It’s Shameless Commerce Tuesday (and the LAST day of Tax Season!!). Today I’m officially announcing two price increases for my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations:
1. I have revised my Etsy shop policies to include a 25% SURCHARGE for custom orders.
2. I will be raising prices on oven mitt listings in my shop between now and May 1, 2014.
Custom orders are both a blessing and a curse – and they are always a challenge! I had considered eliminating custom orders altogether, but some of my best sellers were initially inspired by custom orders, so-o-o-o I devised a Plan B.
I have found that custom orders require WAY more time and energy to complete than “regular” orders. They often require shopping for special fabrics and supplies (rarely on sale), photographing fabric options, and then special ordering fabrics. Some also require new design elements or construction techniques, and drafting new patterns which may only be used once.
I am hoping the 25% surcharge will reduce my number of custom orders, while not discouraging customers who realize that one of a kind (OOAK) or special designs are worth more than something off the cyber shelf. The surcharge will provide at least SOME additional compensation for the extra time, energy, and out-of-pocket costs required to complete custom orders.
Product Price Increases
The increase in oven mitt prices is mostly due to an increase in the cost of high quality cotton fabrics coupled with an increase in postal rates. It’s been a double whammy! High postage rates mean I need to spend even more to get those higher cost fabrics shipped to me. Also, some of my best sellers use fabrics that are now out of print or in very limited supply – again increasing my costs to keep them in stock.
AND my boss (that would be ME) decided that her employee (that would also be ME), a hard worker who has honed her skills making 800+ oven mitts over the past three years, and who consistently receives positive customer feedback, deserves to be paid more than a sweatshop worker.
Bottom Line: I’m givin’ myself a raise!