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Since I've been asked these questions a lot, I thought to write some journals about it. This is from an Adopter's point of view.

What are adoptables?
Adoptables are "characters" that you can purchase for your personal use. They can be animals, humans, objects... Anything and everything can be turned into an adoptable.

What exactly *is* it that I'm adopting?
You're adopting the *character* itself, not the design, not the art, just the character.
Take this adoptable:
DESIGNHaven MASCOT by Karijn-s-Basement
Art = The drawing itself = Right remains to the artist
Original Species = The lines = Right remains to the artist, unless the species is for adoption too (Not valid in case of existing species such as wolves, cats, etc....)
Design = Black coat/Golden wings/Pattern on Tail = Right remains to the artist
Character = (Original Species + Design) = This is yours

You are basically adopting the right to use the character as a whole, species + design/pattern. Usually, artists are able to do a lot of different designs so it is unlikely that that *exact* design will be recycled with another species. Orange fur with black stripes on a dog can be used again on a horse, but they are still different *characters*.

Why should I adopt one?
There are lots of reasons to adopt a character. Because you want a fursona, because you want a pet for your OC, because you like the way they look... Anyone has a different motivation for wanting an adoptable.

Where do I find them?
You can either browse dA by searching for 'adoptables' or you can go to an adoptables group. There are a lot of groups, so you might want to look at more than just one, to increase your chances to find the perfect character for you.

How do I adopt an adoptable?
First of all, you need to know that almost all adoptables have a 'first come, first serve' rule. Meaning that the first one to offer the artist what they ask, becomes the owner.
This being said, there are four main ways to purchase an adoptable:

:bulletgreen: For Free
Since they're free and you get them with little effort but be there at the right moment and place, they're the first to go. Your best bet in getting one of this kind is by watching the artist who does them.

:bulletgreen: Draw to Adopt
a) With reservation = You were the first to ask for the adoptable, so you only need to submit a drawing of the adoptable and you're done
b) Without reservation = It's like a small contest, everyone submits their drawing and the artist chooses the one they like best

:bulletgreen: Trade
You'll be asked to draw something (one of the artist's OCs or a design of your own) in exchange for the adoptable.

:bulletgreen: For Points/Cash
Not much to say here, points are dA's currency and cash is real money. There's usually a time limit to send the payment to the artist.

And always, always remember to read the artist comments and follow their rules. You might find that some are more lenient than others and will bend the rules a bit, others stick to what they have written and there's no way to change their mind. To avoid upsetting the artist and creating useless drama, please read the rules. Asking never hurts, but if they've clearly stated that what you want is *not* going to happen, please don't push.

Adoptables Journals Series:
Adoptables, Basics for Adopters
Adoptables, Basics for Adoptables Artists
Adoptables Tutorial
Adoptables, Writing an Artist's Description
Adoptables, Customs
Adoptables, Design Tutorial
Adoptables, Buying Adoptables
Adoptables, Pricing
Original Species Tutorial
Adoptables, Auctions
Adoptables, Original Species Confusion
Adoptables, I sold one, now what?
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HappyGasProductions Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
How absurdly restrictive. Could these rules be any more aggressively in favor of the artist? Why would I pay money for a single member of a species if I'm not allowed to elaborate on the species?
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
If it's an original species (so the artist has created them and made some characters available), then the original artist should have the right to ask for the species' standard to be respected, don't you think?

They create a species they like, with the features they think the species needs to be complete, they feel happy with the result, and suddely someone tells them, 'I want one of those, but only if I can add horns and wings'. You're basically telling them that what they designed is not enough to please you, but that you consider their original (and in their mind, complete) species a passable enough 'base' for you to do some editing and get a character you like.

Most artists will probably let you slightly edit the design (like, toning down the colour or taking out a spot or two) and add accessories/scars/tattoos to your character, and that's fine because it adds personality, but I don't agree with taking an OS and start editing the species standard.

Of course, aside from the odd ball, no adoptable artist will come to your page and shove their OS down your throat, so it's just a matter of live and let live. And if you have the ability to elaborate on a design, then you can also try working out a design from scratch on your own, something uniquely yours that you'll feel proud of.
HappyGasProductions Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
okaaaay, I understand, but I just don't get why anyone would rather use someone else's thing rather than make their own?
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Some people find it difficult to come up with designs as peculiar as they'd like them to be, so when they see one they like enough, they adopt it. Some other people simply like to collect designs because they're pretty. Everyone has their own reason to buy another person's design, I occasionally do too, when I see a design that gets me inspired.
PepsiPuppeh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! So once we adopt them, can we draw them? I just adopted a cakie and I just wanted to know.
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Of course you can draw them. ;)
(Actually, you can draw any adopt you want, as long as you ask permission to the owner and give credit... A kind of gift art, if you'd like. ;))
ComanderSprings Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Thank you very much! I'm thinking about selling adoptables and this will be very useful to me. :)
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
You're welcome. ;)
allstarblast Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
if someone sold something to you then wanted it back... do you have the right to say no?
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