MakerShop is cutting 3D printing enthusiasts a nice break for monthly seller subscriptions. As the marketplace for 3D printing heats up worldwide, many designers and hobbyists are looking for an affordable, safe place to land for selling their 3D designs and 3D printed models.
There are many factors to take into consideration before joining a 3D printing community and setting down roots as a seller, and MakerShop is working to make that as easy as possible for their sellers with a discounted standard subscription rate of only $5 for the next five months, for the first 100 subscribers.
With an aim to make everybody happy, MakerShop’s mission is to offer designers a great platform for making an income while indulging in their passion for 3D design and 3D printing. They also want to encourage others to become fans of 3D printing through exposure to MakerShop where they can buy extremely inexpensive models to 3D print, for as little as under a dollar — and sometimes free. Shoppers can download the 3D models, order 3D printed models, use MakerShop’s 3D printing services, and enjoy a wealth of knowledge and learning reading blogs and tips.
The company is owned by SpiveyWorks Corporation in Charlotte, NC and was the result of a brainstorm by Michael Spivey, who is a believer in the wondrous concept of how 3D files and 3D models have the potential to become viral as they are shared worldwide, with people of all ages coming up with one innovation after another and spreading the word.
Sellers enjoy no listing or commission fees and are encouraged to promote and build up their own brands within the marketplace through featuring their 3D designs and 3D printed models for shipping, as well as blogging, with resources made available for them to do so, and they are given a great amount of latitude with that service in that sellers can post links, photos, and videos. Other forms of income can be received through PayPal donations, and conversely, sellers can provide shoppers with free 3D designs. Communication is easy through the community, and sellers’ email addresses are protected.
“For a long time, I tried to find a good website to run my own ‘web shop’ for my 3D printing product. As soon as I found MakerShop, I knew that I had found my place,” said the owner of the Fantasygraph 3D print design shop. “The interface was neat and professional, and the opening of my web shop was free, and was made in ten minutes without a problem.”
Anyone can subscribe to MakerShop for free with a basic subscription, with many features, except for the ability to accept payments online (they can receive donations). With the standard subscription, sellers are able to accept payments and take advantage of many personalization features, and different marketing tools like Google Analytics. There is also a Plus subscription which takes sellers up in the ranks and allows them to see aggregate MakerShop statistics, as well as allowing them to sell up to $500 of pay-per-print designs. There are no registration fees, and as MakerShop states, “You get to brand your shop how you want.”
Have you used MakerShop’s services in any capacity yet? Are you thinking of subscribing after hearing about their discounted five-month rate? Tell us your thoughts in the MakerShop Offers Five Month Standard Subscription for Only $5 forum over at 3DPB.com.