I'm looking to start selling some still images of 3D renders I've made over the years, in hopes of making some small amount of passive income.
Is society6 still a thing? Are there better alternatives?
I use Society6. The quality is around 70% ish I would say, but for the price and piece of mind not handling shipping or any orders it is 100% worth it.
I mostly use Society6 because the price point is solid for who buys my work. My illustrations are for fun, so if folks want to have them as well then I'd rather them be more affordable.
You have to think about your market and what you're offering. Like Micah said, Redbubble and Society 6 is a flooded market. I sell stuff on S6, but I'm also super particular about it. Just because you can put your designs on every product doesn't necessarily mean that you should. It takes a while to learn what sells, and often it's the stuff that doesn't yield you any kind of a profit on those platforms.
I've had better luck with INPRNT, but again it's what you're offering. 3D renders don't really sell in print form because it's such a niche market.
I think Aimee makes a stronger point for monetizing the work in a different way- not prints or products but as assets that people can use. In both the long term and the short term, it seems much more lucrative.
Recently watched this:
Dustin Lee sells stock assets and makes around 30 to 40k a month.
The Futur also has a number of videos talking about this topic:
I recently took up Redbubble. So far my review is:
1: It's easy and free to just upload something and put it on 100 different products. I'd recommend trying it if there's anything you think would sell. The print/product quality also isn't amazing so keep that in mind if you think that could hurt your brand.
2: It's hard to sell. I actually haven't sold anything yet. The site itself is a flooded market and it's hard to stand out. It's probably best to make niche market stuff and then advertise your store on other sites. If you do sell products you don't make a ton of money so keep that in mind when you budget for ads.