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Old 04-15-2008, 09:27 PM   #21
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I just wanted to thank you all and say we both value ALL of your responses and she has decided to try and lower her price to $50 and see how it sells at that price. I am going to try and sell this blanket in my etsy shop for her.Thank you everyone for saying the blanket is beautiful you really lifted her spirits out of the slump she was in ever since someone said they wouldn't pay higher than $25 bucks for it(she had tears in her eyes when reading the nice responses) I think we might have a good shot there as I have seen people sell handmade baby hats at $25 a piece and made with acrylic yarn..and they werent even time consuming patterns,just straight stockinette. Thank You Everyone!
Awww, hugs to your friend. She should be proud of her talent. The blanket is just gorgeous.
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:59 PM   #22
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here here! now i just show them finished pieces that i've done for myself or someone who wants something. that way they can ask for something they would like/use
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someone said they wouldn't pay higher than $25 bucks for it
I would've been extremely rude in my response, too rude and crude to post on this forum.

I've run into plenty of people like that when I was in retail business. They are generally the ones who will come back and pay the asking price. They want the item (that's why they've thought about what they want to pay for it) and think their rudeness will get the price down.
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I've run into plenty of people like that when I was in retail business. They are generally the ones who will come back and pay the asking price. They want the item (that's why they've thought about what they want to pay for it) and think their rudeness will get the price down.
I think the blankets are lovely. If they don't want to pay for them they can go get something trashy from Walmart.

She really should try etsy, it's a good place to learn how to market your things.

And BTW, you are a good friend to be taking up her cause!
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I think her blanket is just beautiful and it is a "keepsake". If I didn't knit, I would certainly pay 55.00 for that blanket for my grandchild! You are a good friend and I think trying to sell it on esty a great idea.

There were so many good idea here! Mike had a great idea of teaching classes, she would make good money doing that ( although I do understand that there maybe problems getting your friend to the classes, maybe people could come to her home and have private classes). Also someone else said leaving cards at the O.B's office, great idea!

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I agree that it is beautiful and you were very helpful to get her to use a softer yarn. I think that there is a bias against acrylic in general because of how nasty it was for most of us when we growing up. One way to push up the value of the baby blankets is to have a nice tag that highlights how serviceable the blanket is (sheds stains and washes up like a dream for mom) and a place for her to sign her name on the tag. The more "boutique-y" the blankets are the more that people will see value in them.

It may be, as others have pointed out, her price point is wrong for the market. $55 is too close to being an overpriced WalMart blanket and yet too cheap to be "exclusive."

I think that it is important for us not to obsess about how much our time is worth. NO ONE could afford any of us. :D If she couldn't be making more money with her time then this is a winning proposition for her. The better perspective is that if she enjoys the crocheting then they are supporting her habit by paying her to do something she enjoys.
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Hmmmm...e-bay might be just the ticket!
The person who suggested trying to sell a couple of these blankets on e-bay might have been spot-on in terms of finding the right price point and the right market. With e-bay, you get a lot of exposure for a very small fee, and a very wide audience. Etsy is another great place, of course, and I applaud the thought of putting them in your etsy shop. Etsy is all about hand-made items, which is a perfect setting. The only issue I can see is that a lot of people don't even know about etsy. I didn't until I started reading this board...

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I think the blankets are lovely. If they don't want to pay for them they can go get something trashy from Walmart.

She really should try etsy, it's a good place to learn how to market your things.

And BTW, you are a good friend to be taking up her cause!
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