i think it’s weird that companies price things for how difficult they are to make (not the materials they use, but for the difficulty of building the object). the consumer, i would think, doesn’t usually look at their BJD’s clothes and go “WOWZA that was hard to make!” but more of a “WOWZA the final product is beautiful!”. i mean, the doll company can do whatever they want, i’m not the boss around here. it’s just weird to me.
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Why in the world would that be weird? With most handmade items, the time and effort of creating the item FAR outweighs the actual material cost, so the cost is based on the time and effort involved in the item’s creation, not materials.
If an item took me 10 hours to make but I was able to already use materials that I had on-hand or got for cheap, it’d be crazy for me to price it less than an item that only took me an hour to make but cost me $20 in materials.
Obviously you have to factor in what the market will bear, but charging based on time spent rather than material cost is absolutely normal with many handmade goods. For example, knitters who do custom work often charge per meter of yarn knitted, because otherwise (like, say, charging 3x material costs) they’re not being paid for their work.