Creative Galleries Fine Art Prints and Crafts

 


I have this formatted as a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.
My apologies in advance if I come across as being very honest and direct.

Some of the "questions" that I am answering here may sound silly
...but ....
but because some people have asked these questions regularly.
I will address them.

If after reading this ... you still have questions ... do not hesitate to contact me as I welcome
serious and intellegent questions and good conversations with artists.

Q: DOES CREATIVE GALLERIES CHARGE ANY COMMISSIONS ON THE ARTWORK THAT I SELL?
A: No.
Q: HOW MANY ITEMS CAN I HAVE ON MY WEBSITE?
A: The standard contract gives you a gallery of 12 items.
Q: CAN I HAVE MORE THAN 12 ITEMS?
A: Yes. There are additional galleries available
Q. CAN I HAVE LESS THAN 12 ITEMS?
A: Yes. We also have Mini Galleries available.
Q: DO YOU HAVE GALLERIES THAT I CAN USE FOR A PORTFOLIO INSTEAD OF SELLING MY ART WORK?
A: Yes ... they cost less... Contact Me:
Q: ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN FEES?
A: No.
Q. DO YOU OFFER PREMIUM WEB SITES OR SERVICES?
A. No. There is no "gold" or "silver" or "premium" plan where I charge more money.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY WEBSITE?
A: You can cancel your Creative Galleries website at any time.
 
Q. ARE THERE ANY ADVERTISING BANNERS OR POP UPS ON MY WEB SITE?
A: NO! Unlike other galleries we do not add banner or pop-up advertisements
 
Q. Do YOU LINK TO OTHER WEB SITES?
A. Never! You will be assured that when you get clients to Creative Galleries ... they will stay at Creative Galleries .... nobody will be linking them off to some other web site.
 
Q. DO YOU LIMIT BANDWIDTH LIKE OTHER COMPANIES?
A. No. You will have unlimited bandwidth.
Q: IS UNLIMITED TRAFFIC (Bandwidth) IMPORTANT?
A: VERY!! Most web hosting sites advertise 1 Gigabyte of traffic per month and charge 4 cents or more per megabyte over your allocation. With a graphic intensive website, if you had even a moderate amount of traffic, you could easily exceed your bandwidth allotment by 1 Gig per month and have to pay over $40.00 extra per month.
 
Q: HOW DO I MAKE THE PAYMENTS FOR MY WEBSITE?
A: I use Pay Pal automatic billing as our payment processor.
Q: CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS ANY OTHER WAY?
A: Yes. Conditions may vary so ... Contact Us:
Q: WHAT KIND OF CONTRACT WILL I HAVE?
A: E-Mail us for a copy of our contract. It is short, simple, and to the point ... Contact Us:
Q: CAN I GET ANY REFUNDS?
A: Since we bill for hosting monthly there is no need. The one time set up fee is non refundable.
 
Q: CAN I COPY MY WEBSITE TO ANOTHER HOST?
A: NO. Creative Galleries grants you a limited license to access and make personal use of this web site. Downloading, modifying, or reproducing any part of this site without prior express authorization by Creative Galleries is strictly prohibited. The pictures are yours - however - Web site design, text, graphics, content, etc. are property of Creative Galleries and are protected under US Copyright Laws.
 

Q: CAN PEOPLE COPY MY ARTWORK OFF THE WEBSITE?

A: We have special scripting in place so that the "right click" to copy is disabled. In addition, the resolution we use for the prints looks great online but it would be a waste of time for anyone to copy them. We also put warnings on every page. And I can put an embossed text copyright on your prints if you wish to make them 'unusable' for reprint. However, if someone wants your prints badly enough, they will probably find a way to get them .... I just make sure that the quality of what they would get is undesirable enough to make their trying a waste of time.
 
