ah i hate to make two ranty-ish journals within the same week or so but i feel this also needs addressing.
that it is, people complaining about the prices of adopts or commissions.
Sure, it's just a design/piece of art - but it's a design/art that somebody has put effort and time into.
that time part is important.
minimum wage in NZ for students/non adults is $10.80 NZD
in america (as far as my googling skills/friends tell me) it's usually around $7.25.
I'm not going to act like i know all about america's job markets or whatever so i'll focus with the NZD example.
For me, an adopt takes around an hour, from start to finish. This of course varies depending on design, extras, etc, but yeah. I usually sell my adopts for around 200-300 points (when not auctioned). that, using dA's conversion system and converting to NZD, is about $3 or $4.
you see where i'm getting here?
the same applies for commissions, except most commissions take multiple hours, even days to complete, and yet people complain about a full body, fully coloured going for $30.
assuming that the piece takes around 6 hours, that is half of what they would earn on a minimum wage job.
for some commissioners/adopt makers, this IS there job, at least temporarily. They're LIVING off what they earn. I don't (i don't even get USD for my adopts, lmao) but i have friends who do live off their art, and this is getting ridiculous.
I'm not even going to go into professional work prices vs internet commissions but rest assured if your commission is of good quality, made with skill and falls under $100, you're getting a bargain.
i guess what i'm saying is, don't complain about people's prices? yeah it sucks not being able to afford a design/art piece you want, but discouraging the artist and forcing them to lower their prices (and potentially their income) is Not A Cool Thing To Do.
plus it's kind of a really rude thing to say in the first place.
so if the artist you really like is offering commissions, don't be a dick and tell them it's too expensive.
EDIT; also read this. nogutsnoglory.tumblr.com/post/… (thanks NadopT for the link!)