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Old 01-27-2004, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to produce a web site to sell my images via a cd. I could hire someone to custom make a site (very expensive). Or I could use a shopping cart program, such as goecart, ShopFactory Pro, Make-a-store, etc. Obviously, they vary a lot in their price. Some are outright purchases (I then find a host, etc), others are a lease where I host with them. Some seem to be self-contained whereas others require Dreamweaver. Having never done this before, I was wondering if anyone has any comments, experience. Eventually, I will have to try their free demo. The three above seem okay by reading their site. But for now, any comments welcome.

Also, is there a practical (affordable) way to make my cd with images NOT duplicatable (is this an actual word?).

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Old 01-27-2004, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check out Photoreflect.com

It is what I use to sell my prints.

Iím sure you could figure out a way to just sell a cd, maybe have them pick the images to be burnt. As long as they know they are getting a cd not prints.

Photoreflect charges a % of total sale and a Credit Card Processing fee, you can password protect and have different prices and or choices of sizes.

I have only one compliant. They say they pay out every two weeks. Seems much longer. My latest check dates the 16th of January. And I know mail from Colorado is not that slow.

So check it out.

My photo reflect site

http://www.photoreflect.com/scripts/...ont?b=1&c=05XU

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Old 02-02-2004, 10:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Paypal has a shopping cart and it is very simple to just add a button to your code for each item you have for sale. Check out one of Rolando's workshops as he is suing the Paypal button for those.
They deposit the money directly to your bank account, or to an online account, whichever you prefer. Its fairly straight forward. Products like Net Object Fusion 7.0 and higher have direct Paypal support built in.

No you can't protect the photos on the CD, other than to watermark them in one of several ways (one is built into Photoshop, but you have to pay a fee to use it). Here is the bottom line. If the viewer can see the photo on his computer screen then he can capture the contents of the screen and he thus has the photo.

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What do you mean "sell" your images? Do you mean to a publication? Or as files for someone to print their own 8x10s? Or as a collection of viewable images? Or as a royalty-free collection? Unless you are selling actual prints, using a simple system like Paypal is not a good idea. There are stock agencies that have very sophistcated websites that "license" (we don't sell images, we license them) images online, but they also require the user to fill out an extensive form explaining the usage, and that determines the fee, and then allows the download of a large file. I don't like that system because you lose control over your images, but again, its a very complicated system. If you're licensing your images to publications, you normally would get a check from them, they don't usually deal with credit cards. So again, what is it you want to sell?

And BTW, if you are at all concerned about your images being ripped off, don't make them available on CD. There is NO protection, except perhaps registering your copyrights (look in the archives for my comments on that) which is only after-the-fact protection.

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A slight correction if I may. Rolando is USING Paypal, not suing Paylal. BIG difference. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Thanks for the ideas. One potential problem with PayPal (and this is year old info) is that they won't deal with "adult" content. I haven't checked the specifics to see if that includes Playboy style content or not. I will contact them to verify that.
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I have a bad keyboard and it likes to sue rather than use.
Good catch of my typo. My head is hung in shame!
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