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Forum topic by msurvilo posted 01-20-2015 06:34 PM 1086 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2015 06:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: commission commissioned customer question

Hey everyone, I’ve been on here a while, and I see people post that some of their pieces are commissioned. How come no one ever mentions the price? Or how much material was? Etc. I for one would love to know how much money some of us make from our beautiful pieces? Is there some unwritten rule that says it’s rude to post that information?

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 07:20 PM

Matt, anyone can post whatever info they want. I for example have all of pricing for my regular items on my website. However, if someone wants something special or different, that is a price that I will have to figure out. Since each case if different, telling you what I charged would not help anyone as you would not know all of the details or lack of details involved.

One time, I made a pet gate for some one and I charged them over $300.00. Another time someone wanted a pet gate and I only charged them $120. The difference was in the details. First one wanted it more involved and personalized while the second just wanted it plain.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 10:45 PM

I have probably done about 15k in commissions over the past 2 years. I would guess about 60% goes to material and tools, some goes to taxes, and then I keep the rest. I probably make a 30% profit on average, maybe less. The problem is that I spend everything I make on more tools. It’s a vicious cycle…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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