The bargain hunters have a poor reputation on Etsy. It’s associated with people who “shop at Wal-Mart” and “aren’t willing to pay for handmade what handmade is worth” etc. I get that. I get that something someone spent hours creating, designing, and making themselves should most definably cost more than what I would pay at a big box retailer. What I don’t understand is paying too much. For me, finding a bargain isn’t finding something cheap that is cheaply priced. It’s finding something QUALITY at a great deal. I don’t see what’s so wrong with that. Isn’t that the point of drawing in repeat customers with a coupon code and running a short-term sale? To draw in the bargain hunters?I take pride in what I do. I love creating my own designs from my own patterns and making something beautiful that i hope someone will love nearly as much as I do. I don’t think I’m selling myself short to be able to offer my pieces to my customers at a fair price. I want individuals at all income levels to be able to treat themselves to one of my original creations, and maybe be able to afford a gift for someone else too. I do not support the belief that anyone who has low prices is only trying to out-bid the competition or doesn’t have confidence in their own work. I get a lot of fellow beaders on Etsy telling me that i need to raise my prices. While I appreciate the feedback and what I tend to take as a compliment, i plan on continuing to price as I see fit, fair, and suiting.
I know that this can be a controversial topic for some. So while I ask that you remain respectful, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.