Sunday, August 12, 2012

Just some thoughts and an opinion

There are so many beautiful things that are waiting for me to be done and I've got so many creative ideas and dreams to turn into reality but unfortunately I'm not doing very well these days. I fight a weird cold with an aching throat and a certain weakness in the whole body for three weeks now and it just didn't get better. I'll have my fourth doc's appointment tomorrow at a specialist for throat, ears and nose (don't know what this is called in english) and I hope he will be able to help.
Yes, I got sick way too much over the past two years!!! And guess what: I'm done!!

I felt that I will have to change a lot of things in my life! As I was sitting in bed, thinking, browsing on some other blogs and reading Hape Kerkelings book "ich bin dann mal weg" (I'm heading off) telling about how he made a pilgrimage, I got a slight idea about what I will have to change and work on.
So don't mind me turning it all upside down over the next few weeks, or days, or how long this will take.

 I also wanted to tell you the following thinking process that happened to me last week. It's about business. If you do business this might be of use for you...I don't know.

 Over the past few weeks I got offers from shops and vendors that would like to retail my bags and purses. I was thrilled and felt honored getting these offers because it was new to me that I was getting asked instead of asking. With the first two girls I made a deal that was ok for both sides. There is not much I will earn with that but I thought it will be ok and many more people will see my items and my shop name.
Then I got another offer of a girl that opens up a new shop. She asked me about my prices and I made her the same deal as I did for the other girls and told her, that I won't be able to do a lower cost because I was really close to my prime costs.
She went on asking if I could give her a better deal... My first thought was "UUUUUUGH". My second was "What am I gonna do??".
Then I thought about the prices and how to lower my prime costs and I ended up with the thought to add to the retail price.
And then it hit me. I wanted to make items of good quality affordable for just about anyone. And now I was thinking about add to the retail price? Just because I would earn not half as much as the retailer would do, even if I was the one making these items? Now way!!
You know what? It's great if people are asking to retail your products! Enjoy it to the fullest! But I think it's not ok to sell your intentions. At least I couldn't live with that.
If I add to the retail price it has to have other reasons than that and I surely won't sell myself for less than my time, work and effort is worth.
So I rather sell two bags less then I would with another retailer but first, be at least payed for my effort too, and second, selling it to a reasonable price.

I have two great friends that will sell my products at their store, not asking for much and that is so much worth. Maybe you'll also find someone that appreciates your effort and for those who are not: tell them to retail products off the racks and not handmade!!

Much love, Dina

1 comment:

  1. Wow, good on you. Your items are beautiful, retailers should be honoured to have them in their stores. You have gained a new follower and hopfully customer. Found you at Knick of Time Tuesday #47.


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