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miss.goldenweek
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:54 pm    Post subject: Bead pricing Reply with quote

I'm planning on starting to sell "some" of my beadies(Don't have the heart to part with all) I asked about this before and got a range of between $5-$25. For those who have sold them do you find that people think that $5 is too steep? How do you determine the price of them? Especially for the bigger ones 9 boards and up. I'd like this to be a side business but when I start to think of pricing I almost feel as if they won't sell. I need some insight!!! Especially for the little ones and the big un's. The middle ones should be too hard...I don't think lol
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Bantaro
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strangely enough, ive been selling the bulk of mine for 10. As a matter of fact, some guy I dont even know bought my Ref Mario. I asked for 10 but he tossed me a 20 and walked away. I guess you need to factor not only beads, but time spent on them. For myself, it's kinda hard to let go of them. I get too proud and attatched.
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miss.goldenweek
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right after I posted I started to put up a bunch around my house. Guess when it comes down to it I don't really want to let them go. But I'm running out of room very quickly!!! haha Plus I'll be able to use the money to buy MORE beads!!! Very Happy Where do you usually sell them? Do you have anything up in your house at all?
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DoctorOctoroc
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My walls are covered with my medium to large ones. I hardly had room for Gutsdozer. After awhile, it gets easier to let them go, but when I first make a piece its hard.

I've sold stuff on etsy for awhile now and sold about 22 pieces - definitely, smaller ones sell better. I sold a few mounted on prints and the rest were magnets based on Mario and Zelda items. I sold them for 8 a piece originally and dropped them to 5 but selling beads online is really difficult - they just don't have the same appeal in pictures as they do in person.

Selling at cons and shows is the way to go. I sold print-mounts between 10 and 15 and I sold a few larger ones as well. I sold a Chun Li for 30 and a Spark Mandrill for 35, so it's hard to say how much people are willing to spend. The beauty of selling them in person is you can price them however you want, try to read the people and if you think they want something but don't want to spend the tag price you can jump in and offer it to them for a bit less. For example, I originally priced Spark Mandrill at 40, but the girl kind of looked at it like, hmm...so I said something like, I guess I can give it to you for 35, and she bought it.

Also, parents or older siblings with younger kids are the best. I just give them a 'discounted' price for the hell of it, and they usually will buy a few more.

If you do decide to sell them, don't bother factoring in time to make, which will amount to around $1 - $2 per hour if you're lucky. I look at it like a hobby that can pay for itself if you sell them right.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sold some on a forum for roughly $2-$30 each, depending on size and complexity. Larger sprites were quoted on an as-requested basis.

My price chart:



An example of my sprite chart, colored numbers correspond to the price chart above:

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