Saturday, November 15, 2008

Artist Painter Bob, how bout ya hit this cheek instead. . .

Browsing the Alchemy public listings on Etsy this morning, I'm reminded just how cheap this country is becoming.

I guess I've gotten used to people asking me for deals at certain shows I vend at.



It's sad that people have to ask for a discount on items to a person they have never met. It's even more sad that the items I offer people are all completely handmade by me.

What is the saddest yet, is when the people that make these handmade items actually want deals themselves. I admit, I'm a bargain hunter, too. But when you are asking someone to make something ESPECIALLY for you, how can you ask for a low price???

There are a couple of listings for lip balms for just fifty cents a piece. I was tempted to pass along the offer to a couple herbal-making friends of mine until I saw the price. Fifty cents a piece? Seriously? I can't imagine the containers costing much less than that. Plus the supplies and the time involved. . . Why would someone want to actually lose out just so they can hook their fellow artisan up?



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4 comments:

thepeacefulpeacock said...

What a breath of fresh air. That lip balm totally cracked me up...I had a woman looking for a pretty intricate custom item and she wanted me to make it for $40 including supplies!!! I told her to go ahead and work with whomever was willing to do it for that price because I could make something far simpler and make more money on it. Sad, sad, sad.

Danielle said...

I hear you mama! I have my lip balms at the lowest possible price and I still am kind of getting bent over! But lets face it, most people aren't gonna shell out $5 for balm (even if they are the bomb) when they can get burts bees and other commercial brands for less. Top quality organics don't come CHEEP!!! People need to remember they get what they pay for! Super cheep prices are usually an indication of el cheapo ingredients! .50...seriously?!?

Heather said...

haha, these pics crack me up! yep, the neverending pricing screw in handmade stuff. Well i mean hey, we as a country are so used to paying the chinese 5 cents an hour to make all our crap, why not expect to pay americans the same? yep, the cheapo mindset.

KaBinks said...

I love your artistic venting. When I get mad, I pull up the worst pic I have of that person & photoshop the hell out of it. Then I erase it and giggle to myself all day.
Funny, I thought your pricing was very low, considering it is both functional & art.

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