Why handmade jewelry "is so expensive" !
“$75 for pendant?!”
“I love your website, but everything on it is overpriced!”
“Your stuff is too expensive.”
“Are you rich or something?”
“I could make that for $5.”
“Sorry, but that’s a rip-off.”
“$200 for a sterling silver gemstone necklace? You’re not Tiffany.”
I’ve heard it all. It’s not something I hear often, but any other seller will tell you- you remember every comment like this. They get under your skin. They fester. The next thing you know, you’re a walking rage zombie! At first it made me worry that my prices were too high. And even now that I have years of success under my belt and wonderful repeat customers that assure me my stuff is worth every penny, the rude comments still hurt my feelings sometimes.
This is my job. It may not be like your job. I don’t have a boss or regular hour, and I don’t have to drive to work or even get dressed for it, but this is how I pay the bills.
I’m always tempted to asked these people, “How about I come down to where you work and tell your boss you’re overpaid?” Because that’s essentially what they’re saying to me. Why not be rude right back? But I’m too polite to do that (and afraid of karma)
Because I think a lot of these comments stem from a lack of awareness versus rudeness, I decided to write this article to shed some light on the work that all of us that run a handmade business are doing.
And sure, some people will still be rude douche bags. That’s life. Karma will be all over their asses.
But maybe I can just make a few people think, “Oh, I hadn’t realized how much work goes into that!”
When you buy jewelry or anything else at Walmart, someone was paid a decent wage to design it ONCE, and then a person halfway across the world was paid a few cents an hour to make 1000 of them. Total time and materials for a single necklace at Walmart is maybe $3. If they sell it for $15, they’re marking it up FIVE TIMES the cost.
My stuff isn’t marked up at all, and neither are most handmade artisan goods. Even so, our time is more expensive than a sweatshop worker. But when you buy handmade instead of buying from a corporate giant, you’re getting a lot of things from us that they can’t offer.
Handmade means we care about quality and attention to detail. Sweatshop workers care about one thing: make it as fast as possible. Handmade means we care about customer service. All corporations care about is that green stuff in your wallet. Handmade means you’re helping the local economy. Corporations mean you’re helping some rich greedy jerk get even richer.
I can’t compete with sweatshop prices, and I don’t want to - as I make one of a kind high quality unique jewelry art for the free spirit.
If you made it down here, thank you for taking your time to read this.
Much Love Claudi/ CosmicDeva