Hello everyone, this is a bit of a random post that started off with me reading a nice article about handmade stuff:
“$70 for a t-shirt?!”
“I love your website, but everything on it is overpriced!”
“Your stuff is too expensive.”
“Are you rich or something?”
“I could make that for $5.”
“Sorry, but that’s a rip-off.”
“$80 for a hoodie? You’re not Gucci.”
I’ve heard it all. At first it hurt my feelings and made me worry that my prices were too high. Now it only baffles me that someone would say something so rude. This is my job. It may not be like your job. I don’t have a boss or regular hours, and I don’t have to drive to work or even get dressed for it (heh), but this is how I pay the bills.
I’m always tempted to asked these people, “How about I come down to where you work and tell your boss you’re overpaid?” Because that’s essentially what they’re saying.
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I came across this article on another blog and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you, too.
After more than half a year of downsizing, I am still learning tons of new stuff... I am very sensitive on people who happily shout out about every bargain they drag home from some sale where you know you'll be thrilled about the stuff for a few days at most and after a few months you will find a reason to get rid of it because it's broken, out of style or just boring.
At the same time, I am used to buying my stuff second hand and I have been a student and low on money most of my life - Gods, I do like cheap stuff!
When we were in Berlin I really needed a pair of comfy shoes and since we couldn't find anything second hand (that's the downside, you can't just walk in and they'll automatically be well stocked on everything you might need), I bought a pair of really nice slippers for 10 Eur.
Cheap... - but not a bargain.
After a few weeks of extensive use, they're already falling apart. Now, that means I paid 10 Euros for, say, 3 weeks of shoe-use. That means you paid about 3 Euros for every week you used them.
If I buy a good quality (maybe even sustainably produced) pair for 190 Euros and keep it for 3 years, that would be 190 Euros for 156 weeks of shoe use, which cuts down to a bit more than one Euro a week... and they will be better quality and, easier on the environment. (My favourites atm: elNaturalista)
I really have to learn to buy quality. I am just such a cheap-o ^^