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Nuts and Bolts: Private Gallery

April 28, 2015

Many newbies and some experienced artists haven’t used their shop’s Private Gallery before and there can be some confusion if, for example, a card is placed by the Review Team into your Private Gallery and you can’t find it. Don’t panic! In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

Activating Your Private Gallery

  • When you are logged into your GCU account, go to Manage Store.
  • On the left, you’ll see a list of orange headers. Beneath these headers are options. You want: Look & Design > Store Layout & Content.
  • You will now see two columns in green – one says Sidebar, the other Wide Column. Find Private Gallery under Sidebar. Make sure the box is checked.
  • SAVE change by clicking the orange button on the lower right. This will make your Private Gallery visible.

What Is the Private Gallery For?

  • Customer requests
  • A card you’ve designed for your own use
  • A card you or a customer need to order in a hurry
  • Cards you’ve designed that you don’t want to go through the review process. When uploading a card, by clicking Make Available in Private Gallery Only, the card will still be reviewed. The card will only NOT be reviewed if you also click Waive Review. Be aware that cards which are not reviewed become your financial responsibility if returned by a customer, so think carefully before you decide
  • Cards that don’t fit GCU’s Submission Guidelines and/or have been Declined, but you want to sell yourself anyway. Note that cards in the Private Gallery will not show up in site-specific searches nor can browsing customers find them. The Private Gallery is private.
  • If you’re an artist who uses GCU as a fulfillment partner, printing your cards so you can sell them off-line in brick and mortar stores and other venues, the Private Gallery is an option

Yes, if you sell a card from your Private Gallery, you will be paid at the usual commission rate.

Just make sure you activate your Private Gallery regardless of whether you intend to use it or not. You never know what might come up and you don’t want to be left scratching your head in confusion.


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