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Selling Tori Ami...

Posted by toriem on 2006.07.05 at 00:28
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Hey everyone, I want to open up my craft store on www.etsy.com soon. People have been expressing interest in buying Tori Ami and that has really encouraged me. I don't know if I would make the same doll over and over because that would be boring, so I was thinking of making different Tori dolls - like the previous Tori would be called Sessions Tori Ami. I could make Tori Ami's by different eras, photo shoots. Tori has such great iconic moments and there's so many different things I could choose from. I hope my ambition isn't too great tho, but I would like to give it a try. What do you guys think?

Also, I wanted feedback as to pricing. These do take some time to make, but I want it to be reasonable price for the customer as well as fair to me. I was thinking somewhere around the range of $40 to $50. Next time I make one, I'm going to count the hours I spend on it. It usually takes me a day to make one of these.

I think I will try and sell the crochet pattern for Sessions Tori Ami on etsy as well. I've never written an official pattern yet so I must do research on it. I might need a few pattern testers. I guess their incentive would be they would get the pattern for free. :)


saralogan at 2006-07-05 22:18 (UTC) (Tour)
I think that the best pricing feed back would be from the people who actually expressed interest in buying the dolls. Then you would have an idea of what your audience's price range is. You don't want to make them so cheap you make almost no money, but you don't want them to be so expensive that no one will buy them (although there are some Tori fans who will buy anything at any price, just look at the boxed set responses). Another thing you want to do is check out the prices of different amigurumi dolls on Etsy and eBay that sell pretty well; that will give you a good indication of what most amigurumi doll buyers are looking to pay for. A generic pricing calculation I've seen a lot is to take the cost of the materials and multiply it by three, so that you're making some profit off of it.

I'd be more than happy to pattern test for you, or to help write the pattern in any way.
toriem at 2006-07-06 05:26 (UTC) (Tour)
That's a good idea. I feel like I'd be the type to always price it too cheaply for fear it won't sell. I think more than the cost of materials, I would get screwed on the labor part. Thanks for the offer! I'll let you know when I get done with the pattern. Do you know how I can make pdf files?

Oh yeah, I am extremely excited about the Tori boxset. I think I will try to put 50 cents aside each day to save up for it!
saralogan at 2006-07-06 05:31 (UTC) (Tour)
I don't now how to make PDFs myself. There are some programs on Download.com that let you make them. I think the one I had for a while was CutePDF, but I never used it. It was free, though.
toriem at 2006-07-06 08:01 (UTC) (Tour)
Thanks! I'll have to check that out.
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toriem at 2006-07-26 19:29 (UTC) (Tour)
Thanks for the feedback and for dropping by!
the_leh at 2006-07-23 05:25 (UTC) (Tour)
Please let me know when you sell them.

I'd say $40 is a fair price, or $50, depending on how many hours work it was.
toriem at 2006-07-26 19:28 (UTC) (Tour)
Hi talula, you will definitely be the first to know when I'm done with it. Is there anywhere I can email you at?
the_leh at 2006-07-26 21:19 (UTC) (Tour)

hopefully i won't be poor when you do start selling :)
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