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Please don't take this journal entry the wrong way - this IS NOT intended to be bitchy or nasty or negative... I would just like people's opinions on this because I am... totally confused.

:star:I'm sure none of you would do this but please DO NOT send this person abuse or hassle her or whatever. If you want to say anything please do so here! Only spread positivity please :) :star:

So... I was browsing through Etsy and I came across this totally cute stone ornament. It's really very sweet, so I clicked on it... and then I looked at the price.

As far as I know, the ornament in question is literally a stone, like one you would find lying around anywhere, with a face crudely painted onto the front.

$45.

I shit you not.

Another example... A piece of wood with an eye painted on it. It's now a Driftwood Dragon. $105.

Here is the item... and by all means have a browse around her shop and purchase if you like anything! www.etsy.com/listing/109645449…?

Again, I would never be so obnoxious as to question the seller or spread negativity. Afterall, all the stone artwork she creates is original and pretty darn cool, and what she does in her spare time doesn't effect me in the slightest. No one is MAKING me purchase her art.


I just... I mean...urgh... blurgh. Can't even articulate my puzzlement.

Am I alone in my confusion? Please someone point out some vital detail I've missed. Please someone give me an insight! I love nearly all forms of art and stone art (?) is no exception. It's an awesome idea. But would you pay that much?? I mean... it's like the greatest business idea since bottled water! I'm envious I didn't think of it first haha!

I don't mean to cause offense, I'm just baffled and looking for some kind of explanation without hassling the actual artist. Insights please!!
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:iconjsaren:
Jsaren Apr 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
That is how EVERYTHING ON ETSY is. Not even joking. :(
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Hannah-Alexander Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except my stuff, I hope ;)
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Jsaren Apr 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Of course! :)
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:iconqihah:
it's quite cute but it needs a more suitable price. this person is really overcharging it. i'd say....$10??
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AnastasiaAroure Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's pet rocks all over again. ;)
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Rutana Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
I think it's a question about offer and request.
If there are people willing to pay the price for these items, then the price seems fine in my opinion. I can't judge it, I'm not the targeted audience, but I can see that there are people who absolutly love the idea and the design and are willing to pay the money for it - and that's totally ok.

Art can't be scaled in price based on the material costs and working time alone. Heck, most artists sell their work for WAY too cheap, too. So as long as she has customers, the price is fine. I prefer to see an Artist charging what he/she thinks her work is worth then someone who makes absolutly low prices just to sell as much as possible - and I'm happy for every artist who can charge that much.
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iammattf Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, I have known a few artists and in the end, an artist can charge whatever he or she can get away with and that is what they should do. Artists don't tend to make a lot of money in the first place so they have to do whatever they must to survive.
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Hannah-Alexander Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're absolutely right. If I had a family to support and I could sell rocks for $45, I probably would.
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Anyone trying to sell their own work is entitled to setting their own price and if it sells that's brilliant. She could also include the cost of finding the materials too as each piece can be used in so many ways.

They're definitely unique products and have a certain charm about them but I think she'd sell a lot more if she sold them for less.
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Hannah-Alexander Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that you mention, she might sell more if she advertised them as paperweights hehe. I only like to buy things that are practical. I mean... I've never understood paperweights but at least her rocks would have more of a purpose than sitting on a shelf or wherever the heck people put them! Although, she advertises them as healing stones, and aren't you meant to carry healing stones around with you? Like a good luck charm or something? I suppose that instantly makes them more appealing.
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