What Is Society6?
Today I’m going to take a closer look at Society6.com. I put up a few of my own images on this site because it sounded intriguing to me and over the last few days I’ve been combing through its pages exploring all the different types of art and products it offers. I was curious if it’s a good place to buy art. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
When you pull up Society6’s homepage, the first thing you’ll notice is a scrolling banner of their latest products and the hottest trends. You can click on one of these images that catches your eye and take a look at the editors’ picks to get started. Or If you’re looking for a particular product, you can click on one of the lower menu headings and start browsing there. (Tapestries, throw pillows, iPhone cases, etc.)
At the top of the page is another menu allowing you to shop in even more ways such as women, men, or tech. Since I’m more interested in the images themselves and less in what type of surface its printed on, I always start browsing the very first option at the top left – ART.
Within this section are even more ways to shop. You can shop art prints, framed art, and canvas prints. It might seem a little overwhelming, but the thing to keep in mind is that most images on the site are available as many different products. So if you see an art print that you love, scroll down the page a bit and beneath it will be a section that says, “ALSO AVAILABLE AS.” The idea here is to get the artists images out there in as many ways as possible.
Why I Like Society6
As an artist, I think this is pretty neat. All you have to do is upload images of your work and your art is instantly available to a wide audience, with a variety of different printing options. The more options available to people, the more likely they are to make a purchase. It’s good for the buyers, for the artists, and for Society6. Win, win, win.
The name Society6 is also very fitting. One of the features of the website is something called “My Society.” Within this area people can save all of their favorite sellers and keep track of their latest posts. It’s really helpful once you start developing favorite artists, so that when you go back to browse for art, you can check in on “My Society” and see whats new.
Society6 also takes it one step further when it comes to community involvement and promoting the work of all kinds of artists. They have something called a Curator Program, which actually allows you to make a commission from art sales by promoting them yourself. Once you sign up for the program, Society6 gives you a unique curator link that can be find on each and every product page. If someone uses that link to purchase a product, you get a small percentage of the sale. How cool is that?
Here are a few curator links to artwork that I LOVE:
Teagan White – Gorgeous and whimsical animal and nature inspired prints.
Kevin Russ – Beautiful and haunting photography taken all across America.
Jennifer Gauthier – Abstract images with big, bold strokes of color.
Matt Saunders – Imaginative and funny doodle-like images sure to make you smile.
As I mentioned before, Society6 offers a large variety of printing options and products for each piece of art it carries. These items are printed on demand, meaning the printing doesn’t get done until an actual product is ordered. So the images that you see on the screen technically isn’t a real photograph of the finished product, but rather a computer simulated replica of what it will look like. (And they do a pretty dang good job of this, if you ask me.)
Some of the products they offer include:
- phone cases
- laptop sleeves
- coffee and travel mugs
- wall clocks
- throw pillows
- men and women’s tee shirts
- tote bags
- beach towels
- shower curtains
- duvet covers
Artists set their own prices at Society6, but only for the actual art prints. So the prints and framed prints will vary in price a little bit, and goes up according to size. All of the other products have set prices, regardless of who the artist is. A medium tapestry is $59, a wall clock is $30, a shower curtain is $68, etc. Considering how unique and custom these products are, I think the prices are incredibly reasonable.
With all of the print on demand products this company offers, sourced from so many different artist file uploads, you can imagine that problems must arise every now and then. When something is printed onto a multitude of different surfaces, who can guarantee that it’s going to look exactly as it appears on the computer screen?
I headed over to Site Jabber to see what people are saying about their experiences with Society6. The first thing I noticed is that they have a 4 and a half star rating out of 738 reviews. Scrolling down through the reviews, I noticed that even people who weren’t pleased with the product still gave Society6 a five star rating because of the excellent customer service and the way that they helped with the issue.
Here are two in particular that talk about being disappointed with a phone case they ordered:
This struck me as interesting and strange, that people who were unhappy with the way their product turned out still took the time to write a 5 star review and say that they would order from them again. That seems reassuring to me, that even if you don’t end up liking the piece you ordered, returning or exchanging it is easy and painless.
*Side note – A friend of mine ordered one of MY phone cases from Society6 and she loves it! She sent me a picture to show me how it turned out:
This is a photo of the original painting:
So obviously there are some differences, but I think it looks pretty good! Have any of you tried out Society6 before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!