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.
[EDIT: Had I known this would get so many notes, I would have made some things clearer. So here are some details, because some people apparently thought this post was some kind of hoax.
I hope that if one of you guys has doubts about all this, you’ll check the original post, find this edit and avoid calling me names for no reason (it actually happened LOLOLOL).
First, this is the link to DA’s commissions page: http://www.deviantart.com/commissions/. Some people got it mixed up with the Prints Shop, which, strangely enough, has much more reasonable price ranges.
Second, those prices are not in dollars, they’re in DA points, DeviantArt’s virtual currency, in which 80 points = 1 dollar.
Oh and one last detail, you CAN actually change DA points you earned from commissions into real money, just check the “Earnings" page on DA.
Also here’s a thing I wrote about why I blame DA and not the artists who choose to charge low prices.]
[EDIT #2: DA’s asking for feedback here: http://sta.sh/02dr2v2uwhiv]