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Commission Widget Tutorial by parallellogic Commission Widget Tutorial by parallellogic
This tutorial explains how a buyer and an artist can set up payment using deviantART's Commission Widget.  Through this process, the artist receives CASH through PayPal.  The artist DOES NOT receive any points.  There is a two week delay between when the buyer sends payment and when the artist receives the funds through PayPal.

If you see any typos, please let me know

As you can see, this process is needlessly complicated.  To see a proposal for a far simpler system, refer to:
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Neonstar4 Featured By Owner 33 minutes ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So wait, you can't get points through commissions??
I don't get it, someone commissioned me, and I don't know how to get the points
I also don't have a Paypal... So I'm utterly confused
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Voiii Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Hey what are your thoughts on this issue this user is having: banana-yvana.deviantart.com/jo…

They don't seem to be able to get their cash they earned through this widget, and in the post they wrote on the forums asking for help, people were telling them that you can't earn real money through this widget, but this is saying that you can earn real cash through the points commissions.

I'm really confused! xD;
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parallellogic Featured By Owner 4 days ago
The Commission Widget is integrated with PayPal - earning real money is not he issue.  DA considers transferring points between artist and buyer accounts to be fraudulent activity and stopped the payment on those grounds.
comments.deviantart.com/1/3477…
comments.deviantart.com/1/6740…
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Voiii Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Oh okay thanks for showing that, now it makes me realize I just didn't read it correcty to understand exactly what they were discussing! Makes more sense now!

So basically this means if you ever donate points to someone, they can never commision you via the widget? (I tend to donate a few points to quite a few people, usually it's not more then 5 points, but if any of those people wanted to commission me in the future, I wouldn't be able to get funds from it?)
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parallellogic Featured By Owner 1 day ago
~they can never commision you via the widget?
I don't know.  I was going to say the staff likely use an automated tool to flag fraudulent activity, however the case you link to had a two month gap between when the transaction occurred and when the staff stepped in.

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I wouldn't be able to get funds from it?
You should be able to use it in the case you're describing I would think.  The staff are addressing a more 1-to-1 relationship between the points transferred and the price of the commission.
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LameonBlazeIt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whenever it tells me to choose an example picture in my gallery, it doesn't allow me by saying "no results found". 
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Squishy-Angel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah same... Have you resolved it? 
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LameonBlazeIt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope...
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Squishy-Angel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried creating folders and it suddenly worked!
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LameonBlazeIt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's works now after i did that!
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Squishy-Angel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yessssss!
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TroytheDinosaur Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll just keep this for reference, otherwise I don't see this helping me.
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maruvacat Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
When paying for a commission, it says password. Do I write my account password there? I tried, and it didn't work. I even changed my password to make sure it was correct. It still says it's the wrong password. What do I do?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
The prompt requires the password you use to sign into your DA account.  Also, you should ensure your point balance is greater than the cost of the commission.
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:iconmuiti:
muIti Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I add images onto commissions?
(You know, like an example.)
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CreepyCatPasta Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i kno this is probably a dumb question, but does it matter if you have paypay or not

because unless i automatically get one with the account, I don't have a paypal. And idk if that will become a problem
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Earnings can also be withdrawn by check and as points.  DeviantArt cannot create a PayPal account for you - the only thing that is allowed is for DeviantArt to link to your pre-existing account.
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CreepyCatPasta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oh... ok thank you! >U<
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Kingxson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've heard that you also had to pay a $1,00 fee if you wanted to withdraw your money from your earnings. 
For example, you've got $5,00 in your earnings but you actually receive $4,00 (-paypal fees) due to that transaction fee from deviantart. 
Is this true, I can't seem to find it anywhere. 
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
The 20% tax is transparent to you (the buyer pays $5 for you to earn $4).  If your balance says you can withdraw $4 to Paypsl, that is the amount you will receive in PayPal (minus their 3% transaction fee).

