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It's Intelius here, The Pound's Co-Founder.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I have completely rehauled the folders.
I've touched the names up, cleaned them up entirely, and basically just spent a lot of time on it.

Now I'd like to share with you a few tips on how to get your adoptables sold faster and just general things you should know.
Here we go.

1. Number your adoptables
Labelling your adoptables 1-whatever makes it a lot more easier for viewers to buy. It's not fun having to say, 'oh i'd like that one with the green and the blue and the heart and yeah'. With numbers you can quickly just say, 'I want to buy 4!' and be done with it.

2. When an adoptable is bought cross it out or put sold in the description.
Don't keep your buyers in the dark on whether or not an adoptable is taken. Make it easier on them and they'll be more prone to buy. Keeping your description neat and short is also a big plus.

3. Be polite.
No one wants to deal with a mean deviant. Especially not when they're dishing out money or points for something you'd made. Make them feel welcome to ask you questions or buy.

4. SUBMIT TO THE RIGHT FOLDER
This is just common sense. People view the folders they're interested in. If they click on Canine's and they see your Cat adoptable they're not going to buy it because it just isn't what they're looking for.

5. Put CLOSED in the title after all the adoptables have been sold
Or alternatively just remove it from the group. It makes it so so so much easier for me or just anyone to know that all the adoptables have been taken and there's nothing to see.

6. Submit to groups
This is the #1 way to get noticed and have people see your adopts. If you aren't doing this, you're doing it wrong.

7. Lower your prices if people aren't buying
This is your hint that your prices are too high. Especially if someone is nice enough to tell you that your adopts are over-priced. Don't take it personally, just lower it a bit and you'll see the difference.

8. Don't skimp out on one of them.
If 5 of your adoptables have lots of details and pretty color schemes, they're going to be bought first. Then your 2 colored plain adoptables will be left when, if you had taken a little extra time, they could've been bought for the same price. Rule of thumb: Make each adoptable as if you were designing it for yourself. If you don't like it, chances are buyers won't either.

9. Don't submit too many at once.
When watchers see 28 messages in their inbox they'll skim over them compared to 6. Submit all at once and you risk having your adoptables skipped over.

10. Draw what you're good at.
If you love doing Original Species don't force yourself to draw Scene dogs just because they're selling. Instead focus on one species and slowly, as you get more and more watchers interested in your adoptables, begin to raise your prices. It'll pay off in the end.



Alright, I'm done. Comment what you thought and let me know if this helped! 8D
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MLP-Auctions Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do this, but I don't agree with some points, especially #7.

I put effort into my designs, but since nobody knows about me, nobody buys my stuff.

Whereas a "famous" person I saw sold a plain brown pony (That probably took them seconds since it was a base and all) for around 2000 points through bidding.

I put my stuff in groups, about 70 now for one adopt, and still nobody wants her. 

If I was that "famous" person, I could have got 3000 for them easily... 

:'(
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ShadowsInTidepools Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
networking dear!! its all in the networking! i feel distressed for the same reasons sometimes! but then i remember this is the internet and there are a LOT of people and you can only reach them by doing a lot of networking !
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MLP-Auctions Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess :I
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ShadowsInTidepools Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
no really it's true. people only see things through making connections. you've got to want it bad enough :)
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000adoptable000 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  New Deviant
i do almost all of these and can never sell adopts. even on my old acc when i put a lot of work and stuff in it
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ShadowsInTidepools Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks to me like you use a lot of bases, and your designs are cute, but they're very natural looking, and i've noticed that when people buy an animal adopt their looking for something i little more out of the box. try saving pictures of all the adopts that you like the style of and then study them and try making something more like it, getting inspiration from others can sometimes be just what you need :) and don't forget to network! you've got to want it bad enough to spend that 2 hours submitting to as many groups as possible and giving other people's work compliments! 
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Smooth-Sunset Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a question, I've recently made and submitted some adopts for five dollars. Is that a bit too much?I even said that I accept points.
here are the deviations.
smooth-sunset.deviantart.com/a…

smooth-sunset.deviantart.com/a…

smooth-sunset.deviantart.com/a…

Do you know how to  make them sell? 
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ShadowsInTidepools Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hi! :3 mind if i give some advice? your art is really cute! and the pallets are nice! but i do think that they are on the more simple side, (not so many details, accessories shading etc.) which isn't bad, but isn't going to get you 500 points easily. i think with a little work you can easily sell your work for 500, but you'll need to put more detail into your designs :) for the more simple ones i'd start at 100, and if you make it an auction than others can bid more if they want to but then you will at least get the base price. if you're not sure how to improve your work, look long and hard at your favorite artists and how they color/shade/design their art, and look up tutorials, its ok to try and replicate their techniques! that's how you learn to get better! and network! lots and lots of networking!
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ZoombiiPanda Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like majority of this is good advice besides #7.
Prices that don't sell =/= over priced adopts. 
Sometimes you aren't well known so not as many people see your adopts (you can easily prove this point by viewing popular adopt 
artists who sell rather simple designs incredibly successfully). 

Being not very well known can also result in more mature deviants not seeing your designs - and you know the little kids that are
just starting out will call even something like 30 points too expensive. Doesn't mean they're correct in saying so.
I remember back when I started I thought even 10 points was a huge amount, and when I saw those adopts selling for 1000? I was
mind boggled. In actuality that's only $10, which is even less in British pounds for me. Not so much now, to current me.

