For those of you who might not know (probably all of you), I dabble a bit in photography—and that is what brought me to this site. I originally planned on possibly getting my prints printed through this service just so that I could hang them on my wall at home—but also realized that I could potentially make some awesome money with it. Can you really make money with Displate.com?
I found this website quite by accident. I was actually first turned onto it through an ad in my Facebook feed. But… In Facebook's defense, I had been doing a lot of research for ways to print out large wall art of the photos I had been taking, so I am pretty sure that this had something to do with it.
Displate.com is basically a website where they will custom-print your photograph, or uploaded artwork, onto large metal plates. These come in various sizes, and they are easy to hang because you can simply stick magnetic tape to your wall. They are also sturdy, and printed in high-enough quality that you can supposedly even use them in a gallery!
But… that isn’t all. Displate.com also has an online store where they host a ton of art by different artists. You can browse through it and buy other people’s art as well.
It is, essentially, a huge online art store where they print metal artwork on demand… and it is quite brilliant. I have not yet ordered anything from them, but I have signed up and looked around on the site—and I have liked what I have seen so far.
Here is what you need to know.
How Can You Make Money On Displate.com
So there are two ways to earn money with Displate.com. The first and most obvious method is to upload your own art, and then sell it through the website. Whenever a piece of your artwork is sold, you earn a commission on it. This is called ‘earning as an artist.’ The base commission for this is 10%.
What you probably do know, if you regularly read this site… is that I am all about the side-hustle mentality. I love making extra money, and I love finding new and inventive ways to do it. So that is partly why I was so interested in Displate.com.
In addition to putting your artwork up for sale on the site, you can also share it via special links on your social media sites. And if you do that, and end up getting sales this way, you actually earn a 40% commission—which is awesome! I seriously cannot tell you how awesome that is!
Aside from this, you can also earn money through Displate.com as what they call an ‘art agent.’
If you sign up as an art agent, you will get a lot of bonuses that regular shoppers don’t get. You get a 30% commission on any art sold through your links, plus you get access to discount codes that you can give to people to get them discounts on orders… and you get a kickback from those sales!
Being an art agent is almost as good as being an artist. Of course, this all comes down to your marketing skills. But if you are good at social media, you have the potential to make some pretty decent money on Displate.com.
How Do You Get Paid Through Displate.com?
It takes a while to get your money through this site. That is one downside to it. Once you accrue at least $50, you can request a PayPal withdrawal—but it can take up to 45 days for this withdrawal to go through. That is one downside to the process, but it is also kind of a small downside when you consider the fact that you don’t have to invest anything but your time and energy into it.
You Can Set Your Commission
Apparently, the commission numbers I gave above were for if you used preset Displate.com prices. But… as an artist, you also have the opportunity to set your own prices on the marketplace. There is a minimum, which is what Displate.com will make if a piece of your art sells. But you have the power to adjust the price of any particular piece above that minimum.
The website also regularly has deals where customers can get a discount… which helps to promote the sale of artwork through the website. For example… while I was browsing, they were offering 17% off everything on the site—which is pretty awesome.
I am not necessarily a ‘prolific’ photographer. I have never sold a piece of art in my life. But… I do love to take photos, and I hope that one day I can turn those photos into a side-hustle that will not only bring me enjoyment, but also some cool side-cash.
I have looked at a lot of print-on-demand services, and Displate.com is certainly one of the more exciting opportunities that I’ve looked into.
Is It Hard To Get Started?
It is actually really easy to make a profile on Displate.com. It only took me about five minutes to set mine up. But… uploading artwork is a little bit different. They have quite a few different guidelines, and you must provide artwork of a certain level of quality to be able to even upload it.
They have pretty stringent resolution settings, and your photos need to fit a certain format.
But while this is a little bit challenging, it is actually also a really good thing. I’m certainly not interested in having my art turn out badly—so this not only keeps the standard for quality high, but also keeps you from accidentally uploading a thumbnail image or something like that.
Getting the wrong print made can be a pretty expensive mistake!
My Personal Feelings About Using Displate.com
I really liked a lot of things about this service. Of course, it does have a few downsides—but I also feel like the downsides are pretty manageable.
For example, you make a pretty small commission on your art if you just sell art to someone through the store. But… if you direct people to your art through your own link, or use your own discount code to give people a better price, then you actually stand to make about three times as much… which is awesome!
It is also cool that you do not necessarily need to create art to make money on this site. By spreading awesome art and telling other people about it, you can also make a percentage of the profits… which is super cool.
This is obviously a somewhat limited-niche opportunity as well. Not everyone is going to be interested in creating or selling artwork, so this won’t work for everyone. You would also need to be pretty good at marketing to actually make money here. But… marketing is also a skill that you can learn pretty easily.
And finally—the artwork itself seems really awesome. Vibrant colors, a sturdy construction, and an easy hanging mechanism are all very welcomed features. The pricing for it is a little bit expensive (It ranges from about $44 for a smaller-sized plate to $150 for the larger plates). Also, with larger plates, you usually get four different plates that you hang together to create the entire piece… which I really liked. This looks good, but also saves on shipping and cuts way down on the entire cost. You can use as many plates as needed to create as large a piece as you would need, which is also really awesome. You have no idea how difficult it can be to find a good way to tile images like this. It can truly be a frustrating problem!
Anyway, the pricing is kind of expensive at first glance… but the real advantages come in when you start to scale it. The larger images start to become far more affordable because they are tiling them. This saves a lot of money. It can be incredibly expensive to get large prints made from other mediums.
So for me, this was a huge advantage to Displate.com.
At the end of the day, I feel like Displate.com is going to be a side hustle best-suited to those who either create, or love, art. If you don’t care much for art, you may have a hard time getting into this one.
You may not get rich using Displate.com. But… with that being said… some of the highest grossing artists do earn incredible amounts of money on it. So it may all come down to how efficiently you are able to market your work.
All in all, this was a cool site. I hope to see more of it in the future, and may even use it to try to sell some of my own artwork as a side-project!
Our Final Opinion About Displate.com
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