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sparkling_gem1987
« on: December 12, 2009 03:59:30 PM »

So even though I had decided selling crafts wasn't for me in the past, after being jobless for a month I decided to give it another shot. The trouble is, it takes me quite a long time to complete each piece...so it makes them quite expensive (at least in my eyes).

So I'm wondering whether I should go ahead with my plan or call it quits before I spend too much money. Anyways, to my original question...would you pay AUD$20 plus postage for http://kanzashi-hime.deviantart.com/art/A-touch-of-Red-Gold-Kanzashi-146562590 ? I base my price on labor and material costs.

Also, what would you expect (quality wise) from a product priced this much?

Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009 01:01:14 PM »

You always have to count the time it takes to cut out the little stuff; it's not as if you could get away with NOT cutting it all out, so it matters. I'm guessing it's more like 3 hours for the whole thing?

$20 isn't going to keep you motivated to make more of them on any kind of regular basis. If you're going to make complex, fine items you really have to charge more for it, otherwise you'll soon think it's not worth it.

If you want to keep prices low, you have to offer less complex, less time-consuming pieces, plain and simple.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009 06:35:39 PM »

Seeing as it's hairpins, I would want to own at least a matching pair. Which pushes the price at $40 AUD, which is fairly on par with CAD right now (it'd be ~$38). And honestly, I don't think I would personally spend that much, plus shipping, on a set of hair pins.

Is there a way for you to streamline the method of making them? Perhaps have a way of cutting out all the pieces faster, or getting the materials at a cheaper price? Or perhaps even making them simpler, without all the dangling parts, in order to make it less time consuming for you and also more price friendly for your customers.
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sparkling_gem1987
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009 11:08:40 PM »

You always have to count the time it takes to cut out the little stuff; it's not as if you could get away with NOT cutting it all out, so it matters. I'm guessing it's more like 3 hours for the whole thing?

$20 isn't going to keep you motivated to make more of them on any kind of regular basis. If you're going to make complex, fine items you really have to charge more for it, otherwise you'll soon think it's not worth it.

If you want to keep prices low, you have to offer less complex, less time-consuming pieces, plain and simple.

Thank you for the feedback. To be honest, I found a way to cut the pieces fairly quickly, so for this piece it took about 15 mins to cut enough to complete the pin. And I absolutely agree with you on the fact I will need to offer less complex pieces, which is actually what I intend to do ( I plan to offer 1 flower combs, bobby pins, etc. which will take less than 1 hour to complete).

Again, thank you so much for the input Cheesy

Seeing as it's hairpins, I would want to own at least a matching pair. Which pushes the price at $40 AUD, which is fairly on par with CAD right now (it'd be ~$38). And honestly, I don't think I would personally spend that much, plus shipping, on a set of hair pins.

Is there a way for you to streamline the method of making them? Perhaps have a way of cutting out all the pieces faster, or getting the materials at a cheaper price? Or perhaps even making them simpler, without all the dangling parts, in order to make it less time consuming for you and also more price friendly for your customers.

Actually you're right on the dangling parts. The flower itself took only 30 mins but the dangling part took 1 hour. Hence the reason I will also be offering single flower small combs and bobby pins. One thing that you mentioned has me curious though...when you say you usually want a pair of hair pins, are you referring more to bobby pins or hair forks (which is the example I have given)? And if it's bobby pins, if I sold them in pairs at around $20 (without dangles) would that be a more reasonable price in your eyes?

Thank you so much for your input, it really has opened my eyes to some issues I haven't thought of previously.

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010 12:13:17 AM »

i think your design is just absolutely beautiful! while i think its worth $20, i could never ever spend that kind of money on a hair accessory. if i had a lot of money, that would be different. in fact when i saw that my first thought was " i want it"
  i would guess that around prom time you might have good luck with it.
  i'm currently out of work myself, so i'm going to say this.  its better to get under paid for your time, then not paid at all. if you need money, some profit is better than none.  i just sold a very large painting that took me an entire day for $25. however i have lots of time, and money is money
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010 12:12:35 AM »

i think your design is just absolutely beautiful! while i think its worth $20, i could never ever spend that kind of money on a hair accessory. if i had a lot of money, that would be different. in fact when i saw that my first thought was " i want it"
  i would guess that around prom time you might have good luck with it.
  i'm currently out of work myself, so i'm going to say this.  its better to get under paid for your time, then not paid at all. if you need money, some profit is better than none.  i just sold a very large painting that took me an entire day for $25. however i have lots of time, and money is money

Thank you! I really appreciate the compliment, my biggest concern was that the product doesn't appeal to people so it puts me at ease to know that isn't an issue.

I can definitely understand where you're coming and that is something that has crossed my mind, my only concern is that as a marketing student, I've been taught that the price somewhat reflects the way people perceive the quality of your products. Not only that, I've already cut back the amount I earn for labour so reducing it much more would not even be worth my effort as I'm also a full time uni student.

Again, thank you for your input. It's definitely nice to see all the different perspectives on this issue.

I wish you the best on your crafting ventures! May you sell heaps of paintings Wink
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2010 11:12:20 AM »

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i think your design is just absolutely beautiful! while i think its worth $20, i could never ever spend that kind of money on a hair accessory. if i had a lot of money, that would be different. in fact when i saw that my first thought was " i want it"

This is what I thought too.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2010 11:24:01 AM »

i think your work is BEAUTiful and i would totally pay that amount (plus P&P) or more for that
how long do you think it'd take you to make one or a pair? i have a wedding to attend in april and would Far rather wear co-ordinated kanzashi than a more usual fascinator
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2010 04:40:15 PM »

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i think your design is just absolutely beautiful! while i think its worth $20, i could never ever spend that kind of money on a hair accessory. if i had a lot of money, that would be different. in fact when i saw that my first thought was " i want it"

This is what I thought too.

Thank you Smiley I'm trying to find a way to cut back the time it takes to make them so that I can offer them at a lower price, however, I'm not willing to sacrifice the quality so unfortunately I haven't found a way as of yet sorry Sad

i think your work is BEAUTiful and i would totally pay that amount (plus P&P) or more for that
how long do you think it'd take you to make one or a pair? i have a wedding to attend in april and would Far rather wear co-ordinated kanzashi than a more usual fascinator

Thank you for the compliment Smiley It will depend on the design but if you want something similar to the one I posted it will take me approximate 1.5 hours to make each one. If you can PM the details of what you would like (such as colours, designs, when you need it by, etc) I will be more than happy to make one or two for you. I can have it done and ready to be sent off by Wednesday next week (10 March) at the latest.  To give you an idea of the size of them when in a person's hair, please have a look at http://kanzashi-hime.deviantart.com/art/Kanzashi-Action-Shot-154062051 .

Hope to hear from you soon Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2010 11:30:20 PM »

I think one thing you have going for you is that your pieces truly stand out, which might allow you to raise the prices a little more. I agree with morglanc - it's something that I see and really want, but I don't wear hair pieces enough to justify buying it. That's really a personal thing though. I like the idea of offering simpler pieces, but you should probably keep several of the more intricate pieces in stock.
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