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OffspringOfAlice
« on: May 14, 2013 09:04:40 PM »

So I recently started selling things I've made (mostly amigurumi and one purse that I've now make like 5 of), but I really don't know how much I should be charging. I see things online that are very cheap ($5 or less), and then things of similar size and difficulty that seem outrageously expensive to me ($30+ for smallish amigurumi, for example),

Does anyone have any sort of guideline for pricing on handmade items?
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Chris in VT
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013 04:28:16 AM »

When we started out we would find the retail cost of all the supplies that went into our work. And that included all waste.

As an example, if we bought a piece of wood, and only could use 3/4 of it, we included the entire piece in out cost.

Then we tripled our costs to arrive at a starting point.

But if your work is labor intensive, you can't really charge a per hour price, as that can make the item too expensive. I see people on forums saying they charge $10 per hour. And for something like crochet, that prices the item out of reach.

Another thing to think about is "What would I pay for this if I see it for sale"?

Your prices have to be fair enough to be considered a good deal, but not so low the customers think it's "cheap".

You must do a lot of research to find the "market value".
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Fran_hobzy
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013 02:30:43 AM »

Hi Chris

I don't know if you've ever seen this: www.craftscalculator.com It takes your time, skill level and the cost of materials and gives you a rough price to sell your handmade crafts at. It might help with your commissions?

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Chris in VT
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013 04:19:15 PM »

Thanks, Fran for the link. I truly believe it will help a number of crafters who spend a lot of time on their work, and they can see whether or not it's a sellable item.

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013 06:30:38 AM »

The other thing about "time" is that if you're a beginner, you will probably be on the slow side, either in the actual construction or the organization. Once you start making more sales, you will have more to do, but you may also be more organized or find more shortcuts to take to get the work done. So time isn't really a stable factor in the end.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013 04:27:05 AM »

The other thing about "time" is that if you're a beginner, you will probably be on the slow side, either in the actual construction or the organization. Once you start making more sales, you will have more to do, but you may also be more organized or find more shortcuts to take to get the work done. So time isn't really a stable factor in the end.
I completely agree. I know there are knitting machines out there for just a few hundred dollars, and a serious crafter would spend that money in a heartbeat. That lowers the time necessary to make a product, so the finished prices are lower.

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