Erudite Expressions (Prints)

Supporting the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort: Prints Sale

Earlier today, I wrote a blog post encouraging photographers to help out in the relief effort of the recent earthquake which has devastated the island nation of Haiti. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do so now.

As I outlined in that post, we photographers can help out by donating a portion of our sales proceeds (either through prints or bookings) to the charities directly working in Haiti right now.

If you want to participate in this effort revolving around the images I have been posting over the last three and a half years on my photoblog, Erudite Expressions, then please continue reading.

I’ve decided that I will do a prints sale where 50% of your order at Erudite Expressions will go to a charity of your choice. If you don’t specify a charity, then I will donate to Partners in Health (the reason? I was moved by the efforts of that organization in Haiti after reading Tracy Kidder’s beautiful work, Mountains Beyond Mountains). You can read the latest news about the efforts of Partners in Health here. Of course, if you don’t participate in this promotion, then I encourage you to give directly to Partners in Health or your charity of choice.

To answer all your questions about this print promotion, the FAQs follow.

Q: What is this prints promotion all about?
A: At its core, it is a way that we can help out with the ongoing efforts in Haiti. The damage there has been described as catastrophic, and I cannot actually fathom what it is like. I’ve been thinking about a way that I can help, and I think using this promotion is a win-win situation for all: you receive a high quality print (or prints) and, at the same time, will be supporting a charity of your choice in the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.

Q: How does this print sale work?
A: The print sale will run through January 31, 2010 February 15, 2010. For every single order that is placed today until that day, I will donate 50% of receipts to a charity of your choice (you can specify your charity by email or through a note when purchasing a print, described further down).

Q: Which prints are available for sale?
A: All of the prints that have the “purchase a print” option enabled either above or below the photo that you may find on Erudite Expressions.

Q: What’s the difference between using the two purchase options?
A: If you use the “purchase a print” option located above the photo, then the order is carried out through Fotomoto. Using Fotomoto, you can pay by using your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). On the other hand, if you use the “purchase a print” option located below the photo, then the order is carried out via PayPal (exclusively), and I will use Mpix as the print fulfillment lab to carry out the order.

Q: Is there a difference in print finishes between the two print order choices?
A: Yes, ordering prints through Fotomoto (i.e., using the “purchase a print” option above the photos), you can get prints with a lustre or glossy finish; ordering prints through Mpix (i.e. using the “purchase a print” link below the photos), you can get prints with a metallic finish (which is my favourite, and I highly recommend metallic prints).

Q: How do I specify which charity I want to support?
A: If ordering via PayPal, there is an option to leave a note with your purchase. If you order via Fotomoto, you can simply send me an email letting me know which charity you support.

Q: How will you contribute to charities?
A: After your order is complete and shipped, I’ll donate 50% of the print sale to the charity of your choice (I believe I can do so under your name, unless you object). I will then send you the transaction details of the charity contribution by email.

Q: Can I purchase more than one print?
A: Yes! If using the Fotomoto service, you can add the item to cart, and then click on the “Continue Shopping” button and find another print you want to purchase. The items in your cart are saved. If ordering via PayPal (the “purchase a print” option below the image), then you’ll have to order one print at a time (I haven’t figured out how to set up a shopping cart system, so only one order at a time will go through).

Q: How much is shipping if ordering via Fotomoto?
A: It depends on how many prints you order and in what size. If you order a small print (8″x12″), the shipping charge is around $3.49 for a USPS first-class delivery. For larger print sizes, shipping ranges from $7.50 to $10. If you purchase more than one print, then you can save on shipping costs (my recommendation is to make the shipping cost be around 10% of your total order).

Q: How much is shipping if ordering via PayPal?
A: All of the prices using the “purchase a print” option located below the photos already incorporate a shipping charge. So no separate charge will be inccurred. This is yet another advantage to by prints this way (i.e., no additional shipping charge).

Q: Is there a restriction to which countries you will ship?
A: If ordering via Fotomoto, there is no restriction to where I will ship (but do keep in mind that shipping charges will be higher for international orders; they’re calculated automatically depending on where you want to ship). If you are ordering using PayPal, unfortunately I can only ship within the continental United States (because the prices you see in the print order form already incorporate all shipping charges). So, if you’re an international customer, you have only one choice (Fotomoto); if you’re a customer in the United States, then it’s up to you to decide how you want to order.

Q: I am not sure what prints to order. Do you have any suggestions?
A: I’ll echo what I wrote in my Holiday Prints Sale post… If you’re not sure what to get, I suggest checking out my extensive archives section, which has recently been updated. You can also see some of the prints I have offered in the 8″x10″ print size. If you’re a fan of vivid, bold imagery, then I definitely recommend checking out my High Dynamic Range gallery. Included in that gallery are images from France (my recent favourite is an image of the Louvre Museum), Spain (one of my favourites is “The Spanish Bridge”), Austria (my favourite is this one of The Belvedere), Tunisia, and other countries.

Q: How fast will prints arrive once I place my order?
A: For domestic orders, the prints should arrive within about a week. For international orders (only if ordering through Fotomoto), the prints should arrive within two weeks.

Q: Is there an additional discount I can use?
A: Yes. Read this post and take advantage of the discount code that I listed there (the code is still valid, even if that print sale is complete). NOTE: even if you use this discount code, I’ll still be donating 50% of your purchase order to a charity.

Q: When does this promotion end?
A: For now, I have it ending on January 31, 2010. I may extend the promotion, but do keep in mind the urgency of the situation in Haiti. They need help there now. UPDATE: Prints sale extended until February 15, 2010.

Q: I still have more questions!
A: Please leave a comment on this post or send me an email.

Thank you for your support. If you’re a photographer, I encourage you to do something similar.


January 14, 2010 - Posted by | prints | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] price donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti relief. 4) Eugene is offering for sale any prints on his own site and will be donating 50% of the proceeds to his choice charity […]

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