Folksy Ltd

Felted card price help

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #1

Hi everyone

I’m in the process of making for the first time, some hand felted blank cards in wool and silk fibre for a couple of markets coming up. I’m not a card buyer generally and have no idea of pricing. I’ve looked at stuff on folksy but can’t come to a conclusion as to how to price mine.

After spotting the cards on the kitchen table and saying she really liked them, .I asked my mother in law for her pricing opinion. She came up with a embarrasingly low price. And she actually likes them! It’s got me concerned.

Ive concluded they’ll have to be a ‘loss leader’ on my stall but wanted to see what people thought before committing to that.

I’ve taken a very bad photo, very little natural light, to give you an idea of what they look like (they look much nicer in real live. Honest!)

Any thoughts appreciated.

(Eileens Craft Studio) #2

Well handmade cards cost anything from £4 to £7 each around my way.

People are more willing to pay higher prices for handmade cards.

(Grimm Exhibition) #3

Id imagine they are either non existant or very rare so where would anybody else get one from, you can charge what you like. You could write an explanation of the process taken to make the card, print it and place it in the back of the cello sleeve. Start high, if they don’t sell, reduce.

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #4

Oooh! I like the idea of adding some details of the making process in the sleeve. Cheers for that!

As for starting high then reducing if none sell, also a good point. Do you think I could get away with doing that during one christmas fair or would I have to wait for the next opportunity?

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #5

Gulp! Certainly much higher prices quoted than I ever imagined. Not a bad thing, I might add :wink:

(Roz) #6

I have some felted cards in my shop which I have priced at £3 including postage although I price them at £2.75 at craft fairs.

Can’t say I have sold a lot, not sure whether thats down to the price or the fact that people just don’t like them! For the effort required to make them, I don’t think I will bother to make more. Hope thats not too disheartening for you - I love your cards and really hope you manage to sell them. Good luck.

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #7

How haven’t you sold tonnes? They really are gorgeous!! I can imagine how long they would take to make. I’m not as patient as you!
Thanks for the feedback and price pointer. Not disheartned at all, I’m happy to hear realistic views - just unsure at this stage of how to pitch things.

(Sasha Garrett) #8

I’ve looked on a certain other site and found similar cards for sale in the £3 to £5 price bracket - the closest looking one to yours was £4.30.
Hope that helps

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #9

Thanks Sasha! Will look that up now.

(Grimm Exhibition) #10

You could try your cards at a higher price, then an hour at the end whip out a couple of signs saying “cards now 10%” off and see what happens.

(Rosesworkshop) #11

You will be fighting the “everybody makes cards” mentality and sadly some people will expect it for 50p because it’s “only a card”. If you took the same unique felt picture and framed it you would put a £10 price tag on without blinking.

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #12

You’re probably right about people’s mentality when buying cards! I’m going to have a go with a mid range price and see how things pan out. I already have a framed arty version planned for an exhibition. Be good to find out how the two compare.

(Sarah Lambert) #13

My friend who does free hand embroidered pictures charges £3-4 for her cards that can be framed after they’ve been sent. I always tell her she doesn’t charge enough. Anything that goes through several processes and is unique warrants at least £5 I believe.

(Elsa Fuster Mears) #14

I do agree with your price tag but it’s difficult to maintain realistic prices in such a competitive market. Thanks all for your comments and suggestions. I think I’ve made a decision on the matter. Only time and experience will tell!