So apparently, dA finally has official support for art commissions.
They've already rolled out the new commissions widget for beta testers which makes handling commission transactions very convenient.
This sounded like a really nice new feature, so I tried to put it up.
(I'm open for colored cel-style digital drawing commissions, by the way. Message me if you're interested!).
It looked pretty neat. It was a little off-putting that it makes you set prices in terms of points.
But it does show that you CAN pay (and earn) in terms of real currency/real money. It seems to be built on top of their existing premium download scheme which they put up several months ago.
Here's where it becomes a bone of contention:
I noticed that dA takes a substantial cut if you use their system: If the commissioner pays $20, you earn $16. That's 20%! Not even Diablo's RMAH takes that much!
Compare this to if you had an actual PayPal account that your commissioner can send payment to: for merchants, PayPal takes roughly 4% + a fixed fee(around $0.30) per transaction.
Granted, it does save the person accepting commissions the inconvenience of having to put up and manage a PayPal account (which isn't that much harder than getting a dA page up. And some restrictions are lifted as long as you link a credit card).
But the people who CAN'T get a PayPal account running are likely the same people who don't have credit cards (yet) because they don't earn enough or don't live in a place where credit cards are commonplace for younger people.
Now, I like dA and what it stands for for artists of this age. And I appreciate all the free service and opportunities it provides to artists. And I also appreciate all the hard work dA employees do to make this happen. And I can probably speculate some reasons why they'd kinda *need* a bigger cut compared to an online game's auction house or PayPal.
But I'm not quite convinced by any of the reasons I can imagine.
So this payment scheme seems a bit unfair to me. At the very least, it's an uncompetitive alternative to having a PayPal account.
What do you think?my homies
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