From my time of being a plushmaker, I have realized that many people who want plushies usually expect the prices to be closer to mass-produced plushie prices. Of course I wouldn't ever undersell my products that drastically, but I do often have to compromise and lower the prices every now and again. This mostly just happens with non-commissioned plushies. I guess what I'm trying to say is...if I put myself in the shoes of a random customer, I sadly wouldn't pay the prices you're asking. (cont..)
(pt 2) It’s not because your stuff isn’t worth what you’re asking. I’m sure the time and effort you put in would make it worth more than your asking price. But the world is full of cheapos. I have to lower my prices by like 50 cents every other week if something’s not selling. It’s not cool, but one must do what one must do. Sorry if I’m rambling. It’s 4 AM where I am. The bottom line is that I think what’s putting off customers is the prices and I hate that that’s how it is cuz you deserve every penny (end)
Oh I very much understand that my higher prices are considered ‘too high’ by people who don’t understand that they’re also paying a creator’s wage. That they’re paying for a hard earned skill that they can’t do. Unfortunately, with the $50 items, that is what I agreed to when I bought the patterns. I can’t charge less than the original creator, and that’s what they charge for the made pieces (and have no problem selling).
As a PSA to people looking at my amigurumi - Most of them barely cover materials. If I average out how much I ‘make’ from them once the materials are taken out, it’s less than $1 an hour. Yep, you heard me, less than $1 an hour. And this is the only money I make right now.