Someone being "nice enough to tell you that your adopts are over-priced" is not necessarily them being truthful or nice at all. It can 
also simply mean they're being a cheapskate that wants a somewhat quality design for much cheaper than the effort that went into 
it deserves. A lot of good, deserving artists have trouble making money off their art already because of people who think it's not some
thing that needs to really be paid for, or if it is paid for it's in little amount and definitely under-priced - and you're basically telling 
people to conform with that and under-price themselves just because a particular community thinks they should.
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MLP-Auctions Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Theres somebody who sold a plain brown pony for about 2000 points, just cause they're well known :I
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ZoombiiPanda Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say 2000 isn't bad if it was a decent design, but practically a plain brown pony? As in it was one shade of brown for it's entire base fur with no patterns or anything? I'd say thats waaaay over-priced..

I kinda tend to base prices of my designs off how complex I've done them, how much research and time I put into it etc
If they were really quick and simple I price them a lot lower, but if I did a lot of internet research on a particular theme I was going for and spent a good amount of time on it, I put them higher :'v Something like a plain brown pony probably didn't take that long, and I saw from your other comment it was also on a base so not even the actual drawing process would've taken that long, so 2000 really probably wasn't worth it.. man I feel sorry for whoever bid that much?? They were basically cheated out of 2000 points jfc 
I suppose thats the beauty of auctions and bidding though, you can get a lot more than you were expecting, because it's kinda up to the people how high the price goes.
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gabikittywolfshadow Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
A- How do I get the money (points) after i sell it to someone?
B- Will I 100% receive the points? Because my profile isn't updated so is it the only way to get points?
C- what are points for other than buying other people's adoptables?
d- Thanks for this! Imma go get many points!
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PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
A-You create a donation widget on your home page.  Do this by clicking the "edit page" button on the top left of your profile page.  Scroll down and click on the donation widget to add.
B-I make a policy of ONLY putting a closed sign on my adopts once I have the points.
C-You can also use points to commission custom artwork from people.  Take a look at the Projects forum for more like this.  forum.deviantart.com/community…
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gabikittywolfshadow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! This is really useful!
:D
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PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
You are welcome!
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MegaMew2000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'll have to give this a go.
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HikoPawz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish this helped.... ;___; im so in need of points....
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Sylonox Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question when it comes to purchasing, How do you exchange the cash if your a minor with no credit card and it could be unsafe to give out your address? I'm sure those are the only two ways and if that is so how do you do that?
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bymeansof Featured By Owner Edited Oct 1, 2014
One tip I can give you is to purchase Visa gift cards at a Walmart or similar outlet. Lots of major grocery store chains have them too. They spend just like money online and you don't have to have a bank account. My little brother used this method to buy XBox points when he was a minor with money but no bank account.
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91vadpire Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
good tip.....now i have a new species and i don't know a name
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isabellegiles Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips!
Here are the ones I've made
Element Adopts- 25 points by isabellesadoptables
Sunshine Adoptable OPEN- 300 points by isabellegiles
point adoptables OPEN by isabellegiles
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Empress-of-Dark Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tried submitting to a number of groups but no one's touching them. I see plenty of others that aren't even well detailed selling for about 300 points when I put mine up for 400. I put a lot of effort into my images to make them presentable.

Here's an example of one of mine: empress-of-dark.deviantart.com…
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bymeansof Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
That link won't load for me.
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Empress-of-Dark Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, recently switched my adopts to a new account: adi-adopts.deviantart.com/art/…
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Sensiblebunny Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This was really helpful! I tried making one: fav.me/d7wmpn9
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Zikschive Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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FacingTemptation Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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TwistedOmniscience Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I don't really self advertise but here's mine;
mistystarbright.deviantart.com…
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Bumbleflight Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks c: I've just started mine
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razorsharp2199 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't have much luck
:/
even when i do cool designs
well
i only made 4
and half got bought
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ToastedAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hm. I've submittedy art to groups before, but I've not had much luck... I thought perhaps my adopts were bad and I deleted most of them. I only sold two, and those were to my friend in real life.
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TheAdorkableNerd Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Buy these when you get the ship right! :D
xxbronyonxx.deviantart.com/art…
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TwistedOmniscience Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Hello. Fancy seeing you here
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TheAdorkableNerd Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I am a sesame bun at McDonalds, how do you do?
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TwistedOmniscience Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
B-but-McDonald's doesn't-
*explodes of confusion*
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TheAdorkableNerd Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bhahahaha, one down, 6,999,999,998 to go.
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TwistedOmniscience Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
x-x
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TheAdorkableNerd Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ryp ,mistysterbuger she ded.
rest in peice, my brutha
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TwistedOmniscience Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
*sings gospel*
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poyoyoo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Artist
Buy these tho <3 :.Adopt /OPEN by poyoyoo
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flyhunt Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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pokedragonS8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've tried all of them...Sigh. :(
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Bostonology Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have too. It gets depressing seeing others fly off of the shelf while yours wither and collect dust.
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Empress-of-Dark Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Couldn't agree more. Especially when others aren't even half as good as your own AND priced higher. :\
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JustArtsOfArRusGirl Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Yeah, same here....
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ToastedAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
it's pretty upsetting if I do say so myself.
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Just-about-kitty Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So that's what I've been doing wrong! I need to submit it to groups as well! 
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Chat-le-rose Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! This is really helpful :icongrin--plz:
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LittleRueKitty Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I agree with all of these! But with number 10, I think you shouldn't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. I've had people request things from me that pushed me out of mine and they were sometimes my best adoptables! :D But I understand where you're coming from and what you are saying. This is really wonderful! Good job! :hug:
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