From time to time on Furtopia and/or on other sites, I often see people asking the following:
* How much does a fursuit cost?
* Are there any cheap fursuits?
* Why does ****** cost so much?
........and so many other variations of the above questions. Therefor, I think it's about time I tried to write some sort of guide about fursuit pricing and why fursuits cost so much. Granted, not all of my information within will be accurate or precise. What I have written is mostly guesses or estimates
based on what I've read and seen throughout the fandom. If any fursuit maker or other person wishes to add in more advice, then please do so.
Let me start off by saying the following: Fursuits are NOT
If you think they are, then you are wrong. Why are fursuits and/or fursuit parts so expensive? Well, some reasons can be given/explained in my "How to Commission a Fursuit"
tutorial which is here:LINK: http://forums.furtopia.org/index.php/topic,24176.0.html
But the 5 most important factors which can be, but is not limited to, are:
Prices for suits and/or parts are determined on the following:
1. The design of the suit that a customer wants.
2. Cost of materials and supplies to make the suit.
3. How much time and effort the maker spent on making the suit.
4. How much skills and experience the maker has, and how long they've been making suits/parts for others.
5. What maker you have selected to make your suit and/or fursuit parts.
And out of those five, Item #1 about design is probably the most important. The more intricate and complex the design of your suit is, then the higher the price will be. The more features and accessories you want, then the more time, effort, materials to buy, etc. it takes to build your suit, and all of that will raise the cost.
But you're probably wondering: What is an "average" cost for fursuits? Every maker will have different prices for the suits and parts they make. If for example we're just talking about a full fursuit (Head, Hands, Feet, Bodysuit, Tail), then the following is a guess on what the price range might be.
* $1000-1200/1500 or under if the maker is new and just starting out and does not have a lot of experience and skills yet. IMPORTANT EDIT:
* $1200-2000/2200 for a maker who has a few years experience but may not quite be at the high end professional level yet.
* $2000-2500/3000+ for a high end professional quality full fursuit.
I've gotten some advice (and also some negative comments) that the price ranges listed above (and/or anywhere else) are unfair and/or that fursuit makers should not be put into different "price catagories/levels" so to speak. I sincerely apologise to any fursuit maker or fursuiter who feels that they were "catagorised" and offended by this. Is there such a thing as an "average" price or price range for a full fursuit? It's really hard to say. Fursuit makers, whether they be novices, professionals, etc. will charge different prices for different suits. It's possible a new maker who has lots of exceptional sewing and craft skills but has only made 2 suits to start with can sell suits for $2000. Or there can be a maker who has been making dozens of suits for several years and be $1200 for one suit, then $1800 for another, then $2200 for another, then drop down to $1700 for another, etc. because of style differences or something else. Every fursuit maker is different and every fursuit is different. But is there still any "average" price range to a full fursuit at all? Best guess might be $1500-2200+ range. But as the months and years go by, that could change. New fursuit construction techniques, New materials, and new fursuit makers can all drive up or down the cost of a full fursuit. But do you really want to know what my best advice is for someone who wants a fursuit or fursuit part, and wants to know how much it's going to cost? Here it is: Follow the steps in my "How to Commission a Fursuit" tutorial which is linked further above and contact the fursuit maker and send your sketches and concepts to them so they can better give you a price quote on how much your fursuit might cost.
And what about partial suits (Head, Hands, Feet, & Tail)? Well, best guess might be roughly $500-1200.
But what if you're not buying a full suit or a partial suit, but want to buy an individual part instead like just a head or a tail, etc.? Best guesses might be:
* Heads: Anywhere from $300 to as much as $1000.
* Bodysuits: $300-750+
* Hands/Feet/Tails: Anywhere from as low as $50, to as much as $200 depending on colors, construction, shape, etc., etc.
Now some people might say my price guesses/estimates are wrong and that I don't know jack. Ok, maybe they are. I never claimed to be a fursuit maker nor am I strongly educated in economics.
But as I've continuously said, Costs will go up (or down) depending on the design and complexity of what you want.
So what are some of the factors/items that can determine the price of a fursuit? Well, the following list can include, but is not limited to:
* Animatronics/fans in the head such as blinking eyes, Glowing/LED eyes or animatronics/electronics in other parts of a fursuit.
* Horns, Antlers, Hooved feet/hands.
* Airbrushed markings.
* Realistic type heads that use taxidermy jawsets, eyes, etc.
* Wings and wing systems.
* Fur: Fur fabric can cost anywhere from $10-30+ a yard, or it may cost per square foot if buying from a high quality professional supplier.
* How much materials the maker has to buy and where they are buying them from.
* Animatronic tails.
* Parade soles on feet or paw pads.
* Extra padding in certain places of the fursuit.
* Realism. The more realistic you want your suit/character to look as close to an actual animal, then the higher the price will go up.
* New construction materials and techniques that are used in the making of the fursuit.
.........And the list can go on and on. It all adds up in the long run.
So if you're going to get a fursuit or a fursuit part, then think carefully about what you want and plan accordingly. Make a budget and save.