Saturday, September 26, 2009

ArtFire is Now Free for All!

Yes you heard it right. ArtFire now offers unlimited listings for Basic Accounts. As Basic Account holders, you can list everything you have for free, no listing fee, no final sales fee. This promotion is good since today, September 26, 2009 although the promotion is for the month of October.

Here is the sign up page.

ArtFire Gives Away Free Unlimited Listings for the Shopping Season

Everyone gets free unlimited listings for the holidays on

Tucson, AZ – ArtFire has just announced that they will be giving away unlimited listings completely free for all sellers during the holiday season. This means that everyone can sell and list as many items as they wish for absolutely no cost or fees.

When they first launched, ArtFire revolutionized the handmade marketplace by making it completely free for users to sell online. Site members were able to list and sell up to 12 items at any point on the site, and could have unlimited listings with customizable features for the flat rate of $12/month. However, due to the current economic situation and the upcoming holiday season, ArtFire has decided to remove this 12 item limit for the shopping season, giving everyone on the site the option to list unlimited items for sale.

To make things even easier for sellers, ArtFire has also launched the Etsy Importer, allowing members to import all of their Etsy listings onto ArtFire quickly and easily. To help manage these imported listings, ArtFire is allowing free access for the month of October to their Global Product Editor, which gives sellers the chance to make batch edits to hundreds of products in their inventory at once.

“Regardless of marketplace or venue we’ve found that sellers who list more items have a much greater success online,” said Tony Ford, COO of ArtFire. “We want to give everyone the chance to be successful, and free unlimited listing will help our artisans obtain more sales during the fourth quarter.”

“Many of our sellers are concerned about the shopping season due to economic issues, and cannot afford to promote and advertise as they had last year,” said John Jacobs, CEO of ArtFire. “This Holiday Free for All will allow them to sell more items than ever before completely free.”

This Holiday Free for All Promotion is the first ever of its kind, and expected to completely change the craft marketplace.

For more information, please contact:

Tony Ford, COO
ArtFire Inc.
This is the greatest thing since the internet! Don't miss your train, sign up now!


Why bother with verified anymore if I can list unlimited items as a basic member?

If you like what you get in ArtFire and thinking of getting more benefits, you can pay the membership's flat rate fee for $12/month, also no listing and final sales fee. With Pro (formerly known as Verified) Accounts , you will get the following:
  1. +1 search weighting (verified members always win a relevancy contest where the tie is with a basic member)
  2. The Facebook Kiosk (worth $12/month all by itself by monetizing your fan page)
  3. Coupon codes and gift certificates
  4. Free featured spots for every verified member on the category, trend and gift guide pages (randomly selected)
  5. Artisan Guilds
  6. Artifacts
  7. Sticky Cart
  8. Global Product Editor
  9. Multiple quantity listings (which is great. every time a product of multiple quantities sold, it will get relisted to the front page! Less work for sellers :) )
  10. Fully customizable colors and layouts for the Fusion Studio
  11. The Gallery on your Fusion Studio
  12. Larger Super banner
  13. Advanced Artisan Bio with multiple pictures and links
  14. Studio widgets capability for ads, video, or other html and flash widgets
  15. 10 pictures instead of 4 on items.
  16. No advertising in your studio or items.
  17. No promotion of other (verified) sellers items on your item listings.
  18. Up to 99 studio categories

Those mentioned above are Pro only benefits. If you're interested of becoming a Pro Member, please kindly mention popnicutesupplies as your referral :)


A little more Q&A: 

How can ArtFire offer free unlimited listings to everyone?

Charging for a listing has been a staple of e-commerce since the late 90's. However the model is out of date, its costs next to nothing to host a listing. Why should a website charge you to put unique advertising content on their website?

Why would ArtFire do this?

ArtFire believes in artisans in the community. Time and time again they've seen that the single most common factor in a successful online businesses is that they list a lot of items. They want to remove barriers to your success, even if that means free unlimited listings for everyone. They believe that the real benefits of being a pro member go beyond unlimited listing. With the time saving promotional and management tools, tie breakers, benefits and more, why shouldn't they give new sellers the best chance of being successful.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Top 9 Handmade Christmas Gifts

A gift Guide for Christmas! Looking for Christmas gifts or something to wear for Christmas parties you're going to attend? Looking for handmade Christmas decorations? Send lovely handmade Christmas cards to your loved ones! Better shop now to secure your items before the crazy season takes over the post office!

