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  • Should I chnage my prices in different shops?

    I've recently approached the local shop to sell some products in my village. When I said the RRP for Faerie doors was £6.95 her jaw hit the floor. She explained that people don't tend to buy stuff like that for that price, but she would give it a trail. I do know her so she wasn't being funny.

    She has put up at RRP, but it was discussed about lowering cost. So, my issue is, I have two other shops selling at £6.95. I feel uncomfortable having a shop selling them for less... what do you think?


  • #2
    It's a difficult one. Presumably you are also selling the products at the same price on your own sites too.
    It might be a bad move to have one outlet selling them for significantly less. Sometimes you have to actually say no and recognise that the clientel / outlet might not be the right one.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.


    • #3
      I agree that sometimes you have to say 'no' and stick to your guns.
      I take it the shops are all local to each other and it is on a 'sale or return' basis?
      If one shop thinks it is being undercut by another it could cause problems.

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      • #4
        Thanks guys, you've just confirmed what I was thinking. Just didn't know if I was being precious. Think there is a huge difference between me giving a discount on my own site and an independent retailer doing the same x wouldn't want to undercut the other places selling them. I just always question my prices when someone queries, but I have done my research and they are comparatively priced or cheaper than other sellers of similar product. I'm crap at valuing my own work!!!! I do have some auctions on eBay, but they are mire loss leaders to pimp the business again



        • #5
          The other thing you have to be careful of is having a customer because they have bought one of your lovely faerie doors from you only to see one in a shop at a cheaper price. You don't want to lose repeat business because someone thinks they have had a rough deal.

          You also don't want to undersell yourself and end up not making anything from the sale - I am assuming you are giving the shop a commission but if the price is less, what will that leave you?

          Not everything is right for every shop - it is worth the trial as the shop owner may be pleasantly surprised but don't be tempted to sell yourself short.
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          • #6
            I agree with all the above, you have set your prices and that is it, I could understand if she negotiated her wholesale price that is different but to debate the rrp, no. If does not work walk away, you could end up losing more customer if you did this, let alone undersell yourself


            • #7
              We sell to many shops, they all by at the same price, but sell at quite different prices.

              At the end of the day it is up to the retailer to decide how much to sell for and what margins they want to make.

              The only criteria that we have is that we will not sell to another shop within a 1 mile radius of an existing customer, which is quite common practice,

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              • #8
                I speak as someone with a foot in both camps - I make and sell, I buy in and sell and I sell to others to sell on (oh that's three camps!).

                Keep the price you sell to shops steady. That's only fair. Then let the shops sell at whatever price they want to.

                What you sell things at to the public is your affair.
                Having said that, as a lot of my Dellboy deals are with friends we care about each other and don't want any unpleasantness so we tend to sell at the same price.

                Selling my stuff to a trader I give a discount for quantity if it's appropriate. With crafted stuff it sometimes isn't.

                Oops I've thought of a 4th thing.
                Sale or return I sell at the price I'm told to by the maker.
                When I'm the maker, there's a bit of maths needed to work out I'm paid what I want.

                Then to undermine everything I've said my customers are very happy to pay a bit more for me to get what they want from Wales and deliver it to them in East Anglia.

                Life would be boring if it was simple?