Friday, May 29, 2015

The Problem With Low Prices

When ever I am working on a concept for a new item to list at Queen B's Busy Work, I always do a search on Etsy (and sometimes a few other sites) for similar items to get an idea if my pricing seems reasonable.  And every time I see it - people selling a similar item at low, low prices.

I often feel that I under price many of my items.  But, I see many sellers who have priced their product so low I imagine that they can hardly be covering their cost of materials, not to mention accounting for their time or making any profit on the item.

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At first it may seem like a great idea to price your product low.  Give you an edge over all the competition out there in the online market place.

Here's the problem:  Underpricing is bad for you - and for me.  And for every other seller of handmade items out there.  It devalues the work done by all of us.

When you price your items so inexpensively - you are telling all of our potential customers that YOU believe that's what they are worth. Not much. And why would they want to purchase something that YOU (the person who hand crafted this item) doesn't consider to be worth much? They can get poorly made junk at the big box store down the street and not pay the price of shipping.

And when that same customer sees my items priced at more (what I believe it's worth based on my cost of materials, my time, and a small profit) they wonder why they should pay that much when clearly the item isn't worth much based on the price point you are willing to sell at.

I KNOW how much time goes into hand crafting quality products.  I know that my time is valuable.  Just as valuable as anyone else's. And I...  no, WE deserve to be paid a reasonable amount for the work we do.
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So, PLEASE - take this into consideration when pricing your items.  Stop underpricing yourself.  Stop underselling ME!

And if you really don't feel your product is worth more than the cost of materials - perhaps it's time to put your shop on a break.  Take time to develop skills.  Until you feel you are doing quality work which is worth selling at price which pays you for your time.


Have a BEEautiful day,
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Your Dry Summer Lips Will Thank You

Just in time for Summer!  



This white lip balm holder will keep your lip balm attached to your keys, beach bag, purse, back pack, lanyard, diaper bag with an attached keyring and lanyard hook. Closes with a cute turquoise and white polka dot button.

Add a silver-tone charm to your key ring for only $.75 more. Available in "Mom", "Grandma", "Aunt", "Sister", or the lower case initial of your choice.



Hand crocheted from white yarn, plastic polka dotted button, a metal split-ring keyring and lanyard hook.




Listing is for Holder ONLY - lip balm NOT included. Fits most standard lip balm tubes.

Makes a great birthday gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.

Ready to ship via USPS in a padded envelope.

Interested in more than one? Or another color? Queen B loves custom orders! Contact shop owner for details.


Have a BEEautiful Day,

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday

This bright pink lip balm cozy with colorful flecks will keep your chapstick attached to your keys, beach bag, purse, back pack, lanyard, diaper bag with an attached keyring and lanyard hook. Closes with adorable cupcake button



Hand crocheted from bright pink yarn with flecks of multiples colors throughout, a metal split-ring keyring and lanyard hook. Closes with cupcake shaped button.

Available as just the holder - or with one tube of commercial brand lip balm included. Fits most standard lip balm tubes.



Makes a great birthday gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.

Ready to ship via USPS in a padded envelope.



Interested in more than one? Or another color? Queen B loves custom orders! Contact shop owner for details.


Have a BEEautiful day,
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Not Just Lip Service

I am very sorry to have to tell everyone that the on hand supply of lip balm cozies is pretty much depleted at this time except for a couple of holiday themed items. 


But have no fear!! Queen B is busy at work creating and will have more available BEEfore you know it! 


Keep watching the shop.  There will be some new pretties listing soon!



Have a BEEautiful day,

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Friday, May 15, 2015

And Now For Something Mostly Different

Currently work in on a cute little football themed baby cocoon and matching beanie.  I'm basing mine on a pattern I purchased on Etsy from Thoughts, Knots and Stitches.  I'm just making a few minor changes, such as removing the button - close flap.



It's working up quickly. And is the perfect break from all the bath puffs and washcloths I have been hooking up in recent weeks!


Have a BEEautiful weekend,
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Going Global

Today I officially shipped out my first order to go beyond the lands of North America!

This little box full of hand crafted pretties is going to be traveling all the way to Australia!  

Look out world - Queen B is buzzing your way!


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