Could you make money selling your Instagram photos?

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Instagram addict? If so have you thought about selling your Instagram photos? It might not make you a millionaire but whilst the social media platform continues to explode there is definitely a market for those tiny square images.

How to sell your Instagram images

how to sell your instagram images

Instaprints

(website here)

Whilst looking to print out an Instagram photo of my dog (I know, right) I came across Instaprints.

The website allows you sell your Instagram images as physical prints. Be that printed and famed pictures or your skinny latte Instagram as a poster, greetings card or phone case, it’s easily done.

Buyers can search the site by subject to find the style of image they like and then choose to print it out across a number of products.

Instaprints charges a flat rate for each product then the seller can mark up the product as they see fit. So the price the buyer pays is equal to the Instaprints base price for materials plus your asking price.

Instaprints then prints the image to size and sends it out to the seller, you don’t have to do a thing.

You are paid on the 15th of the month (Paypal for users worldwide or an option for a cheque in the U.S.) for all sales which took place on or before the 15th of the previous month.

 

Twenty20

(website here)

Intrigued by the idea of selling Instragram images, I did a bit of searching and came across Twenty20 which was previously called Instacanvas.

You simply sign up with your Instagram account and your images are all there waiting for you.

Images are then uploaded into your username gallery (you can remove images and edit search terms for each image to make them more discoverable) or buyers can search by subject. They can then be printed onto canvas, framed images, cards, t-shirts and more. Twenty20 handle the printing and postage side.

Unlike Instaprints you don’t get to set your own price, Twenty20 have a set price of their own and the seller takes 20% of each sale. Payments are made via PayPal on the first Monday of the month.

Through Twenty20 you are also able to sell your images as stock but the process for this seems a little complicated and blurred, hopefully this side of it will become clearer with time.

how to make money selling your instagrams

Could selling Instagram images work? Is this something you think you would do? My own images? No way, no how would they sell (although Jarvis is a pretty cute pup) but I think someone with a modicum of talent could sell some beautiful images and as a buyer I think it’s better than having the same tired Ikea print as everyone else.

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Comments

  1. Interesting idea! Not sure I’d have an interesting enough feed, but there are some great IGers out there that could benefit.

  2. That’s a great idea. Mine aren’t that great, but I certainly follow some who are.

    I can see loads of people signing up though, and then the site being clogged by rubbish pictures and making it hard to find a good one. Maybe they’ll curate what you see/popular ones in some way?

  3. wow I had no idea you could do this! thanks for sharing!

  4. excellent informative post! Never knew this was even a possibility, not sure mine are any good though, I doubt anyone would want to buy them! x

  5. this is such a great idea, I might try it out :]

  6. This is so interesting.
    I don’t think anyone would want my food photos blown up onto canvas but some of the people I follow on IG could definitely make a few bob from this with their pretty photos. x

    Leanne – A Slice of My Life

  7. Great idea! I have a feelin though that I think my photos are better than they are…doubt anyone would want to pay money for them! These online stores could help provide your stock for a bit of a boutique etsy shop though.

  8. Awesome post.

  9. This is a brilliant idea. Might have to start making my feed a little more interesting!
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  10. I see some amazing account where this could be lucrative. If I tried this I would create a separate account to separate my kids photos.

  11. What a brilliant and innovative idea!

  12. I’m fairly new to Instagram and don’t have many interesting pics, but I could see how some uses could really cash in.

  13. The money for spending on sofa and Fire hd tablet

  14. Thank you for sharing this info…it was not something I was aware of and will definitely be looking into it more very soon. I like your idea @Erica Brooks about separating the personal pics especially of your children and having a separate account for selling photos. I was already thinking to myself that if I signed up I would have to exclude my personal photos and that might take forever to do depending on how fast the process/website is. My IG account is mostly personal pics of family but I am excited about the thought of another account where I just upload pics of say flowers, sky views, nature and other images that might be easily sold. It’s a wonderful idea to make a little extra money and very easily done. I love it. Thanks again for the great information!

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