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« on: October 16, 2007 02:01:53 PM »

I"m sorry i find it funny that in magazines they tell you about affordable hand knits for fall and winter Cheesy- yeah right!! I was just looking through a magazine yesterday and one of the items was a scarf, A SCARF!! and the price for it was $100!!!!!!!!! I ran and showed my friend. I was in hysterics. When she asked what was so funny { she's not a knitter] I told her a scarf in the magazine cost $100 and i could make it for like $10. Now i'm stuck making a scarf for my dear friend. Anyone else seen these type of rip-off items?
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007 07:41:10 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007 12:19:05 AM »

it's not always a rip-off. If you are making that scarf for 10 bucks, you're only charging material cost, not your time. If you're trying to make a living of knitting, you'll have to ask money for your skill and time. And that adds up quite quickly, without giving yourself an extravagant wage.

That being said, I rarely buy knits, but make them myself (or something similar)  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 06:27:24 AM »

I"m sorry i find it funny that in magazines they tell you about affordable hand knits for fall and winter Cheesy- yeah right!! I was just looking through a magazine yesterday and one of the items was a scarf, A SCARF!! and the price for it was $100!!!!!!!!! I ran and showed my friend. I was in hysterics. When she asked what was so funny { she's not a knitter] I told her a scarf in the magazine cost $100 and i could make it for like $10. Now i'm stuck making a scarf for my dear friend. Anyone else seen these type of rip-off items?

But if you're knitting the scarf 'on commission' why aren't you asking for labor costs or profit? If it takes you 10 hours to make the scarf, and minimum wage is about $7, that's $70 labor plus $10 materials plus whatever profit you want. Which comes awfully close to that $100 magazine price...
 
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2007 08:29:03 AM »

And it depends on the materials themselves. If the scarf is cashmere or angora or made with handspun yarn.... Then the price goes up. But if it's acrylic and the person is a fast knitter then yeah it's a bit high. Smiley
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