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09 September 2006 @ 02:14 am
Another productive day, despite a 3-hour nap this afternoon. :) The number of robes finished is 2. The number of canary yellow/not-well-teadyed/dyed to a satisfactory olive green robes is 1. The number of robes cut out and sewn, but needing to be dyed is 1. The number of robes dyed, but not cut out or sewn or otherwise fucked with is 1. The number of robes that are not dyed, cut out, sewn, or anything is 1. And the number of robes that are to be made out of fabric that isn't here yet is 1.

Help me out, guys. Given the 30% commission that the store takes, do I mark these way the fuck up, or do I sell them for a reasonable price and make about $25 each on them? I mean, okay, $25 is better than nothing, but damn. I guess in my mind they're only worth what it cost me to make them, because that's how I'm used to thinking of projects. But if I'm selling them, I have to crank up the price to account for my time. But with a 30% commission, I lose most if not all of my time money, so I'm selling them for (to me) just over what the materials cost. Which doesn't seem right. But it doesn't seem right to be charging over $100 for a simple robe.

If I'm feeling all right, it is possible that the number of finished robes will rise to 3 tomorrow. I think, after the seventh is finished, that this little experiment will be over, unless someone wants to pay tons of money for custom robes. This foray into all-natural dyeing was fun, though. I'll use up the materials I bought, and figure I know where to get more if I need it.
cocoajava on September 9th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
Split the difference, sorta, perhaps? Net yourself $75.00 per robe. Your time and labor and mental exertion and effort is WORTH COMPENSATION! Put tags on them explaining your all-natural process, as some buyers will place value on that.
(Anonymous) on September 9th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
I decided, I'm going to figure out the price of all the materials I used (including shipping), add the cost of my labor, mark it up so I get a (small) profit, and mark it up further to account for the store's cut. And after seeing the prices mlewys showed me, I feel justified.
Mary Lewys: Norrington 3mlewys on September 9th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)

These guys standard, homemade robe is $100, and that doesn't include a belt or a hood. That's without shipping and handling.


Even on eBay, they're around $90. I would do around $80 or $90.
Elletheletterelle on September 9th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you, thank you, thank you. You make me feel fifty times better about marking up these robes.

That crushed velvet shit they're marketing? NO ONE in costuming takes that seriously. And it's cheap. And cheaply made. And synthetic!

The robes I'm making are worth more than $90 at the rates others are charging. I mean, mine are either silk (WASHABLE silk, even!) or cotton/hemp blend. Mine will include belts, but not hoods. And with the all-natural fabric (including the thread, which is all cotton) and the natural dyes I used on most of them, I think that deserves a premium.

Whether people will PAY that premium is another question. But at least I don't feel bad about charging it. :)
vlynnvlynn on September 9th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
One additional supportive note: People recognize the value of premium goods, particularly when they are priced as such. In the consumer's eye, a premium price actually does support the notion that they're truly quality goods.

You may want to consider doing more and trying for online sales, too...Your labor time should come down on later robes since you'll have mastered the dying process and such, so it won't take you as long to make more the same way. There's bound to be a great online market for them and people who are willing to pay good prices for natural, high-quality products. Your care and workmanship is top-notch, girl! This could be a great way to get paid for what you love to do! :) And I bet your sweetie could make you a kick-butt Web site to market 'em! :)
Mary Lewysmlewys on September 9th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
*smoochies* Always do market research. *grins* PLUS, you're saving them shipping and handling, so you're actually going to be cheaper.

People will pay. Someone's paying these people online!
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on September 10th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Crafters rule, always pay yourself hourly. If it took you 10 hours to make it, you need to pay yourself at least 10 times minimum wage.
Elletheletterelle on September 10th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I've gotten it down to about 5 hours per (basic) robe. I think the price of those will be competitive, about $130. The ones I'm doing now, with way more time and effort imposed, are going to be at least $200, maybe more.

Maybe it's wrong, but I'm valuing my time at $15/hr. That's half what I was making at my last job, and less than I was making at my temp job, so I figure it's fair. I'm a craftsperson with fifteen years of experience, and very artistic. Also, I am wearing out my eyes with this work. :)