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"I'd like to buy it but I have no money" - The art of Thornwolf — LiveJournal
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"I'd like to buy it but I have no money"
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pac From: pac Date: February 11th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
i kind of agree with skorzy here: i can't really take this article seriously based on the presumptuousness of the author for the reasons.

i do think the practice of actively TELLING an artist they would buy it if they could "afford" it is a somewhat strange thing the more i think about it though. though, i agree with dustmeat in that in a fandom scenario, it's probably just people's way of being complimentary.

if someone saying that is believed to be honest, in that they genuine like the product/service, or in the case of fandoms, a FAN of your work, it may vary well appear as a compliment to express desire for the work despite the reasons for not wanting to or being able to purchase. i also agree with briggs that there is probably a different mindset between an open ended business to a general public (even in a niche like offering products to twenty something homemakers) and something specialized and encapsulated in a very unique community.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 11th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just like it for the overall theme of what you should do in the situations: eg: "Don't worry about it, it's not your problem".

It may or not be your prices, but most of the time it's personal preference or personal situations and people are just being polite, they feel that they have to reassure you.

Honestly in those cases, as polite as they are, I'd rather folks just not say anything because like you said, it's kind of weird and it actually does make me uncomfortable to think about other people's financial struggle. I'm well aware that times are tough, but when folks say that it kind of makes me feel like I'm asking too much of people by even posting passively that I'm selling stuff, if that makes sense?
pac From: pac Date: February 11th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
i can understand that. in particular, it seems like in a community (or fandom) situation, people are more willing to say these kinds of things, which kind of bend the boundaries of "professional" and "casual". a publisher wouldn't ever go out of his way to say "hey, like your stuff, but i can't afford to hire you for my spot illustrations" (at least no one serious about it), yet it is ok for the average consumer of the kinds of products and services we sell to say so. i agree that it really doesn't do anyone any good to say these things, even if they are honest and meant with good intentions.

this treads dangerously on other common correspondences that try to undercut artists: "i don't have any/much money, but..." "if you do some now i'll pay you..." etc.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 11th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is true, I sometimes forget that the furry world is far more casual in nature and therefore things like this are more prevalent because it's as if we're talking to chums.

As for your last point, oh man, I've gotten that so much. I never do free work up front unless I have an existing relationship with that client where they've made good on their promises, paid in a timely fashion etc. And that usually takes a few times. Unfortunately it's not always successful, I recently did work up front and never heard from the individual again. One of those "I'll pay you next week *disappears*" things. But eh, my fault I guess. Live and learn!
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