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I have and would pay for a skin or a part of a skin.  Although I think for the skin I paid for it wasn't alot, compared to the highest the skins go.  I would never be able to pay for one that was as expensive as they can get but a cheaper one I would and have paid for.  The skin was custom but not fancy and I would do it again.  I have made skins before so I guess that's why I say this because they do take time and work.  Having said that there is no way I would spend more than like $60.

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I would never buy a skin only because I am a coder myself and I would rather tinker with a premade or make my own. I would be more willing to sell a skin than to release one for free any day though. Sometimes I will make skins for people close to me or for a site I am invested in with no cost, but otherwise I just don't code for other people. Once upon a time, I had a little "free skin shop" and I made skins for people on old school proboards, neopets guilds/profiles/pet pages, and self-hosted anime fansites/digital trading card games. That was actually how I self taught html. I hated it with a passion though. People were often rude when they didn't get what they wanted, I was expected to give 24/7 support, I was somehow supposed to turn "something green using this 100x100 icon blown up in perfect resolution as the header" into reality, and people with no actual coding knowledge would tell me HOW to code their skin, such as to use tables instead of grid divs. I have been coding for 18 years. My coding skills are of legal age. They have bills to pay now, so they don't work for free. Maybe for food though...

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If I had money, I would. I like to give back to people for their time, and money is the simplest way to do so (after all, everyone needs money to get through life). So yeah... I would commission a skin and pay for it if I could. I wouldn't ask for a super-customized skin, though... just an imageless skin with extra features, page skins and stuff like that. I would pay for accessibility, not for the looks. 

 

I don't know how much I would pay because I don't know how this market works, but I would pay whatever sum is fair.

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I would of course pay for a custom skin if it is exclusive to my site alone, I liked the designer, and I thought the price was reasonable enough; I don't think I would pay anything over $500 for a skin, however, that's a bit more than I'd like to spend haha! My last skin I had made for free by an awesome person who offered, but our next skin set is paid for, and looks spectacular so far.

 

However, I am really picky on skins because I am a coder, graphic designer, and artist myself. I will always request the code to be able to be edited by myself after the fact, and if a coder refuses this - then I simply won't buy from them. I am far too coding-minded to not anymore, haha!

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If I was trying to make money off my site, the skin was build specifically for me and what I wanted to do with it, and usable only at my site, then hell yeah sure I would dip into my pocket for the investment. 

 

I've got no problem with people trying to earn a buck or two on their work, they worked hard on it and deserve compensation if they want it. 

 

I just choose to fiddle with my very basic knowledge and do what I can on my own, because I don't personally have money to burn for Extras (I haven't even subscribed for Premium Jcink yet even though I designed my site for a 3-3-3 rating) 

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I've been considering purchasing a skin for my site as well. I'm generally pretty good at manipulating codes to fit the needs of my site into skins, but there are a lot of things that I haven't had time to learn, such as custom templates, etc. I don't know if I could justify spending anything more than $50 for a skin though, just because I would be the on footing the bill and $100-$300 just isn't do-able for my expenses. I don't ask for donations. I don't ask my members to help pay for anything else, and on top of the $120 per year that I spend on Jcink premium, I'd rather spend the money on a new camera lens or a DNA kit from ancestry.com than a skin. 

 

I guess my thoughts are that I would buy it if the price was right, but from what I've seen, everything just looks outrageous. 

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