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"I'd like to buy it but I have no money" - The art of Thornwolf Page 2
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"I'd like to buy it but I have no money"
I just read this article that addresses what's really going on in the minds of those who, when passively presented with a purchasing opportunity, say instead "I'd love to but I have no money".

At first I just considered it a form of unnecessary politeness, and while it sometimes is just that, it apparently can sometimes go deeper than that, and they address what you as the seller should do and expect from these situations. A really good read!

http://ittybiz.com/customers-cant-afford-it/
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lizardbethart From: lizardbethart Date: February 12th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw this article before and linked it on FA... and if I recall, I got a very small handful of people who seemed offended, like HOW DARE I suggest that they're secretly wealthy and are jerks because they don't give me all their money. Not something I could help, but it's a fact that a lot of people get very emotional and sensitive when dealing with ANYTHING financial, whether the numbers add up in their favor or not.

I think at the end of the day, you should just price your work what YOU are comfortable selling it for. If some people don't buy it, for whatever reason, that's fine. Because someone will come along that thinks the work IS worth it and will pay what it deserves.

It's less about what number amount you assign and more about increasing the perceived value of the product overall and brand (as an artist, YOU are your own brand), be that through improving your skills or making yourself available and open to people if they have questions. Simple things like politeness and reliability are vastly undervalued qualities in the furry art community, but they can go a long way to encouraging people to feel safe and confident about financially supporting you. I see SO many artists who charge far less than I do but who post angry, angsty journal posts or who are unreliable in their production time and quality, and then wonder why they don't get as many commissions.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno, I've noticed that the dramawhores of the fandom seem to get the most business/people fawning over them. BUsiness has been slow for me lately, but like you said to do, I price things relatively fairly. Granted, they're probably still under what I should be charging but I'm trying to be competitive. Buuuut then again I JUST got back to FA and a lot of folks don't know I'm there yet so maybe that has something to do with it, not just the economy, so we'll see.

And yeah I tend to not post anything of any sort of opinion or personal item on my FA journal. It seems to just breed trouble. I find the folks on LJ to be much more mature in that regard.
lizardbethart From: lizardbethart Date: February 13th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It takes time to build - or in this case, rebuild - an audience. And unfortunately a lot of the time the good stuff on FA gets buried under the mess. Give it time, you'll sell better as more people find you.
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