Try different furr patterns. People like to have their adopts complex but not too complex, depending on the buyer. Add some cute markings too, and unique hairstyles Make sure the colors clash well together also. C: Hope this helps a little.
That's a hard one. I can say the ones that sell better are females of overused breeds. Not many buyers like originality actually.
I've been helping my friend makes adopts to get some points that she's been dry on. We noticed characters like dragons were ignored while any mammals were picked up in a few hours. All of her ideas were neat, but it still showed that buyers lack interest in reptilian or any other uncommon character breeds. Hedgehogs, foxes, cats, etc sell the best.
I wish I had better advise, but it really does come down to "Don't be different". Unless your SUPER popular, then adopts sell for $60 in no time.
I've tried with many females most are common like cats, tigers, rabbits and even hedgehogs yet none of them have been claimed... by the results people want me to actually colour or make refs :c tho if no one is going to buy them whats the point...
I put one because that's all I knew that could improve the chances. To be honest species is actually the largest factor despite that no one admitted it.
A basic ref might work, like draw attire or parts that can't be seen or easily described. I guess an example would be, I should make a ref for the back of this character so people know what the back of her head and wings look like. drake6401.deviantart.com/art/C…
Maybe customs would be a neat idea. People give you some info on what they have in mind, and you make a design based on it. As a preference, keep them up to date on progress as it goes.
I mean...maybe you have a different set of watchers that may be interested in a dragon or something. I'm off the adopt market as purchase goes. I have too many as it is. I wouldn't mind helping you with an adopt if you like though. Depending on how much of the work I do, I would get a small percent of the profit. 20% to 40% I guess. Unless I did hardly anything , then it was just free help.
I've opened custom adopts but no one has shown an interest. I'm not keen on doing 5-7 hours worth of work to gain nothing from it, for that I may as well work on a commission or reference sheet of my own character. I've offered full refs and full colour if people pay the full amount, idk what else to do.
I mainly use bases and just straight away line them, then colour. I wouldn't mind paying for assistance, even just passing word of them helps out a great deal
Even commissions are slow. You're rather busy compared to mine. I get one commission every...4 months maybe.
My anatomy style is too different to use bases even if I wanted to. As for how the effect adopt sales, I've seen both work, but bases often gather less appeal. Work is effort and effort is value I guess. Even the style has an effect but not as much. What the average price you have on them?
I have a few feature journals that I post every no and again. I can always add them in my next one. It would be free. I'd have to feel like I actually did something to accept pay.
I have to get down that list but it's having the motivation to do so atm.
I'm only using bases because it's so much easier, I've seen many people use bases and sell loads of adopts, tho those people are probably more popular than me. for the chibis I'm only charging 150 as they didn't take all that long to make, to anthro ones nude adopts bids start at 200 clothed 300 and end 48 hours after the last bid.
That's about where we had ours so price seems okay. I sold one for 700 but she was a lot different than anything you can find here and the buyer was really interested so that's luck I don't count on.
Some people don't like auctions. I don't mind them, since if there are two people interested and are willing to pay more then, great. Starting the bid around what you'd sell the character for seems fine and worked for my friend's.
It's not really effective as only one adopt has been bought through one of my ads, but it does get the word out and they sometimes add the contents to their journals when they make them.
Hopefully someone else knows more about this stuff than I do and will help out here. It is very much popularity based, though I'll be honest; I've only seen 2 characters bought from popular people actually ever appear again. Sometimes I'd rather sell an adopt over a while, rather than them be bought quickly and forgotten.