CGTrader has modified its 3D model brokerage to enable negotiation between buyers and sellers. The platform now allows potential buyers to bid on a chosen 3D model, offering their own price. The seller can choose to accept, reject or make a counteroffer.
"There are lots of Amazons in this industry, but there was no eBay yet. The possibility to negotiate the price will attract more buyers, thereby helping designers to increase their sales. We believe this will benefit the whole 3D industry and expand the market," says Marius Kalytis, CEO of CGTrader.com.
CGTrader aims to create an ecosystem for a fast growing 3D model and 3D printing market. In an effort to draw more professional-level designers, CGTrader allows authors to earn over 90 percent royalties from model sales. 60/40 and 50/50 are more common splits between modelers and most brokerages.
Juan Carlos Jimenez, an experienced seller at CGTrader says that "Lower commissions for the sellers mean better prices for the buyers. On this platform we can offer much better prices to our customers. For example, all our products are priced 20 percent lower than anywhere else and we still get more profits compared to other stores."
Sites like CGTrader are necessary, even though there are options such as Thingiverse. 3D model brokerages are not file sharing sites. They are much more like stock photo marketplaces. Not only do they give the creator an outlet in which to monetize their labor, they potentially allow for the purchase of usage rights regarding things such as distribution of 3D printed derived work. 3D model brokerages have been serving in this capacity for almost twenty years, but haven't been applied to 3D printer users until recently. From a buyer standpoint, one of the features that makes CGTrader stand out is the ability to filter based upon which models are 3D printable and which are not.
CGTrader's future plans include expanding its base of 3D models and connecting the 3D design community with rapidly developing 3D printing technology. In early 2013 it received backing from venture capital fund Practica Capital.