Pokemon, Plushies, and Mathematics
HOLY SHIT I’M ACTUALLY MAKING THINGS AGAIN
Also you can’t see it in this picture but I made the head gusset disgustingly wide. Like, “I need to sit down and think about my life” disgustingly wide.

HOLY SHIT I’M ACTUALLY MAKING THINGS AGAIN

Also you can’t see it in this picture but I made the head gusset disgustingly wide. Like, “I need to sit down and think about my life” disgustingly wide.

This comic is always relevant once a year.
Also I got a return offer so I guess my post-graduate plans are settled for good.
…Wait, what?

This comic is always relevant once a year.

Also I got a return offer so I guess my post-graduate plans are settled for good.

…Wait, what?

Today’s is Whip’s birthday. Whip is best adorable fluffy goat thing. Happy birthday!

Sorry, I feel the need to rant again. Purely personal stuff, so feel free to ignore. My internship’s over in less than a month though so hopefully I’ll be back to plush making soon! (And sorry to those of you on mobile who don’t have cuts enabled; just scroll past my wall of text.)

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So I was at Nintendo World, and noticed they had new Pokemon shirts. But unlike previous other Pokemon shirts, these one actually came in adult sizes! Now as far as merch goes, T-shirts are pretty much my biggest weakness besides plushies, so this was pretty exciting. I’m guessing they’ll all be on the Pokemon Center website once it’s up.

I couldn’t figure out which starter I liked most, so I did the only rational thing to do: bought them all.

sewgoods:

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chase-the-breeze answered your post: gauging interest

I like this idea. But not for 50$. Seems way over priced. I know it costs also your time. But 25 seems more reasonable.

well it’s a good thing i’m setting the prices and not you! haha

no but seriously i’ll explain why my prices are the way that they are, to clear up any misconceptions! (under a cut because i say a lot)

TL;DR: hourly wage goes up or down in relation to how much time it takes to train someone to do the job. minimum wage jobs take a couple weeks to train, but i’ve spent about ten years of my life sewing and currently go to school to learn even more arty things so i charge more.

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As an economics major I feel compelled to elaborate on this a little bit. I know I’m sort of preaching to the choir here, although I’ll try to play devil’s advocate a bit. Hidden under a cut for your sanity! (Don’t worry, it’s not an angry/sardonic rant like my previous comments on this topic.)

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are there such things as fairy-resistant padlocks

are there such things as fairy-resistant padlocks

I noticed a lot of plush artists I admire have been showing off their stuff on Tumblr as of recent. So while I’m dead for the summer, if you’re not following them already, you totally should because they are pretty much my plush heroes/heroines and they will actually post things. Also unlike me they aren’t super flaky about whether or not they want to take commissions. d215lab BlueRobotto Sugarstitch LRK-Creations Plushiluv (Magnastorm) sewgoods

sugarstitchplush:

scarletstitchedthis:

s0nicfreak:

scarletstitchedthis:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

tres-apples:

the-ink-pad:

askwicklesmack:

zis-zas:

Lmao people these days

Why sell yourself short just to please someone … I hate how people think if something is cheaper it’s going to let everyone have one. It’s special it’s your hard work and that is worth the price! God people these days :/

There is actually a major monopoly the pony plush makers have made. Depending on the plush in question here, $400 is far too much to charge for a $20 plush, $200 makes sense. My sorta rule of thumb when it comes to plushes is, take the price it cost to get the material, rounded to the nearest dollar, then times it by 10.
To be fair though, if this person is being honest that it takes them over 50 hours, then it can be argues it’s fair since a $400 plush taking 50 hours to make means they are charging $8 an hour, which is above the minimum wage of much of the USA.
As a whole though, artists don’t even make that, and this is why the plush community has a monopoly and it’s been pointed out if you point it out, call the people greedy, they WILL actually raise up to form a lynch mob and play the martyr and victims to the point of altering things the person that spoke out against them said to rally more of the community against the people that are upset at the prices.

i spend about the same time on working hours, around 50 - 60 hours of work, since the plushies i make are hand-sew, and the quiality of them i could say is pretty decent 
i know how economy can be a bitch for the fans, that is why i take $150 off those $400, the reason is simple, i have a job, and i work pretty much every single day with no days off, when i get out from work, i stay up late working on the plushies for commissioners or even give them for free to strangers, i’m not underselling my work, i’m making them more available, and if i decide to put one on auction over ebay, the price will always start at $1 in stead of 300 or 400 like some sets for plushies not even that good 

