Thursday, July 14, 2005

selling vs not selling ATCs

A controversial subject at the moment in the ATC world. My personal opinion is that they should not be sold. Selling in my opinion goes against the entire concept of "trading" cards, but there is always someone who is going to capitalize on an idea. How does one go about protesting the selling of ATCs? There is no way to stop it. You can ignore it, but it just isn't going to go away. There will be those that trade, and there will be those that sell. We will all just have to learn to live with it.


Anonymous blue apple said...

I disagree totally with the sale of Artist Trading Cards for the simple reason ANY EXCHANGE OF MONEY goes against the whole concept of ATCs which vanci created. Cat Schick in response to an email from me, says it best - if you are going to sell your Artist Trading Cards - CALL THEM SOMETHING ELSE! Don't ride the ATC bandwagon ... call them minis or something. Be creative!

4:58 p.m.  
Blogger Sharon K. Shubert said...

I think selling them is fine. All types of trading cards are sold. If someone finds an ATC exceptional and they want it, why shouldn't they be allowed to purchase it if the artist agrees? I haven't sold any of my ATC's and have no intentions to do so, but it doesn't bother me that some may sell theirs.

8:25 p.m.  
Anonymous Avie said...

Most artists who are selling them call them ACEO's. To each his/her own. The day is going to come when a trader decides to 'liqidate' their collection on e-bay. Sigh...

3:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Leola said...

It's already happening on ebay.

4:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Gail D. Whitter said...

i am a purist when it comes to Artist Trading Cards. If an artist or other is going to sell them, then please don't call them Artist Trading Cards ... come up with something else ... I don't appreciate being asked HOW MUCH my cards are, do you?

Make a trade. No stars in ATCs!

9:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whole collections are going to go for big bucks some day!!!!

10:12 p.m.  
Blogger Gillian said...

Just to clarify - ATCs are trading cards and are for exchange only. ACEOs are ART Cards, Editions and Originals and made expressly for selling. It was seen that many people would like to collect, but didn't have the ability or inclination to make them themselves, so it was simply a case of supply and demand.
Of course, it is morally wrong to sell cards that have been given in exchange or as a gift, but it's bound to happen sooner or later.
Selling original ACEOs is no different to selling any other form of art and craftwork.

8:18 a.m.  
Blogger Paintnthings said...

I completely agree with you Gillian. I have been enlightened on the aceo side of things and now see the need and the difference. While I think it is wrong to sell other people's cards, I have no problem with the idea of selling aceo's. Even the so called purists are finding ways to get around the whole sell vs trade thing. Some matte them and try and say they are a different size. Some turn them into greeting cards and say they aren't atcs. Some put them in frames and call them miniatures. It's still all the same thing. I think that it's a personal choice and atc and aceo can live together happily.

1:08 p.m.  
Blogger MoneyMakinMom said...

For all of those who disagree with ATCs being sold... consider any other trading card to date... baseball, football, basketball, music, etc... they're all being sold.

Selling trading cards is not new... what is new is creating cards with the intent to sell them... in that respect, they should be called something other than trading cards. If you buy a trading card and then sell it, it is still a trading card.

9:16 p.m.  

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