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YCH Auctions - Opinions

I'd like to hear the opinions of commissioners on these types of "auctions".

The reason I bring this up is simply because when these types of commissions were originally going around, it was a way for the artist to choose the pose and come up with a base sketch they're happy with drawing. Thus the prices were initially lower than their normal prices because you have no control over the commission outside of your character being included. In the past these were also referred to as "Pre-Sketched Commissions", and were always cheaper because the artist had already done the initial work on their own with their own idea, and just wanted to make some quick money to finish it.

There are other formats of this such as "Wing-It's" and "Free-Range" where you pay and the artist chooses the details to use your character. These are also generally cheaper price, because you are giving up control the piece and allowing the artist to draw as they please.

Then some artist got the bright idea of making it an auction for the spots, to "allow everyone a fair chance to get in on the commission" rather than just first-come first-serve (I say this tongue-in-cheek because the reality is that only the ones who are willing to pay the most are eligible, which is not exactly "fair" for everyone; just the those with more disposable money). Or an alternative, which is only choosing the ones you like best. Or several other solutions that are available.

Now please don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing artists for doing this and making more money. I completely understand the concept of supply and demand, and other such factors of the market. I would, however, encourage consumers to open their eyes; instead of their wallets sometimes. And realize when you're being taken for a ride. Because, so long as people continue to shell out the cash, artists will continue to hold this format of commissions.

What I want to know is if you think it's fair to pay more for a commission you have less control over. Would you pay more for less normally? Why is it different for buying art?

I know you can say that it's a way to support the artists you like. But honestly, that's not entirely true. Most times you can support them just as easily by hitting the donation button. Instead, people post higher bids on auctions because they want a piece of art. So please, don't try and sugar coat it. I'd like to hear real opinions here. Truthful responses, for or against.
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Added: 5 years, 9 months ago
5 years, 9 months ago
it's a good way for artists to raise money when they really need it, but most of the time it gets way too expensive
5 years, 9 months ago
Yeah, I'm not against artists making money, or holding auctions to raise needed funds. I just think sometimes they push the envelop a little more each time, seeing how much they can get away with.
5 years, 9 months ago
I see the point of YCH auctions, but I would only bid up to a certain amount, normally what would be close to what the artist would charge normally (if for instance an artist charges $60 for two-character full color, I'd likely go no further than $30 for a slot).
Pre-pose?  More likely I would go for one, if I like the pose and the artist will draw one of my characters in it.
Wing-it?  There's a few artists I would gladly let do that even for a "regular" commission.
5 years, 9 months ago
Pre-Pose and YCH are the same thing. Someone just decided to name it different, and then someone decided to hold an auction format. I agree though, I wouldn't pay more than a normal commission for it, but others will and do. I'm not so much bitter about it, I can afford to buy a slot if I want to. I just honestly believe some people think with their wallet instead of their brain sometimes.

Wing-It/Free-Range are actually my favorite types, even at full price commission value. I actually prefer to let the artist have more control, but I won't over pay (by my own standards) for a piece of art.
5 years, 9 months ago
I dont like them...now and then I try one out but i useualy set a very low bid limit. I dont feel it's inteligent to pay more for less, fighting over a slot in a pic that I Have no control over. If you end up bidding enough you could even potentualy afford a full camission. So if the YCH stuff is sold on a slot by slot bases or if the biddings very low it's fine otherwise I dont touch it.
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