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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