ACEO's versus ATC's

ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. These cards are 3 1/2" by 2 1/2".  ATC stands for Artist Trading Card.  These cards are ALSO 3 1/2" by 2 1/2".
I am clear on the fact that ATC's are not to be sold - only traded.  So what about ACEO's?  What's the difference between an ATC and a ACEO?  I see artists selling these "art cards" under the title of ACEO in their etsy shops.  
In my research, I read where non-artists were being "left out in the cold" because they didn't have atc's to trade.  A group of artists realized this and started making their cards available for sale.  The cards are also sold either as originals or editions. 


What is YOUR understanding of ACEO's versus ATC's?  


13 comments:

Brown Sugar Babies said...

My understanding is ATCs are never for sale; ACEOs are for sale by artists who want to sell or non-artists. But I'd think anyone who creates is an artist.

paperqueen said...

I'm not sure, but at least part of me (the cynical part) thinks ACEOs are just a gimmick to allow people to sell their ATCs without the guilt.
And I'll keep thinking that until I get the urge to sell one. LOL!
Eileen

Diane said...

I had no idea what an ACEO even was. I've never made either. If you make suomething that is completely yours, I see no reason one can't sell that item. I am speaking as a person that has never attempted to sell anything.
Seems like a silly rule to me!

Sarah said...

This has always been a "head scratcher". Looks like a tomato/tomahto situation to me!

Lori said...

Dunno...never heard of it. I doubt whether I'll ever have to worry about selling one of my ATC's....

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

So confusing, all I know is I am addicted to them- first getting introduced to them by your lovely ones- then actually trying to make my own. There is something so inviting about creating in that tiny space, I love it! Your cards are right there on my dresser in my studio inspiring me every day, I love them! (And Michael is hanging in my studio too!!) xoxo deb

Brenda said...

Didn't know there was a difference. Big help aren't I??

Michelle said...

I don't think I'd ever sell mine. Sometimes I give them away....:)

Stampmaiden said...

I'm with paperqueen! ACEO is just a politically correct way of selling an ATC. LOL! I'll keep trading and find something else to sell.
Linda

Linda Elbourne said...

I think if it is your art ... whatever it's called ... and you want to sell it ... and someone wants to buy it ... then go for it!
I think selling someone else's that you traded is a very big no no!

Household 6 said...

Haha! The things I learn from you ... :)

Plumrose Lane said...

Hmmm, actually I learned from your posting as I didn't even realize that ATC were only to be traded so I guess I'm no help. All I can say is I L♥ve my collection of ACEO I've purchased from other artists, it's a wonderful way to own a mini masterpiece. ;-)
♥Sharon

Von said...

Same as yours.ATC's are never for sale only for trade or gifted.Anyone want to trade?
Reckon I'm an Artheimer's sufferer too!Glad to know I'm not alone!