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People have asked me many times how much I sell my cards for and I can never comfortably answer them.  Maybe because I've only sold two ever!  Lol!  I do want to sell my cards but I have such a hard time coming up with a pricing scenario and I make so many different kinds of cards that I can't sell them all for the same price.  Some cards take 15 minutes to make while others take an hour or more.  How many of you sell your cards successfully and how do you come up with your pricing.  I'd like to come up with a pricing schedule that I can just stick with so that when someone sees one of my cards and says "hey, how much is that?", I can comfortably tell them. 

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Well, im not really qualified to answer, I dont have an Etsy shop like some do in which they sell the cards...but I can just tell you what I sell  mine for.  And keep in mind, you will never get back what you put into it...VERY rarely have I ever.  Only from ones that know and understand how much goes into our creations of art will pay what its worth!  ...but...I let my daughter take a box of cards up to her place of work.  I sold the CAS style ones for 3.50 each and the ones that had lots more into them for 4.50-5.50.  And actually, more of the 5.50 ones sold than anything, lol!  That actually surprised me!  Hope this helps some! 

I sell mine on average for about $4.50 - $6.00.  Some that were extremely detailed I've sold for $7-$10, not many at this price but it's happened.  No one has ever said anything about the prices.  People that will come to you for cards know that they are getting something special that they can't get anywhere else so they just know and expect to pay more.  That's how I feel anyway.  I'm selling a boatload of Mother's Day cards right now and most of them are $6.00.  I also charge extra for mailing. Just let me know if you have anymore questions.  Hope that helps. Oh and I'm like Cat with the CAS ones.  I don't go below about $3.50-$4.00 on those.  

I have been approached to sell mine as well, but your right, there are cards you spend more time on than others.  People do want handmade more than store bought, but you also have to think of the market.  I would say personally to make a different price for all the types you may have.  How much would it cost to replenish your supply as well, but I would say about $4.  Why that price, well to me $3 is too low for something handmade, and most people balk at $5 for a card.  Hallmark charges about $4.95 for a card, but the handmade factor makes it worth more than that to me. I think I don't really consider myself as talented as the DT here on GKD, but that is so true, we know how much glue cost (even w/a coupon) and how much to fill a copic marker, and specialty paper isn't cheap, lol.  Put a few feelers out there and see what people will pay for it, it costs $2.50 to send from AK, but cheap to send from anywhere else!

Here in Australia we can pay as high as $12 for a Hallmark card.  I kid you not!

I sell my cards to a local gift shop.  I used to sell them for $3 but barely covered my costs.  This year I sell them to her for $5 each, regardless of what goes on them.  That's a flat price.

However, she'll never get any really intricate cards, because I reserve those for friends and family. LOL

But... with the gift shop, she adds her profit on top of what I charge her, so goodness knows what they end up selling for. I guess it depends on what people will pay in your area.  A good way to gauge the price is to go to some craft markets and look around. 

Personally I would pay $8 for a good handmade card, because I know how much work goes into them! (But make sure you cover your costs at the very least.)

You ladies are SOOOOO helpful.  I'm glad to know that some of you have sold cards.  I'm thining about a graded tier maybe.  Like the cards that only take 10-15 minutes to make that I can "mass produce", I was thinking that $3 for one would be fair.  Then I was thinking I'd have a $5 tier, an $8 tier and a $10 tier.  If people want them and understand the amount of time that goes into making them, then they'll pay for them.  If not, then they won't.  I'm saving for a HUGE trip opportunity so every little bit counts. :o)  Now, just to decide what site I want to use to sell them on.  I've heard lots about Etsy but I'm not sure about all of the fee's.  I also thought about a facebook business type page that I can accept paypal from so people can just order there.  Then all I have to do is pay the paypal transaction fee.

Heather, think about your materials that you put into it and let that guide you somewhat.

For me it costs about 25 cents for the cardstock, then everything I add on top.  I found that $3 was the absolute minimum, expecially when using lots of ribbon, which I often do.

Not sure how you go about actually selling on Facebook.  I *think* you may have to send people off to another site.

Here in Guyana I have sold mine for 800 - $1000 Guyana dollars which is about 3.50 to 5.00 US.

