How do Artist Earnings work?

Base Fees

Our Artist Earnings system operates on a “base fee” for each product sold. Artists will earn the entire difference between the base price and the sale price of a product (this includes both new prints and reprints). If your design is currently up for sale, you'll start to earning on unit 1 of your next reprint. If your design is already receiving Artist Earnings, it will continue to do so under the new compensation formula.

Retail Price - Base Fee = Your Artist Earnings

Each product has a "Base Fee", which covers production and logistical costs. For your Earnings, subtract the "Base Fee" from the retail and you keep the difference as Artist Earnings. 

Find the full list of Base Fees for Threadless, Threadless Discover and Artist Shops in the POLICY CONCERNING PAYMENTS TO ARTISTS AND ARTIST SHOP OWNERS of the Threadless.com Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.


Artist Payments

All Artist Earnings are paid through PayPal. To ensure you receive your Earnings, add the email address associated with your Paypal account in the  Payment Information section of your Artist Dashboard. If you don't have a Paypal account, you can get one here.

Make sure you enter your Paypal address correctly and hit 'Update'. Once you see the confirmation message below, your Paypal account was successfully added! 

You'll start receiving your Artist Earnings the following month. Any cleared sales will be paid during the first week of the following month directly to the PayPal address associated with your account. If you have past payments that were not paid out because your Paypal account was not associated with your account, these payments will also be paid out the following month.

Artist Earnings Details 

You can find all your Artist Earnings details in your Artist Dashboard. Earnings are separated into 3 sections: Pending, Cleared, and Paid Earnings.

Pending Earnings

Pending Earnings appear as 'Pending' when a sale for your design is made and the customer's order is sent to be printed and fulfilled. To account for customer cancellations and order changes, there may be a slight delay (think 1-2 hours) from the time the order is placed to when it appears in Pending Earnings. The sale of your design will remain in 'Pending' for 15 days. 

Cleared Earnings

If not returned or canceled during the 15 days 'Pending', the sale will move to Cleared Earnings. Any Cleared Earnings will be paid out in the next Artist Earnings monthly payment.

Paid Earnings

Paid Earnings are all Artist Earnings paid out in the lifetime of your designs. Once Cleared, Earnings are paid out around the 15th of each month. 
The  Purchase period is the month your design earnings were earned. This will help you keep track of when a sale was made and when the payment for something might be due.

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