Artists love to talk about their work and collectors love to talk about their collections. We have designed myMuseo.com to be much more than an e-commerce site for selling art and collectibles. This is a community site, where you can enjoy the dialogue with others, and sell or buy if you choose.
To get started, click the "Register" link in the upper right of any page on myMuseo. Fill in your email address and enter a password you will remember. Passwords require 1 upper case letter, a number and a symbol. After you click the "Register" button you will receive a confirmation email with a link to Activate your account.
To complete your profile do the following:
Upload a profile image
Typically, this would be a portrait of yourself, but it can be any type of avatar you want. Keep in mind that community members do tend to respond to more favorably to an image of a person rather than an avatar.
Use the About section to your best advantage
Here you can write a narrative, however long or succinct, about your passion(s). The more community members know your ‘story’ the more likely they will want to connect with you.
Consider the Following:
You may add your entire exhibition history here. However if your exhibition history is long, consider a direct link to your online exhibition history in the websites and blogs section under Websites I like on your profile page.
During the registration process, you will be able to enter the names and URLs of your website or blog (if you do not have one, no worries) and websites you love that are related to your areas of interest. We're sure you have come across some unique and amazing sites and sharing these with others is a gift to the community.
myMuseo.com provides default privacy preferences that you can change during registration or at any time. These preferences are not dissimilar from most social media sites.
Please note: during the registration process you will be able to skip these steps and you can come back at any time and edit your privacy preferences. From the menu at the top right of the site, select My Account from the menu and edit areas you have not completed.
Getting Started with Listings
myMuseo.com is a visual site. The better quality your images are, the more response you will have to your listings.
Consider the following suggestions:
o You don't need expensive lighting equipment. The goal is to take your photos against a light-colored background with minimal shadows. We recommend you shoot as 100 or 200 ISO and use a tripod to reduce camera shake but it is not required. Most digital cameras take excellent photos in low light: both DSLRs and point & shoot cameras.
o We also recommend you use the self timer on your camera as this will also reduce or even eliminate camera shake.
o Shooting at 100 or 200 ISO will reduce JPG artifacts and give your images a sharp, high quality look.
o Make sure your light-source provides even color and no directional shadows or reflections, which will distract viewers from the artwork or collectible.
o If you are listing a large number of 3 dimensional items may want to consider investing in an inexpensive light box. These are available on various online photography sites as well as e-commerce giants such as Amazon and can be used with any type of camera, including your smartphones.
o If you are using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom or similar editing software, size your images for the best display. If you do not have Photoshop, most computers have editing tools built into the operating system that allow you to edit your images in. If you are unsure, contact us and we will advise you based on your operating system.
All images you upload will show your name first on the items detail page first and title second.
We suggest titling your item consistently with any other online appearance of the item such as your website, your gallery's website, etc.
For collectibles or art by other artists in your collection you may list we suggest the following: Your user name, Title, Artist or manufacturer. Using this format, the item will appear on the site as:
This formatting is especially important if you are both an artist and collector: This allows other members to distinguish your personal work from items you collect.
If you are selling on myMuseo.com, pricing is critical. Setting pricing is relative to the prices you have sold your work to previously. However, you may want to look at artists with similar work at similar sizes, dimensions and media to price your work. If you are represented by a gallery or have a significant exhibition history where your work has sold, price accordingly to past sales.
Some popular sites selling art will suggest you price by time, labor, and the cost of materials. We do not recommend that formula. Ultimately your work is valued by its aesthetic value, rather than a manufacturing value. Certainly you do not want to lose money by materials cost, but you do want to go above materials cost and consider the work's aesthetic value.
Some examples on how to price work in your collection by other artists or collectibles you are offering for sale:
Note: When pricing you have the ability to allow Offers. You set the minimum offer and if a community member meets your minimum offer you can accept or deny the offer.
On myMuseo.com we descriptions are different from your standard e-commerce site and this is where it can really be fun. Take some time and tell the story about your work or an item in your collection aligns with your vision or aesthetic. We all love stories, and the story behind an item is as interesting or valuable as the item itself. Descriptions are a great way to connect with kindred souls in the myMuseo.com community.
You can arrange your item in collections or list them as single items. Depending upon the items you list you can group them in any number of ways. A few examples are:
We have designed myMuseo.com with a default set of top level categories. When uploading and adding details to an item you can select Other, and add a category. When adding a category, that category will appear in the all categories list and will be searchable from the search field.
All sales and purchases made between sellers and buyers on myMuseo.com are between the two parties. Transactions are not made through myMuseo.com and are made between the buyer and seller through payment services such as PayPal, Apple Pay and similar services. We discourage bank to bank transactions that may put your privacy and bank account at risk.
If a community member selects Buy Now on the detail page of any item you have listed for sale you will receive an email to the account listed with your myMuseo.com account. You will also see this same email in the Message Center of your dashboard (in the menu at the top right of the page when you have logged in, select My Dashboard, and click on the Message Center tab.
When a community member purchases and item, that item will be marked Pending Sale. The payment method and shipping method are made by agreement between the two parties. Messages may be sent via myMuseo.com – preferred for both buyer's & seller's privacy – or by exchanging messages outside the myMuseo.com system (discouraged).
To close a sale in the myMuseo.com system the seller must enter the following information in their dashboard under the My Items tab:
Once this information has been entered the item will be marked as sold.
We do not remove sold items from the site. If an item has sold and you no longer want it to be on the site, please delete the item from your dashboard under the My Items tab.
The shipping method of an item is an agreement between the you and buyer. For your protection, we strongly recommend using a shipping method that is signature required and has a tracking number.