I used to sell in shops on a consigment basis and my take was only $1.25 as the owner put a price over the top of that. I found I was not making much money and it was a lot more effort than I was getting back. I tried a craft sale too...people looked, ooohed and aaahed and said they liked the idea and that was what they did...took the idea but did not buy. I hope you have good luck. I have one steady customer who wants a simple card with one single stamp put on it and in one blue color. She usually buys a set of 10 for $10, but that is so easy and fast to make I figure I really come out well on it. And we meet up town and have lunch and a good visit too. Here in our neck of the woods, not many want to pay higher prices for handmade as they can get the cards 2 for a dollar in the stores here now. Oh, they like to receive them but not pay for them. I did do a lot better though one time when I said give me what you think they are worth. That time I got $35 for 15 cards plus the postage. And they were more on the simple line. So now I don't even try to sell my cards. And one is supposed to have a license to sell them. So there goes the profit right there to make them.  I just give them away and get my payback when I see the smiles and thanks for them. So many people say they are cards they cherish and keep and will never throw away. That means the world to me, so I guess that is my payback. I think God wants me to share my joy..mine with the creation and theirs with the receiving of them.

Oh I should mention I have only recently start to sell .....and I have had some persons order from me....I just would like to support the hobby/addiction.

Heather...thanks for asking this question!!!!  Just this week I sold my second card also!  LOL   I had all the same thoughts and questions as you and this really helped!  Thanks Everyone for your input!  Good Luck Heather

On a side note.....I belong to this great site called Operation Write Home and to make a long explanation short...what happens is the cards that we have made that we no longer want or can't sell they get sent to the troops that are serving all over the world for our country, and in turn they send them home to their families and friends.  Isn't that an awesome cause!   So my point is...if anyone wants to ship me their cards that they no longer want and they are A2 envelope size I would be happy to take them off your hands and ship them to the appropriate people.  Also I will provide the envelopes too!!!!   Here is the link to the site!    Couple guidelines....no glitter and if they are made with dark cardstock we have to line them with white so the troops can write a message to their family.

Send me a message if your interested!!!  

http://operationwritehome.org/

Verna, the problem is that people don't want to pay for things - they want them free.

Here in Australia, over the counter cards are expensive, so it is easier to sell handmade cards, but I wouldn't say super easy.  I know a lady who paid $55 for a stall at a local craft market, sold her cards for $1 and only barely covered her costs.

I'd suggest that part of that was the fact $1 is too low.  People are suspicious when things are priced very low, and wonder what is wrong with the product being sold.

I'm getting $5 now, but I still feel it's too low.  But I know that once the shop owner adds her costs, the cards are more expensive, but she sells the cards fairly quickly.  There's me and another lady who supply her with cards, and the other lady  generally gives her more at least once a month. She's retired and does it for a hobby and doesn't mind that she only gets $3. 

Whatever makes you comfortable and satisfied is probably the right price.  For me, anything under $5 is not enough, and I know they're really worth $8+



Verna Angerhofer said:

I used to sell in shops on a consigment basis and my take was only $1.25 as the owner put a price over the top of that. I found I was not making much money and it was a lot more effort than I was getting back. I tried a craft sale too...people looked, ooohed and aaahed and said they liked the idea and that was what they did...took the idea but did not buy. I hope you have good luck. I have one steady customer who wants a simple card with one single stamp put on it and in one blue color. She usually buys a set of 10 for $10, but that is so easy and fast to make I figure I really come out well on it. And we meet up town and have lunch and a good visit too. Here in our neck of the woods, not many want to pay higher prices for handmade as they can get the cards 2 for a dollar in the stores here now. Oh, they like to receive them but not pay for them. I did do a lot better though one time when I said give me what you think they are worth. That time I got $35 for 15 cards plus the postage. And they were more on the simple line. So now I don't even try to sell my cards. And one is supposed to have a license to sell them. So there goes the profit right there to make them.  I just give them away and get my payback when I see the smiles and thanks for them. So many people say they are cards they cherish and keep and will never throw away. That means the world to me, so I guess that is my payback. I think God wants me to share my joy..mine with the creation and theirs with the receiving of them.

Hi, Heather!  I've sold a few of my cards and have some people who order regularly from me.  I would say, on average, they sell for $5.  It really depends on the materials I used and the effort that went into them.  Like Regina said, people who like buying handmade cards know how special they are and won't mind paying for them.  Anyways, sounds like you may have figured it out!  Just thought I'd share my experience.  Good luck! 

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