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« on: January 19, 2007 08:03:36 AM »

My husband and I are arguing about this and I thought you more business-savvy types could give me some feedback. 

I made myself some crocheted fingerless gloves.  No fancy stitchwork: just ribbed cuffs with the main part of the glove done in hdc, all one piece, worked in the round.  Of course, you can get endless variations by changing types of yarn or working in a carrier yarn.  And a lot of people have asked me to make them similar gloves.

I'm charging $12 per pair, since they don't use much yarn (unless, of course, someone requests a VERY expensive yarn).  My husband thinks this is way too low, but I think it's reasonable given the lack of complexity, and it really doesn't take too long to make a pair in worsted-weight yarn. 

What do you think is a good price point?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2007 08:12:51 AM »

I agree with you, I think $12 is a good price.

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2007 08:18:09 AM »

I can't really speak to what handmade fingerless gloves retail for, but I can tell you from my experience selling other handmade items that the minimum price you should charge is the amount at which you don't resent agreeing to do the job.  If you're charging $12 and you're happy to do the work at that price, then it's fine.  If you kind of dread it when someone asks you to make a pair because it takes up your time and you only have $12 to show for it, then raise your price.  Don't be afraid to charge a price that you're comfortable with (for materials AND labor) because underpricing can quickly turn a fun and potentially profitable hobby into drudgery.

Another option, since it definitely sounds like you are not trying to make a living off selling gloves, is to barter with your crafty friends for items of similar value.  That way, no one has to feel uncomfortable about money and you get a fair value for your product.

For what it's worth, your husband must think that you do beautiful work if he's concerned that you don't receive enough compensation for it.  Smiley

Pricing can be a tough thing for anyone.  I wish you luck!

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2007 08:23:02 AM »

I hardly ever use this phrase. BUT "your husband is right."
$12 is way too low.

$25 a pair is more than reasonable -- if only because uncrafty folks need to learn to respect EVERYBODY's handmade work.

Of course it's OK to work for fun. But why not work for fun AND money? If only to support your own habit.  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2007 08:54:22 AM »

Hmm, well, maybe I should compromise with him.  Smiley

Everyone I've made gloves for thus far has been a friend, acquaintance or relative, so the price tag has been intended more to remind them that I actually have time and materials involved, rather than to make a profit.  (Because, much as I like these people, there are always one or two who make excessive requests, and the price tag, while minimal, keeps them in line).

But I was thinking about making up several pairs to sell at the next craft show, which actually does have a fairly well-heeled clientele, so a higher price tag would probably be in order.
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