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#1 posted 03-07-2010 11:09 PM


Low prices require high productivity, fast turnover and cheap materials.

I think you answered your own question, “how do you make 5 and 10 dollar items?”
The answer is: You don’t.

I have found that at craft shows it takes me about the same amount of time to sell a $5 item as it does to sell a $50 item. I used to sell an assortment of low priced items to fill in the sales gaps, but I have found that it only gets in the way of positioning your sales for the items you should be selling.

War story:
A few years ago I attended a three-day craft show in Northern Kentucky. I decided to only sell hand-crafted walking sticks because I had too many in inventory. Another vendor was also selling walking sticks. He visited my booth and was aghast to my pricing, which started at $60 and up. He said his were priced at $10 to $15 each because “that is what the public expects.” I suggested that we meet at the end of the three-day craft show and compare notes. We did. He proudly declared that he had made “almost $200” which was more than enough to pay for the $100 entrance fee. I made $3,800 and setup two wholesale deals with local shops. Since then, I have never seen him at another craft show. Go figure…

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