7 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Art Online

People who love art, right now aren’t able to visit their favorite galleries, to buy a new piece for their home, or just to enjoy the talent of the artists. Sometimes, we want to put some artistic paintings in our home, but we also know they can be pretty expensive, especially if they come from an acclaimed artist. Also, many beginners are using social media, or the Internet in general, to sell their art, but the people want to have them for a lower price, trying to negotiate. These times, especially the pandemic, are complicated for everyone. The artists can’t place their products properly, the galleries don’t give them enough chances, and the potential buyers are struggling with money, but still want to grab some art for their home.

When it comes to buying, everything is just a click away from us, and paintings or other artistic things can be easily approachable if we know what we are looking for. But, many of those who already bought paintings this way, say that it’s printed on canvas, and even though it looks good on the wall, there isn’t the same enjoyment as when we see all the brush and paint movements and imagine what the artist was thinking about. But, before you buy art online, you have to know that some things can be very tricky, and it’s easy to fall for a scam or some low-quality reproduction, and throw your money away for nothing.

But, let’s try to see the perks and the mistakes you can avoid:

1. You can’t have control over the quality

When buying art online, you should do that through verified auctions or reliable galleries, like and many others available on the Internet. That’s the only way to be sure the quality of the painting is controlled, and it’s just as it needs to be. But, keep in mind that auctions are practically a bid, and people offer higher and higher prices, and you may overpay for something that isn’t that worthy. This is another mistake many buyers make, especially if they are buying without thinking about the real price of the painting.

2. Not checking the size

You surely don’t want to pay a lot of money, for something that comes in a size of a writing pad. A large canvas gives enough space for the artist to be detailed. Also, you should double-check the size, and measure the walls in your room, because you don’t want to end up with something too big, that you can’t really put anywhere in your home. Buying a piece of art is an exciting experience, knowing that you are helping some artists to be even better at their job, and you will have something nice and valuable at your home. But, please, check the size before you proceed to pay, especially if you don’t want to walk through your house with a huge painting, and have no idea what to do next.

3. Ordering a frame too

The frames are protecting the edges of the painting and can be pretty practical when you want to fit them in your home. But, don’t buy “any” frame. Choose it carefully, because even though it seems easy, it’s not that simple to pick a frame for the artwork you are buying. Also, be careful, because these frames can be pretty expensive, and a real waste of money. Sometimes the seller will offer a frame together with the painting, but it doesn’t mean you have to accept it immediately, especially if it looks like crap. Once you have the artwork, you can order a custom frame, if you really want it. Some paintings are beautiful without the frame, and that’s why we don’t recommend hurrying with that decision.

4. Not having a reliable seller

Having a safety net is crucial when you want to invest a lot of money in the artwork. Don’t go for some suspicious sources, because you need a reliable supplier in this case, who is providing a quality check before they put the paintings on sale. Also, they are protecting the artwork properly for shipping, and you can be sure you will receive it in a whole piece, without damages. Be careful when you are choosing the galleries and sellers because you surely don’t want to end up collecting trash and spending money on it.

5. Check how the seller performs on the network

People who are particularly interested in something, always have a whole network of sellers and consultants. The most reliable ones are those who provide a legal way to pay for the products, they are protecting your privacy and always provide the best quality artwork. Most of them are connected with the artists, and you have to learn more before you hit the “buy” button and commit to that purchase.

6. Not looking for “ready to hang” paintings

Ready to hang is not the same as frame. Don’t forget to ask the provider if the painting is ready to be hanged immediately after you receive it, because if you try to do it by yourself, you can end up damaging such a precious piece of art, and you really don’t want to do that. So, in order for both sides to be completely protected, it’s always a better idea to mention this preference when ordering, so they can install a rope on the back of the painting in a professional way, using the right tools for that.

7. Investing in reproductions

The art should be unique and authentic, and having a reproduction won’t increase your social status. It’s always better to have something unique in your collection than to go for artists who can reproduce some popular painting for you – which can be really expensive, and of course, not worth it.

Now you know all the struggles and potential mistakes you can make, and we hope that our recommendations and tips will help you be smarter when buying paintings or any other type of artwork, especially if you are a complete beginner in this field.

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