Today, class, you’re going to learn a little about business, buying art supplies, and a little something about how websites make money.
In the past, in the right column of this very website, you have seen an orange rectangle-shaped ad that promoted the wonderful online art supply company Dick Blick Art Materials.
Dick Blick Art Materials carries art supplies and related materials and I have found out them easy to work with and to order from online. Thanks to a gift card given to me during the holidays (Thanks for paying attention, Chris!) I got an opportunity to look around the website, buy some pens that I’ve been contemplating for a bit, kick the tires and such.
I was very happy with the experience. I saved some money on the pens, had them shipped to my home, and they were packaged well with all of the pertinent paperwork included.
So, like I said up front, you used to see their ad on the site, but it went away for awhile. Well, I suppose that’s my fault. The ad was an affiliate program ad. When I lead people to the Dick Blick Art Materials site by getting them to click that link, I get a percentage of the sale. They get customers, I get some pizza money, and you get a lead on the leader in online art supply sales. It’s a simple business model that should have brought in some cash, but I kind of let the website languish. No visitors, no clicks, no sales, no pizza.
Not even on 5 dollar, pick up only Monday pizza day. Sigh.
Eventually, Dick Blick Art Materials said “Blick you” (I’m paraphrasing a bit) and canceled the contract I had with them. No harm, no foul.
After bearing down and getting the site back up, and active, and hopefully interesting, one of the first things I did was to reactivate my connection to Dick Blick Art Materials.
If I’m going to recommend art supplies and such to my students, and if they don’t like the selection at our local art stores, such as Pat Catan’s and Michael’s (despite their fabulous name, I call ’em Meh Killz), I can offer them a choice that I am actively using and can recommend with the utmost confidence.
Want to kick the tires and give it a shot? Here’s their Hot Deals of the Week!. Dick Blick Art Materials offers huge values on a variety of art stuff from a variety of artistic disciplines and media.
I’m not a huge online shopper, so I have no hesitation in recommending this to my more luddite viewers as a method for obtaining art supplies. Have fun.