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sorry didnt really know the best place to put this but ...
my freind thinks i can paint well ( i dont ) and said i could sell what i paint
so would it be profitable to buy , paint, and sell stuff ( on ebay or what ever ) would i actually make money ?
vampire counts ( under construction)
am thinking about starting it again
currently working on :
second unit of skellys
most likely thing next :
another box of skellys .....
This question would probably be better suited in the painting or general discussion forum...Any mods reading this thread please move accordingly. Having said that, You may be able to make some money hawking your wares nut I wouldn't give up my day job if I were you. If you want advise on this topic I suggest you PM Slorak as he has a side business of painting models for commission. Maybe you should post some of your recent works in the painting forum or LO Gallery and see what feedback you get? I'm sure the rest of the LO members will be brutally honest in what they think of your work and if it's of a commercial standard. Hope this helps.
I hear voices...and they don't like you!
If you're very good you can make a profit.
But if you're after the money get a job. You won't even get minimum wage for painting. Even the Golden Deamon quality pieces that go for several hundred dollars barely get you minimum wage. They do sell for $300+ dollars for a single miniature, but after you take off for supplies and the miniature, then divide the profit by the MANY hours spent assembling, converting, and painting you don't make much per hour.
I do sell a large number of miniatures on eBay. I've sold a few individuals for $90+ and some squads for as much as $250, but I probably put 30 hours of work in on the squads. Usually I don't put that much work into the pieces I sell and they go for much less.
I sell them just to make room for more miniatures. I make enough money to pay for all my supplies and buy the next batch of miniatures. Maybe in a busy month I'll make enough profit to pay the electric bill or something. I could make a lot more with a second job. I do it because I'll be painting no matter what because that's what I like to do to relax. The sales at least make my hobby self sustaining, and I just don't have room for more miniatures.
I paint for hire pretty much for the same reason that Wolfraider does it. I make enough (usually) to pay for my hobby fix, it keeps the room from overcrowding, and above all gets me theh chance to paint up figures that I normally wouldn't get to touch.
As already stated - don't expect to quit your dayjob. Unless you can live on minimum wage or less it really isn't profitable to sell miniatures. There are several factors that need to be considered. Ebay is a good place to start but you will be competing against quite a few other more "well known" painters, Ebay fees will eat into your profits, and you will probably have to at least start selling at lower prices than you would want in the beginning.
I prefer doing commission work over selling on Ebay as you set the price and there are no "fees". I raise or lower my prices depending on how much work I am swamped with but even so the $ per hour is low.
I'm sure that anyone in the community here would be more than happy to critique your work.
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Paint because you love to. Sell your minis because you need money for new minis.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
Post up some pics, then im sure that the people here will be able to tell you if you could make any real money off of them.