Oh hi, guys! I'm going to talk a little about points this morning. They're cute. They're fun to trade and deviants like getting them! But, I've wanted to write up a journal about this for quite a while now. It's a reminder of what points actually are and for artists to not grossly undercharge for their work. There's lots of tips out there to help artists settle on a price that is fair to them as creators and to their buyers, but I understand it's entirely too easy to undersell yourself. It's difficult to find that balance between making an actual profit and scaring off any potential customers! This is coming from an artist that still struggles with it herself.
It's a tiny bit easier to come to a decision when thinking in terms of real dollars. Unfortunately, I've noticed that understanding is lost when art is sold for points here on dA. And when a creator totally GETS it and charges a fair price in points, they're often told they're overcharging. But, for the most part, both creators and potential customers are guilty of losing their grasp on the actual conversion to real money from points.
One point is not equal to one dollar. It's super easy to see the enormous numbers in points and think it converts to a large number in dollars. A skilled artist might charge 1000 points for a full-body Copic drawing of your favorite manga character, and that SEEMS like a lot! When converted to real money, that's only $12.50. That is far from a fair price for something that will take several hours and expensive materials to create. All too often, I see artists being attacked over prices this SMALL because customers are only seeing the thousands of points. All too often, I see artists undercharging because thousands of points seems like a huge profit.
There are 80 points to $1. You can play around with the conversion yourself by using the tool in your "earnings" page. www.deviantart.com/account/ear…
Please educate yourselves. Buyers, please be aware of how ridiculous you are being when you fuss over 'adoptables' priced at 30 points ($.38). Creators, please please please be aware of how little you are actually making when you offer fully rendered digital portraits for 100 points ($1.25). Points are adorable and fun, but don't get wrapped up in their numbers and forget their actual worth!