I think one of the most fundamental misapprehensions people have about the value of commissions is that no one really gets told how mass production defrays costs to the consumer. So, when they see the prices for custom artwork online, they expect the retail prices they see in…
Be sure to follow the link and read the entire post. Very well put.
Although I don’t make a living from my crafts, I do make the majority of cards I send as well as the occasional gift. Sure I can pick up cards for a few bucks, but it doesn’t have the same meaning to me. I spend anywhere from a half an hour to several hours on one card using a myriad of handmade and store bought products. It can end up costing me under a dollar or a few.
But it’s my time and creativity that’s most valuable. I want to give people I care about my time and energy. I think about that particular person during the entire process in order to reflect their personality in the final product. It’s difficult to put a price on that.
So next time you consider purchasing a handmade item, think about what must have gone into the making of it. You’ll gain a world of appreciation for it and, hopefully, be happy to pay the artist the asking price they more than earned.