I have heard the argument that the artist should be paid for their work... but these prices are not right.
It's only this year that the percentage for the skinner has been bumped to 70%/30% in favour of the skinner... over previous years it has been 50/50... link.. you also deduct from that the 20% members discount it adds up to many hours labour for a very meager amount, depending on how much time the Master puts into the design of his skin. Apart from the thoroughness of a Masterskin with all areas being skinned, you also need to take into account the superior graphic skills in creating each aspect of the design... some also being done in 3D now as well which is a further skill that takes time to learn and perfect.
Until recently, Masterskins have been required to be for XP, Vista & 7 as the different Windows versions grew... this vastly increased the amount of time spent and made them very laborious.... fortunately, Windows 7 then became the standard and now 7/8.
The new, more favourable % incentive has happily boosted the number of these superior skins on offer... and it increases choice for people.
It should also be noted that just recently, there are more than usual in the gallery due to older classics being updated for 7/8... and that's great news for people who have previously purchased these skins so they can continue enjoying them and get greater value from their purchase.... and great news for newcomers who may have missed out on these skins, to have the chance to add some classic skins to their Windows wardrobe. Thanks to all the Masters who take the time to update their blinds.
Okay, how about $.99 for a skin, but $4.95-$5.95?
I'm thinking if you sat over the shoulder of say, vStyler, and watched just what went into one of these Masterskins, you would be pretty embarrassed by that statement...