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Re: [BKARTS] Etsy?



I know what you mean, Scott--I've done it too. One of my customers actually
took me to task for it--she said I needed to raise my prices. I guess it's a
sure sign your prices are too low when customers start telling you to raise
them! :)



On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 7:53 PM, Scott Coutts <
scott.coutts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Barbara Simler wrote:
>
>> I don't think the people on Etsy mean to undermine anyone--many are new to
>> selling and aren't sure how much to charge. They  really want to get
>> sales, and think that lower prices are the way to do it. Also, some are
>> doing it as a hobby and are glad if they can make back the cost of
>> materials.
>>
>>
> Oh absolutely - I didn't mean to suggest that there was any ill-will behind
> it! I know I have done it myself in the past. Most people just aren't aware
> of it.
>
> Unfortuanately, (with some exceptions, as Meredith pointed out) it has the
>> effect of creating a culture of underpricing, and it's really a
>> shame--often
>> I see really beautiful things on Etsy being sold for the price of cheap,
>> mass-produced goods, and I wonder how artists can afford to keep doing it.
>>
>
> Yes, that's exactly it. Often, artists just can't afford to keep doing it.
>
> >
>
>> Of course, there's a long tradition of artists being underpaid (or
>> unpaid),
>> but that doesn't mean it's a good thing. Personally, I'd prefer to be an
>> overpaid artist :)
>>
>>
> I think you have to hit the big time in Hollywood to become an overpaid
> artist :)
>
>
>
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-- 
Barbara Simler
Moon Bindery
Kamloops, BC
http://moonbindery.etsy.com
http//:moonbindery.blogspot.com

                                    
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