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How to avoid art scams / Comment éviter les arnaques artistiques

2017 . 10 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

We’re all susceptible to being duped.

N’importe qui peut être dupé.

This conversation with scammy business person shows you some of the bullying tactics that I refer to at the end of the video.

Cette conversation avec un business qui sent un peu l’arnaque montre certaines des tactiques d’intimidation auxquelles je fais référence à la fin de la vidéo.

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I have never fallen for an out-and-out scam, but I have trusted people and institutions who lied. I share my mistakes on my blog hoping that people who can’t be truthful about their intentions will stay away from me and that other artists will make better choices than I have.

Je ne me suis jamais fait prendre par une escroquerie, mais j’ai fait confiance dans des personnes et des institutions qui ont menti. Je partage mes erreurs sur mon blog en espérant que ceux qui ne peuvent pas être honnêtes resteront bien loin de moi et qu d’autres artistes choisiront mieux que moi.

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(4) Comments / Commentaires: How to avoid art scams / Comment éviter les arnaques artistiques

-- libby fife -- 2017 . 10 . 16 --


That’s a great letter ya got there!

A good rundown of scams and uncomfortable things. I was struck by the comments regarding paying to enter art shows and I hope I understand what you mean. After paying my entry fee for a show several times and being rejected, I have come to feel that I don’t care to finance an organization’s show. Because that is what it really comes down to. You are giving some group your money in order to pay the juror, provide refreshments, pay the owners, keep the lights on, etc.

My viewpoint (and yours too I guess) isn’t popular and isn’t in the norm. And really, I am not being bitter here, just pragmatic. I don’t need new ways to waste money, I got that covered!

Lastly, I once had a legitimate person ask to buy one of my pieces. He had an online art gallery in Colorado that he was starting and was going to buy my piece and turn around and sell it in his gallery (for more money I assume). Something about this scenario struck me as “wrong.” When I pressed him on this, he sort of shrugged his shoulders (in an online, Internet kind of way) and said it was fine. Maybe this is something legitimate but it didn’t feel OK to me.

So, who do you want to do business with? I hate getting held over a barrel because I am an “artist.” It sort of sucks doesn’t it?

Good post! Thank you:)

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 10 . 16 --

@Libby: We’re on the same page re: application fees, and I’m glad we found each other too! Our opinion isn’t a popular one and the people who disagree get really defensive—much like how people who have been duped get defensive about the scam until they admit to themselves that they were tricked. :(

I’ll pay $5 or $10 happily because that small fee seems like a legitimate processing fee. This $35 or $80 crap has got to stop though!

As for your story about the gallerist who was buying up front, I get why that would weird you out. I’m not sure how I would feel about it either…

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-- Valérie -- 2017 . 10 . 29 --

Bonjour Gwenn,
et merci pour ce partage d experience ! Concernant le coaching, j’ai trouvé ton nom dans le livre de cory huff “how to sell your art online”, alors j’avais pensé que tu recommanderais ce type de coaching mais du coup, j’ai un doute : est - ce une bonne idée de s’inscrire à ce type de cours ?? J’hésite… Ton avis ?

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 10 . 29 --

@Valérie: Je crois qu’ils existent des guides pour artistes et des cours qui peuvent vraiment aider. Le problème c’est que, comme dans tous les industries, ils existent aussi des personnes malhonnêtes. :(

Si j’allais m’inscrire pour un coaching je regarderais d’abords comment la personne partage ses connaissances en ligne. Si elle partage presque rien gratuitement ou si sa manière de partager ne vous plaît pas complètement, je dirais qu’il vaut mieux l’éviter. Et puis on a toujours le droit de demander si on peut parler avec des artistes que le guide a déjà aidé, et comme ça voir si le guide fait son boulot…

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