Ok, how does this look?

Ok, how does this look?

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26 Responses to “Ok, how does this look?”

  1. Mike Dellheim April 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm #


  2. Angela Klueber April 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Looks great. :)

  3. Anthony Deaver April 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Not trying to be a dick here, just honestly curious.  Are there any copyright issues with doing something like this?  I mean Tom is a fairly well know character, I would imagine someone would raise a stink.

  4. Jim Hanson April 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I had a giant response, but accidentally killed it…  long story short, shouldn't be an issue.  Tom Servo – the character – is more of a trademark than anything else, and since they (Best Brains, holders of his ownership) don't actually make Servos themselves there's no direct competition.  

    If – IF – they really wanted to fight it, I could take the words MST3K and "Tom Servo" out of the description.

  5. Anthony Deaver April 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Just wondering :)

  6. Hilary Hatch April 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I'd raise your price, actually.  These are custom works of art, you should charge a comparable price to what other people who make similar things charge.  So, maybe charge $150 or so.  Instead of naming it BotsTestLab, which is fairly non-committal, maybe create your own brand of bots… like Infinity Custom Bots or something similar but actually cool and not lame.  Something where people can say, "Oh, is that a [Infinity Custom]? I was thinking of getting one of those."

    Also, I'd put something over that foam bowl base.  More boa, or perhaps a sequined purple fabric remnant.  Something like that.

  7. Jim Hanson April 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    +Hilary Hatch Far as I can tell, I am the only human who has ever made this sort of thing for sale.  There's people who sell the proper Tom Servos, which are a lot more complicated and detailed than mine (special custom paints, molded repro parts, etc) and people who sell the parts themselves (again, same deal), but nobody has ever just gone "fuck the system, I'm going to make useful generic knock-off Servos at a fraction of the price and pass the savings on to you" until me.

  8. Hilary Hatch April 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Well, $150 is a LOT less than $275.  The first rule of selling art is not to undercharge for your work… especially if you want to actually make money.  You put a lot of time and effort into these, and your unique vision, they're more than just the component parts.  You deserve a fair price for them.

  9. Hilary Hatch April 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Think of it this way… say someone wants to buy a custom bot from you, designed to their specifications.  Well, you're going to spend at least a couple hours just sourcing the parts, and probably 6 – 10 hours on construction.  Assuming the parts are $30, and you need to be paid for twelve hours of your time… then at a measly $10 an hour, that's your $150 right there.  For custom, I'd actually set $150 as the base price and only go up from there.

  10. Mike Dellheim April 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Yes, yes listen to the woman. If you won't listen to me when I tell you to charge moar for things, let the bewbs compel you!

  11. Hilary Hatch April 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Or, you know, my professional qualifications in this area could make my opinion worth hearing, too.  But, sure, also the boobs thing.

  12. Jim Hanson April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Shhhh, +Mike Dellheim, breasts are talking.

  13. Jacque Hanson May 1, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    +Hilary Hatch , You have boobs!?

  14. Jim Hanson May 1, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Well, I know +Michael Poe doesn't… I checked that one time, remember?  Because I sure don't.

  15. Jim Hanson May 1, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Classy.  That's what I am.

  16. Hilary Hatch May 1, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Well, not compared to most other women I know, +Jacque Hanson but at least mine mostly stay up unassisted. ;-)

  17. Jim Hanson May 1, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Great, I just got contacted by a pissed off redditer because apparently someone posted this to reddit, and he was going to buy it, but he thinks that I jacked up the price because it was on reddit (and not because of your guys' peer pressure) and now is not going to buy it.  I know that it may mean I will eventually get $150 for it, but as of now… you've cost me $100 I could've had.

  18. Jacque Hanson May 1, 2013 at 11:42 am #


  19. Jacque Hanson May 1, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    People of the internet be crazy

  20. Mike Dellheim May 1, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Yes, because we all know how reddit users are often over-charged, what with it being such an upscale and obviously well off source of clientele.

  21. Mike Dellheim May 1, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I'd think it sounds more like a person that saw you were hesitant about charging so much, and is looking to butthurt you into making them a lower price.

  22. Jim Hanson May 1, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    FYI, I did also send him a link to this post, so let's lay off the abuse of my potential client if he should come to terms with the new price point of $150.

  23. Mike Dellheim May 1, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Oh good, let's see if a reasonable and civilized negotiation occurs as a result.

  24. Jacque Hanson May 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    If sir-dude should happen to see this, i offer steamroller video as further evidence that it's not just him/us/specific. People of the internet be crazy.

  25. Hilary Hatch May 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    He's understandably unhappy to have missed his chance at a bargain… But that doesn't mean you were wrong to raise the price, and his assumptions about why are actually pretty disrespectful. Not everyone is willing to do things just to take advantage of a situation, and certainly you aren't. You may have succumbed to literally years of peer pressure about your pricing from concerned friends (I KNOW I was telling you this before the coma, and I assume others have been saying it just as long), but considering how hard people who love you had to work to get you to ask something fair, it is unthinkable that you'd have done so just because of reddit.

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