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Not interested in making and selling physical products with your Silhouette or Cricut? Good news for you: If you are creative enough to make high quality designs for others, there’s always a need for original cut files. Today, let’s look at some of the things you should know before you set out to sell cut files.
Do’s and Don’ts for Selling SVG Cut Files
- Create your cut files from scratch. This ensures that your design is unique from all others – and eliminates potential trademark and copyright infringements.
- If you are using phrases, be sure to check the US Trademark Database to be sure the phrase isn’t trademarked. However, in some cases, you can sell trademarked phrases in your cut files. For example, if you look up a trademark registration and it states that the trademark is only protected for use on tee shirts, you can make and sell a cut file.
- Price your cut file accurately. Remember that you will only create the design once and (hopefully) sell it multiple times. The going rate for SVG cut files is between $1 and $5.
- Include a license with your file. Make sure you let other crafters know if it is okay for personal, commercial, or limited commercial use. If you need help deciding, see this post.
- Remind buyers that their license does not allow them to sell/trade/gift the file.
- Test your file by cutting it on your Silhouette or Cricut machine before you sell it.
- Watermark your images. You do not want non-buyers to simply trace your design and use it without paying for it.
- Offer your cut files for instant download. When customers don’t have to wait, they are more likely to purchase.
- Offer your designs in several formats. It is standard to include a .png, an .svg, and a .dxf file at minimum.
- Trace images/clipart from the internet and sell it.
- Don’t make changes to a file you have purchased and sell it as your own.
- Don’t use portions of images/cliparts in your cut file without checking the file license.
- Don’t use fonts in your design that you don’t have a commercial license for.
- Don’t use trademarked or copyrighted material in your cut file – this includes popular cartoon characters, company logos, and other copyrighted/trademarked materials.
- Don’t sell .studio or .studio3 files. These are proprietary file formats exclusive to Silhouette and cannot be sold.
Bonus: If you would like to sell your designs through the Silhouette Design Store, you can view information about becoming a contributing artist at this link.
Looking for other ways to make money in the craft world without making and selling products? Head to this post.
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