Well, after months of toying with the idea, I've finally listed a piece of art on eBay.
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Having run a regular open studio for over a year (and run it very much like a gallery, no less), I am by this point an old hand at the experience of large numbers of people coming through, a certain percent of them having genuine interest, and in turn a certain percent of them actually making a purchase. Posting something on eBay is in a way much less demanding (I'm not standing in front of hundreds of people over the course of an evening), but in another way, it's kind of nerve-wracking. EBay represents a great opportunity to place art in front of a world-wide audience... and everybody want to take advantage of it. There are thousands of artists listing, and given a thumbnail of less than 1 inch square (depending on screen resolution, of course), it's pretty hard to stand out. In these conditions, even Leonardo would have a tough time standing out. I did plan to submit the painting as a featured listing, but eBay requires a feedback of at least 10 to do so, and I'm using a new business account for this. Argh! Given the depth of the field, it's an honest concern that few people would even see the listing.
That said, I think there's some real potential here, and I'm genuinely excited to finally be on this bandwagon... or whatever the appropriate metaphor might be....