I just want to share some thoughts about the many opportunities - or scams - that come to artists active on the internet. Its so hard to know for sure what is real. There are the usual typos or generic "we like to purchase your works" language as well as the special shipping arrangements that always set off alarms. These are generally bot mails and you can go back and forth a little bit about what is available and how they can pay - I never accept a money order/cashiers - and I won't accept their shipping terms. Corresponding with real buyers, even those who are not native English speakers, will feel more human and warm than the bots/scammers who crawled your site and picked up random images.
Sometime, it would be fun to go ahead and take their check and see if a shipper arrives at my door.
Recently, I've had inquiries now that seem like/are legitimate offers to exhibit with a foreign gallery or send work for a major art fair. My worry here is all the hidden costs, the possibility of work being lost or damaged, held up in customs, the different tax codes and tariffs for foreign transactions, and the exchange rate. Even the different time zones would hinder communication. And if the gallery isn't legit, your recourse for recouping losses would be almost nil. I think I will not respond to email offers - especially those that are "pay to play".
Here is a website dedicated to helping artists share their experiences - https://howsmydealing.com - hopefully, the bulk of the info is about scams, and not just name bashing.
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