Let's talk buying, packing and shipping art.
We are so grateful that you are considering purchasing original art from us. You should feel good knowing that when you purchase art from LINDA CHIDO ART you are supporting both the individual artist and our family. Each original artwork on our website is a one of a kind artwork made with love. Original artwork is an investment and we want to ensure you fully understand all of the costs associated with purchasing original art.
What is “Original Art”?
Original art, or original fine art, isn’t “original” just because it’s creative—it’s original because it’s one-of-a-kind.
Its opposite is a reproduction: a print or a poster.
Original art is typically far more expensive than reproductions.
In the middle ground between original art and posters is the fine art print sometimes called a giclee. What sets a fine art print apart from a poster is the quality of the inks and the quality of paper in making the print. Fine art prints are typically made with archival quality inks and printed onto beautiful fine art papers or canvas.
Fine art prints come in two categories - open edition and limited edition. An open edition means that there can be many prints made of that particular artwork. Sometimes they are signed by the artist but not numbered. A limited edition print is printed in limited quantities. Once they are sold they will not be printed again. Limited editions are typically signed by the artist and also numbered. The smaller the limited edition size, the more valuable the print will typically be.
Why is shipping art so expensive?
We would hate for the shipping fees to deter you from purchasing a beautiful piece of art that you love. This is why we have created this page. We are striving to be 100% transparent about our costs.
The first thing for you to know is that original artwork, being that it is one of a kind, means that it has its own unique packing and shipping requirements. Estimating is near next to impossible.
Before shipping, each artwork needs to be prepared to ship. It starts with being wrapped, typically in plastic, so it's protected from water damage, sandwiched between heavy duty cardboard to protect it from being crushed or punctured, bubble or foam wrapped to create a buffer between it and potential harm, cardboard stability pieces placed at the corners to keep the artwork from moving around within the box, and then put into the shipping box (or crate). All of those material are expensive, and we haven't even gotten to then shipping part yet!
Shipping calculation are based on the box size your artwork is in, it's weight and the address it is being sent to. Again, because we are shipping a one of a kind item, there is not a specific estimate we can give. Though, it has been our experience that shipping artwork under 36 inches wide in any direction will ship within the continental United States for under $100. Though, once the package's girth is over 130 inches, an additional $100+ surcharge kicks in. Over 165 inches and you have to switch to trucking which is very costly.
For shipping Internationally, there are customs considerations, export invoices (and an import invoice if the artwork needs to be returned), VAT or value added tax, trade tariff commodity codes, and export licenses. And regardless of the art shipping nationally or internationally, it must have insurance.
WOW! That's A Lot!
It is a lot and every carrier has their own rules on top of the requirements above. That is why our shipper is worth his weight in gold! We use Austin Mail Express for most of our shipping. He has extensive experience shipping artwork all over the world. In addition, most of the artists in our area trust him with their shipping. Austin Mail Express knows the ins and outs of shipping and is a valued member of our team.
As we said above, we strive to be transparent about our costs. This is why most of Linda's art has a "purchase request" button instead of just click and pay. We want to ensure that you are paying the exact shipping costs to receive your artwork. Plus, it gives Linda a chance to get to know you better and provide you with some white glove service.
With the purchase request, we begin the process with an email exchange, and then invoice you half the price of the artwork. That marks the artwork as sold. After the artwork is packaged and prepared for shipping, our shipper will tell us exactly the cost to ship the artwork to you. We then send you a second invoice with the remainder of the cost of the artwork, plus the cost of the shipping, and a tracking number. Once your payment clears, your beautiful new artwork will be on its way to you.
But you have original artwork in your Gallery Shop.
We do. We sent a list of all of the original artworks in our Gallery Shop to our shipper (Austin Mail Express) and he gave us a range of costs to ship those pieces within the United States. We then took the lowest number from those estimates. We are not profiting from the shipping costs. In fact, we usually end up having to make up the difference from our own pockets. Shipping costs sometimes seep into our profits but sometimes, that's the cost of doing business. The most important thing is the artwork gets to you in pristine condition.
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