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What is your opinion of "do not resell for more than you paid" rules on designs/species? 

199 deviants said I am for it, unless additional art is purchased, then they should be allowed to resell for more due to new content.
48 deviants said I am for it 100%, no exceptions.
40 deviants said I am against it 100%, you should be able to resell for whatever price as you are the official design owner.
14 deviants said Other Opinion: Please elaborate, I am very curious to hear opinions on this issue!

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Laughing-Kelpie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might be biased as a business owner but as far as I am concerned, if you bought something, it's now yours to do whatever you want with it.
Winzer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree!
foxbourne Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
dumb as hell. you bought it, it's your property.
sellers: if you wanted to make more money out of it, you should've sold it for more. it is not yours anymore, you shouldn't have any say in it.

it's also nearly impossible to keep track of what you paid for every single character when you have 100+, it's a pain in the ass and i hate it lmao
Well if you buy a piece of art the chances are high that you are going to be very attached to it. Maybe you know someone who wants to buy the piece off you , because they love it even more. Maybe the only way you can part from this piece of art is if you sell it for more than you had originally paid. I really feel that if you buy something its yours to do as you wish. But if you do sell it for more, just know that some artists will feel betrayed. But if the original artist is cool with, I say go for it!
pancakebossart101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
once I won a character from a draw to adopt from someone and I had the character for over two years (i still have him) and by the time I wanted to sell him he gathered up over 20 pieces of art, majority drawn by me. I wanted to sell him and the person I won it from said I had to give it back for free if I didn't want him anymore which made no sense because I didn't agree to that when i won him???
Gudsforladt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
D0GF00D Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's absurd. If you buy something, it should be yours. It's like a CD - you can't go selling multiple copies, but you should be able to pawn it at your yard sale for whatever its current value is (that being, of course, whatever someone is willing to pay for it). If you want control over what happens to the character/design, don't sell it. If you want money, sell it. You can't have your cake and eat it too. All in all I think it's unprofessional.
RadioRise Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
I think most people kind of have the same thought here - sure, you own the design, but if you don't have any additional art of it, you only have a piece of work that someone else did so selling it for more is ridiculous. 
I do know another reason people implement the rule is to keep people from flipping designs for more and more money especially when a CS community is set more on character development and activity rather than just selling and trading. All in all, I think it really just depends on who/what/where the rule is implemented for me. 
With some things, I honestly don't mind it, other places it's just not a good fit.
sailorcancer01 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist
gyngercookie Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I am all for using the rule "Do not re-sell for more than what you paid" (and I do), but I add the qualifier of "-without my permission". Because I'm very easy-going when it comes to people reselling designs they got from me, but I have had more than a few incidents where I've had buyers get a design from me for a very low/discounted price, and then within weeks turn around and try to re-sell the designs for twice what they paid for it, typically without having ever used it even once. Now I totally understand if someone has had a design of mine for like a year, never found a use for it, needs some cash, so they want to turn around and sell it maybe for a little more than they paid, even without ever having used the character. And as long as they ask me "Can I sell it for xyz", I usually don't care. My problem is people trying to make a profit off of my hard work. If I made a design that took me 4 hours, and I try to sell it for $20 and no one buys it, so I lower the price to $15 and someone snatches it up, I don't want to turn around and see that person sell it for $25. Because they did nothing, and now they're making a profit off of my work. 
If someone buys a design from me and ACTUALLY uses it, like makes art of it, gets work commissioned of the character, or what-have-you, then they can sell it for whatever they want! Because they've actually put effort into making the character their own, and not just recycled my work. And at that point I don't feel like I need to protect my work because I know they actually care about it. One of the other reasons I don't like people re-selling for more than what they paid right after they get a design from me is because they often don't care, won't notify me, and I can no longer find the owner of my work, so I could be looking on a whole other site one day and see one of my designs pop up and someone is going "I MADE DIS" because they're the 12th owner and they don't give a crap. 

This is just something I've struggled with as a designer for soooooo long lol I debated forever as to whether or not to use that rule, but in the end I just felt like it protected me/my art more to use it, even if I'm not very strict about it haha

--- Edit: I also want to make note, that even if I get a design from someone who DOESN'T have that rule, I never feel good about re-selling a design without having the original seller's permission first, and I try to never ever sell for more than what I paid. Typically I don't re-sell anyway, unless I've invested a lot into the character, I just give them away to good homes for art usually. I will usually let the original seller have the option to have their design back first, before I try to re-sell it, without expecting a refund, because its their hard work first. So I guess I just don't really understand how someone can re-sell something they didn't make and feel okay about making a profit off of it lol
Sunstar-Of-The-North Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I maybe misreading this, but I don't really know what you mean.
kaons Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You paid for the design. It's yours. Bottom line. You sell it for a million if you want.
Wouv Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Gudsforladt Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Depends on how big of a cunt the original seller is. ;)
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
oh man, I have really mixed opinions on this.  I think in most instances where I've seen this, it was said as a means to stop people from buying a horse for a good deal, and then turning around and reselling it to make a quick buck... think of it like flipping a house. 

However, if someone has bought the character, spent lots of time pouring art, love, attention into it etc.. and for whatever reason they decide to sell, I don't think the original seller should have any say in the matter, price or otherwise.  

Overall, I think for me, this is just one of those things where in some cases I might agree that people shouldn't sell for more than they bought it, and in others I may think it doesn't matter how much they sell it for.  It's just not a very black and white topic for me to be able to settle into one side or the other.  
SterlingKato Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2018
"I am for it, unless additional art is purchased, then they should be allowed to resell for more due to new content."

Kind of unfair that even if you bought the design and you own it, you didn't make it -- So really why should someone else be able to sell that design for more than the original maker? 
If additional art comes with it, fine, as there's additional investments made using it (Commissioned pieces OR you yourself drew it several times (or even once). 
However, buying a design for one price and then reselling it later for much more is shady imo lol 
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