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Nuts and Bolts: Creating a Second Store

July 2, 2014

Some GCU artists adopt various different styles in their designs and want to keep Design Style A in a separate store from Design Style B rather than use the Sub-Galleries feature found under Manage Store > Images & Cards > Configure Sub-Galleries. So for those who want to open a second store, here’s are the answers to your frequently asked questions.

Can I Create a Second Store?
Yes, you can! As many as you like. But be prepared to jump through a few small hoops. More on the process below.

What Do I Need to Create a Second Store?
You will need a different e-mail address than the one you used to create your original account. Use this different e-mail address to create your new store with a new log-in. NOTE – if you intend to combine your  stores’ earnings into a single payment, you MUST have the payment method the same on all your accounts.

Can I Integrate Earnings On Both Stores?
Yes, you can. Before the end of a payment quarter, send an e-mail to Support@ with the subject: Combine Store Earnings Request and include both your store ID#, NOT your Artist ID. One way to find your Store ID# – when you’re logged in, go to your storefront and click on your Private Gallery link. Check the end of the URL for your Store ID. Here’s an example of what you’ll see –

What About the Quarterly Threshold?
Here’s what Mindy (a GCU administrator) has to say:
Earnings from combined stores will be used to MEET the threshold, however the earnings from an individual store with less than the set Minimum Payment will not be paid and will not be calculated as premium earnings.

How Does That Work?
Again, we refer to Mindy:
Here is an example on how combined store earnings will work:

  1. 2 store fronts operated by the same artist
  2. Artist sends combine earnings request to GCU before 07/13/14
  3. Store 1 has $60 earnings and $25 minimum payment set
  4. Store 2 has $100 earnings and $25 minimum payment set
  5. Earnings used to meet threshold is combined $60 + $100 = $160 – threshold is met
  6. Store 1 standard earnings = $60 PLUS premium earnings = $60 SO total earnings = $120
  7. Store 2 standard earnings = $100 PLUS premium earnings = $100 SO total earnings = $200
  8. Any earnings not payed and rolled over to the following quarter will * NOT * be combined to meet the next quarterly threshold   9.  ONLY earnings earned within the current quarter will be used to meet the current quarterly threshold.
  9. Rollover earnings from prior quarter(s) will still get rolled over, as they are earnings due to you, however they will NOT be used to meet that current quarter’s earnings threshold to achieve premium.

It’s worth noting that cards made with Bigstock do not count toward your quarterly goals.

You can also check Mindy’s Forum post on Quarterly Payments.

Why Have More Than One Store?
Some artists have reported increased sales after opening a second store. Your mileage may vary. It’s up to you, the artist, to decide what will be best for you.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2014 12:17 pm

    Does the artist need to send a “please combine” email each and every quarter, or just an initial time?

  2. July 2, 2014 4:43 pm

    I don’t think so. GCU should have the information in their records once you send it to them.


    • July 2, 2014 6:26 pm

      Thanks, I had hoped so. I just wish their language was more explicit in that regard.

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