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(VALUABLE) Lead by Example + QUALITY & PRICE

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by funkybunker, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    These are two subjects I want to share my perspective on.

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    Interlinking to Competitors - Putting Customer Interests Ahead of Your Own
    I've officially linked 2 of the Top Designers on this forum to my Sales Thread, this is Rakoom2002 and Adss30. The reason is simple: I was pointing leads in their direction anyway, since Comic Illustration is still new to many people here and on the same note - I believe in helping the customer and my fellow artists. The customer gets what they want even if I don't provide it this way. And if you're afraid to inter-link to a competitor, you obviously don't trust your own value. Does Arby's run because McDonalds is across the street? Think on it.
    My team is small but we are not desperate to take projects we know don't suit our tastes. This leads us to subject two:



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    High Price Tags - Don't let Customers Push You
    Price. Take one good look at my Thread and ask me if I will design your logo for $10. If my art looks like $10 to you - you're not my client.
    I've done free art to enhance my abilities and build a reputation here with very reputable members...this never meant I'm cheap. When you have corporate clients like my studio, you understand the minimum price for simple commissions is $100 an hour. Years of experience prepared me before even launching my BST: Cheap clients mean nothing but headaches and undervalued effort. Don't be a cheap client - artists don't like this very much.
    You ever play Castlevania? I bet you liked the pictures....guess who was responsible for them. A very special member of my studio. You want them on your project? Pay up & get mindblown.


    Thank you for absorbing this. I certainly hope we can bring illustrators and buyers closer together & leave this empty process of "design mills" behind us.


    Sincerely,
    Funkybunker
     
  2. drake_designer

    drake_designer Regular Member

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    OP first i want to say, i'm a fan of your work. You guys create some sick awesome designs, no doubt about that. I'm a web designer & i'm doing about same - giving out freebies, learning from others, build some good connections.. before starting my own sales thread. I totally agree with your first point but i can't completely agree with your price tag point. I believe there is a market of different buyers & sellers. Not everyone is Picasso & not everyone can afford a Picasso. Yes it is stupid to ask you to design for 10$ but it's not wrong for other designers to cater those 10$ buyers. I hope you get what i'm trying to say.
     
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  3. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    There is a market for those $ to $$ digit clients, and I myself have taken on these before (and continue to do so). But this comes to my point - you get what you pay for. It will be amazing but it will contain less than say a $$$$ project because of time constraints, utensils and so on.
    This is why I connected my 1st point. I know Adss30 works in that price range and over-delivers, where Rakoom is similar to my prices.

    This is why as merchants (providers to the people) we can only grow by sharing eachother's clientbase. When I want a sleek modern logo I go to Adss30, if I found him through another designer & that guy gets a cut from referring me, everyone wins. But when his client needs a personalized comic made...who's he going to visit...
     
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    I've seen this happen to multiple people that want great designs for cheap. They almost never get what they are looking for unless they find an up and comer that is scrapping for money.

    I've learned to tell them "Cheap is Expensive" because you running around spending money on things that don't work when you could of put that money toward the real thing and have been better off instead.
     
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