Q: CAN I HAVE MY OWN E-MAIL ACCOUNT?
A: We have POP 3 E-Mail accounts available to match your website. artistname@creativegalleries.com
Q: HOW MUCH DOES AN E-MAIL ACCOUNT COST?
A: Nothing .... it is included with your web site
Q: CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE E-MAIL ACCOUNT?
A: Yes, they are available for $1.00 per account per month
Q: What is the maximum size file I can send with my e-mail?
A: Our e-mail system is set to restrict e-mail files over 3 MB to prevent "mail bomb" attacks.
Q: What is the UCE/SPAM or mass mailing policy?
A: Creative Galleries does not allow customers to send out "Unsolicited Bulk E-mail" using our servers and has a zero tolerance towards the sending of SPAM via our servers and network. If Creative Galleries or it's carriers receive any form of complaint that someone received unsolicited e-mail emanating from your account or mailed from an outside firm but referencing your account, our administrator will open an investigation into the complaint. 95% of first time investigations result in account termination. If 2 or more complaints come in on a single day, there is a 99.9% chance your account will be instantly terminated. Please be very careful with any form of mass mail campaigns, or for that matter even just a small mailing list, as it is not pleasant for us to close down an account and lose you as a customer.
 
Q: WHAT IF I AM UNDER 18 YEARS OLD?
A: If you are under 18, you may only use Creative Galleries web site with the involvement of a parent or legal guardian.
 
Q:WHAT IS YOUR PRIVACY POLICY?
A: We take the privacy of our artists very seriously. We will under no circumstances give out any of your private information to anyone ... ever. Privacy Statement
 

Q: HOW MUCH DOES A STANDARD 16 plus PAGE CREATIVE GALLERIES WEBSITE COST?

A: For a limited time only - $6.95 per month with a one time setup fee of $99.00
Q. WHAT IS THE $99.00 SET UP FEE FOR?

A. I charge a one time $99.00 setup fee ... simply because of the extensive amount of work involved in creating an honest-to-goodness real E-Commerce web site this large. (I even charge the same setup fee if you have 1 gallery or 10 galleries ... which is more than fair) The charge is for my time as a professional webmaster. Yes, I am a professional webmaster. I have real businesses (from a large state agency to a local car repair shop) that I charge "real money" to make their web sites.

*** If anyone is interested in a website of their own, feel free to contact me as my rates are excellent. $200.00 for the first page and $100.00 for each additional page ... with unlimited text and graphics and much much more Contact Me: ****

I can even break this down further for you ... if you are interested

Per Page:

If you get 1 gallery the cost per page is $6.19 per page for an E-Commerce web site.

If you get 2 galleries the cost per page is $3.41 per page or if you get 3 galleries the cost would be $2.36 per page.

If you have ever checked out the price of having a web site designed that you can accent credit cards on ... you will know that this price is low enough to be laughable.

Per Hour:

Keeping track of my hours to make and code etc. an E-Commerce site this large... here is my breakdown:

For 1 gallery I end up making $3.96 per hour ... for 2 galleries I make $2.48 per hour ... and so on.

Believe me ... this will not end up making me a rich woman!!!!

Q. IF YOU MAKE SO LITTLE FROM THE SET UP ... WHY ARE YOU ASKING FOR THE $99.00 AT ALL?

A. I give alot for for very little money and I expect a monitary commitment in return. Here is a prime example of what happens without any monitary commitment.

Example:

The webmaster/online gallery owner gives the artist a FREE web site. But ... since it didn't cost the artist anything ... what is the incentive for the artist to actually go out and WORK to market the website for the next many years? Yes, people .... YEARS ... not ... DAYS! Just because you are artists (I am an artist too) does not mean you can't understand that if you want a successful business it will take you years of hard work ... just like any other business on earth! So, anyhow, after a couple of months and few or no sales the artist says ... " I'm not happy with my sales .... The gallery must be no good".

The result then is the artist never understands that no matter where he/she goes and what he/she endeavors it is HE/SHE that needs to work to be successful. And the gallery owner has invested many many hours and ended up with the artist blaming the gallery owner.

Trust me ... I have better ways to spend my time.

