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In addition to finding shows more easily and getting discounts on travel expenses, the Internet offers a number of ways to sell your work without even leaving the house. I used to sell on eBay (http://www.prlog.org/11996509-checks-unlimited-offer-code-50-off-coupon.html) quite a bit but things have changed a lot over the years. Listing fees and final value fees seemed to keep going up every few months. They have made changes to the feedback policy which is not very friendly to sellers. Most recently they have even made changes to the way shipping works and it got to the point where I just couldn’t make money selling on eBay any longer. The good news is that there are other places to sell and eBay is not the only game in town.
You could start your own website or blog to sell your work but then the problem is, how do you get traffic to it? I like to list my products for sale on other websites because these websites already have traffic (http://www.prlog.org/11998277-tigerdirect-coupon-code-20-off.html) and I can piggyback on their success. If you do have your own blog or website you can list some of your work on various free classified ad sites to get a bit of traffic. There are also many ways to advertise and optimize your site for the search engines but this article is more about finding places online that allow you to sell your goods, places that already have traffic.
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