Monday, 30 March 2009

Musing about RRP!


Howdy, I drilled loads and loads of stuff today, been making them into necklaces. I really like the fact that they are mostly white but quite plain, and then the surface texture is ridged or speckled with flowers, theres even a decandent teapot handle! They are so pretty and look really effective together, and they are the sort of thing that you could wear with anything.
Today I did some boring things, thought I better keep on top of that now. I tried to look at how to price my work, its scary how much all the little things add up, like listing fees, website fees, new materials, printer ink! arghhh! I was reading in a forum today about someone who was concerned their work on Etsy was too overpriced, or they wanted to raise their prices or something. The point of mine being that is costly trying to make extra money with your creative outputs! You forget about relisting fees on etsy, the time it takes to make an item, the time it takes to photograph, edit the photograph and resize it, write a description, list it etc. Packaging costs, buisness cards, material costs, equipement, boxes, tissue paper, it all adds up. I take alot of time with my work and focus on great design and durability with my work, and due to the nature of working with found objects most are one off. People will quite happily walk into a shop on the high street and pay $10 for a pair of earrings that has been churned out in its thousands and probably only cost about 60c to make in some Asian factory, with a huge markup, and then recoil in horror when they see you charging another $5 more. Charge too much, your work looks cheap, charge too much and you look like your ripping people off! I sat down and worked out how much i was going to pay myself an hour, how long it would take to make an item, including photographing, editing, uploading, packing and postage, my material costs and obviously the time it takes to beachcomb and find all these objects, oh, and all the other stuff I just mentioned above, so I am happy with my prices. I am aware people view it as too expensive, but I am happy with them because I didnt guesstimate them.
Will list sea pottery soon, I'm still not having any sales, and then the ruddy camera ran out of battery earlier, so i couldnt upload some new work I had done, grr, and I'm try to ram my shop with stuff! Anyway, cheerio for now,

1 comment:

  1. I hear you on the prices, I make very, very little per card. I'm lucky, I don't need to make a living on my endeavor and so use it as a creative outlet. I guess I need an excuse to keep making dozens and dozens of cards- I'm swimming in them!:)

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