I agree that anything should be charged accordingly if you take a long time making it but I still find it sad to charge so much for an IP that doesn’t belong to them. It’s also sad for the fans of the show who cannot afford that because it’s classified as ‘luxury’. I mean, they are very nicely made but I feel that those people should think maybe that sharing their skills with the less fortunate would make for a better world instead of bathing in capitalism and charging so much. Then again, it is a capitalist world and if they have no way to make money, they need to find a way to live… But if some would at least offer a payment plan of x per month, it would be so much easier on everypony. :>

This sounds so self entitled it’s disgusting
Basically you think we should charge less for our hard work because you can’t afford it and want one.A professional seamstress usually charges between 14-20 an hour depending on skill and geographical location. Expect no less from us, and don’t insult us.seriously, I want to point and laugh at how whiny and pathetic this is

Wow… it seems like no one can have an opinion in this world without being thrown knives at… :c You don’t even know me. No like seriously. That hate is pretty exaggerated for a simple opinion. And this is the kind of things we throw my way. :| Not cool.

You obviously have no respect for what we do or our time.

And you obviously have no respect of other’s opinions. Stop trying to tag me as the bad person and move on. At least I don’t insult people.
But I will take this time since you’ve already attacked me in self-righteousness to tell you that I’m a person that actively look for plushie makers to build up my collection even more and that I’m glad you replied to this because it just showed everypony who you really are. :>

Please, if this is how you think of us, I Don’t want your business. It is “treated” like a luxury item because it *is* a luxury item. Just because you want a 30000$ mustang but only want to pay $10000 for it doesn’t mean you’ll get it. This is nothing but self entitlement. You want it, I have it, but you can’t afford it, so the makers are portrayed as the bad guys because we want to make money off our skill. If this weren’t lucrative as a paying job for me, I’d not be doing it except perhaps for myself, and I’d have a regular job.
You think we should lower our prices so we can “share our skills with the less fortunate”. Go into an art gallery and see how that goes over.
We aren’t bad guys for wanting a decent wage for what we do. I spend around 20 hours per plush and charge around $300 or so. Most of us have giveaways spend finically so people who can’t afford a plush have a chance. I myself recently auctioned off a piece if my own for charity.
If I were to lower my prices, I’d honestly have little reason to do this. This pays for my college tuition, so if I weren’t doing this, it would be something else.
And no, I do not respect an opinion that degrades the foundation of what I do to get by with an honest pay. It’s rude of you to think we should grin and bear the fundamental ground of our work be mocked and belittled.

The key thing here is that not everyone believes in capitalism and you are knee deep into it. I believe in everyone being able to be happy and not just the people that have the most money. That is the main difference between you and me.
I mean, you live your life however you want. I just didn’t need the stress and to being called out on something I strongly believe in as if it was the most terrible thing in the world to want to be happy. 

Honey, if you think barely having enough as a college student is being rich, you’ve got another think coming. Don’t like how I make money? Too bad. I don’t want to live an inch above poverty my entire life and I am doing something about it with my job and my education. Not that it is your business, but When I work while I also have school, I make about $500 every two weeks- the same as a walmart part time worker. And if I went full time, it would be considerably more- and that is okay too. It isn’t like we have something essential, like food, and holding out on others unless you can pay high dollar for it, damn. You’ll live without a plush.
If you think there is something wrong with that, you need to have your head checked. Don’t like that we are t giving away our plush? Too bad. Go away, we aren’t changing. If I did that, I’d literally have no money and no free time. You want people to be happy, but you don’t care about the people whose back would break with the work to keep that up, or that they would be miserable. Think about others and not just yourself.
You do t get everything you wantThe people who have what you want aren’t inherently bad because they won’t work for free or the bare minimumGet over yourselfGo live in china if you want to live in a communist or socialist country.
I’ll make sure never to get a commission from you, I can guarantee you that.

Wow. Harsh much saying I should not live in this society with the love of my life who is right there in the US. :| Way to make an ass out of yourself.

I just reread this last thing you are so ridiculous I can’t even
Respond to my reasoning. Go on.

