About the Tail Design Marketplace
The Mer-Made Tail Design Marketplace was conceived to be a place where artists could post their tail designs, and then see them actually come to life. The Marketplace aims to give customers the widest, best selection of mer-tail designs possible, coupled with high-quality dye-sub printing and construction.
Work in progress and subject to change
Three major points that have come up a lot in conversations with artists:
1) Any designs you have already done will need to be at the very least transferred/reshaped onto the basic templates that are provided, so that the resulting tails are known sizes for people to order, like any other intended-to-be-worn product
2) It's extremely helpful if you have a Paypal Business account rather than a personal one. It's annoying and bugs me but the marketplace software requires it to do automatic commission payments to you
3) Starting with $50/sale
Q: Does this cost me anything?
A: There is a commission structure on sales, but no, signing up and posting tails doesn't cost you anything
Q: Ok, what's the commission then?
A: For every tail that is sold using one of your designs, you will receive $50 commission, with no limits on number of designs you can post, and no ceiling on sales.
Q: But I don't get paid per-upload?
A: Think of this like having an online storefront, or Etsy page. You are creating the art on your own time, but you get paid each time the piece is purchased rather than a one-off commission fee.
Q: So you're selling my designs, or....?
A: No, what I'm selling is essentially a fulfilment service to turn tail designs into actual tails. The end-customer will never have your final design file (I'll need it, obviously, to print it) and what you'll post on the marketplace as a product image is a much smaller, lower-res, heavily-watermarked version of the design.
Q: Do I work for you? Am I a contractor?
A: No, this is just an online platform that I'm running. Think of it like having an Etsy shop or selling on eBay.
Q: Is there a contract outlining the terms of this whole thing?
A: Working on one, less of a contract that needs to be signed (since not contractors or employees) but will lay out things like rights issues, commission structure, etc, so we're all on the same page with what to expect.
Q: Do I need to use your templates?
A: No, but you can if you'd like. Whatever template you use needs to be sized to be printed and then worn, with a known and provided size chart, so that's good to keep in mind!
Q: What monofins can I design for?
A: Any of them...all of them! You MUST specify which monofin(s) are compatible with each design in the product description (along with the measurements....remember, the end goal here is people are going to actually wear these!)
Q: Can I design for monofins made by other tail-makers?
A: Sure, why not? Bet they'll be happy to have somebody help drive sales to their monofins! It definitely helps if you have the monofin so you can get measurements.
Q: Do I need to offer multiple sizes of tail?
A: No, but it's probably a good idea. Tail measurements MUST be included in the item description, though.
Q: That means the designs need to be full size?
A: Definitely, 1:1 size, high-res, 150-300 PPI, print ready.
Q: Can I use your size chart for reference?
A: It's early enough days that I don't know if the size chart is good or not yet, but...sure!
Q: How wide is the fabric you use?
A: 58 inches wide, 1.5mm scuba knit. There will probably a 3.0mm and a neoprene option in the future.
Q: Open or Closed fin?
A: Open, for now. Keeping things simple for launch, the plan is side-zippers soon.
Q: Do you provide vinyl fin inserts?
A: Not at this time, maybe in the future. The idea was to keep costs (and thus price) down, especially in the beginning.
Followup Answer: Vinyl inserts are proving very popular so they'll be coming around sooner rather than later.
Q: Side? Dorsal fins? Pectoral fins?
A: Not yet, see above-above. Side fins on the seam are probably fine, but will incur an upcharge for the extra work needed. Any upcharges are on the final price of the tail being made, not charged to you in any form, and doesn't affect your commission.
Q: Cool enough! How do I sign up?
A: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and the sign-up link, or feel free to DM on Facebook or IG (Links on homepage)