FinerWorks offers FREE order fulfillment in the form of white label (drop shipping) for artist and photographers who want prints shipped under their name or brand.
This brief guide is meant to highlight those features we offer at FinerWorks for artists and photographers who use us as their order fulfillment service. At FinerWorks, we believe providing reliable order fulfillment must be simple. In addition, we want artists and photographers to be confident their customers will receive the prints exactly as intended. There is no application process and it and does not take any special knowledge or technical expertise. If you know how to access photos or image files off your computer and use the Internet, your basic requirements have been met. If you have used FinerWorks before for online ordering, this guide will help you make sure you have not overlooked some of the tools we offer.
What is Drop Shipping?
One of the first things we did when we built our initial ordering system over a decade ago was provide an automatic drop shipping option. Drop shipping simply means you do not need to carry any inventory or worry about packaging and shipping. You commission the drop shipper (which would be FinerWorks) to send the order to your customers but branded under your name so it looks like you or your company shipped it.
Many big online companies rely on this method either solely or to let them ship products which they normally would not be able to inventory. Amazon.com uses this method for some of the items sold and at the individual level Ebay and Esty sellers use this method all the time.
How it Works
At checkout in the area where you select your “Shipping Method” will be a check box you can click to indicate you want it drop shipped. If you provide a valid address in your account’s business profile, we will automatically check this for you. The order is then shipped and made to look like you are the sender. No information about us will be included. Prices will also be removed from the packing slip.
Posting and Selling Prints
Currently, we do not offer custom URLs.
This will be done using your gallery’s URL. Once logged in, using the dropdown options under “My Account” and select “My Profile Page” to be directed to your gallery. Look to the top of the webpage, to the URL window. This is the same URL you will use to direct customers to your gallery.
We only display low web viewable versions of the images in the Select Gallery. There are mechanisms in place to protect images from being copied but even today any 12 year old with basic grade school computer skills can bypass these. If you are too worried that people will copy your web viewable images, we recommend not participating in the gallery experience.
While we are a big fan of watermarks in the gallery, most artists and photographers appear to not want watermarks displayed. Potential buyers have also shown a tendency to shy away from images with watermarks. Based on that we no longer place watermarks on images omn display.
While anyone with a “Gallery Account” can submit to the Select Gallery, we strictly moderate all images to ensure authentic, high quality artwork and photography. Images on our Select Gallery are subject to removal if they do not meet professional and artistic standards.
First, you will need to have registered as a “Gallery Account”. Assuming this is the case, go to “
Note that if you do not see this option this will mean you only have a “Basic” account. Please contact us to upgrade to a “Gallery Account”.
If you plan on using us to fulfill your order you should check the shipping page for shipping rates to determine the shipping cost and charge accordingly. Also consider reviewing our blog post titled What to Charge Your Customers for Shipping.
When creating your “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” buttons you will have the option to set different shipping rates. This will overide any shipping rates you have entered here or in your PayPal account profile.
PayPal allows you to setup Sales Tax or a Value Added Tax (VAT) within your PayPal account profile based upon the buyer's region. If you are receiving payment direct, we recommend doing so based on your regions tax requirements before you start selling.
When somone completes the purchase option of one of your offered prints, PayPal will send you a notification of the order details as well as your customer information. It is your responsibility to fulfill this order in a timely fashion by either having us fulfill the order or you ship it out yourself.