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Thread: Advise me on prices, please?

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    Super Member Mamagus's Avatar
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    I have a Facebook group for selling my quilted items.

    Would you like to have a look and tell me whether or not my prices are inline with what you'd think these items would be in your area?

    Newfoundland has been in an "economic bubble" during the recession meaning that for the most part the recession hasn't affected us.

    I am selling some things but getting mostly lookers. Is that about right?

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102981553710

    Thanks Lori


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    I looked but I'm fairly new to FB and I don't see any prices or products when I click your link, maybe I just don't know how. :(

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    When you click on the link, you scroll down the page until you get to the photo section. Click on one of the the thumbnails and then you can advance to the rest.

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    Thanks, I found it. :lol: You make beautiful quilts and the prices seem reasonable to me but I just make quilt blocks, not quilts. Have you tried selling on Esty and Ebay? I do very well on both.

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    They seem more than reasonable to me, I can't see how you can have anything for yourself with these prices, your costings surely hardly cover fabrics?

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    Your prices seem pretty reasonable to me, maybe the word isn't getting out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Thanks, I found it. :lol: You make beautiful quilts and the prices seem reasonable to me but I just make quilt blocks, not quilts. Have you tried selling on Esty and Ebay? I do very well on both.
    I think when I have more things completed, I'll try the "E's", but for now I am feeling my way.



    I have three orders for special items but I was really hoping to sell some of the things that are already done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    They seem more than reasonable to me, I can't see how you can have anything for yourself with these prices, your costings surely hardly cover fabrics?
    On most items I am getting twice the cost of materials. I love making things and I got tired of giving them away and having a perfunctory "Thanks" offered for my efforts. I want to buy a quilting frame and this is cleaning out my HUGE stash and giving me some cash to put towards it!

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    All your quilts are truly beautiful!!! I don't know anything about prcing though, sorry.
    How are people being directed to your site? Are you able to advertise it somehow?
    I'm guessing they'd all go really quick on Ebay!
    :-)

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    Lori, your work is lovely and the prices don't seem high to me at all. In fact, I think they are very reasonable!

    Of course, being a quilter I understand how much time when into to each of the items.

    The economy here in the US is not doing too well right now as you know. I sell stuff on E Bay and have found ending prices to be significantly lower than in the past.

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    Your stuff is gorgeous and reasonably priced. I love the fall and sunflower wall hangings. You did beautiful work. The economy does stink here and it seems to be affecting us all. People don't want to spend the money!

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    Your work is lovely and I think your prices are very reasonable. But as quilters, we on this board know how expensive it is to make a quilt. People that don't make quilts have no idea of the cost of materials plus all the time involved, and are so often not willing to pay what it's worth. I would try Etsy as well, you might have better luck there.

    Good luck, I hope you can sell some of your beautiful creations!

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    All of your quilts are beautiful and I think the prices are very reasonable too!!!

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    Beautiful work! You go girl- your prices are more than fair and the lucky owners should treasure your outstanding creativity.

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    I think your prices are very good I really like the name panel that is so cute.

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    It actually seems like your prices are too low to me. I would seriously consider selling on Etsy (forget eBay, not worth sellign handmade items there). There is a huge community on Etsy. Other sellers are very helpful and the buyers are usually very appreciative for unique handmade items. There is also the ability for people to contact you with custom order requests. I think your name quilts would really do well there. The fees are also reasonable and you will have a nice polished storefront with a massive audience.

    For pricing, I wouldn't necessarily try to compete with what you feel others are doing. If you are doing this to make money then you should really work out the pricing in terms of the cost for materials, time and labor. Make sure that you factor in your time! Don't undersell yourself or you run the risk of burning out or giving up.

    Keep at it! :D

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    I was looking at you quilts and the pricing and thought that you were under-pricing yourself. Maybe b/c I realize the time, material, and effort that goes into a quilt.
    They are beautiful quilts and there's no harm in branching out to etsy to see what's possibly in store for you.
    Good luck...your work is well worth the money.

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    I agree with everyone else, beautiful quilts at fantastic prices!
    Are there quilters in your area...it's a fine line, between they would make them, themselves, and don't know enough what treasures they are viewing?

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    I agree with those who have said that your prices are very fair (and maybe even too low), and that you should seriously consider selling on Etsy. I think you will do very well with your baby quilts and name panels.

    Could you tell me the name of the block in your "Butterflies at the Crossroads" quilt? We did it as a BoM at my Quilt Guild, but the lady who brought the directions couldn't remember what it was called!

    Thanks!
    Jan

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    Your quilts are lovely; and your prices are very reasonable. You might even want to consider charging a little more. At those prices, they should sell fast!
    Good luck with it.
    Nancy

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    if you sell online it doesn't matter where you are. the price is the price. your quilts are stunning works.

    i think the prices are just a tad low. on the smaller items, especially. i know people don't want to spend on small stuff, but they can take some time in the doing, can't they? on the queen quilt, i think you can ask $400. i know you want to sell off what you have, but would you take an order for a different color? would you charge extra for a special order like that? maybe you should consider it. in stock items and special order items. slightly different prices. after all, now you have to go shopping with someone else's colors in mind. maybe a $25-$30 difference? sound fair? at that price, it's a small percent. actually if you sell off your samples you can't take special orders, so keep those photos.

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    Thanks every one! My hubby and I have had some disagreements over my prices. He thinks I am WAY too low. I think that since the Facebook group is mostly local people I can't over price my items.

    I have sold a runner, a name hanging and a crib quilt and a lap quilt. Not bad in three weeks I guess. But only the runner was already made. The rest have been orders. I paced my delivery dates and I am ahead of schedule.

    Now does have anyone have any ideas as to which quilting frame I can use with my Janome 6600??


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    Quote Originally Posted by ai731
    I agree with those who have said that your prices are very fair (and maybe even too low), and that you should seriously consider selling on Etsy. I think you will do very well with your baby quilts and name panels.

    Could you tell me the name of the block in your "Butterflies at the Crossroads" quilt? We did it as a BoM at my Quilt Guild, but the lady who brought the directions couldn't remember what it was called!

    Thanks!
    Jan
    Gee I am sorry I can't tell you the name of the block. I got the pattern from a book and it was called that in the book.

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    Your stuff is top top quality and I'd go a bit higher... unless you want to start lower to get customers coming--then raise them. They seem a bit--just a bit low to me. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Your stuff is top top quality and I'd go a bit higher... unless you want to start lower to get customers coming--then raise them. They seem a bit--just a bit low to me. :wink:
    I agree, I think for that work you are to low. Even if it is in your neighborhood, the prices should reflect your costs + time+ profit. Your work is just beautiful!

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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