Pricing Help

I just got an inquiry form a lady who wants me to make all the things I made for the Kawaii lunch swap. It's in my projects...

A personalized lunch box

Sandwich
-Lettuce
-2 slices of ham
-2 slices of cheese
-tomato

Juice box with removable straw

3 orange slices

3 chocolate chip cookies

Problem is that I was so excited I kind of rounded a figure and didn't really think about it and now I think I charged WAY too much. I asked for $50. These things took a lot of time to make, but I don't want to lose a customer! I just don't know what to do!

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16 replies since 6th October 2010 • Last reply 6th October 2010

I wish I knew an answer to this. It's a matter of how much your time is worth and how much time you spend on each item. Sure, $30 would seam more reasonable to the consumer but quality as well as quantity are at play here and this is a hand-made good, not a mass quailty item you can pick up at the store.

Was she ok with the price or did she shy away from it?

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Actually, Just as I was messaging her back with links to to tutes so she could make her self cheaper, she PM'd me with the go ahead.

Apparently she's a crafter too (just doesn't sew) so she totally gets the whole time=money thing.

I'm so excited! I feel bad charging though! I just want to give everything for free!!!

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Id say it's reasonale. Maybe you could throw in a little something for free if you feel bad, would promote your business as well as she'd tell friends and family about it!

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I'm so pleased! I'll probably send a little dinosaur for her son. I opened my shop on FB (they have a free store app) and since then no one has bought what I have in stock, but I've gotten orders for:
Chicken
Chicks
Wallet
Rooster
Hummingbird
Monkey
and now this lunch box thing with all the trimmings! I just hope I can get it all done! I get like 1 hour a day while my husband is working. The rest of the day I'm chasing my son...and he's walking soon, so it's just gonna get worse! I get time to play online pretty much all day, cause my son likes to nap in my lap, but if I put him down to sew, he knows what I'm up to, and wakes up ready to play. He's actually asleep right now. LOL

So far, I need to put wings on the hummingbird and I'll be through with that. That's all I've done though. Happy

I need TO GET BUSY!!!

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Best of luck with it all!! Sounds amazing! =)

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i think $50 is great price for all that. it does take a long time and your time is valuable. if you don't like charging prices why not barter or trade? I haven't done much of that lately but I have traded with lots of other crafters for things I wanted but nor make myself (like handmade soap, jewelry, and bags)

by the way why is the app on facebook for a store? i have a fan page for my shop but it would be cool to use an app like that!

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http://apps.facebook.com/payvment/

That should work, I think. The only problem with the app is that you can only post one photo, and it's not easy to just scroll through all the items listed.

I may just update my etsy and use the etsy tab for my store on FB. I'm not sure yet.

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Dont worry,if she is a crafter herself,she will understand the long process of making the stuff and the pricing. Happy You make awesome stuff by the way... Happy


I have a similar rant,only I think (no,I know) Im asking a waaaay to low price...
I just got asked to make a wet felted bag,and if you have seen my tutorial on it,its a long and complicated process to make a bag.And its a big backpack.I will need 3 days to make that,outside in the cold in the cold water.And she wants a greek sun pattern on it,which will be difficult.
Plus I need to hand die some of my wool,because I cant buy colored wool for the pattern and she wants it to be black.
So that all together and I asked for 1O dollars!
I cant even buy a pair of decent jeans for 1O dollars. Happy blaaah...

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Why on EARTH would you sell that for only $10?? Honestly, if it were me, I'd be asking about 5x that, and if she didn't want it, I wouldn't bother.

You can't underestimate your own worth, ladies, or that of what you make.

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Well...first she asked how much a bag would cost (she said an example of the size) so I said the price,and AFTER I said the price she started to talk about this pattern and everything.By then I already said the price.
And the other thing is,people dont know the walue of handmade things here.They just look at the store prices.(she planned to play 5 dollars first) So I really cant say more,because then I wouldnt even get the 1O dollars which is better then nothing,since Im unemployed for a long long time with no income. Happy
And I really understand that people dont have money here,for 1O dollars people work the hole day.I got so much for one day on the fields.

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Im so sad...maybe Ill let her know I cant make the bag or something...

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The usual method I use is (cost of materials) + (hours needed to make x cost of 1 hour of my time*)

*=I normally calculate this as the minmum wage to get a ballpark figure, then adjust for difficulty, other costs, and how much I like or dislike the customer

@Violetta: Can't you get back to her and say the materials are more expensive than planned, quote a new figure and ask if she still wants you to go ahead?

$10 is $10, but not when you work yourself ragged for it.

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WOW, are you serious?

...and here I thought getting paid 20 shekels an hour was bad. (It's about the equivalent of $5 USD.) :-s

I personally feel that she knew what she was doing--I suggest that, in the future, you refuse to quote a price until you know the details of the bag. I mean, you didn't know if she was going to say whether she wanted it to be cotton vs. gemstones, for example. To me, the material and technique normally matter MUCH more than the size of an item.

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Oh, That's terrible! Just tell her that you're very sorry, but you quoted a price on what you thought she wanted without realizing the actual size she intended to have.

Or, sometimes if I don't want to charge too much, but I like the person enough to do if for free/cheap, I just ask them to bring me the materials I need. That way, you at least save a little bit of money.

I think I under priced myself on the hummingbird. I quoted $5 because I thought I was going to make a simple, flat design. It's my own fault though that I put more work into designing something nicer. Now I've got 2 more orders for the same bird by another person and I don't know what to do!! lol

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