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"I'd like to buy it but I have no money" - The art of Thornwolf — LiveJournal
"I'd like to buy it but I have no money"
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synnabar From: synnabar Date: February 11th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't mind her tone, because I liked the underlying message - it's not you, don't undersell yourself, and so on. Also, maybe I'm a bit jaded, but it seems like a lot of people online speak with that kind of "voice", so I didn't notice it. In any case, I did see her points, and I agree with the idea that artists shouldn't feel bad or undervalue/underprice themselves, or feel pressured to sell for less than their work is worth.

I actually don't mind if people say "I'd love it but I can't afford it," because I figure, like you and others said, they're most likely just being polite. As for me, if I really like something but don't have room for it/need for it/have money for it at that time, I'll just leave a compliment and nothing else. Or, I won't say anything if I think the artist is the sort that only wants comments from people who will be buying (I wouldn't want to get their hopes up over a sale if I can't buy). OR, sometimes I just miss that they have something for sale!

But I digress. I think she made good points nonetheless, though again I don't mind comments along the lines of "I like it, but..." And I know what it is like to be poor - you have heard my story. However, there have been a few times I've gotten "I WANT ONE! Reserve one for me!" but not gotten a reply when I sent a query; or done something for someone then gotten an excuse why they can't pay, and then see them buy stuff from other people; or hear about why someone can't afford it, yet they seem to have the newest version of every electronic gadget out there. And no one likes to hear, "oh, I love your work but I'm going to so_and_so_big_name's table first, and if I have any money left i might come back..." But what can you do but keep going, and have faith in your work, right? There are a lot of wonderful people out there who do mean well, and fortunately the people I've encountered who don't are few and far between.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 11th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah this seems to be the case whenever I post an article or a link to something, people don't like the way it was written and therefore assume that I am ALSO that brash OR that I condone it, and ignore the message completely. I LIKE the message of "don't worry about it". It reassures me. I don't care how it's delivered, just that at least now I know I'm not crazy in feeling the way I do when I get that statement, and now I know how to deal with it...do nothing.

I have also received the "reserve one for me please" and then they disappear entirely. That is annoying because that's a sale that could have gone to someone else. When they do it consistently I stop accepting their reservation. If they pay me, I'll do it for them, but I won't put them on a public list or anything thus scaring away anyone else who might want to sneak in before the list fills up. I don't mind making room!

This con I also received the "lemme see if there's anything better and if not I'll come back" I mean I KNOW what they're trying to say but it's the delivery that could be improved. They want to shop around. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and in fact, I encourage it, but to tell me in a way that they're looking for something "better" is kind of..mm..off color. I just chalk it up to mis-speaking. I don't let it bother me much even if it does kinda make me go "wait..what?" initially XD

From: captainq Date: February 12th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
For the record, I don't think you're like that, nor do I assume you condone it. I've been following you far too long to think that. X)

It's more than just the way this article is written, though--ALL her articles are like that. @.@ With a grain of salt, though, there was good stuff to find. I do appreciate you sharing it anyway.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Well thank goodness for that :) And thanks!
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synnabar From: synnabar Date: February 12th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is smart, and good business. :)

When it happens, I can understand wanting something and then being embarrassed that you've overextended yourself, or realizing you don't really want it after all, but it would be polite, too, to send a reply back stating you are no longer interested etc. but thanks anyway. I can understand and respect that! It's just when people disappear I wonder if they will come back and want it after all, and then I feel bad if I've offered it to someone else. Not that I should feel bad, but I do anyway.
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