Categories: eCommerce

ZimArt Shop, an eCommerce platform for visual artists


Antfarm Zimbabwe, a local website and software development company, has announced the launch of an online store called ZimArt Shop. Antfarm launched ZimArt Shop in order to give Zimbabwean artists an online platform to sell their products. The online store is open to visual artists, writers, craft suppliers, local galleries and designers.

How do artists get their work on ZimArt Shop?

The first step is signing up. Artists can do this by going to the ZimArt Shop website and set up an account. When registration is complete, users are sent to the seller’s dashboard.

The sellers dashboard is where artists will be able to:

  • See their orders pending and complete
  • View sales history
  • See revenues and conduct general accounting
  • Manage products, upload pictures of items, set descriptions, set prices, mark items as sold and run sales and discounts.

Sellers will get their own shop link (”myshop”), similar to sites like Etsy. This sellers shop link is the one artists can send to potential clients so they can view their catalogue of products.

Service fees and shipping

ZimArt Shop will not physically keep any of the products. The products will be collected from the artist when there has been an order and the buyer will pay for the shipping. Shipping costs for buyers will depend on the distance and the mode of transportation used.

On the Artist end of the transaction, the store charges a commission of 10% for sales up to US$250. Sales above US$250 carry a rate of 5% + US$20.

How will artists get paid?

ZimArt Shop will only collect products when there has been a payment to the site. The money will be held in a central bank account and artists can choose their prefered method of payment. Options range from a bank transfer, Western Union, or cash. Artists can request payment at any time.

Payment options for buyers

There are two payment options available on the site at the moment which are PayPal (more for any international customers) and Paynow. I spoke to a representative from Antfarm Zimbabwe and they said that they will soon be adding mobile money wallets like EcoCash to make payments more accessible.

Beyond the circles of clients and galleries that creatives usually sell to I think ZimArt Shop is an interesting proposition. It’s another avenue that they can get their work to a broader audience.

The store also offers art event managers a place to list and sell tickets for exhibitions and arts & craft fairs.

Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom, And Econet Airtime Recharge

If anything goes wrong, chat with us using the chat feature at the bottom right of this screen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Published by
Valentine Muhamba

Recent Posts

Victoria Falls Stock Exchange launching on Friday, Old Mutual will list there

So the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange, the one the government said was for companies to…

October 19, 2020

Bulawayo startup launches intercity ride-sharing app

Avid Techzim readers will know about Tuverl already. Last year, the Bulawayo-based startup participated in…

October 19, 2020

Vaya partners with SA company to deliver groceries from across the border

Cassava Smartech's Vaya has partnered with South African eCommerce retailer Thumela eKhaya. The partnership will…

October 16, 2020

TelOne has scheduled another network upgrade

TelOne has released a statement notifying customer of another Network Upgrade. The statement reads as…

October 16, 2020

MTN Group named Africa’s most valuable brand, worth US$3.3 billion

MTN Group has been named Africa's most valuable brand by Brand Finance's inaugural Africa 150…

October 16, 2020

Google Search will now let you hum or sing to identify the song stuck in your head

Every so often there is a melody that crosses everyone's mind. Some people are lucky…

October 16, 2020