Require a non-refundable deposit?
Require a non-refundable deposit?
While I'm sure everyone is acting with good intentions (:confused:), I don't envy your circumstance. One thing that concerns me is the number of intermediaries, particularly the designer. My experience with interior designers is that they can be problematic. While they may certainly help you get your work out by promoting and exposing it, they rather notoriously expect to buy your work at huge discounts, and will resell it to their clients at a huge markup. This can be worse than it at first seems if the client likes your work, and doesn't realize that buying direct or from your agent may be more reasonable than the invoice from the designer suggests. Ahem...
...but you probably shouldn't let that stop you. :)
The art advisor takes a 20% commission, which she said will be split with the interior designer. I was under the impression there would be no further markup, and my invoice would go to the client--but who knows? The bottom line for me is the net amount I receive, but I'm trying to sell at consistent prices. The galleries I've worked with take a 20-50% commission, so this is a good deal. The art advisor seems like a nice person who genuinely likes my work, so I'd like to be considered as easy to work with, and not make things too complicated.
Jeez, make the prints already. If they don't want them, chock it up to the CODB.
To the rest- Restocking fee? Nonrefundable deposit? for an 8x10?
I have had this happen to me before and there ended up being a lot of 000's at the end. Why would anyone buy something they couldn't see first? A lot of bad advice here. Worst case scenario, you have the prints to sell to someone else. Go ahead and do it.
For Special order custom printing I require a 25% non returnable deposit to cover my material costs and the time involved in making the prints, this is non negotiable, if they wish to view already made prints I need the full purchase price which is returnable upon the prints being returned undamaged, and if I am asked to take and print a specific photograph for a client then I charge a 50% deposit, I do not think this is unreasonable with the time and costs of materials involved for what is today a very special service, and I have never been turned down.
I did much of the publicity photography for a college. An assortment of 8x10 prints of an event would be submitted the next day on spec to the PR department. They took what they needed at $1 per print (this was decades ago) and I still have hundreds of rejects. This system was profitable for me and efficient for the PR department.
If I was Barry, I'd submit three finished prints to the client. If they are rejected, he will have three quality prints that should find a good home eventually. If they are accepted, the clients and intermediaries have good reason to appreciate his business style. There are other ways to conduct business, but not for me.
make the prints, and don't worry about it.
make sure you charge a fair amount for your time and effort.
if you have similar work ( tonally &c ) you could always show them those photographs
and say theirs will be custom made and have a similar tonal pallet ...
if they say go ahead, make them ...
congratulations + good luck !
I'd recommend not to rush. Take the necessary time to make prints that meet your standards, but start immediately. Perhaps you already have done the prints by the time you read this.
I'd actually prefer to deliver before being paid because then I won't be under pressure to produce (which might lead to inferior printing).
I do also think that a small deposit to cover cost of materials is not out of line, though it is likely that you would sell the prints eventually anyway.