Why people say handmade portraits are “so expensive”. let us see.
“ ₹ 2000/- for a portrait?!”
“I love your website, but everything on it is overpriced!”
“Your stuff is too expensive.”
“Are you rich or something?”
“I could make that for ₹ 1000.”
“Sorry, but that’s a rip-off.”
We’ve heard it all. It’s not something we hear often, but any other seller will tell you-you to remember every comment like this. They get under your skin. They fester. The next thing you know, you’re a walking rage zombie! At first, it made us worry that our prices were too high. And even now that we have years of success under and wonderful repeat customers that assure us our stuff is worth every penny, the rude comments still hurt our feelings sometimes.
This is our job. It may not be like your job. We don’t have a boss or regular hours and we don’t have to drive to work or even get dressed for it (heh), but this is how we pay the bills.
I’m always tempted to asked these people, “How about I come down to where you work and tell your boss you’re overpaid?” Because that’s essentially what they’re saying to me. Why not be rude right back? But I’m too polite to do that (and afraid of karma).
Because we think a lot of these comments stem from a lack of awareness versus rudeness, we decided to write this article to shed some light on the work that all of us that run a handmade business is doing… including all the behind-the-scenes stuff you probably never even think about. (And that most of us don’t charge for.)
And sure, some people will still be rude douche balloons. That’s life. Karma will be all over their asses.
But maybe we can just make a few people think, “Oh, I hadn’t realized how much work goes into that!”
There is a generally held belief that handmade products are expensive – too expensive. Craftspeople selling their products at fairs and craft shows, and even shops selling handcrafted products hear it all the time…..sometimes said with just a raised eyebrow, sometimes whispered to a companion, but often straight to their faces…
Do you still think handmade portraits are “so expensive”? If so, let us know in the comment section.