Sunday, March 8, 2009


~ a notice to buyers AND SELLERS of handmade goods ~

i've noticed a disturbing trend when browsing about on Etsy lately...

There are a LOT of ppl under pricing handmade goods

this is disturbing for a plethora of reasons but a couple of the MOST IMPORTANT, that EVERYONE should be aware of, are the following:

~ 1 ~ when you pay nothing for something... you're likely to end up with nothing ~ everyone likes a good bargain but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!!!

exceptions: PIF items or SALE items ~ i myself like to have a really good sale every now and again but when EVERYTHING is being sold for UBER CHEAP you should be wary of the quality.

~ 2 ~ when you under price your own hard work, you cheat not only yourself but your customer ~ they may end up saving a few sheckles but they may not realize the VALUE of YOUR WORK in the future. not to mention other artists trying to make a living.

in short ~ you make us ALL look bad when you under price your wares. the handcrafted community is not about being CHEAP.. its about quality and conscience.. if ppl want Wal-Mart prices ~ let them G O. T O. W A L - M A R T. by golly!!!!!

I've learned these things through experience ~ its no joke trying to run your own business and it undermines not only me but my fellow entrepreneurs to knowingly do these things.

If you're unsure about how to price your work, worried about your quality, or you're just new to this whole making and selling thing... most of us that have been doing it for a while are MORE THAN HAPPY to lend a helping hand.

This shouldn't be a competition so much as a community, working together to bring our consumers better products for their money and creating by hand to reduce the wear and tear on our planet.

Pass it along.

+ Eternal Autumn™ +


  1. This is such a valid point! It's something everyone should keep in mind.

    It's one reason I don't sell my knitted items and only make them for other people as gifts. People probably wouldn't want to pay what I would feel it was necessary to charge.

  2. oh poo.. i've seen a range of prices on knitted items! i traded $120 worth of jewelry for a knitted capelet myself! i think you SHOULD sell your knitted goodies!!! they're so lovely!!! ^.^