Withdrawing by check has a $5 processing fee for non-Core members.
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Kingxson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh I see, thanks for clearing that up!
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Alystem Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I need some clarification, is there a cap as to how much you can hold in your earnings? (I heard something about you can only hold $50?)
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
I'm not aware of any cap in the earnings balance, it's not mentioned in the terms of service.  I would not expect a limit since there is nothing like that on point balance.  Also, $50 is incorrect since single transactions can go up to $80
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shibblesgiggles01 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
mind if i ask a question,? i was using the commission widget for the first time for 10 point sketches and i was a little worried when i did my first 3 commissions today but i didnt see the points in my points, does that mean that i dont get any points? or do i have to somehow get it in paypal money, i dont get how this works, can someone please explain this to me?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Transactions appear here
www.deviantart.com/account/ear…
and take two weeks before you're able to withdraw the funds
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shibblesgiggles01 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
ok, thanks :)
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The-Elusive-Caravan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Thanks for making this helpful tutorial :)
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
:aww: Your welcome
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xXRosettaCookieXx Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Btw, I sent my :points: to someone whom i commissioned, but she only got half the price i paid
what do i do?
i can be very confused sometimes lmao
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
The commission widget takes a 20% cut of revenue as discussed in the deviation above, and this reduction is transparent to the artist.  If they are reporting a 50% cut they may be confused by the system.
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FosterPaints Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student General Artist
Wait, so what if I only want the points b/c I don't want anything to go to my Paypal that doesn't exist >-<
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daemoncaprinae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
use the donation feature.
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riockman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, so the payment will be received two weeks later? That a long time, think.
And it's not directly received as points, but money in our account?

Oh boy, I just went through a misunderstanding sometime ago about the payment system. Thank goodness the commissioner didn't get angry on me.
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PlantDoggo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I delete commissions I don't want on the list anymore?
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PachiiPanda Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So I accidentally accepted another commission request from someone because I thought the points would go immediately to my account. 
It's still in the pending stage so do I still have a chance to withdraw on of the commissions?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
I believe you have to contact the help desk to cancel it once you've accepted the commission.
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PachiiPanda Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
What do you mean?
What do I do at the Help & FAQ?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Ask the staff to help you cancel the commission:
help.deviantart.com/contact/?c…
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Alystem Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all thank you for continuing to actively answer questions!

I have a couple questions and I don't know if they've been answered already...can earnings be held for a long period of time, or do they have to be withdrawn or else they expire (or is there a dollar amount cap?)

Also, just making sure, you don't have to put down a PayPal until you want to go ahead and withdraw to one, right?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
=p No problem and thanks :)

There is no earnings expiration. I still have 60 cents in my balance I got when I was first testing the system almost a half-decade ago.

Right, the funds, in a nebulous form, will sit in your balance until you withdraw them as check/points/PayPal.
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Snouken Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I used the Commission Widget to sell an Adoptable, meaning that one adoptable was set up as if it was an actual commission. The deviant already paid for it (today).
My question is if I take the "commission" from the list will it stop the clearing/will I lose the funds?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
If they requested the commission and you accepted it (clicked "yes" in the Correspondence section of your message center) then the funds should appear in your Earnings page, at which point the funds are disconnected from the Commission Widget.  If you remove the widget before accepting the commission, I believe that may void any offers that have come in, but once you have accepted the offer, you are destined to receive the funds and obligated to complete the commission, regardless of the state of the widget.
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Snouken Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh, got it!
Thanks for the info~
Have a nice day :>
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StrikerBloodBlue753 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if this question has been asked already, sorry if it has, but how do I remove a commission from the widget?
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Best practice is to refresh your profile page first.  Then click the pencil icon at the top right of the widget and select "Edit this widget".  You can then click the red 'x' next to the offer you want to remove.
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StrikerBloodBlue753 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thank you
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StrikerBloodBlue753 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually never mind I figured it out. ^^
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