Pinterest has millions of users, and some of them are looking to make a profit. Sellers routinely use it to showcase their own items: they set up an Etsy shop, for example, then “pin” their products. But a new service called Pin2Sell makes selling on Pinterest even quicker.
Pin2Sell users just upload a photo of their item, and click “Pin2Sell.” When someone clicks on your pinned photo, it redirects to a PayPal page for checkout.
This is all for free – Pin2Sell takes no fee. It was created by Clique Studios, a Chicago-based interactive and ecommerce agency that wants to help out creatives:
“Our goal with Pin2Sell was to minimize the barrier of entry for these same artisans and small creative businesses to share their products,” explains managing director Ted Novak.
But Pin2Sell may still be on shaky ground. Pinterest’s terms of service prevent you from using it “for any commercial purpose or the benefit of any third party, except as otherwise explicitly permitted for you by Pinterest,” and Pin2Sell doesn’t have special permission. Plus, Pin2Sell links are solely for selling, whereas Etsy dresses might be pinned just for fashion inspiration:
“There’s definitely a possibility that Pinterest gives it the axe,” says Novak. “In the end, we are just trying to provide a means for it to be easier for individuals to do what Pinterest already allows, share products on their Pinterest boards with the ability to purchase them if they click for more.”
Users should note that Pin2Sell’s terms and conditions exempt them from responsibility for misuse. But if you’re not worried, it’s a snappy little tool.