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Post by Contravene » Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:57 pm

How can I price art I've made myself?

This is the most difficult thing ever. People want to buy it, and I want to make money out of it, but I don't want to shaft anyone.

Materials cost about 5p and it took me about five minutes, so it costs about 50p.

I can't sell 'art' for 50p and be taken seriously, can I?

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Post by soft revolution » Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:22 pm

Bands give away music for free and are taken seriously?

Personally I think if it costs you 50p to make then you may as well give them away. It's about time the concept of free downloads spread beyond music.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Contravene » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:08 pm

soft revolution wrote:Bands give away music for free and are taken seriously?

Personally I think if it costs you 50p to make then you may as well give them away. It's about time the concept of free downloads spread beyond music.
But bands are giving away copies of their music for free, cos there's no cost in transfering information, they're not giving away the original master tapes. My stuff's all online, anyone can print and copy their own.

I'm just feeling awkward asking the customer how much they want to spend and then saying that's exactly how much it costs. It makes me feel stupid for not knowing how much to charge and the customer feels stupid for not asking for a lower price.

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Post by linus » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:12 pm

just say £5, chris

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Post by Contravene » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:14 pm

linus wrote:just say £5, chris
I did

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Post by linus » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:17 pm

and did they try to haggle you down or did they say 'thank you very much' and give you five pounds?

and if it was the latter, did you feel robbed and wish you'd asked for more?

and if you did feel robbed ask for £7.50 next time and then start again at the 'did they try to haggle you down?' stage and keep applying this process

maybe?

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Post by Contravene » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:20 pm

They haven't got back to me yet, but I do feel a little dirty with all this

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Post by linus » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:24 pm

if they're willing to pay for it and they believe the price to be acceptable what's to feel grubby about?

come on, what are you? an entrepreneurial capitalist fat cat or some kind of underachieving crybaby liberal sadsack? drop and give me 20 (naked chicks on post-it notes at five pounds a pop)!

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:40 am

linus wrote:come on, what are you? an entrepreneurial capitalist fat cat or some kind of underachieving crybaby liberal sadsack? drop and give me 20 (naked chicks on post-it notes at five pounds a pop)!
Yeah get with the effing programme. Sell the damn things for as much as you can get and stop digressing with what should I do kids - this is not really an actual dilemna - bollocks.
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Post by Contravene » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:01 am

Jeezy Creezy wrote:
linus wrote:come on, what are you? an entrepreneurial capitalist fat cat or some kind of underachieving crybaby liberal sadsack? drop and give me 20 (naked chicks on post-it notes at five pounds a pop)!
Yeah get with the effing programme. Sell the damn things for as much as you can get and stop digressing with what should I do kids - this is not really an actual dilemna - bollocks.
Maybe not an actual dilemna for you, but I felt stupid selling them for a quid each and I feel greedy from trying to sell them for £20. A little encouragement, discouragement or reassurance is kind of what I'm after and strangely Andy came to the rescue.

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Post by linus » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:17 am

I'm in the same boat, chris, and despite everything I don't think you're a bad stick, I might take the rise and perhaps a little too abrasively at times but I know where you're coming from on this

I've had to do it

I tend to do most stuff for free for friends and that's cool (I enjoy doing the work and get a kick out of my friends liking the stuff enough to want them on their walls, blogs, record sleeves, etc) but when I do work for strangers I still get that feeling I'm going to get found out once they've happily and quite comfortably handed over the asking price

the reason I'm stuck is doing work simply because I have to pay the bills, taking a workmanlike approach to it, a 9-5 'this is work' mindset... I just can't get in that frame of mind... which is why I guess (or one of the reasons why) I'm not a full-time professional inkstud making g's

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:38 am

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Jeezy Creezy wrote: Yeah get with the effing programme. Sell the damn things for as much as you can get and stop digressing with what should I do kids - this is not really an actual dilemna - bollocks.
Maybe not an actual dilemna for you, but I felt stupid selling them for a quid each and I feel greedy from trying to sell them for £20. A little encouragement, discouragement or reassurance is kind of what I'm after and strangely Andy came to the rescue.
You still selling them on ebay or at a set price?
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Post by Contravene » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:47 am

Ebay was too much effort. I stuck set prices on a couple of them, but got no interest. Now someone's emailed me about buying several unpriced ones.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:08 pm

Contravene wrote:Ebay was too much effort. I stuck set prices on a couple of them, but got no interest. Now someone's emailed me about buying several unpriced ones.
Those folk on ebay were happy to pay 50p but went up to as far as £2 when pushed. Personally I think £5 a good price for the materials and time - even though you wrongly undersell yourself on this - but as part of a novelty collection you should but in a ballsy price of £8 and see what this dude says. If no then reduce it till you get to no less than £5. This will give you a betterindication of what peeps are willing to pay. If he happiily takes it for £8 then next time go higher. Depending on quality of course.
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Post by Contravene » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:23 am

Kind of given up on trying to get a good deal.

Now selling a wad of 100 pics on ebay.
HERE

Bidding starts at £20 but that's pretty optimistic.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:18 pm

Hmmm. What would somone want with 100 pictures of naked chicks on postitnotes?

Actually forget I asked.
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