Vanishing Point is constantly growing, and if you are thinking about joining our team, this page will give you some of the advantages and benefits of selling your products through our site.
As Vanishing Point is the leading supplier of science fiction, real world and military vehicles and environments, we are actively seeking to increase our range of these products and preference will be given to these merchants, fields, genres, and products.
This is more generous than the standard 50% cut that many other sites give merchants, and you will always receive this share regardless of sales or discounts given by the selling website. We give this amount to all brokered artists, whether they are a best-seller or if their products are exclusive.
We pay this same commission to every merchant for every product. There are no convoluted terms to change this amount, such as selling one version of product for a 50% cut unless it's a premium product then it gets a 70% cut unless the customer pays with a voucher, then it's a 50% cut of a 70% cut.
Unlike larger sites, where your product will be held in a "product testing queue" for 9 to 11 to 14 days (which is 2 weeks!), our goal is to test submitted products within 24 hours of receiving them. If your product is not acceptable, we will send you a detailed e-mail listing the reasons why it was rejected. If your product is accepted, it will be added to Vanishing Point and Content Paradise, and you can start making sales immediately.
Content Paradise can be accessed by either clicking on the "Content" tab within Poser 5 (and above) or by going directly to Content Paradise website (opens in new window).
We will also cross-link your product to similar Vanishing Point products listed at Content Paradise, which should increase sales for your product and the cross-linked product.
We can create bundled products, which contain two or more of your products or your product and a related product from another merchant. This allows the customer to purchase multiple products in one transaction, without needing to search through the site for required or related products. Bundled products are usually priced the same as the total of the individual products. This way, you (the merchant) won't lose any money and previous customers won't feel like they've been cheated by not waiting for the bundled product. (Unique to this site!)
Many of our merchants' products have been featured on the "New at CP This Week" and the "Featured Products" sections on the Content Paradise front page, as well as in the Content Paradise weekly newsletter. Although we can't control which products they will select for their front page (nor can we guarantee that your product will even be selected), if you have a good product, your chances of being listed on the Content Paradise front page may be higher if you list your product with us than if you listed it with another site.
Cornucopia is a marketplace for Vue d'Esprit users, just like Content Paradise is to Poser users (link opens in new window). When possible, we will try to convert your model to Vue d'Esprit format and upload it for sale at Cornucopia.
Please note that not all models can be converted to work properly in Vue: we will do the best we can, but we can't promise that every single will be converted or will be available at Cornucopia. Please note that products such as clothing, poses, or other Poser-specific files can not be converted to Vue format.
If you are selling a model, we will create an interactive presentation of your product so customers can "test-drive" it before purchasing. This gives the customer a better idea of the shape and texture of the model.
Whenever they see this image, your customers will know that they can preview your product before purchasing.
Note: Although we will try to do this for every model, please be aware that some models may not convert properly or may be too large for web browsing.
Note 2: The interactive models are made with Sketchfab and WebGL, which is viewable in a web browser. Rest assured that your product's geometry or texture information can not be extracted from this model.
We allow merchants to upload as many sales images as they need, in order to properly show off their product. Need 5 or 6 or 7... or even 10 images to properly show your product? That's no problem! Need only 2 images? That's fine also. Unlike most marketplace sites, we no longer limit you to only 3 images.
We have created some brief tutorials to help artists with their images:
We allow each product to have it's own banner, regardless of whether it's exclusive or non-exclusive. Some other sites only allow one banner per merchant, no matter how many products that merchant may be selling.
Our banners are much larger (600x100 pixels) and are designed to compliment the look of the site. In fact, visitors may think they're looking at sample artwork instead of a banner.
Every product receives these, regardless of whether you're a top seller:
-Featured Product on the front page of the site, which changes every week and is seen in our newsletter.
-Inclusion in the weekly newsletter: both in the New Products section and in the Featured Products section.
-"New Product" e-mail notifications sent out to all customers (who have signed up to receive the notification), not just your previous customers.
You have the choice to list your product as exclusive or non-exclusive. We understand that merchants want to maximize their income by selling on multiple sites, and because of this, we do not penalize any merchants who do not sell exclusively with us.
We pay all of our merchants during the first week of a month for the previous month`s sales. We have a minimum payment of $25 and we'll hold your payment until you reach this amount.
Unlike some other sites that may hold your first payment until you reach a set amount (such as $300), we pay you whether you've made $25 or $100 in your first month.
Some other sites may hold your first payment up to 90 days to make sure you're "cleared" as a merchant. We pay new merchants the money they are owed on the next pay date. For example, if you upload your first product in April and it makes a sale on April 30, you'll get your payment when we pay the merchants in May.
Unlike some other sites that set a minimum pricing at $5.00 (or $7.00), we do not have a specific minimum price. Instead, our pricing is based on the size of your product: $0.50 per meg. This means that the minimum price for a 4M product would be $2.00, though you are certainly encouraged to price your items above the minimum price.
We do not take "taxes" from foreign merchants. According to one merchant, another big-name site takes an additional 30% of the product price as a "tax" on foreign merchants... on top of the 50% that the site takes as their share.
This also means that you are responsible for reporting your income to the appropriate tax agencies. However, under certain tax laws, you may not need to report any income if you received less than $1,000 in one calendar year. (Check with your tax advisor to be sure.)
Please note, that if you choose to sell your product with us, we reserve the right to continue to list it on both Vanishing Point and Content Paradise for a period of ninety (90) days after it is uploaded for sale. If you want to remove your product before the ninety days, we will certainly consider your reasons. However, asking us to delete your product because you want to sell exclusively at another site is not a sufficient reason to remove your product.
Unlike other sites, you don't have to check in with us every 5-6 days to let us know about your travel plans. All we ask is that you answer your customers' questions in a timely manner.
We will not fail your product because of a typo in your product's readme file or if you forget to include a license file. We're all human, so why should your forgetfulness delay your product and cost you 2 weeks of potential sales?
We provide exclusive resources and guidelines to help you better develop and promote your products. (This information is only available to merchants.)
We provide message forums for merchants to talk about current projects and to discuss working with other merchants.
|Becoming a Brokered Artist|
To become a brokered artist, you must complete a few steps. These steps only have to be done once.
1) Decide on a product.
2) Complete the Member Information
That's it! You are now a merchant and you are now ready to upload your first product.
1) Create the following files:
Note: Your product zip file MUST include the following license. You can download it by clicking here.
For more specific information about the required files, please see our Product Checklist.
2) Go to the Upload Product Page and fill out the form.
If you have already sent us the product file, it may be easier to send us an e-mail with the product description and price, rather than filling out the form.
If you do not have Adobe's Acrobat Reader you can download it (for free) from:
Please note that you only need to send us the W-9 form *once*, unless your information changes (you move to another address, you marry and change your name, etc.).
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