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I just thought I would give a little advice.

Fursuit builders are popping up everywhere with all kinds of prices and products and want your business. Sadly many of these new builders are not what they promise to be. To avoid getting a product you are unhappy with or getting ripped off all together here are some tips.

MINORS: If you are looking to commission a minor keep in mind, a commission is a contract. Minors can not enter into a contract and thus by commissioning them your are handing them money and hoping they give you a product. If they do not there is nothing you can do about it because legally they never entered a contract.
A MINOR CAN SCREW YOU OVER See if there is any parental consent at all.

History: So you found someone with a price you like and you want to commission them. Look up their history, there are communities out there that are meant to keep track of flaky people or scams. artist beware is a great one they can be found here. [link]
If you find that they have no history at all look through their galleries for work they have done for other people, check to see if it is consistent and hell contact the owner if they are listed. Most people are happy to tell you about their experience.

Price: GOOD MATERIALS DO NOT = A GOOD SUIT. So many people will try and say that the price reflects the quality and materials used for their suits. This is not always true, anyone can buy high quality materials, if they can make it into something worth it is another matter. No matter how much those materials are worth, if the end product is not good then the end product is not worth the money spent on materials. The end product is what you want to look at, don't be suckered in by the materials.

Shopping around: So you don't have your heart set on any builder you just want a suit. This probably means you will have an easy time finding a builder. However it also means you are open to getting scammed. Get quotes and shop around. Look at the style and prices then move on. In that time you should be saving up and looking for something that fits you.

Saving: So you want a suit but can't afford one. Save your money, get a job etc. The world is not fair and no one should have to go down to your price level just because you can't afford something. You wouldn't want to be paid less for working hard just because someone can't pay you. You would move on and find someone who can.

Settling: This is a big one! So you need that fursuit NOW NOW NOW! You can't quite afford something nice so you are going to drop down to a new builder with little experience. BAD! Bad fury! I have met so many people who have done just that and gotten something they are ashamed to wear at a con once they saunter out in their new suit to see the dozens of quality suits around them. You get what you pay for, how about instead of buying now now now, you wait save your money and get something you will be happy with. Because in the end if you get something you are not happy with in time for that event you are wasting your money and you can only spend money once, there is no getting it back.

Try building it yourself: because quite frankly there are so many tutorials out there you will likely make something just as nice as that brand new builder you where looking at commissioning for a couple hundred bucks but making it at a much more affordable price. Most of these new builders are working from those tutorials anyway. If you are not confident enough to make it on your own but want to give it a shot anyway. head over to this community , post your work in progress shots and they will help you through the process. [link]


I hope this helps a few people. I understand the temptation to get a super cheap suit but keep in mind, the operative word there is CHEAP. So do your best to make sure you know exactly what you are getting into.

NEW BUILDERS ARE NOT BAD! They are often a great way to get a new suit at a cheap price. However I do feel the need to warn people how to spot a bad apple in the bunch.

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pncke Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
yeah i have tried doing my own fursuit
and it didn't really come out the way i wanted to..

old pic- i149.photobucket.com/albums/s5…

but now that I'm starting school and work almost full time it sucks that i can't try again..
i do like the hands and feet but that head is ewew..

; y;

but thanks for these tips~
really helpful when I'm going to be commissioning someone
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ScelesticWolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so as a fellow artist, is it a bad thing that I really only want to do suits locally? cause can the artist get scammed as well? I mean online that is.
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
There is nothing wrong with doing what you are comfortable with. It's hard to get scammed as the artist so long as you do not provide the product till the customer has paid everything off but there is always a risk. though I would strongly recommend that you have at least 3 examples of every item or option you intend to offer. The more professional you seem, the less likely it is that anyone will think you are easy prey.
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ScelesticWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alright, thank you!
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camiif3tt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I wish I had seen this a few weeks ago. I nearly got ripped off by someone who was sending me someone else's WIPs off Google and trying to get me to pay them for it. Luckily, I searched the images and found them here on dA and other places and yeah, I wasn't happy. Glad I did some research first.
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Eternalskyy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:[
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry you had to experience this. It's sad because it damages the reputation of all artists. I wish more people would read this and stop acting like it's designed to attack anyone because all it takes is a little research to be sure that you don't end up in trouble and that there is a mutually beneficial arrangement.
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DeathSpell1995 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks for the advise i am currently making my own fusuit and this really helps thanks so much!
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Captain-MaggiePie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Artist
This is probably the best advice on here
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bornes Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I would also add that if you just want to buy something premade, you could try furbuy.com. It has a fursuit section there and I've bought some great products. Some clockwork creatures costumes have been resold there, also.
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WhiteMagicWolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for advice ;)
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Akmu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm going to make my own >.< i already made a head but she's a bit lopsided, so ill save my fur for when i make something I'm proud of =3. My furry friends are supportive at least =3.
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Rindama Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great its about time someone spoke up glad you posted this
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Platypoid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hmm.. now i just need advice on how to make a perfect platypus beak, and im ready to go :3
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StormyDragonRider Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Great advice! I am currently making my own fursuit, but this is great for future reference if I decide to buy from someone.
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ThoronWild Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that is brill info, pepole really need a heads up too ;)

