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« on: December 07, 2006 10:08:26 PM »

Hello everyone I'm super excited about this board I luurve it!

Anyway a friend and I are planning a ATC swap at my university and in order to create more interest we brainstormed that if we could auction off ATCs for a charity it would bring a more diverse group of people than those who just want to swap ATCs.  I know that you aren't supposed to sell your own ATCs but if the makers knew that it was going to be auctioned off for a charity would it be alright?  What are your opinions?

And while I got you here the plan: everyone who wants to trade ATCs brings as many as they want to trade, plus one to auction off.  We wanted to get an actual university gallery to post the donated ATCs and then have a silent auction with bids and everything.  Do you think this is a good idea?  I'm not sure which charity, but probably one dealing with art...haha.

Thanks for reading and your opinions in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2006 02:01:31 AM »

Technically, if you're getting money from them, they're called ACEOs - Art Cards, Editions and Originals - and it can be a very touchy subject with certain ATC artists (I'm not a fan, generally).

I do think it's cool you'd be doing it for charity...mostly I'm just bothered by the idea of people making money from something that's supposed to be about trading and getting to know other artists, but there are situations where it feels 'appropriate', and it really just comes down to personal discretion.


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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2006 06:01:50 AM »

i agree with A_A....but i'm an ATC traditionalist who doesnt even like the idea ACEO's...what about having a trading sessions...and auctioning off some type of display journals that were hand made or decorated...like the kind with pages in them for holding cards. then your still tying in the ATC's but not doing anything that people wouldnt find kosher
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2006 06:07:10 AM »

OR, how about you auction off the rights to choose a "free" card? That way you're not selling the art, just the chance to be first chooser of the cards that are given away. Highest bidder gets first choice, second highest bidder chooses second, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2006 07:44:31 AM »

OR, how about you auction off the rights to choose a "free" card? That way you're not selling the art, just the chance to be first chooser of the cards that are given away. Highest bidder gets first choice, second highest bidder chooses second, etc.

OO thats a good way around it!  Thanks for your opinions guys, I wanted to know what some veteran ATCers thought.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2006 02:38:56 PM »

Last night, as I was making the umpteenth card of the night (for the Ongoing ATC 3.0 swap) my hubby said 'you really should sell those'... I've been checking Ebay and they tend to go for $3-$10 each, depending on quality, etc.
I know there are some Craftsters selling there as well...
I'd love to hear the opinions of some more of you ATC artists
(Hopefully I'm not hijacking your thread, since this is the same topic)...

Does selling ACEO's take the fun/mystery/beauty out of ATCs?
Talk amongst yourselves...
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2006 03:25:18 PM »

For me personally, I'm against selling and won't buy any. I would much rather approach the artist and say "Hey, your work is cool. Wanna trade?" I want to keep it within the spirt in which it was created.

Its amazing that I have artwork from all over the world now and to an extent, a personal relationship with those artists. I learn from every card I get and hope that I'm teaching other artists in return. I also love the thought that my cards are now in Europe, Canada, the US and Australia. No other way would I have been to get my work out there.

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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006 04:05:49 PM »

I personally object to selling ATC's. I was in a swap on a Yahoo site last year and it turned out one of the people in the swap was turning around and selling the ATC's she got-Appalling! There is not enough of a distinction between the ATC's and ACEO's to really be able to control  this issue so I think it just shouldn't be allowed. That is my 2 cents at least!
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2006 07:30:41 PM »

i dont think i would personally ever really buy a card...it just wouldnt feel right...
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2006 09:41:41 PM »

My personal logic (about making ACEOs to sell) is:

-people who arent creative like the cards...but can't make them to swap them, so they could buy some

-Extra income each month would let me swap more and craft more

-A legit crafty job would keep me from having to get a 9-5 desk job and farm my kids out to corporate daycare...

But I suppose I could justify anything, right?
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