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    as you may or not know hubby and I are pretty bad at pricing our work
    so I wondered if someone ( anyone ) could offer some advice
    the biggest size card that we make is an A3 piece of card folded in half so that the front of the card is A4
    we normally charge in the region of £3.99 for these
    I had a customer contact me via email last week she is after a big card for her daughter and just can't find what she wants in the shops
    we have done a lot of too -ing and fro- ing via email coming up with ideas and they came to visit last night to discuss things further
    we have come up with an idea and now just have to put it all together to make sure they're happy with it
    do you think it would be unreasonable for us to charge £4.50 for this card - they have no idea how much we charge for our cards and haven't even asked yet lol but they are sooooooooooooooooooooo grateful for us putting in so much work and can't stop thanking us so I don't think it would be a problem
    I would hate to come across as greedy but they has been and will be a lot of work involved in coming up with the design and getting it made
    would really appreciate some opinions
    www.sunrisecards.co.uk
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  • #2
    also just remembered they are now having a box to put the card in rather than an envelope , I can make the box myself but it takes more work than just putting it in a ready made envelope
    www.sunrisecards.co.uk
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    • #3
      I would say that £4.50 for all the work you've done already is too cheap.....altho perhaps you should have agreed on a price when the final idea was agreed upon. Just my opinion......
      Sarah x

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      • #4
        Sarah you are probably right , but I hate the pricing bit and they haven't asked and now I don't know what to do
        I'm a useless business woman lol
        www.sunrisecards.co.uk
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        • #5
          Personally speaking (and as a customer of yours I am about to cut my own throat) £4.50 seems more than reasonable especially if its in its own box.
          Carol
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          • #6
            Originally posted by sunrise View Post
            also just remembered they are now having a box to put the card in rather than an envelope , I can make the box myself but it takes more work than just putting it in a ready made envelope
            You need to work out all your materials used to get an idea of what to charge.....I make boxes myself and know they will certainly take a large piece of card if you're making a box for an A4 card.
            Don't sell yourself short.....they wanted a special bespoke card and should be prepared to pay what it's worth!
            Sarah x

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            • #7
              well considering we used to charge £2.50 for the big cards but have slowly increased the price over the last year or so to about £3.99 - £4.50 is a big thing for us lol
              I have to keep telling Paul off as he puts so much work into the cards and then virtually gives them away
              we like the idea that we have lots of returning customers ( yourself included Critchley ) that come back as they know we won't rip them off
              www.sunrisecards.co.uk
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sunrise View Post
                Sarah you are probably right , but I hate the pricing bit and they haven't asked and now I don't know what to do
                I'm a useless business woman lol
                The very least you should charge is what it's cost you to make.....then I don't think it's unreasonable to add some for your time and effort....
                Sarah x

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Loody View Post
                  You need to work out all your materials used to get an idea of what to charge.....I make boxes myself and know they will certainly take a large piece of card if you're making a box for an A4 card.
                  Don't sell yourself short.....they wanted a special bespoke card and should be prepared to pay what it's worth!
                  we do buy our A3 card in big quantities so the box won't actually cost that much to make, and at £4.50 we will be making a profit - plus they're already saying their daughter might be interested in purchasing a card as well
                  www.sunrisecards.co.uk
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sunrise View Post
                    we do buy our A3 card in big quantities so the box won't actually cost that much to make, and at £4.50 we will be making a profit - plus they're already saying their daughter might be interested in purchasing a card as well
                    As long as you're making a profit......great!! People will return for more if you price honestly and provide great quality...just make sure you do keep your prices profitable
                    Sarah x

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                    • #11
                      Personally speaking i asked on here for a special card for my daughters 18th, Christa made me a beautiful card and went through it all with me. I had no idea of pricing as i don't make cards myself, but she asked me how much i wanted to pay and i didnt have a clue. She emailed me the final design and said that i could tell her how much i was comfortable with ( she did say that sometimes people dont like to suggest a figure, which i didn't). The card had so much detail and my daughter loved it and it has gone into her keepsake box. Maybe you could do the same and ask for a price they would be willing to pay and then adapt the card to meet their price?
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                      • #12
                        Please remember to pay yourself for the time you have taken to both design and make the card and box! How much do you want to pay yourself per hour? Work out how long it has taken you to make and then work out how much this time would cost. Then add it onto your material costs.

                        If you explain to the customer how long it takes you to make, I'm sure they'll appreciate and be happy to pay the price.

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                        • #13
                          personally i think it sounds about right. It depends on the materials, if it had lots of crystals or other expensive items i would charge more, but £4.50 sounds about right to me
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                          • #14
                            I'm always finding myself in a similar situation so what I do is pull a figure out of the air for the first (new thing) you make and shed no tears for the time you 'waste' making it work. When it is safely delivered take a bit of time to stand back, sit down, and think over what you should have charged. You can now advertise to the world this new line with the prices and new customers can take it or leave it. and you can relax as you know you have priced it correctly.

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                            • #15
                              If you usually sell for £3.99, I would say 51p extra for a box and bespoke card is a bargain.. I think you could definitely go for £4.99, the £1 being for bespoke card and box instead of envelope... Mega bargain still!!!
                              Nici

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