OH MY GOD SOME PEOPLE

“There is actually a major monopoly the pony plush makers have made. Depending on the plush in question here, $400 is far too much to charge for a $20 plush, ”
Are you serious? These are not $20 plushies. If you want $20 plushies they are on sale for $20 at walmart. 
If you want one of these $400 plushies, well the tools you need to get started on the path to making your own are available for FREE. Yes, some of these same people that are selling $400 plushies (or the patterns used to make some of them) are also giving out free patterns, files, tutorials, and help. 
Here’s a few helpful links 
http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/art/Voodoo-Tiki-s-Pony-Plushie-Tutorial-292290994
http://inky-pinkie.deviantart.com/art/FREE-Fluttershy-eye-Embroidery-File-449077271
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Napyi_O2X0k
If you don’t believe the amount of time that goes into it, the cost of GOOD materials, and that someone’s time learning to make a plush that people are willing to pay $400 for are worth it - nevermind the time spent making that specific plush - then just TRY making one yourself. 
Oh, you don’t have the time? You don’t have the materials? You don’t have an embroidery machine that cost hundreds of dollars to start out with and then needs repairs and upkeep? Well that is why you would pay someone else. Someone else that needs to eat, someone else that needs electricity and internet access to communicate with you, someone else that needs to pay rent or a mortgage and/or property taxes, someone else that can’t earn that money in a different way because they are spending their limited amount of time on Earth making pony plushies. 
I too believe that everyone should be happy. That is why I am glad we live in a society where if I want something, I can either save up to get it or I can learn to make it. Or I can realize that it isn’t really the key to happiness and do something else. 

Hallelujah! Tell it!

This self entitled attitude so many people have really is one of the biggest downfalls of trying to make a job out of a craft. Like it was already said, plush are ‘treated’ as a luxury because that’s exactly what they are! They are not essential to life. If you don’t want an affordable mass produced plush, or to save up the money to buy a custom one, too bad. You’ll survive without one. Or, you could even have a go at making one yourself, and maybe that’ll help you realise why we charge what we do.
I have to say, if this person’s idea of happiness honestly depends on having a stuffed toy then they really need to sit down and rethink their priorities.

Gotta love people who don’t understand basic economics.
For those who can’t be arsed to read through the whole quote chain, I’ve picked out some highlights:

"…this is why the plush community has a monopoly and it’s been pointed out if you point it out, call the people greedy, they WILL actually raise up to form a lynch mob and play the martyr and victims to the point of altering things the person that spoke out against them said to rally more of the community against the people that are upset at the prices."

A monopoly on plushies? Are you kidding me? Last time I checked, there’s no monopoly on plushies because there’s absolutely nothing preventing people from entering the market of making plushies (and people definitely do), aside from a small cost barrier to entry with buying supplies, machinery, etc. As opposed to actual monopolies where there are natural barriers to entry, or there are people who are discouraging new entrants by threatening legal action, paying off other people, or just trying to quash any new entrants. That’d be like if every time a new plushie artist showed up, all the big artists came in and slandered the new artist to discourage them from going further. 

I mean, they are very nicely made but I feel that those people should think maybe that sharing their skills with the less fortunate would make for a better world instead of bathing in capitalism and charging so much. Then again, it is a capitalist world and if they have no way to make money, they need to find a way to live… But if some would at least offer a payment plan of x per month, it would be so much easier on everypony. :>
The key thing here is that not everyone believes in capitalism and you are knee deep into it. I believe in everyone being able to be happy and not just the people that have the most money. That is the main difference between you and me.

"Capitalism is evil! I believe in a market where everyone should just make plushies for me, because I’m a nice person, and that’s enough incentive for anyone to do so, right?"
Seriously though, I’m past the point of being angry with these kind of people, I just think it’s hilarious now.

sugarstitchplush:

scarletstitchedthis:

s0nicfreak:

scarletstitchedthis:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

shevvalksinstarlight:

minty-chips:

tres-apples:

the-ink-pad:

askwicklesmack:

zis-zas:

Lmao people these days

Why sell yourself short just to please someone … I hate how people think if something is cheaper it’s going to let everyone have one. It’s special it’s your hard work and that is worth the price! God people these days :/

There is actually a major monopoly the pony plush makers have made. Depending on the plush in question here, $400 is far too much to charge for a $20 plush, $200 makes sense. My sorta rule of thumb when it comes to plushes is, take the price it cost to get the material, rounded to the nearest dollar, then times it by 10.

To be fair though, if this person is being honest that it takes them over 50 hours, then it can be argues it’s fair since a $400 plush taking 50 hours to make means they are charging $8 an hour, which is above the minimum wage of much of the USA.