NOW ... some of you would argue with me and say "Oh, but I would work really hard if you gave ME a free web site!"

SO ... Let me ask you ... and answer me honestly .... just how many free places have you put your artwork in and just how much real work have to done to promote that gallery? Have you spent a dime to advertise it? Have you written a press release for it? Is it on your business cards? In fact, do you even remember all the free gallery urls you might have submitted to?

Q. WHY NOT GIVE ME A FREE GALLERY AND CHARGE COMMISSION?
A. I don't want to ... there are plenty of other galleries who will.
Q. WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR YOUR GALLERY WHEN I CAN GO TO A FREE GALLERY?
A. If you would rather have one of the "free" sites or galleries that are online - then that is exactly what you should do.
Q. WHY SHOULD I PAY YOU ANYTHING WHEN I CAN MAKE MY OWN WEB SITE?
A. You shouldn't .... go make your own web site.
 
Q. YOU SAID THAT IF I HAD GALLERIES WITH NO PAYPAL ... YOU WOULD CHARGE ME LESS FOR THE SET UP FEE?

A. Yes, of course. There is a lot less work for me to do! (anyone who has ever done the coding for an E-Commerce web site will understand this) Contact Me:

 
Q. HOW MUCH IS EACH GALLERY PER MONTH?
A. $6.95 per month for the first gallery and $1.95 per month for each additional gallery
Q. HOW COME YOU WANT ME TO PAY EACH MONTH FOR MY WEB SITE?

A. In one word .... it's called HOSTING. Everybody online pays for the space that they occupy. EVERYBODY.

To further explain:

#1 For instance... if you had your own web site and wanted it to be on the Internet (hosted) you could go to www.earthlink.net and they would charge you $20.00 per month or you could go to www.fortunecity.com and pay $14.95 per month or go to www.cheaphosting.com and pay $10.00 per month to have space on the Internet in which to put your web site. Now, they won't make your web site for you or put it up online for you or set up your email ... and if you have problems you will need to figure it out yourself or get ahold of their tech support. This is called HOSTING.

#2 If you "host" with me, I charge $6.95 per month and do all of the work for you and deal with any technical problems etc. as well.

#3 There are also "free hosting" web sites on the Internet. And your "payment" to them will be by having advertising banners and pop-up windows and extremely limited traffic to your web site.

Q. WHY SHOULDN'T I GET A FREE HOSTING WEB SITE ON THE INTERNET?
A. If you would rather make your own web site and put it on a "free hosting" service ... then that is what you should do.
 
Q. DO YOU PROMOTE THE CREATIVE GALLERIES WEB SITE?
A. Of course I do! I am one of the artists in it!
Q. HOW MUCH TRAFFIC WILL I GET IF I AM ON CREATIVE GALLERIES?
A. If you want the numbers for the web site for any given day or month all you have to do is to ask me. But how much traffic will your web site get? I don't know ... How much work are you going to do to get people to your gallery?
Q. I THOUGHT YOU SAID THAT I WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE TRAFFIC OF THE OTHER ARTISTS?

A. Of course, it stands to reason that each time a visitor comes to www.creativegalleries.com he/she will look around. (why do you think that I have my gallery here instead of having my own artist web site?)

For example ... when I had my big October art show and paid for 2 weeks of cable TV advertising all of the other artist's traffic numbers went up as a result.

However, traffic doesn't mean sales. It means that people are looking at your art.

I am on the Board of Directors for my area Art Guild and I am always telling the artists in the Art Guild, "We can get the people in to see your art ... we cannot make them buy your art"

Q. HOW MANY PRINTS WILL I SELL FROM YOUR GALLERY?

A. "How do I know?"

Yes, that did sound rather testy .... didn't it. But ... really!

The real answer is in the real question of "How much work are YOU going to do to promote your own work and website so that you will sell prints? Do you go to shows? Do you have your web site address on your business cards and give them out to everybody? Do your write press releases. What do you do?"

Here is a true story for you.

