a rule about buying things on Tumblr that i think needs to become common accepted courtesy:
Be a SERIOUS, PROMPT BUYER. This is so, so important. Don’t tell someone you are interested in making a purchase or commissioning them if you aren’t ready to follow through, or haven’t checked your financial situation yet, or checked with an adult or parent who will be making the transaction for you. This takes time away from other interested customers who can pay right away, or worse, if you commission someone and then fail to come up with the money they’re owed, they’ve wasted time they could’ve been using on serious customers and budgeted for money that you failed to give them by the time they requested it.
(note: it is totally okay to need “payment plans” for large buying commitments like commissions that cost over a hundred dollars—but be sure you will actually have that money over the agreed period of time to pay it off!)
You have your own financial commitments and naturally they are important to prioritize! But, remember that the craftsman/artist on the other end does too, and they may be counting on their sales for crucial living costs.
You wouldn’t walk into a store, find something you like, bring it up to the counter to buy, then tell the cashier you don’t have the money for it and could they stand there holding it until you do. Treat your fellow Tumblr bloggers the same way.
this is absolutely 100% true and very good rules for clients!
however, i have been on both sides of the relationship here as an artist and a buyer, and while it is definitely disappointing to the artist to not have a commissioner follow through, i think that there is one time when it is excusable (other than sudden financial emergencies and such). the only times i’ve backed out of a commission is when an artist has failed to respond to me promptly. when i send out a proposal for a picture and ask how they like to be paid and it takes them a week to respond, that does not inspire confidence and i’m way less inclined to go through with commissioning them.
mind you, this is all before they have drawn anything for me and before i have paid. if any work has already been done, i am happy to pay them for their time. i’m just talking about reaching out to an artist to ask for an estimate on a piece or find out how their commission queue is looking. it’s happened to me a couple times where i’ve contacted an artist and had radio silence for a week at a time, and ultimately decided not to commission them. be a prompt and serious buyer, but also a prompt and serious artist!
Yo, this is a very good point. The top piece of advice I give people is that even if you have bad news (such as a sudden emergency, sudden timesuck, sudden sickness, etc) and have to put off, decline, or somehow delay creating a commission for someone—BE COMMUNICATIVE. Don’t go silent because you’re afraid to tell someone that something’s happened. Silence is anxiety-inducing to customers, so keep them in the loop, good news or bad.
Thanks for your addition to this post!! ;u;