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 online as physical prints and other items. Be that printed photos 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 they buy. 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.
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.
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.