I, being a professional web master, was talking to a car lot owner about making him a web site. During our conversation he asked me, "How many cars are you going to sell from this web site?"

I replied, "NONE".

I continued by telling him that, "You are paying me to design a nice web site for you and to put it on the Internet and make sure that I have done the proper meta tags and submissions etc. for you. Which I will do and do very well. I, however, will spend my time going out and actually selling your cars when you employ me and pay me to sell your cars. But, I can and will teach YOU how to best use YOUR web site to make money and to save money."

Did I get the job? .... I sure did! Who says that honesty doesn't pay?

Q. IF YOU CAN'T GUARANTEE ME SALES FOR MY ART, WHY SHOULD I BE IN YOUR GALLERY?
A.** THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET **

I am the webmaster to many businesses, not only an artist gallery, and I always start with educating the clients on what they can and cannot expect from a website. Most folks want me to say that the web site I make them will result in XXX number of sales or XXX amount of profit and XXX number of traffic. And while I as a professional webmaster can and will do all of the coding for proper meta tags, keywords, and all of the submitting to search engines, etc. .... a business owner cannot just sit back and expect any web site to rake in the $$$$ without doing any work. It is only with hard work and persistence that any business (online or otherwise) will succeed.

This is not always what folks want to hear ... but it is always honest.

Now, I have to admit that this has cost me some sales in the past. And it probably will in the future. But then ... honesty has it's own rewards ... I think that you will agree.

Besides, anybody that can not or will not understand this simple principle would be better off going elsewhere! LOL

Q. WHY WON'T YOU PROMOTE AND SELL MY ART WORK FOR ME?

A. I do not charge commissions or fees ...

I charge for my time as a webmaster and for the hosting. You are not paying me to go out and sell your artwork. You are not paying me to advertise in my local paper or stand on the street corner yelling your name or paying me to spend 20 hours a week online promoting you.

If, however, you want to employ me to market you and your artwork ... fine. We can talk about that as I have an extensive background in marketing and charge accordingly.

 
Q. SO HOW DO I USE MY WEB SITE?

A. Here is a scenario that shows one of the real benefits of a website:

Mrs. Smith is at an art show and looks at a wonderful print, admires it, but does not buy it. 6 months later she remembers the print and would like to have it .... would very much like to have it. Now, what do you think the chances are that Mrs. Smith will end up in the same place as that artist and be able to purchase that print in the future? Slim if any chance at all! However, if Mrs. Smith had the url of the artist's online gallery ..... at least the artist has a chance to sell that print.

There are many other ways as well and if you have read down this far ... you have read many of them. If you want to know more e-mail me.

 
Q: CAN I GET ANY REFUNDS?
A: Since we bill for hosting monthly there is no need. The one time set up fee is non refundable.
 
Q. CAN ANYBODY JOIN CREATIVE GALLERIES?
A. No. First of all .... the quality of your art work has to be approved by our panel of judges.

Do I sound like I am repeating myself continually?

Well, it's because I am.

There is a definite "theme" here ... and that is "hard work"

Here is my summation ...

I am proud of my Creative Galleries on-line gallery. I have worked very hard to
make it a gallery that I am not only proud to be the webmaster of but proud
to be an artist in.

I am also proud to have the very talented artists that are in my gallery.

I welcome serious and committed artists into my gallery with open arms. I know that by working together we will succeed well into the future. I know that they will realize and appreciate the time and effort that I put forth in everybody's behalf. And I also know that we all are willing and capable enough to reach our goals as artists and as good business men/women.
 
PS .... If my terms and conditions are not to your liking ... go and find a gallery that you like better. There is no need to malign me for wanting to be paid for what I do ... or to berate me for not providing you with a free web site. And do not call me names because I will not tell you what you want to hear. If you don't like what you are hearing from me .... don't be in my gallery. It is as simple as that.

And If you have gotten this far .... you are a brave soul indeed. And I thank you for bearing with me and reading all of this.

Sincerely,

Carrie Cserr

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