I have been working on a webshop for close to a year now and it's getting close to launch. It's taking ages to get right, and part of the reason is that I have constantly been refining the idea behind the webshop. Based on the feedback I have been getting here and on Facebook I have come to the conclusion that just selling models is giong to be very difficult.
Part of the problem is that I am not aiming for the professional market, I want to sell to the vast number of personal users and hobbyists, like yourself. Why is this a problem? Well, pretty much everyone want's to design and build their own stuff rather than play with allready finished models. Turns out my potential customers are my biggest competitors as well, hehehe..
That's why I have decided to add a contest function to my shop. The idea is that people who buy one of my models will be elligible for an online contest with a decent cash prize for the winner. What does this mean? Well, it pretty much means what it says. If/When you buy a model from me you have a choice. You can do with the model whatever you want, it's completely royalty free, no strings attatched.
You can also, should you choose to, do something with it, like redesign, render, write a story, animate or make your own thing based on the concept, and then post the result in an online gallery on my site. Here anyone can come and watch, then vote on the best entry and after a limited time, the one with the most votes will be announced as winner and will recieve a cash prize for their effort.
If this thing goes okay, There will be contests on a regular basis, based on models I make, and the first price will grow according to the number of participants.
The long term plan is to hold new contests every two weeks, with 1st place prizes, hopefully in the range of 200-2000 USD.
In order for this to work I am dependent on feedback from you, so I can make the best possible setup from the start. That's whay I'm holding polls here on my DA site. I really need the information your votes provide.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.