BUYING ART ONLINE IMPORTANT TIPS
10 TIPS FOR BUYING ART ONLINE
Similar to any other online shopping, the trend of buying art online is the very season. Sometimes we see an artwork online and fall in love with. We immediately see that artwork hanging on our walls or beautifying a corner. However, there are a few points that we need to take into account while purchasing the artwork online. Just like while purchasing clothes, accessories, or any electronic gadget we tend to do a lot of research, similarly, there are a few key points we must consider before finalizing our decision of buying art online.
1) Trust your educated intuition
Before buying art online it’s important to research well and study the product/item or in this case, the artwork which you may be looking forward to purchasing. Whether the artwork is painting, photography, sculpture, or any other form, with a change in the market with the time that what seemed more precious sometime back might not hold the same value at present. Nothing can be more reliable than your knowledge in this genre.
2) Ask about its permanence
Beware of junk, duplicates, and other forms of unauthentic products in the market. Often in paintings, thick paint is reapplied over to make it look original, besides there are many websites that are un-curated and offer amateurish art that is substandard. Compare other artworks of the artist, his/her signatures, and number on the print, etc. Take special care and check if the prints are numbered. Do Your Homework about the artwork, the Artist, and the Site.
3) Whom you are buying from
Often the online sellers are dealers /agents themselves that serve as middlemen between the artist and the audience and earn a percentage over the profit earned from the sale. One must verify about the agent as to how long has he been in the business which would help in determining his ability and genuineness of his commitments. However, its best preferred to buy directly from the artist. The artists themselves prefer it as it helps to facilitate direct interaction with the artist which is encouraging and appreciating for him/her and one can get first-hand information about the artwork directly.
4) Resume or biography of the artist/ about the artist.
Before you buy the artwork which appeals to your interest, you should judge, cross-check, and research about the artist. Check for his works, his profile, whether he has gained recognition locally, nationally, internationally, etc. if he is a part of any recognized artist forum or professional groups. Check out for his credentials, such as awards and titles won. Read about the artist‘s resume or biography to get a closer idea about his/her type of work.
5) Cross-check the Legitimacy and the seller’s reference.
Even if you’re buying art from a trustworthy source, there are some crucial points to remember; is it a second-hand product which was pre-owned, its present condition, ask for a specialist to give his expertise on the product/artwork. Before clicking on the button in online auctions, there is a buyer’s premium fee the auction house charges, the buyer can be anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of the final bid so keep in mind all the additional fees!
6) Demand certificate of authenticity.F
One of the best things you could rely on is the certificates awarded to the artwork that justifies its authenticity, besides certificates from a known art gallery forum as well as the signature of the artist on the artwork. You can always demand any documentation with details of authenticity which may be suited to prove from the dealer, gallery or artist representative from whom you are buying art. Look for credible companies that give all the necessary information.
7) Do pay a fair price for the artwork
Be willing to pay a fair price for the artwork. The authenticity certificate with descriptive details may further add to the price of the item. Beware of duplicated work that may be available at huge discounts than the original. Auction format which often offers secondhand or clearance items may not meet your expectations of the quality, condition or the originality. Do check and compare prices and product before settling with the final payments. Buying art online is affordable but compare prices to get the best deal for yourself.
8) The commitment of guaranteed sale
Before you make online payments, make sure you are buying from a genuine site with proper pay services and guaranteed sale. Make sure the online gallery allows you and gives you a chance to change your mind once an artwork arrives and to return it, after a reasonable period without any hassle, if you are not satisfied by the item you purchased.
9) Check your Delivery medium
Be sure the seller uses a professional shipper so that you can be certain that your item is delivered safely and reaches you in proper conditions for often one is expected to pay for the shipping being inclusive in the final payment.
10) Keep upbeat with the reality
Often what appears online is different when you see it physically. One should check out several other offline galleries, shops and artwork seller‘s zones to get a good idea about the products and can, therefore, judge well about its real appearance and look. Besides the price usually, differ from that of the offline. One should put effort into gaining sound knowledge and to keep upbeat with what’s in store offline in reality.