This journal is about adoptable-prices and, when generalized, about art-pricing on deviantART in general.
I know this is bound to raise a debate, but after what I have recently been seeing in the adoptable-community I'm tackling this topic.
If you feel you may be offended by this, then please stop reading here. That being said, I shall try to keep this journal as polite as possible.
First: a little question.
How many of you here have already drawn art for money (or points) or have made adoptables and sold adoptables?
If you have, then congratulations, this message is of importance of you. If you are a buyer of art / adoptables, this message is also of importance.
I've been noticing more and more comments on art of adoptables complaining about the pricing.
Luckily, I seem to not get too many of these (knock on wood), but I still find these types of comments incredibly rude when I come across them.
Mind you, there is a huge difference between:
"I love this adoptable, but unfortunately I lack the funds to buy it."
"This costs that much? You overpriced rip-off! The design isn't even worth that much!!"
The first comment is the polite way of saying you like a design, while still letting the artist know you won't be buying it. The second, however, is plain rude and should not even be posted in the comment-section of a piece of art that somebody is trying to sell. If you want to complain about the price being "outrageous": you have your own journal to do that in. Post it there, but not in the comment-section.
And honestly: how long would you wager a drawing takes an artist?
If you think $2 or 100 points for a design is overpriced, then you obviously must hold this belief that an artist only needs 10 minutes to create an entirely finished drawing, from sketch to finish. Because the minute they work as much as an hour on the drawing, they're only being paid $2 per hour, which is well below minimum wage.
Is art really worth less as a skill than flipping burgers in McDonalds?
I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that if you can't afford an adoptable or a commission, then that is indeed not fun for you.
But please don't diminish and demean an artist's art and work simply because you may not be able to afford it.
And I'll get off of my soapbox now. ; u ;