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June 3, 2012


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...please be cognizant of the value of points compared to real money.

400 DA Points cost US$ 5 to buy.

That's 80 points per dollar.

This means that if you are offering an art commission for, say, $10, you should NOT be offering the same commission for 100 points. You should be charging at least 800 points.

If you are aware of the exchange rate and yet still undercharge for points when compared to real dollars, I suppose that's your prerogative as an artist. But you're really just giving others a way to take advantage of you by paying you in points instead of cash, even when they are fully capable of the latter.

Those looking to commission artists with points should, of course, be aware of the exchange rate, too. I have seen many people complain about artists asking for 300 points for their artwork... not realizing, of course, that it's only $3.75!

And, of course, the same applies when paying in different real currencies around the world. Make sure you check your exchange rates.

Financial matters matter. :)


EDIT: MaureenEileen pointed out this lovely DA points to US dollars converter: DeviantArt Point Calculator by charfade
Very useful if you are still confused about the exchange rates or just plain don't like doing math. :lol:
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AgentMaryland93 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
For those of you who are not getting commissions, make sure you're advertising. Simply saying in a journal that you have commissions open isn't going to draw in a crowd. Go to groups, post journal relaying info and example pictures, rules, guidelines, ect. If you want attention, you gotta make the first move. Don't be shy, or you'll never get those wanted commissions. Also, never be afraid to put their real value in! If a piece took you three weeks (working about 3-6 hours a day on it) and you put the price as 100 :points:, you are practically giving it away for free. Evaluate how long it takes you to complete the project, say you make it like a paying job. Maybe you make it so that every hour equals 40 :points: if you work on a piece for 6 hours a day, for 3 days that's 240 x 3 = 720 :points: (a few of you may go "but I don't have 720 :points:! :noes:" well, that's only about $9 (also, make sure your work is worth that much, if it's not, then you need to do point deductions for everything that needs work, like, say the total comes up to 720 :points: but then you see that the lighting is wrong, that's abut 30 :points: deduction right there (give or take), and you notice the hands are a bit messed up, another 30 :points: deducted, so you've taken 60 :points: away leaving it at 640 :points:)

Don't over price.

Don't under price.

Don't cheat people with prices.

Eveon99 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I wonder if points are really counted from a pic that has designed and how it's made:)
Some artists drew crappy drawings but that just the beginning because they still learning how to draw and one day they wanted to make a commission but some devianters don't want to buy it because of the quality of their pic is not amazed by them and that's why they won't buy it...
Maybe the better quality drawn,the more people buy it I guess:/
oORockinRoseOo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So, if 80 points is one dollar, what is one pound worth of points?
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
You can use this to convert dollars to any other (commonly used) currency in the world: [link] :)
oORockinRoseOo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ok, thanks ^^
cloudylicious Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
This is so frustrating! Currently, I am taking comissions starting at 75:points: and the highest one is 150:points: I am completely aware of its prize in real money. I only do them becuase I want to donate all the points I get.
The only response I got was that "they cost a lot for just an icon." (just an icon? :disbelief:). However, I tried to explain her that this isn't much in real money and I am not using bases so the prize for an animated icon is completely justifiable. The response was: "well a pixle icon should at least be cheap". I always thought that 0.94$ is cheap :shrug:
Alura-the-Sage Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting! I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever decide to do point commissions.
Superlote Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Where is the reblog button.
TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow thanks! I'd never thought about it before. I cant charge real money because I dont have PayPal or anything like that. Plus I dont think anyone would comission me for money anyway XD :D
Raylorn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I think this is the main reason why I refuse to do commissions in DA. I rather do it in Furaffinity where there's no silly play money in the way. I tried to charge as low as I can so that people can afford my money commissions (With $5 I can actually buy my breakfast, lunch and dinner for one day!) but so far I never have any bites. I'm not a bad artist or anything but there are people worst than me charge the same or more get commissions. It's really frustrating.

On the other hand, there are artists who charge their commissions in cash only but people still offer :points: and hoping that the artist would accept it.
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