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The things people do not understand when they see someone’s commissions prices; the person doing the work needs to be paid a fair wage for the work they do (and when cost of living/their bills go up, so do the prices they charge). So demanding someone lower their commission prices because you ‘don’t feel you should have to pay that much’ is demeaning the artist and their work. In essence, you are saying that they are not worth the amount they wish to charge and should NOT be paid a fair wage in exchange for all of their experience and effort.
So next time you find that your favorite artist has raised their commission prices, keep in mind that for many artists this as their sole means of income and they charge accordingly so that they can at least try to get by.
And as a side note: MANY artists are underselling themselves because consumers have been taught by big business (and the internet) that they should get something for next to nothing (and sometimes just for free), and that people often forget about the MANY faces behind those cheap and affordable products everyone takes for granted. When you aren’t dealing with a company and are dealing with an individual, the item you want is ALWAYS going to seem like it is vastly overpriced, when in reality, it is actually far under priced for the amount of work/ingenuity/materials/experience/etc that really went into the final product; You are paying for a labor of love, not just an end product.