Should I sell my fonts on eBay?

RachelR's picture

Hi Everyone

I am currently in the process of setting up my own shop on my website - someone has suggested that rather than doing this I should sell my fonts through eBay via a link on the website.

I hadn't thought of this option and I'm not really sure whether I think it's a good idea. Any opinions or thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Thanks

Rr

blank's picture

That would make Paypal your primary system for collecting revenues, which is just a horrible idea. Any dispute resolutions will go through Paypal, which is incredibly unprofessional. And any time someone makes a large purchase Paypal will lock down your account balance for thirty days with no method for appeal.

Just use Shopify & Fetch or Big Cartel & Pulley.

clauses's picture

Who would search eBay for fonts? Idiotic idea.

hrant's picture

Few people go to eBay for fonts (except letterpress ones :-) but
since Google in part ranks results by overall site popularity it
might in fact prove fruitful to leverage eBay in that way...

hhp

riccard0's picture

Have you considered resellers like http://www.fontspring.com or http://new.myfonts.com/ ?

Synthview's picture

for the moment fontspring has low traffic.

blank's picture

for the moment fontspring has low traffic.

Yes, but in the massive pool of fonts at MyFonts all traffic is relatively low, and this will only get worse after the Mono/Lino/ITC font collections are merged back in.

Synthview's picture

Yes I imagine…
but for the moment FS makes only few fonts (4-5) to stand up,
and the webfont licensing seems very interesting for users but not for designers.
In addition, I feel their "unlimited websites" mention is a bit confusing and barely no one understands its policy.

blank's picture

but for the moment FS makes only few fonts (4-5) to stand up,

In what way?

In addition, I feel their "unlimited websites" mention is a bit confusing and barely no one understands its policy.

The unlimited websites license allows designers to use a font on an unlimited number of web sites rather than purchasing licensing on a per-site or per-hits basis. How is that confusing?

Synthview's picture

It think is confusing as is to the web site owner to buy his own license, not to the designer.
The designer does not really care about having any webfont license (excepted for his own site).
Of course a client can use a webfont bought on Fs on all his websites, if he own more than one of them.
On FS the text expressly leads web designers in error and makes their clients not buying their own license.
It clearly penalises the type designer.

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