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Ok, I should be getting ready for work right now, but I really need to get this off my chest:
I had someone complain about my pricing being "outrageous," which are not. If anything, I'm underpaying myself.
Handmade products takes more: Time, Money and Labor and let's not forget Lots of Love. While factories cut down on all of that, because they are mass producing. They get their materials in bulk at cheaper prices. Their quality is also not that great to be honest. I bought several store bought plushies and they all had loose threads. I try to make sure the doesn't happen to my plushies. I examine the toughly before shipment.
I hardly take any breaks when I sew, since I only have weekends to sew anyway. So I cut down on eating too. Just to make sure I get them done before their deadlines.
Most people say I need to increase my value of my plushies, but I try to stay reasonable, because not everyone can afford them. But then there's people that claim that I should only charge $5-$10. That's insulting! That would only cover the cost of materials alone and I might as well make them for free....
Most of you don't know this, but I am the only one making money in my family and I work a $9.50/hr job that doesn't have a set amount of hours. Some days I work 5 hours, other times 9. But because I'm the only one working, it's not enough to pay bills. Making plushies has been my passion for a few years now and it became my second job. Even so, I try my best to keep my prices fair. I even have different sizing options and will continue to make more varieties in the future.
For those of you who actually value my work, thank you so much for always being there for me. And helping me pay my bills. I put love in every stitch and it makes me happy knowing that my babies are going to a good home.
Skin by SpookyLoop