Thursday, April 23, 2009

getting larger


I've been wanting to paint larger canvases and did this the other day. It is 12 x 24 x 2" I am wondering how to sell it. If I should put it on eBay or Etsy or maybe keep it:) One of the reasons I don't do large is because the shipping costs are so high here in Canada. This would cost about $24 to send. The canvas support is also expensive and adds to the cost. So do I put a price of $125?($150 including shipping) It is so hard to figure out what to charge. Is it worth what someone will pay for it or what it cost me to make it plus time and fees to the selling venue? I tend to put lower prices on my art because I want to sell it. It is a conundrum. If it was to sell in a gallery, the gallery takes 50% that's one reason the prices are so much higher in those venues. What is your take on pricing?

11 comments:

OliveStreetStudio said...

Oh, that is tough. We want to be compensated for our work, but I don't think many artists / crafters 'price right' - meaning, we should be pricing higher, but we price lower to sell. We recently visited an Etsy artist bc we were in her area and we bought from her direct - she voiced the same concerns about larger pieces and the shipping problems. That being said, it can't hurt to pay the $0.20 to list on Etsy with appropriate shipping and if someone really wants it, they will buy. :-) Good luck!

Alice said...

Well I think it's beautiful and I think that it seems reasonable priced (as a customer) for a piece of art ... but it is personal preference. Why not try one or two and see what happens? I think it's too big for Elvis sadly ;-)

daisies said...

i just paid $30 USD for shipping from Miama for a Polaroid 100 with attachment lenses and accessories and a light all packed up in a briefcase. I tell you this because I know that people are willing to pay shipping costs if its for something they really want .. I REALLY wanted that polaroid. As a customer, I think you have priced it reasonably and shipping is still cheaper than paying gallery costs :-)

my two cents ... :-)

Tess said...

I would be at a loss to figure this out myself. ai do agree with OliveStreet Studio's comment. It is worth placing on etsy at the $125.oo and see what happens. If someone really wants it they'll buy it no matter what the price. If it does not sell after a few months or so you could always run a MArked down campaign and get takers looking for bargains. Oh and by the way, I love it and wish I had wall space for it.

Mickey Johnson said...

...a difficult decision, i know, but i bet that special someone is out there who will snap it up. i think you are so correct that we price to simply sell. that price is directly affected by the exposure of our shop (or hope that our shop will stand out in the ever increasing saturation among many shops),cost to make, our time, postage...whew!!!...about the new york inquiry for my jewelry...right now i could not go the 50% route. i am charging what i am to sell, not wholesale...i may have to give that some consideration. to quote from a very smart man when he talked about rejection, mark said to enjoy the journey of our art...that successful or not we would still be doing what we do. so here's traveling with you and i think you should put the piece in your shop!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Shipping is high here in the states, too, Shelagh. I think if someone really wants something they would accept that as part of the process. I'd try ETSY or E-BAY but only if you could set a minimum price on E-Bay. I'm sure there is market for your work in a larger scale!

Sara said...

Love it!
I think people would be willing to pay the shipping if they want the piece. I'd say, give it a try and see what happens.

Kathy said...

Love it!! Pricing can be so difficult can't it? Shipping is what it is. You can't control that. I think your price is great!

Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

I'm not sure I have anything to add to the already positive comments on your lovely piece. Give it a try and see if it goes. I do, however, disagree with the "marked down" idea. It devalues all your work, IMO. I've found that a range of sizes and prices works well. If someone can't afford a bigger piece they might buy a smaller/less expensive piece. Pricing is always such a challenge! Good luck.

I'm feeling the urge to work big as well. One of my main reasons for staying away from bigger stuff is that trying to take a decent picture of it when it is done is such a challenge!

Lorrie

Kristin said...

What a beautiful painting! It makes me smile just looking at it. I LOVE the colors you used....I'm so glad that it has found a home and that you don't have to figure out where/how/how much to price it at. Just beautiful!

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Oh boy! So much to say and think about this! First, the painting is spectacular and GORGEOUS! And worth every penny.

Pricing and shipping. This is an ongoing "argument" with my hubby and I. He thinks I charge too little. I make like $2 an hour for my work! I, however, like to sell and move on to the next piece. I debate it all of the time. I know another etsy artist that does collage work similar to mine, similar in size, hand cut pieces, vintage images, etc. She charges as much as $300 for her original collages and I charge $25 for the same size. She may only sell one a month or every 6 weeks but she sells them and gets what she's asking. I had a professor in college suggest that if something doesn't sell right away, raise the price. It's the idea that if the artist or doctor or lawyer is charging expensive rates and people pay it, they must be good at what they do so other people will pay it also. There's so much psychology in pricing - on both sides of the art work. I have no idea.

Shipping is really high to and from Canada for some reason - more than I've run into to other countries. And, it's so slow! I've had pieces make it to Spain in half the time. I'm getting very nervous about what I sent you. Maybe it got confiscated!

Well, in the end, your work is worth every bit of what you are asking and the shipping is secondary in my opinion. Patience is the key I think. We like that instant gratification of knowing it sold fast so it must be loved. Pieces are loved even if they don't sell right away in this economy and we need to trust that. You should anyway!

marsha