Pick a favorite and leave a comment with link to your Artfire Studio to be included on next Friday's featuring.

All items have been submitted to Vote Handmade and Twitter as well :) Vote please!

Check out these cool Handmade Christmas gifts

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Global Bulk Editor is coming to ArtFire

Finally! Something we've been waiting for months is finally [almost] here!! The Bulk Editor for our product listings in ArtFire :)

See the full view screenshot here! Exciting isn't it? :D

Global Product Editor is LIVE
We are happy to announce the release of our newest feature at ArtFire, the Global Product Editor This timesaving tool allows you to batch edit many of the fields to a product including: prices, shipping, categories, promotion text, and more.  This means members can quickly make changes to 100s or thousands of products in their inventory with just a few simple clicks. The Global Product Editor has been one of the most requested features from our artisans since ArtFire began.  We are excited to be the first handmade venue to offer this robust selling tool.  You can find a full help guide detailing the features of the Global Product Editor by clicking here.
Progress Bar is HERE
This week we have also implemented new requirements for our basic members to list items for sale on ArtFire.  All basic members are now required to upload an avatar and studio banner, choose a payment method, provide an address, and fill out their artisan bio and studio policies before listings can go live.  This change helps our new basic members open a more professional looking studio and relieve shopper uncertainty before listing products for sale.  To help guide members though the process, a new progress bar has been added to your "My ArtFire" control panel that shows the status of each requirement.  All members will see this status bar until each step is complete.
Facebook Contest is Almost OVER
This month on Facebook we will be awarding two sellers with FREE VERIFIED ACCOUNTS FOR LIFE There is only one week left to enter, so don’t miss your chance.  To enter just post a link to your ArtFire Facebook Kiosk on the fan page wall If you are new to Facebook, or having trouble setting up a business page, answers to most of your questions can be found in our Kiosk help guide. Contest entries will be accepted up until 11:59:59 EST on September the 30th.   Don’t miss your chance at a free verified account for life!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Are you ready for Handmade Christmas Shopping?

Christmas is around the corner. I know! How fast this year go by? Here I select three items from my studio that would be perfect to accompany you to go to any Christmas Party or as stocking stuffers!

What could be a better gift than a personalized painting of your beloved? Send me a clear picture of the person you wish to be painted and receive the digital art within a week in your e-mail.

Visit Popnicute Studio and Popnicute Supplies for more awesome gift selections :)

Top 9 Featured Friday 09/18/09

What is adorable and shiny?

Pick a favorite and leave a comment with link to your Artfire Studio to be included on next Friday's featuring.

All items have been submitted to Vote Handmade and Twitter as well :) Vote please!

Are you ready shopping for Handmade Christmas?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

And the Winner is...

Jonathan Darrell Davis!!


This has been a fun contest. Thank you all who entered WIN A FREE CUSTOM DIGITAL PORTRAIT PAINTING GIVEAWAY. Keep an eye open for my next Giveaway :D



Friday, September 11, 2009

Top 9 Featured Friday 09/11/09

And I'm feeling blue....

Pick a favorite and leave a comment with link to your Artfire Studio to be included on next Friday's featuring.

All items have been submitted to Vote Handmade and Twitter as well :) Vote please!

Other unique gifts at ArtFire..

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ArtFire Now Accepts Amazon Payments

Today's good news for ArtFire sellers! ArtFire has integrated Amazon Payments as one of the payment options. The bad news is that Amazon Payments currently only accepts US residents as members but we heard that they're working on opening their market for international members as well. So let's wait and see! :D

Read the news below as quoted from ArtFire community letter.


Today we completed the integration of Amazon Payments, ArtFire’s newest payment option. Every U.S. based artisan can now set up and accept Amazon Payments along with PayPal, Google Checkout, Revolution Money Exchange, and of course check and money order.

Over 88 million people are currently registered with Amazon Payments and are familiar and comfortable with their payment process. With this integration all of those 88 million members familiar with Amazon Payments become your potential customers. Our goal at ArtFire is to give you and your customers as many options as possible so that each artisan has the tools to make their business successful.

