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:bulletgreen::bulletgreen:BUYING AN ADOPTABLE:bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

:bulletred:Have an Adoptable Fund ready
Having some extra cash in your paypal or extra points in your dA helps you a lot in case you wish to purchase a limited hold-time adoptable. To avoid scamming, many adoptables artists ask for payment within a certain time frame (one or two days generally) and having a fund helps you when you see an adoptable you really want. Sometimes artists will let you put an adoptable on hold, but it's still better to ask first if the 'hold' option is available or not before claiming.

:bulletred:Find an Adoptable that you really like
Adoptables often come in sheets or maybe you follow a lot of adoptables artists and no one can deny that there's a lot of choice around dA. Since you finances are not unlimited, you might find yourself in the tight spot of choosing an adoptable over another. The point here is, you need to *choose*. Because asking both and then making one of the two artists wait for payment is not correct and may loose you the chance of adopting that specific character.

:bulletred:Claim SENSIBLY
Claim first, read description later is NOT an acceptable way of doing things. I understand the rush of joy at finding the 'perfect character' for you, but what if it's already closed? What if it's a paypal adoption and you only have 10 points? Take a few seconds to skim the description, at least to check if it's still open and the kind of payment the artist asks. Reading the description is also helpful for the adoptables that have a specific requirement for the claim comment. Some artists, to be sure that you actually read the rules, ask you to add a word or a sentence in your claim comment. If you don't do so, you might loose your chance at adopting the character if someone else's is quicker than you and has already read the description.

:bulletred:Claim SENSIBLY #2
'adjkjkstgnaa 2 so cool wanna' is not the most intelligent way to ask for an adoptable. Because it makes you look like an illiterate troll, makes the artist doubt you and your claim and, what if there are just names and not numbers in the character sheet? So here's a copy/paste Claim request:

(If you don't have the funds)
Hi, I really like [Adoptable X, Name or Number], but I need a bit of time to find the necessary funds. Is it possible to put it on hold until I have the payment ready?

(If you have the funds)
Is [Adoptable X, Name or Number] still open? If so, I'd really like to adopt it.

:bulletred:Wait for the Confirmation reply
Not much to do here... You can follow the 'Protect Yourself' point while you wait. If the adoptable has already been claimed or the artist will not put them on hold for you, go back to the first point and start again.

:bulletred:Protect Yourself
Now that you have a confirmed claim on your adoptable and have it on hold (at least for the twenty minutes you need to do this), let's talk about protection. Because there are a lot of scammers in the adoptables community and you're risking to loose points to a thief for a character that probably has an owner already.

milkadopts has written a wonderful Journal on Adoptable Scams and How to Avoid Them, so you'll simply need to read the Journal and check if the adoptable artist of your claimed adoptable has what is needed to be a scammer. (Loveno's Journal was removed, I'll think about writing something of my own to fill the gap.)

:bulletred:OMG, the Artist is/could be a Scammer
Ok, don't panic. You still have to send them the payment so it's still a salvageable situation. Now you only need to backpedal, SLOWLY. Do not start yelling at them 'u thief', it only creates unnecessary drama. 'nvm' is also a reply I don't really like. Copy/Paste comments in this case can be:

(If you have the original deviation on your hand)
I'm sorry, but these adoptables were made by :dev:, you can see the original deviation here: (add link)
Please take this deviation down.

(If you DON'T have the original deviation on your hand)
I'm so sorry, I just realized that I don't have the points/money to pay you, so I'll have to give up on this adoption. Maybe next time.
or the variation
I'm very sorry, I'm currently finishing to pay for a commission and I realized I have less points/money than I believed. I think I'll have to give up the adoptable, sorry.

(Remember that thieves can be tricky, so don't feel bad if they have succeeded in scamming you. What you can do is try to find the original deviations and report the stolen ones and then contact the HelpDesk about the thief. You can ask them to give back your points, but do not hold your breath while you wait, they're no Robin Hood.)

:bulletred:The Artist is Legitimate
They're legitimate and have told you that you can have the adoptable so you only need to send the payment over and the adoptable is yours. (Now, don't tell me I didn't tell you... But did you check the description for what kind of payment the artist wants? Free, Trade, Points or Cash?)

:bulletred:Check for Easter Eggs
If you didn't read the description accurately, do so. Because some artists will give you unwatermarked, and even high resolution files of your adopted characters. Or an extra chibi pic. But it's up to you to ask them because artists are forgetful and lazy creatures, so you need to poke them and remind them of stuff. Don't be afraid to ask them what they offer, it's only right you get what you paid for.

:bulletred:Protect Yourself #2
Save the adoptable on your PC.
This is very important in case the artist moves accounts, deactivates, or simply puts the deviations in storage. Simply faving them is not enough and you might need a file to mail for references or whatever.

Save a screenshot of the adoptable deviation.
This is more about protecting your character from art thieves. What if the artist leaves dA and deactivates but a thief saved the pic and decided to upload it? If you have a screenshot of the deviation with a date visible (I know that my Windows has it in the bottom right of the screen) you can use it as proof of theft and protect your character.

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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siovon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This guide is really useful- as an artist who wants to start making adoptables it's answered a lot of questions for me, thanks a lot :)
But I've got a question I couldn't find the answer to here. I want to be payed exclusively through paypal, but when I get a final bid, how should I supply the details of where to pay? Do I literally just post a link to my paypal account?
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Either with a comment or by note is fine. ;)

I usually prefer the note because I'm an ugly, ugly person. And if the bidder doesn't reply to my note I want to know if it has been read, and I cannot do that with comments. Of course, this is not to say that someone can't read the note at work/school and then reply later that evening, but when you start waiting for days and you want to know where your bidder went, knowing that they haven't read the note makes you think more 'they are not at the PC' rather than 'they're buying time because they don't have the money'.

(Right now it may sound paranoic, but when you start selling more adopts to a lot of people you start seeing all kinds of behaviours and excuses. :P)
siovon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for the detailed comment! I'll definitely keep that in mind :)
TheWarriorWolf15 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
if i were 2 sell 1 how does the buyer get it? and how would they give me the $ not points? :I
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Dollars are usually sent with Paypal, and to 'give' the adoptable just read the last Journal in the list of links.
TheWarriorWolf15 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx :D 
YamiAdoptTables Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
1. I can't seem to find the journal (Adoptable Scams and How to Avoid Them) you linked, deviantArt says it got deleted :B
2. Actually first I did always sent a higher resolution artwork when someone bought an adoptable, however, since it seems that many are not even interested in this feature I'll leave it to them to ask :p
3. This is great! ^^ (Once I finished reading I think I'll use my new knowledge to create something with information about diving dragons.. more information ^^;)
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
1. It seems that Loveno changed her username and deleted the Journal, I'll see what I can do to find a worthy substitute.
2. It depends on the people I guess... More than high resolution, I'm often asked about unwatermarked versions. Which I don't always offer, especially with fixed bases.
3. Thanks, I'm happy you found it useful. ;)
YamiAdoptTables Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
1. Alright, just wanted to let you know ^^
3. You're welcome ^^

(Guess next I'll be making 1 :points: Table AdopTables X3)
firemoon-niome Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
well this is probably a stupid question but I don't know how to close Adoptables when someone buys it
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