As a whole though, artists don’t even make that, and this is why the plush community has a monopoly and it’s been pointed out if you point it out, call the people greedy, they WILL actually raise up to form a lynch mob and play the martyr and victims to the point of altering things the person that spoke out against them said to rally more of the community against the people that are upset at the prices.

i spend about the same time on working hours, around 50 - 60 hours of work, since the plushies i make are hand-sew, and the quiality of them i could say is pretty decent image

i know how economy can be a bitch for the fans, that is why i take $150 off those $400, the reason is simple, i have a job, and i work pretty much every single day with no days off, when i get out from work, i stay up late working on the plushies for commissioners or even give them for free to strangers, i’m not underselling my work, i’m making them more available, and if i decide to put one on auction over ebay, the price will always start at $1 in stead of 300 or 400 like some sets for plushies not even that good 

I agree that anything should be charged accordingly if you take a long time making it but I still find it sad to charge so much for an IP that doesn’t belong to them. It’s also sad for the fans of the show who cannot afford that because it’s classified as ‘luxury’. I mean, they are very nicely made but I feel that those people should think maybe that sharing their skills with the less fortunate would make for a better world instead of bathing in capitalism and charging so much. Then again, it is a capitalist world and if they have no way to make money, they need to find a way to live… But if some would at least offer a payment plan of x per month, it would be so much easier on everypony. :>

This sounds so self entitled it’s disgusting

Basically you think we should charge less for our hard work because you can’t afford it and want one.
A professional seamstress usually charges between 14-20 an hour depending on skill and geographical location. Expect no less from us, and don’t insult us.
seriously, I want to point and laugh at how whiny and pathetic this is

Wow… it seems like no one can have an opinion in this world without being thrown knives at… :c You don’t even know me. No like seriously. That hate is pretty exaggerated for a simple opinion. And this is the kind of things we throw my way. :| Not cool.

You obviously have no respect for what we do or our time.

And you obviously have no respect of other’s opinions. Stop trying to tag me as the bad person and move on. At least I don’t insult people.

But I will take this time since you’ve already attacked me in self-righteousness to tell you that I’m a person that actively look for plushie makers to build up my collection even more and that I’m glad you replied to this because it just showed everypony who you really are. :>

Please, if this is how you think of us, I Don’t want your business. It is “treated” like a luxury item because it *is* a luxury item. Just because you want a 30000$ mustang but only want to pay $10000 for it doesn’t mean you’ll get it. This is nothing but self entitlement. You want it, I have it, but you can’t afford it, so the makers are portrayed as the bad guys because we want to make money off our skill. If this weren’t lucrative as a paying job for me, I’d not be doing it except perhaps for myself, and I’d have a regular job.

You think we should lower our prices so we can “share our skills with the less fortunate”. Go into an art gallery and see how that goes over.

We aren’t bad guys for wanting a decent wage for what we do. I spend around 20 hours per plush and charge around $300 or so. Most of us have giveaways spend finically so people who can’t afford a plush have a chance. I myself recently auctioned off a piece if my own for charity.

If I were to lower my prices, I’d honestly have little reason to do this. This pays for my college tuition, so if I weren’t doing this, it would be something else.

And no, I do not respect an opinion that degrades the foundation of what I do to get by with an honest pay. It’s rude of you to think we should grin and bear the fundamental ground of our work be mocked and belittled.

The key thing here is that not everyone believes in capitalism and you are knee deep into it. I believe in everyone being able to be happy and not just the people that have the most money. That is the main difference between you and me.

I mean, you live your life however you want. I just didn’t need the stress and to being called out on something I strongly believe in as if it was the most terrible thing in the world to want to be happy. 

Honey, if you think barely having enough as a college student is being rich, you’ve got another think coming. Don’t like how I make money? Too bad. I don’t want to live an inch above poverty my entire life and I am doing something about it with my job and my education. Not that it is your business, but When I work while I also have school, I make about $500 every two weeks- the same as a walmart part time worker. And if I went full time, it would be considerably more- and that is okay too. It isn’t like we have something essential, like food, and holding out on others unless you can pay high dollar for it, damn. You’ll live without a plush.

If you think there is something wrong with that, you need to have your head checked. Don’t like that we are t giving away our plush? Too bad. Go away, we aren’t changing. If I did that, I’d literally have no money and no free time. You want people to be happy, but you don’t care about the people whose back would break with the work to keep that up, or that they would be miserable. Think about others and not just yourself.

