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Handling complex commissions.

I wasn't sure where else this could be discussed, so I was hoping the people here might have some good input.

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silveryote
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
I've seen someone set their prices by inch. She said however many inches it is, add a zero to the end of it. 4" = $40, 8" = $80, 12" = $120 etc.

I'd say do that as a base price then add something like "+$10/15 for complex markings" or whatever.

Not sure if that helps or not.
ninykinin
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I've had the came problem in the past.
My style of illustration is heavily detailed, every tuft of fur is drawn out colored, shaded and highlighted. It'll take me a solid hour to finish a basic tail.. so if the character has 9 tails I tend to change more.

I think you should go into more detail in your price guide. Mention that it is only a guide, and depending on the complexity of the commission the price may be higher or lower.

For your current commissioners, you could say something along the lines of:
I am flattered that you want a plush of your character made and I'd love to be able to do it for the same price as a less complex character, but you need to understand that these things take allot of time to sew.
Something like an extra tail might take me x-amount of hours extra, and adding clothes can take me x-days more work. If I where to give you extras for the same price as something without those extras it would be terribly unfair to my other commissioners and I just can't do that to them. It would be unfair to everyone else.

If their response is rude, or of they continuously harass you for a lower price (even after you've explained why you can't do it) stand your ground and say that you either do it for that price, or you don't do it at all.
frazzled_niya
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Not being a plush maker myself...I would expect for $65 a very basic plush about 15cm tall...all 4 limbs (possibly tail) and something plain when it came to clothing (plain T and pants) nothing spectacular. I guess you could always do a break down for materials for people who argue the point (if you do still wanna go through with it.)

Personally if they demand a lower price then just tell them sorry you can't do it.

My friend Gilligan makes plushies and she sells them for around $65+, they are all monsters or squiddy type things :3.
keeote
Jul. 1st, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
RAISE YOUR PRICES NOW. I just peeked into your FA gallery and your work is amazing. You are Underselling yourself. Really. I make custom plush also and know how it can be (I don't take commissions BECAUSE of complex designs and demanding whiney brats), but the few I've sold have been around the $150 mark.

I don't crochet though, I handsew stuff like Beanie baby fur, minky, patterned stuff with shortpile.

One of the more well known people in the Custom Plush circle (not a furry fandom specific person) charges $150 for her SIMPLE 6 - 10" anime plush. I've bought dragons with moving teddy joints from her before that cost me $200+.

TL;DR: Raise your prices. Add more for complex stuff. If people cry about more complex stuff costing more, tell them how much longer it will take to make X/Y, and if they don't like it, tell them to "feel free to take their business elsewhere".

I hate cheapskates who cry about quality One-Of-A-Kind custom work not being cheap enough for them. ~_~
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