PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE TRADING.
What is Big Print Marketplace?
Big Print Marketplace is a blog dedicated to you meeting other photographers who’s prints you will hopefully think are rad enough to trade with one of your prints.
How does Big Print Marketplace work?
BPMP relies heavily on trust. We are essentially acting as a generator and inspiration for all the print swaps to come. If you have a print you would like to offer up to trade with another print take a photo of it and tag it with #BPMPOFFER
The idea is that people who are interested in finding a print to hang on their wall will lurk through the BPMPOFFER Hashtags until they find a print they like. They will then contact you through your Tumblr and offer a print they would be willing to exchange with you. If you think their print is awesome then exchange addresses, head to your local post office and trade away. Simple.
What should I include in my post?
Give as much information as possible. Remember, ideally you want people who have a print of similar quality to trade with you. So make sure that you know the paper it was printed on, the ink that was used, the process that was used, the exact dimensions of the print, what the subject of the print is, what the title of the print is etc etc etc. The more information the better and don’t forget to tag it with #BPMPOFFER
How much do I pay for prints?
Big Print Marketplace does not work on a monetary system. It is pure and simple, print for print. This means that we greatly discourage people asking for money as part of the trade for a print. If you see a print you like make sure you have a print of equal (or greater) value to offer to the person you are hoping to trade with.
What sort of quality does my print have to be?
This depends completely on you and what sort of print you hope to get back. If you put up a print that was from your local chemist (pharmacy, drugstore) and only cost you 50 cents, expect to get a print of similar quality offered back (not that there is anything wrong with that). If you spend $100 on a print and make sure it is perfect in every possible way then you will probably want a print of similar quality in return. If your print has been dug out of a dusty old box which has been stored in your shed for 50 years then it might be a family heirloom so you should probably keep it…. or you could trade it if you like.
Should I sign my print?
That is completely up to you. Though, we would probably recommend it as it gives your print some extra authenticity and is always a classy addition.
What happens if I send off my print and the other person doesn’t send me theirs?
Unfortunately this is bound to happen. We would recommend sending the other person some friendly emails asking what has happened. Hopefully they will respond and you will be able to work it out between yourselves. We at BPMP accept absolutely no responsibility for prints that don’t show up or are not to the standard you originally thought. We simply act as the inspiration for you to swap your prints. However, if you send them a friendly email and they are horrid back to you or you never hear from them again please inform us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If we get other emails from other people regarding the same tumblr user we will make a post stating not to trust them.
Does my print have to be photographic?
Thats one of the great things about this. Because it is run by you the print can really be in whatever medium you like. Originally the idea was to trade photographic prints but if you have a great drawing or painting to offer or maybe even a Zine use the ol’ #BPMPOFFER hashtag and see what comes your way.
I want to be featured by Big Print Marketplace!
Great, just send us an email with your work and a image of a print. If we love your work you’ll get featured.