This new payment option comes on the heels of the release of the breakthrough Facebook Kiosk and our Coupon Code system. After these two releases we have watched the average daily sales on ArtFire double. Kiosks and Coupons partner perfectly as seller tools. We have been very excited now to witness the incredible results for our artisans first hand. These features come in time for the busy holiday season ahead. If you haven’t tried out our Facebook Kiosk application or coupon codes there’s no time like the present. With help guides full of pictures and rapid response customer support, we’re ready to help you launch your business into the fourth quarter and beyond.

We have a lot more on the horizon for our artisans. Rest assured that if a feature or function will help you sell, open up new markets or give you access to new customer bases we will be working on making that feature or function a part of the Artfire platform.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Top 9 Featured Friday 09/04/09

I'm feeling like featuring Halloween unique gifts and artwork found in Artfire. These items can be found under "Ghost" keyword.

Pick a favorite and leave a comment with link to your Artfire Studio to be included on next Friday's featuring.

All items have been submitted to Vote Handmade and Twitter as well :) Vote please!

Other unique gifts at ArtFire..

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Get your picture or your beloved digitally painted by me, Kharisma R. Sommers for FREE!


1. You must be a fan of Popnicute to enter.
2. GO to Popnicute Fan Page and Leave a single comment there who would you want to be painted and why.
3. Invite your friends to join the contest too.
4. The Winner will be chosen using

Contest will be OFFICIALLY started on September 1, 2009 until September 15, 2009.

a Digital Portrait Speed Painting done by Kharisma R. Sommers. Retail Value of $45.

1. One entry per person.
2. IMPORTANT: Do NOT leave other messages aside than what was requested or you will be disqualified.
3. The winner will have to provide a clear picture of the person that will be painted and send it to my e-mail.

September 17, 2009.
The winner will be announced publicly and contacted personally.


Enjoy the contest and have fun! :D



After the glamorous ArtFire Kiosk launching, now ArtFire has launched a new feature just for Verified Members. Coupon Code is another great addition to follow the success of ArtFire Kiosk!

Here's the quote of the official newsletter or Coupon Code release.


ArtFire is proud to announce the release of our new Coupon Code system. This innovative system gives verified members the ability to create customized coupon codes with dozens of configurations and distribute via multiple channels with just the click of a mouse. The new system allows you to create coupons with incentives like percentage off, dollar amount off, free shipping and or free gifts. You can choose to apply these incentives over the entire range of your offerings, from your entire studio right down to the individual item level.

No more refunding your buyers after checkout when running a sale, with the new ArtFire Coupon Codes offering a sale is quick and easy! Along with the new coupon codes we also added the ability to offer Gift Certificates. You can now create gift certificates for exclusive use in your shop and email them right to the recipient. This means you can also list and sell gift certificates during the holiday season and beyond.

The coupon code launch comes right on the heels of the new ArtFire Facebook Kiosk. This new application allows verified sellers on ArtFire to add your customized fusion studio as a tab on your personal Profile and business Fan page(s). Sellers can now easily pair some of the best features at For example you might offer a "Facebook exclusive coupon" that can be used during a no account required checkout through your ArtFire Kiosk, to create leading edge promotion and exposure opportunities.

In the First week of rolling out the new Facebook Kiosk there have been over 3,000 Kiosks put up and reports of member sales increasing! We hope to see similar results with the Coupon Codes and will say that of all the features we have released none have been in higher demand than Coupon Codes. With unique new features we continue to grow the ArtFire community and our member's sales continue to grow as well. In August we saw record site traffic of over 1.7 million unique visitors and major advancements in SEO indexing on search engines!

At ArtFire we believe that innovation is the key to long term success. We strive everyday to keep our sellers on the cutting edge of what is possible in the age of e-commerce.

ArtFire’s focus on innovation and powerful management tools allows you to focus more of your time on running your business and building your brand. Thank you for allowing us to work with you, we look forward to many more successes with you.
I have personally used this feature and my buyer was able to use the coupon code smoothly! No more delayed paypal refunds!

Click here to read all about creating and managing your coupons

You can get to your coupon management screen here

You can get to the coupon creation screen here

Just want to say I'm glad i choose the right venue to sell! :D
If you're seeking to upgrade your account, click here. Kindly mentioned "popnicutesupplies" as your referral member.