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Pricing buckles.

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Pricing buckles.

Postby jesse.beckham » Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:14 pm

What is the round-about average pricing of your buckles? I seem to have hit a wall where my buckles aren't selling. I don't know if I'm pricing too high or what.
Just for comparison a buckle to fit a 1.5" belt with some nickel silver/copper/brass overlays , what's a good price in something like that?
I don't want to give my stuff away, but also, don't want to scare everyone off. Thanks ahead of time.
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Re: Pricing buckles.

Postby RT Bit and Spur » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:25 pm

I sell my 1 1/2 buckles with keeper for $150.00down to my 5/8 buckles for $50.00. More if they get real fancy.
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Re: Pricing buckles.

Postby jesse.beckham » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:54 pm

Thanks Rod!
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Re: Pricing buckles.

Postby cavemans workshop » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:29 pm

As far as pricing goes, you will have to decide that for your self. I can't decide that for you.
Here are some things to ask your self.
What do i need to make an hour to cover expenses incurred in building a buckle?
Is my work worth what I need to make an hour?
You will have to answer these questions yourself.
If I need to make 50.00 per hour to cover expenses and a buckle takes me 6 hours to build, I have to charge 300.00
You have to keep up with the amount of time you have invested in your projects, this is a must (imo)
If you know your per hour amount to charge as well as the time spent, you can arrive at a price fairly easily.
If things aren't selling, I would suspect either marketing or the product is overpriced for the craftsmanship.
If you have questions let me know, Ill be glad to try and help.
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Re: Pricing buckles.

Postby Danatkisson » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:23 pm

Prices are right in line with what RT stated.
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Re: Pricing buckles.

Postby jesse.beckham » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:50 pm

Thanks Caveman! I guess my problem is this; I consider this a hobby and don't think of my time as needing to be waged. I always cover my materials cost and try to prove accordingly to the market... My comparison to others work. Don't worry though I have a pretty honest opinion of my work against other so I feel like I price fairly.

Sometime I think people buy items based on a high price simply because "it's expensive so it must be good".
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