A reader sent in this comment, does anyone have experience here?
“Have you heard of Blink Artist Resource? I am involved with them and I feel they may be in this group you have mentioned (pay to play)”
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I did pay to be in the Blink! Art Book which was indeed published and I received a copy of it. As part of the deal I sent one piece of artwork to the Blink! Artists Exhibit in Cincinnati. My work was stuck in an out of the way niche. I had no sales from this experience. I agree with above comments that it isn’t a scam, and you have to have artwork that appeals to interior designers. But it is a pay-to-play situation that is a gamble that promises no guarantee of sales. I viewed it as a marketing expense like putting an ad in a magazine.
They are essentially the online reincarnation of the Guild and the annual Guild Sourcebook. You pay to play but they are legitimate and respectable.
Thanks! I also have been contacted.
I’ve had many good dealings with the company (Art Design Associates) and I respect the owner. The Blink catalog is definitely a form of pay to play, but they take no sales commission, to me it’s basically a marketing ad. (Pay to play isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that’s what Marketing is.) However, I agree with the comment that you can do well only if your artwork is attractive to interior designers, architects, etc. I tried it out, the only calls I got were from other artists asking if I got any sales from it. I didn’t renew. But I don’t think it is a scam. Like any other marketing effort, its a calculated risk and you may or may not find it is effective for you and your target audience.
The only guarantee is they’ll get your money. I get a lot of emails from these people. I replied to the last one & got a snarky response justifying their fees. They didn’t really offer anything of real value.
I also receive their email and this is definitely Pay to play. Glad the Anyes has had some success but I’m skeptical.
They offer pages in their Blink catalog and they charge for it, but they are professional and the catalog looks good. The woman behind Blinc also has a showroom/gallery in cincinnati and has a big show once a year where she sell lots of art. I sold a painting twice through her and the second time i also got to work with 3 galleries, i am showing work with two of them right now (sold another piece) and in conversation with the third. So i can say that they have been good for me. However no one can guarantee what you get from a page in blink. Most likely the exposure to interior designers is worth it, but only if you have the right kind of art most of them are looking for.
Although I have subscribed for 2 years, I think it its primarily a money-machine for the aggressively hustling owner to take advantage of artists. The sales they claim to generate and their resulting income from commissions should go a long way to sustaining a profitable business, without charging outrageously high fees to artists…. looks like double-dipping to me.. I will not be renewing.
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