I been holding back on commenting for a while, mainly because I'm lazy and I don't like typing.
I agree with most everything that has been said. I'm really not a fan of people who sell their customs purely for profit. They're is nothing wrong with selling one because some kind of emergency comes up and you need cash. I personally, like Jesse, would part with other parts of my collection first though. And if I did ever end up selling a custom, I wouldn't put any ridiculous "buy it now" price on it. $100 for those clones was ridiculous, they were simple repaints. I'm not bashing anyone who reapints clones like that, but they aren't commandos, so don't try and pass them off like they are hot **** and you are the best customizer ever because you can paint on plastic.
I personally have sold 1 custom on commission. I sold it for $20 shipped, which I though was too high but that was what the guy wanted to pay, I offered it to him for $11 shipped but he declined for some reason.
Of course, last time I voiced that criticism, Phruby and I ended up amongst a firestorm.
Was that the time some said Phruby was jealous of someone's tallent? I though that was completely ridiculous, someone made a really sweet O-ring style Fett, but they left off some of the logos and little details and when Phruby said he should add 'em, the people at RS went ape **** on him. I think that was right around the time I got banned there.
As much as I loved FFURG, I can't bring myself to post there as much anymore.
There are as many members on FFURG as there are here, and recently there has been a huge swelling in the number of kids, which isn't neccassarily a bad thing, but when they post one word replies have triple posts in every other thread, and no one can understand them because they have the worst grammar ever, it it gets to be annoying. There is still lots of excellent work and critiques there, but there has been way to many one word replies lately and it is annoying to sort through all the crap to get to the good stuff. When I post something over there I get a few good replies but they are from people who post over here anyways, and the rest are all useless replies. When I used to post at RS all I got were one word replies, with the exception of a few from Paul, Jesse, or Justin.
I would like to think that most of us are in this pastime just for fun, I guess that's why I don't see the need to get all bent out of shape over it.
The reason that we are getting "bent out of shape" is because they give us real customizers a bad name. And when I say real, I mean anyone here who makes figures for themselves, no matter how bad you think they are. And it clogs the forums with crap. That is why I think this is easily the best custom forum around. You can give/recieve feedback without being ignored or get into a fight about who is the better customizer. Ask any artist what they think about people that make "art" just for the money and commissions and you are going to hear the same kind of things we've been saying. A lot of the "art" that is popular now is utter crap, that looks like a 3 year old took a crap and finger painted it yellow. And a lot of that is made by people who don't care about the art at all and just want the money. As people begin to profit off the colored turds, other people decide to get in on it while they still can and all of a sudden there is a flash flood of rainbow colored diareha in parks and museums. This is exactly what happens on E-bay with custom clones.