Where in the World Wide Web Did You Get That Piece?
Art collectors worldwide are using the internet to not only research new and contemporary art, but they are finding contemporary art for sale online. This is changing the way art is purchased, viewed, dispersed, and collected. Now not only private auctions and invite-only cards can control the market, since a whole new world of consumers has been ushered in via the World Wide Web. Buying art can be tricky for larger pieces such as sculptures, and sensitive goods such as glassware, since they have to be shipped, but what most people don't realise is that the art would have to be shipped if they bought it in person anyway.
Buying contemporary art for sale online is done in a variety of ways. It can be done through a bid-auction process, or for fixed rates depending on the site and seller's preference. Payments can be made via PayPal, credit cards, and other electronic banking methods. One of the greatest advantages for shopping for contemporary art for sale online is the ability to research and browse thousands of pieces before making a decision. For artists, this offers endless hours of ideas and networking potential with other artists. For landlocked vendors, it offers a unique opportunity to do market research about other vendors, pricing, and possibly learn by example on how to venture into an online marketplace environment.
Many websites offer the opportunity for artists to sell art on their own, or through a commission on the site. Some popular websites include artlondon.com, artspace.com, and fineartamerica.com - happy browsing! It is tough to say how much art is sold online per year, but Google analytics (an internet trend mapping application) is working on tracking such a phenomenon. In the meantime, Compare the Financial Markets gives sound investment advice in art investment opportunities, so be sure to check with us before your next purchase.
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