The Poll: sarilain.deviantart.com/journa…
After spending so much time debating through this with you all and listening to all your advice (sorry if I didn't respond, but I HAVE read everything, ty so much!!!<3), I think I've come across an answer to our dilemma.^^How can I get rid of the resale rule, but still protect against scalpers?
There is a solution!
To summarize if you're not sure what I'm talking about:
A lot of closed species owners have the rule: "You can't sell adopts for more than you paid, plus the price of any additional art." This rule is supposed to protect against scalpers, so the community will have the opportunity to obtain species designs from the creator themselves without having others monopolize all the designs, and limit ownership to only an elite few.
Or some creators may use this as a way to protect themselves. They feel like it's not fair if they only got a certain amount for something, but then someone else turns around and makes a profit off their hard work. While I agree this sucks when it happens, however, it's life and life simply isn't always fair. The moment you sell a design to someone, it's no longer your property. You have no legal control over what that person does, outside of your right to forbid commercial reproduction and such, and it's unfair when we creators try to throw our weight around and force others to conform to our own standards.
You could of course have everyone sign an explicit contract every time they buy an adopt, but I find that off putting tbh. I probably wouldn't be interested any more at that point.
Trying to uphold this sort of rule can sometimes result in a whole bunch of uneccessary drama. Sometimes creators can even gain a sense of entitlement and use their strict rules to belittle people. There may be "witch hunts" or crazy white knighting where the creator either asks their followers to go attack a person, or just turns a blind eye when it happens. Sometimes creators AREN'T trying to be self important, but it still comes across this way. I was surprised to find the latter out today. I make rules to protect the community, not solely for my own benefit, and it makes me sad when others misunderstand.
But simply put, some rules do have to be in place to assure structure of a community. And not everyone is going to like the rules. It's impossible to make everyone happy.
However, today I think I may have figured out a way to make MOST people happy by changing this rule.
Instead of the resale rule, I can just put limits on how many adopts any one person buys at any given time.
Let me explain:
My new policy would be that anyone can resell their closed species characters from me
for whatever they want. This eliminates the possibility of witch hunts and white knighting. This lightens my workload (not that I have ever policed this, I never pay attention to what people do tbh lol, BUT I would have to deal with it if an issue crops up). Less stress all around.
If my adopts are regularly resold by others for more, then great, there's a sign I can raise my own prices.
IF a species of mine ever becomes in "high demand" and people start scalping designs... Rather than put a rule in place to "outlaw" scalping (because who am I to judge who is scalping and who isn't?), I would just limit their how obtainable they are.
We've seen examples of this before. Say there's a really popular species, and the creator puts up a cheaper batch that's for first time owners only. But instead of just doing this once, I could do it most of the time.
Ex. I post a set of adopts, and for the first 24 hours I only allow people who haven't purchased one of that species in the last... (month, batch, whatever) to make a purchase. Any unsold designs after that time limit would be available to everyone. Yes, it's still putting a rule in place and restricting people somewhat. However, I think this is so much better than trying to tell people what they can do with the adopt after the fact (not legal). Instead I can tell them while I still have ownership of the adopt (legal).
I understand this only adresses flat sales, but I'm thinking for auctions that: Anyone can bid! But only people who meet the requirement of not previously buying one in X amount of time will be eligible to AB. It might be a little confusing at first, but this is a much fairer process for everyone.And again, this would only be put in place if scalping actually crops up.
This way, if there are no rules to break, then there's no rule to worry about enforcing, no one can become a rule breaker and open themselves to possible harassment or embarassment, there's no drama and a whole heck of a lot more people are happier.
This may have been an obvious solution to some of you, but I've really been agonizing over it for hours. Special thanks to KawaiiStorm
for helping me come up with this idea.<3Let me know what you all think? I really think this addresses both sides of the problem.T^T
(And if you're worried about accessibility for those with smaller pocketbooks or just no funds at all... I AM still working on the ARPG in which you can obtain MYO's for free. It's just going to take a lot longer to get everything set up. I'll do some DTA or MYO contest soon for you all.<3)