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Ariannrhod
« on: February 25, 2008 09:11:55 AM »

With the sixth Harry Potter film set to be released in the US sometime in September of this year, I'm of a mind to try and sell some of the house scarves I've gotten so good at making as gifts for my friends and family. But I have no idea what is a fair price to ask for them. Each scarf is  about six and a half feet long, and takes me roughly three days to make. Materials for each scarf come to $4.43.
And they look like this

Ravenclaw

and Slytherin
Any suggestions on what anyone thinks is a fair price would be immensly helpful.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008 04:47:40 PM »

If one took me 3 days to make I'd have no choice but to charge $300 per scarf. What's a "fair" price if it's not fair to you, too? I would find a less time-consuming way to make the scarf.
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008 05:30:56 PM »

it takes me three days because of my intense ADD, otherwise it would probably only take me less then one day.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 08:56:21 AM »

a common price for crafters that I've seen is to take the price of the materials and multiply by 3. So for you I'd say $15-20 a scarf. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008 07:52:27 AM »

Doesn't matter if it takes you 3 days because it's physically or mentally hard. If you spend 3 days on something and only have $20 to show for it, you'll soon wonder why you even bother. Also, you can add to that the amount of marketing you have to do just to make the initial sale. You can't just slap one on a website and hope for a sale. You also have to do the work of getting the sale.

Only you can decide if it's worth it or not.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008 03:00:12 AM »

i have yet to attempt to sell ANYTHING i make by hand, so this is just how i see it

i would price it fairly for what i would honestly pay for that item. i craft because the actual process is rewarding, i will sell because i like to see if other people dig what i create..

i intend on opening a store called AJM fashions and accessories...some of the things i make take me a couple days, others take a couple hours, but no one is going to buy anything if i charge by the hour...lol...

i would pay 20 dollars for a hand knit scarf personally...depend ing on how rich the colors are, and how appealing it looks...obviously the detail adds to that, if it has intarsia i would pay upwards of 30, but no more...regardless of how long it took the person so make, *i* am still getting a scarf....

IMHO if you dont like making things enough to *not* get paid by the hour (or for your time even) dont make them....why should a consumer pay more for an item because it took you longer than the next guy...obviously you have to add in the fact that you DID make it by hand, and therefore it took effort and thought and is likely pretty unique (even if you make 10, they are all distinct in some way, and its a far cry from commercial)...but being aggressive in the pricing because it took more of your time wont necessarily get you sales...especially if its something being sold by someone else (if you have an original item, and you make it alone or of very few competitors, by all means, charge whatever you want..maybe people will buy it anyway)

im just saying, sell to your market, not in your head...

the scarves are rather adorable (if i couldnt make it myself, i would buy it in a heartbeat, i really love the look, and i will need one for the new movie...hell, if i dont get any free time, i will end up buying one anyway!)
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