Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

I don't know.

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • I don't know.

    I recently carved a Little Cigar Store Indian, I posted the picture here and on my Facebook page.
    A friend on my Facebook page saw it and said he wanted one exactly like and to name my price.
    To be perfectly honest I have never sold any of my carvings and do not know how to price them.
    The Little Cigar Store Indian is 1 5/8" x 1 5/8" x 4" and can be seen in the Caricature Carvings Forum.
    Any suggestions would be most appreciative.

  • #2
    Hi, M Dog, I feel the price of Carvings has a lot to with your Location . Your little Indian took a lot of work and if it was mine to sell I wouldn't take less than $ 50.00 for it . That might be a Starting Point for you . You could ask the Client what his Budget is . Just my 2 cents . Merle
    Last edited by Merle Rice; 11-02-2021, 02:01 PM.

    Comment


    • #3
      When I started selling thing it was hard to set a price. I Just did not know what my work was real worth after all I was new at this carving stuff. A freind who made his living doing water color paintings said your work is worth material cost and what you can get. But if a person got (AT THE TIME) $5 an hour to pass a hamberger across the counter then my time was worth at least that. Today they are getting $15. Don't sell your skills and time short.
      We live in the land of the free because of the brave!
      https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

      Comment


      • #4
        Here's an opinion 180 out from previous posts by my respected and excellent fellow carvers. Don't charge anything unless you're specifically trying to go into business to supplement your income. I have a standing rule. If a stranger asks me to make them something I outright tell them that I don't carve for profit, I carve for self-satisfaction and for a few friends. If a friend asks for a carving I ask them what do they want and when would they like it; and that I don't make any promises but I'll try to fill their request. Over my thirty years in the carving world I've found that what you get in return usually is twice the worth of what could be charged. And I'm not talking about money. I'm talking about goodwill, friendship, joy, smiles and laughs. And oh how I love those smiles and laughs. And every once in awhile you receive something totally unexpected in return that you never would have asked for. Just as an example I had a good friend ask for a cane for her ailing mother. I told her that I would be more than happy to make a cane. Shortly after I mailed it off I received a check for .... if I remember correctly, $300.00. I immediately returned it and told my friend that payment was not part of our agreement. But ever since then, every three or four months or so, there's a knock on the front door and one of my friend's employees hands us a bag of freshly baked, home made, English Muffins, the kind that just melt in your mouth and taste wonderful whether they're toasted or plain. And every time I'm reminded that if I had taken the check I probably wouldn't have the pleasure of these wonderful gifts. As the saying goes..... “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness. ” ~ Unknown

        Comment


        • #5
          I sell a lot of my work. My friends and family have all gotten numerous carvings from me (no charge). I got to the point where they didn't want any more, and I was running out of room at home to store them, so I started selling through ETSY. To make it short, ETSY manages all the computer stuff, credit card charges, etc., for about 7-8% of the sales price. I pay the shipping (I choose to...). I still give away several carvings per year to charity auctions, relatives, or just because...

          Pricing: I tend to go by some advice I received a long time ago. Ask yourself the following set of questions:
          Would I take $500 for it? Heck, yes!
          Would I take $200 for it? Yes!
          Would I take $100 for it? Uh...yeah!
          Would I take $75 for it? Ummm...yeah
          Would I take $50 for it? I guess... <----- There's your price.
          Would I take $40 for it? No...

          Claude
          My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudesWoodCarving/
          My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/
          My Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/claudeswoodcarving/
          My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by Eddy-Smiles View Post
            Here's an opinion 180 out from previous posts by my respected and excellent fellow carvers. Don't charge anything unless you're specifically trying to go into business to supplement your income. I have a standing rule. If a stranger asks me to make them something I outright tell them that I don't carve for profit, I carve for self-satisfaction and for a few friends. If a friend asks for a carving I ask them what do they want and when would they like it; and that I don't make any promises but I'll try to fill their request. Over my thirty years in the carving world I've found that what you get in return usually is twice the worth of what could be charged. And I'm not talking about money. I'm talking about goodwill, friendship, joy, smiles and laughs. And oh how I love those smiles and laughs. And every once in awhile you receive something totally unexpected in return that you never would have asked for. Just as an example I had a good friend ask for a cane for her ailing mother. I told her that I would be more than happy to make a cane. Shortly after I mailed it off I received a check for .... if I remember correctly, $300.00. I immediately returned it and told my friend that payment was not part of our agreement. But ever since then, every three or four months or so, there's a knock on the front door and one of my friend's employees hands us a bag of freshly baked, home made, English Muffins, the kind that just melt in your mouth and taste wonderful whether they're toasted or plain. And every time I'm reminded that if I had taken the check I probably wouldn't have the pleasure of these wonderful gifts. As the saying goes..... “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness. ” ~ Unknown
            Excellent answer. BRAVO ZULU!!!
            GO NAVY!!!

            Comment


            • #7
              Don't be surprised if you never hear from them again when you give them a price.

              Comment


              • #8
                I don't sell, but I like Claude's formula for determining price!
                Arthur

                Comment

                Working...
                X