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Fellow craft stall holders at fairs asking for discounts

(Helen McCartney Designs) #1

I was just wondering what people’s thoughts were about fellow stall holders at fairs asking for a discount on one of your products?

Helen : )

(Eileens Craft Studio) #2

I have in the past given a little discount to a fellow stall holder but she did buy more than one item.

But I don’t really feel right about it if they only buy one item as I wouldn’t be offering lower prices to any other customers.

(Helen McCartney Designs) #3

I feel the same Eileen. I had this at a fair a while ago. I was quite surprised to say the least as the person wanted one item which cost £3.50. Unfortunately I wasn’t on my stall at the time and my friend was on there.
I would never do that to a fellow crafts person as I know how much time people take to make things.

It shocked me a bit.

(Sonia Adam) #4

That’s a bit cheeky isn’t it? Sometimes I feel guilty about not reciprocating & buying something from their stall but not been asked for discount - yet! If craft fairs were really busy with lots of sales & customers we wouldn’t have time to browse each others’ stalls. Wishful thinking!

(Eileens Craft Studio) #5

I totally understand as I wouldn’t do the same to others.

But I guess there are a lot of people out there who think if you don’t ask you don’t get and they are often doing it for a ‘hobby’ and aren’t registered with the tax office either.

I just find it a bit of a cheek after all the time and enough and the cost of materials and other overheads.

I wouldn’t go into a shop and ask for a discount because I owned a Bricks and mortar shop in the same shopping centre or high street.

(Helen McCartney Designs) #6

Completely agree with you both.
I have seen some stall holders with signs saying about not asking for discounts, but I don’t think that I would feel right about doing that.

It’s a difficult one. It’s just a shame that I hadn’t been on the stall as my friend felt really embarrassed by it all and ended up giving a discount. I wouldn’t have as the product is worth that £3.50 if not more, with the amount of time spent on it.
I just felt awful for my mate.

(Ronald Koorm) #7

I tend to sell to craft sellers who don’t ask for discounts, but I do offer them a small ‘trade’ discount. Have never been actually asked by a craft seller for a discount. I also have been known to give out an end-of-line handmade bookmark or card instead of a discount, which is equally appreciated.

Selling to other crafters should be a two-way process, and my partner will often buy some jewellery or fudge for presents from crafters, when she needs to think of presents, and wants a break from helping to look after the stall.
Doesn’t have a problem if they don’t offer a discount.

Trade prices are common in retail and manufactured goods, but usually they are working on a much larger scale than crafters.

(Heidi Meier) #8

I’ve bought stuff at craft fairs and been given a discount, which was nice, but I have never asked for one. I have also bought things from people and not been given a discount I did print off ‘vouchers’ at one show and this did result in one lady buying about four pictures, and she said to me she was going to use her discount card! I’m not sure if she would have bought anyhow, but I did get the impression it was the discount card that prompted her to buy.