Yes, pricing information needs to be 'historical', according to the Federal Trade Commission--otherwise, it is considered collusion or price-fixing.  But it is important to share this information, so waiting a little while is OK, it seems to me.  I remember the price-guessing presentations at GNSI meetings, and I think they were all legal, because historical data were being used.

Every few years the Association of Medical Illustrators issues a member survey seeking pricing information--and it is historical, of course.  The results, across many of the sub-disciplines (editorial, text book, animation, etc.,) are posted as a member benefit on the AMI website so members can understand pricing trends in our profession.  The results are published as a range. Very useful--GNSI might consider a similar survey.  Any statisticians on board?

The Graphic Artists Guild produces a pricing guidelines book, but it uses outdated information, and doesn't get a very good cross section of our particular sector(s).  It is better to conduct our own pricing survey, and be more fine-grained about the data being sought, and more customized to this group's needs.

My best,


On 5/4/2014 9:09 AM, Catherine Wilson wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">What! It's illegal to tell how much you charge before three month? I've never heard of that. 

Too bad there is not a hired web person for the Guild, should could devoted time to this. Of course I might be worth it to just pay to have to code written. 

Heck I might just start a wordpress on my own. But I really need to know why it is only legal to publish prices after three months?

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I actually did something like this back around 2000. The server was temporary and the Filemaker Pro DB was a DIY solution. It is legal to tell what you charged after 3 months. The Anonymous Web presentation is a great idea (that is how I did it). I hope we can do it again. But it is a matter of time and money now. Not so much free time as I once had.



Hello all!

SO many things to say, but before I start rambling. I stumbled on a great GREAT idea to stop working for free/lowballing and help artists value price their work. A friend of mine is an ecologist and participated in a website where ecologists can post anonymously what jobs they took and what they were paid.

This would be an amazing tool for the next generation of guild members. We could have something like that on the website, a place to post type of job, pay and level of experience that is visible to guild members.

Arming younger artist with what pricing could help them realise their value and keep them from the work for exposure pit.

What do you think? I would certainly renew my membership for such a service.

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