Le me, surfin’ the web : “Oh DeviantArt released their new Commisions portal… let’s check it out! WAIT WHAT DID I JUST SEE? Are they out of their minds?”
Lemme translate those pricing tiers for you DeviantArt.
- $0.02 - $0.37
- $0.38 - $1.24
- $1.25 - $3.12
- $3.13 - $12.49
Way to encourage artists to underprice their work, DA! And I’m not even sure “underprice” is a strong enough word for that.
Oh and let’s not forget they’re taking a 20% commission on everything you “earn” (hahahaha) with their commissions widget. I wasn’t too fond of that but I thought “okay I guess you’re kinda paying for a service?”.
But this, this is just too much. See, I don’t really care about artists who choose to set low prices. It’s their decision, and I used to do it as well.
What I do care about, however, is the fact that more and more artists feel like they HAVE to underprice their work.
As if you were being greedy for wanting more than 10 dollars for a piece you worked on for several days! No, you don’t and you aren’t. Your art, your work, your prices.
But when one of the biggest art websites, one I’ve be using for 7 years, deliberately worsens the situation, then it becomes a problem.
how much do you charge for commissions?
Oh my thats too high, i was only looking to spend 37 cents…
this is fucking disgusting
aw man DA seems to be getting worse and worse
no no no no no this is really awful!!
What the fuck
Yeah, no this is not ok and this is why i wouldn’t advise anyone to use the commission widget from dA.
Not only are they taking a percentage of your commission money earned, but wow, the conversion from points to money REALLY CONCERN ME. They’re promoting prices UNDER A FUCKING DOLLAR ARE YOU KIDDING ME WHAT. it should start from $10 and over, what the fuck 37 cents. It is terrible, TERRIBLE. How could you promote that? What the actual fuck? I’m sorry, this upsets me because people could be discouraged from raising commissions prices any higher or to even OPEN commissions because of those price ranges in points. Many artists are going to see these and could change their prices ranges to fit the ones dA promotes. 1000 points could be a lot for a person who doesn’t know how to convert that into dollars or other currency. Plus, if you get 1000 points for a commission, you’re not even getting the full amount, since dA takes 20% of that.
Hey, any followers with a dA account and thinking of doing commissions; I advise you to set up your own prices, your own paypal or something, and promote the fact you’re taking commissions. Don’t be afraid! You worked your ass off to be as good as you are today.