its nice to see that peps like you actualy think about this, i know pepole who have brought and hated...
so thanks for posting this, im sure it will help many pepole.
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LucidDreamDog Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
This helps SOOOOO Much. I was already looking for someone to commision a future partial because frankly, I cannot make the one I'm planning. But I'll give another shot at building a fursuit ^^

Thanks for this advice
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TraceGrey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Must read later. *favorites*
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Leap207 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As a new builder I promised myself not to take commissions until I had several suits experience under my belt. Making the costumes is half the fun though!
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skinwalker3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
I am making my own suit for sure.. My summer project ^^
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
go for it! Good luck to ya ^^
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skinwalker3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Thanks Cx

If I need any tips, I'll come to you ;D
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I will do my best but check out the "memories" on the main page of that live journal group. All of the info you could ask for. Anything you can't find? Then feel free to ask ^^
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skinwalker3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
That's awesome, I will be reading that! Thanks :D
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Isa-Lacrymosa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looking forward to your next pages ;D
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SilverWolf1996 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this helps alot! i hope people find this useful as well =3
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Spawtz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too have a tip: new furs should wait a year at least before you buy a suit.
A lot of new furs go all out and just say "oh, these suits are amazing~! Gotta get one of them!!"
They find a builder, place their order and a month after that they fade out from the fandom.
Don't get into the fandom so quickly and spend $1200 on a suit and a few months later when you get a big box from the postman, you open it up and say "oh this thing... well, I'm not really into the whole furry fandom thing anymore... :/"

It's happened a lot. o:
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah that is a good one. I will be sure to put that in the "Commission process" Page. I know several people who did that too. Then they try and sell the suit and can't recover the loss
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lonehowler Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know a few builders who offered local furs a discount just so they could build experiance and a portfolio. New builders do need experiance to get better. but you often get what you pay for.
Only a few will jump up in the quality of their suit making after a few suits under thier belts. I have seen some that went from crap to nice looking suits, but a few will continue to keep producing low quality workmanship
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GlowyDaBstrd Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
everything you said is true.
very good work, thanks for writing this.
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foxfairy-art Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
This is great advice. I'd also suggest another note about minors: If you are a minor and you want a suit, make sure your parent is on board with the fursuit maker and knows the terms of service and conditions, and is kept updated. Otherwise there can be huge trouble everywhere!
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Then again this is about commissioning a new builder. I will go ahead and add the section about minors needing consent to commission in the "Commission process" page.
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foxfairy-art Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
That's true! Thanks for adding it anyway. It's a real red flag when a kid wants a fursuit without parental permission, a whole bunch of unfun things can happen. Or when a parent doesn't understand TOS... T_T
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Geez had this happen to me. We were half way through and their folks found out.Parents were furious and forced a refund because they hated anything "furry". I was able to keep the non-refundable initial payment for materials but that was after many heated disputes. Something makers should ask is if the kid is a minor. I was never told until the parents contacted me... >.<
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foxfairy-art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011   Artisan Crafter
yeah >_< I make sure now that if I get a commission from a minor, it goes through the parents. It isn't that hard! I've done several transactions with parents.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol. A suit I did a while back had to be approved by the parent before I went on. Was a hassle, but possible. Has anyone made a universal contract for parents to sign? That might be rather handy to use.
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MushiSuits Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I will go ahead and ad that then
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