Originally Posted by Eloewien
so... how much would be a "reasonable" price for a set of say 6 stitch markers?? just wondering...
Any craftman(woman) needs to recoup "costs" plus something for "time". We call it "time and materials".
I don't know how you want to value your time spent, plus your "artistic creativeness"!
I will expose a true confession here, and hope none of my personal friends see it: I spent $50 per set (10 markers per set) for the stitch markers that I purchased 4 years ago at my LYS. Yes, and I bought 4 sets...2 sets were 6mm jumprings...and the other 2 sets were 8mm jumprings.
So, me thinks to myself, after the urgings of my fellow knitters at the South Sound Knitters Guild meeting...I will take one of my stitch markers to The Blue Iris Bead Shop...and make my amber set MYSELF...and save boatloads of money.
I spent $80 to make this set of 10!
I spent $75 to make this set of 10! Yes, all components are Swarovski crystals and sterling silver findings. Save money? I don't think so.
So, if I were to SELL THEM...would someone really pay me $100 for the set...thereby paying me $20 for the labor? I don't think so.
So, after one more set of (amber colored) Swarovski crystal stitch markers...I started trying to use less expensive beads. I am still stuck on my sterling silver findings...but am trying to cut costs on the beads. Hence, I feel so smug when I dismantled that old vintage crystal necklace of mine...and made a set of 9 stitch markers! For just the cost of the jumprings and headpins! ($15 for the set of 10!)
I wish I could be of more help. The term reasonable is relative. I can see now that my LYS was charging a reasonable price for the ($50) sets of 10 considering how much they spent on all the elements. BTW, all 4 sets were crystals.
Later they started offering sets of 4...and started using gold plate...but, those didn't move. Gold was o-u-t at that time anyway, in the jewelry business and home decor.
Silver, pewter, stainless steel, platinum, bronze, copper...all these metals were the "in" thing. You couldn't give away gold jewelry!
Why don't you post photos of your stitch markers for us and let us give you an idea of what we would pay for them...if we didn't know how to make them ourselves!
I have seen "cheap" prices for stitch markers at different yarn shops...and even though they were relatively inexpensive, I wouldn't knit with them EVER. I would rather use plastic stitch markers. So, cheap is as cheap does.
Ya gets what ya pays for. I am usually willing to pay someone what something is worth, and rarely do I dicker about the price. I either pay it, or I don't. I think an artist's time and creativeness
is worth something!! Not all people are like that.
Whatever price you ask...remember, you can always come down
. in price..but you can never GO UP
in price. Throw it out there, and see what happens. Don't undercut yourself.
Your work and creativity is worth something!
Well, that is my 2 cents.