You do t get everything you want
The people who have what you want aren’t inherently bad because they won’t work for free or the bare minimum
Get over yourself
Go live in china if you want to live in a communist or socialist country.

I’ll make sure never to get a commission from you, I can guarantee you that.

Wow. Harsh much saying I should not live in this society with the love of my life who is right there in the US. :| Way to make an ass out of yourself.

I just reread this last thing you are so ridiculous I can’t even

Respond to my reasoning. Go on.

OH MY GOD SOME PEOPLE

There is actually a major monopoly the pony plush makers have made. Depending on the plush in question here, $400 is far too much to charge for a $20 plush, ”

Are you serious? These are not $20 plushies. If you want $20 plushies they are on sale for $20 at walmart. 

If you want one of these $400 plushies, well the tools you need to get started on the path to making your own are available for FREE. Yes, some of these same people that are selling $400 plushies (or the patterns used to make some of them) are also giving out free patterns, files, tutorials, and help. 

Here’s a few helpful links 

http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/art/Voodoo-Tiki-s-Pony-Plushie-Tutorial-292290994

http://inky-pinkie.deviantart.com/art/FREE-Fluttershy-eye-Embroidery-File-449077271

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Napyi_O2X0k

If you don’t believe the amount of time that goes into it, the cost of GOOD materials, and that someone’s time learning to make a plush that people are willing to pay $400 for are worth it - nevermind the time spent making that specific plush - then just TRY making one yourself. 

Oh, you don’t have the time? You don’t have the materials? You don’t have an embroidery machine that cost hundreds of dollars to start out with and then needs repairs and upkeep? Well that is why you would pay someone else. Someone else that needs to eat, someone else that needs electricity and internet access to communicate with you, someone else that needs to pay rent or a mortgage and/or property taxes, someone else that can’t earn that money in a different way because they are spending their limited amount of time on Earth making pony plushies. 

I too believe that everyone should be happy. That is why I am glad we live in a society where if I want something, I can either save up to get it or I can learn to make it. Or I can realize that it isn’t really the key to happiness and do something else. 

Hallelujah! Tell it!

This self entitled attitude so many people have really is one of the biggest downfalls of trying to make a job out of a craft. Like it was already said, plush are ‘treated’ as a luxury because that’s exactly what they are! They are not essential to life. If you don’t want an affordable mass produced plush, or to save up the money to buy a custom one, too bad. You’ll survive without one. Or, you could even have a go at making one yourself, and maybe that’ll help you realise why we charge what we do.

I have to say, if this person’s idea of happiness honestly depends on having a stuffed toy then they really need to sit down and rethink their priorities.

Gotta love people who don’t understand basic economics.

For those who can’t be arsed to read through the whole quote chain, I’ve picked out some highlights:

"…this is why the plush community has a monopoly and it’s been pointed out if you point it out, call the people greedy, they WILL actually raise up to form a lynch mob and play the martyr and victims to the point of altering things the person that spoke out against them said to rally more of the community against the people that are upset at the prices."

A monopoly on plushies? Are you kidding me? Last time I checked, there’s no monopoly on plushies because there’s absolutely nothing preventing people from entering the market of making plushies (and people definitely do), aside from a small cost barrier to entry with buying supplies, machinery, etc. As opposed to actual monopolies where there are natural barriers to entry, or there are people who are discouraging new entrants by threatening legal action, paying off other people, or just trying to quash any new entrants. That’d be like if every time a new plushie artist showed up, all the big artists came in and slandered the new artist to discourage them from going further. 

I mean, they are very nicely made but I feel that those people should think maybe that sharing their skills with the less fortunate would make for a better world instead of bathing in capitalism and charging so much. Then again, it is a capitalist world and if they have no way to make money, they need to find a way to live… But if some would at least offer a payment plan of x per month, it would be so much easier on everypony. :>

The key thing here is that not everyone believes in capitalism and you are knee deep into it. I believe in everyone being able to be happy and not just the people that have the most money. That is the main difference between you and me.

"Capitalism is evil! I believe in a market where everyone should just make plushies for me, because I’m a nice person, and that’s enough incentive for anyone to do so, right?"

Seriously though, I’m past the point of being angry with these kind of people, I just think it’s hilarious now.

PLAY MARIO KART WITH ME.

Or at least add me as a Wii U friend because why not. My NNID is Diffeomorphism. Let me know if you add me!