Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) July 11, 2005
ArtCardAuctions.com, the first and only online auction site dedicated to the sale and trade of art cards, announces its site launch and grand opening, on Monday, July 11th, 2005.
All ArtCardAuctions.com listings are free and the site does not charge fees for adding photos to listings. Fees are only applied to special listing upgrades, like bold or highlighted listings, listings in two categories, category page and home page featured listings, reserve price auctions, etc. Final value fees never exceed 4 percent.
ArtCardAuctions.com was founded by a self-representing artist who knows what it's like to buy and sell in an online marketplace. Owner Monica Moody has several years of practical experience buying and selling at auction sites and a lifetime of experience creating art.
"I know many self-representing artists who are struggling to keep their expenses low and make a profit with online sales -- something it's hard to do at an auction site, especially when the artists' price points are lower than they would be at a traditional, brick-and-mortar gallery," says Mrs. Moody. "Keeping our fees as low as possible was a top priority when we created ArtCardAuctions.com.Â
Art cards are original works of art or reproductions of original works of art, in miniature form. Art cards are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches in size, the same as standard trading cards, and are created by artists around the world in various media.
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are generally made and traded only amongst artists at trading sessions, via mail and email. Art Cards, Editions and Originals (ACEOs) are made by artists and sold to other artists, general public, and buyers who were previously unable to collect art cards until a group of like-minded artists founded the ACEO concept and began selling their work. ATCs and ACEOs are the same in size and form and vary usually only in the respect that ATCs are traded and ACEOs are sold. Both types of cards are welcome at ArtCardAuctions.com, where members have the ability to list art cards for auction to be sold and list cards for trade with other artists.
Mrs. Moody adds, ÂThe popularity of art cards and the collection of them is a growing trend in the art world because of ATCs, and the trend is extending to the public now, thanks to artists who are selling ACEOs. Art cards are a unique and affordable way for every day people to build art collections of their own, as some cards are selling for as low as $1.00 to $5.00. And with some cards going for over $200, theyÂre proving to be highly collectible among hardcore fans of self-representing artists as well.
ArtCardAuctions.com offers a unique swapping feature that other auction sites don't have. This is important to artists who are more interested in trading cards with other artists than selling them. Sellers control bid increments on their auctions by choosing to use our built-in proportional increments table or by setting custom bid increments themselves.
ArtCardAuctions.com allows links to other Web sites within auction listings. Artists can promote their own web sites, online galleries or even their auctions at other auction sites. A linking policy provides full details and regulations.
ArtCardAuctions.com also offers an inexpensive alternative to other auction sites' stores. Recurring monthly fees are not charged to users who set up stores at our site. Only a low, one-time setup fee of $10 is required to have a store at ArtCardAuctions.com. Best of all, basic site fees are the same for store owners as they are for users without stores - no listing fees, no photo fees, and the same low listing upgrade and final value fees apply.ArtCardAuctions.com also offers the ability to post wanted ads. The wanted ads are free and offer buyers the ability to solicit offers for the specific art cards, supplies or other artwork they are looking for.
Members will enjoy many other benefits, including contests and prizes, free member marketing tools, an interactive traders' community, cross-promotional opportunities, auction listing feeds with FroogleÂ, and more. Registration is only $1.00 (PayPal user ID verification), and users receive site credits just for signing up.
ArtCardAuctions.com is the first and only online auction site dedicated to the sale and trade of art cards. Artists can sell art cards and other artworks with no listing fees, minimal optional listing upgrade fees and low final value fees. Unique features such as the ability to swap, free wanted ads, customizable bid increments, the ability to link to other sites from auction listings make ArtCardAuctions.com the premier online marketplace to buy, sell and trade art cards, art supplies, collection and display materials and other types of artwork. Visit the site at http://www.artcardauctions.com.