
Give an outline of what generally characterizes an artist at that career stage - so we can try to find our category.
Then for each career catgory, make a little chart:
The Columns could be something like tiny paintings (size range), small paintings (size range), medium, large, huge paintings, tiny drawings, medium drawings, tiny still sculpture etc. (or separate sculpture and other major media classes onto their own pages)
The rows could be other considerations - genre (abstract, portrait, figurative, etc.), level of detail, whatever is most relevant to pricing.
Then fill in the boxes with suggested price ranges.
This leaves the artist free to use the range as a suggestion, to choose to place themselves outside the range if they believe some aspect of their work warrants, and to decide what career stage they think they're at. They can even decide to disregard aspects of the career stage description if they feel that some aspect of their career progression is highly unusual.
For those of us who can handle honest suggestions and self-assessment, a little numerical guidance would be invaluable. Some of us no doubt want to make the best impression on potential customers. Crazy high prices and crazy low prices make a bad impression (which doesn't help the site as a whole). The market research comparisons I've seen suggested compare asking prices. What about some guidance on actual selling prices to add a little reality chack?
Any other suggestions for how this could be done?
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