I started creating art at age 14. For me it was a creative endeavor that cared not at all whether it was accepted or sold. Since the selling of my music was how I earned my living for so many years, making art gave me an additional creative outlet that felt much more “pure” – unsullied by any thoughts of an audience, nor filthy lucre.
Times have changed. There is little to no money in the selling of my music; others collect royalties in my name without sharing a penny with me.
So I find myself in the position of wanting to sell some of my art pieces.
They can be best viewed in video format – photos do not do them justice, making them appear flat, which they are not. Even the pieces that hang on walls are more akin to sculpture than a flat painting or collage.
See for yourself at: https://www.instagram.com/artbyiannorth/
Beware of products that have too many 5 star reviews. Reviews such as, “ I purchased this product at a discounted rate in exchange for trying it and giving my honest feedback.” or even worse, “I was given this product in exchange for an honest review.”
Any product that has even one of these reviews is probably loaded with other five star reviews from people that fail to mention they received the item for free or at great discount.
Even a “verified purchase” can be a fake review. Check the reviewers history by clicking on their name. Is this the only product they’ve ever reviewed? If so they probably were paid by the company for their review or were given the money for the product.
Or if you see that the reviewer has posted tons of 5 star reviews, they do so knowing that vendors will send them free products. These people often have “badges” that say “Top 1000 Reviewer.”
Amazon has said that they are going to look into such devious practices but as of yet have failed to do so.
Look for one to three star reviews to get a more realistic view of the product. Finally, check the most recent reviews. Caveat emptor!
Update: I just read an article on the Huffington Post website. They reported on services that will post 5 star reviews for as little as $5 per review. Furthermore, these reviews look extremely authentic.