12 years ago this very moment our eldest was born. That’s now a grand total of 31 years (11,315 days) of parenthood. #notobsessed #justgoodatmaths
Independent crafters are undervaluing their products; selling at a loss means we all lose.
Today I overheard someone at a craft market saying she makes no profit from her goods -they’d never sell if she charged the real price. She does it “just for fun, ‘cause she “has a job anyway”. Another woman was selling tin-can lanterns that require at least an hour of time and 50p worth of electricity, water, wire, can, and tools, for one English Pound. Even if she values her time at minumum wage, this woman is donating £7 to each of her “customers.”
I get it; I under-price too. First, because I enjoy design and craft, so I’m prepared to work for less; second because I know we’re used to Ikea pricetags, so I feel like I have to charge less, and third because I have a few strings to my work-bow too, so I can charge less. But there’s a limit!
I sell my VHS Dual Timezone clocks for £39 (plug) and I agonised over pricing. But making one takes over a day, plus paint and parts; I’m charging half what it should be. So yes, I expect £20 would get me more sales, but I’m not going to do that, because there’s a responsibility here, surely?
I’m betting the workers in Chinese sleep-in factories don’t have many subsidised crafty side-projects on the go, so I don’t think that’s a model we should be trying to compete with.
Perhaps the tin-can lady intended her lanterns as a loss-leader, but what if someone else had arrived with mostly tin-can lanterns to sell? Please let’s not adopt cut-throat corporate tactics; we don’t have the economies of scale to cope, and we should have the heart not to.
If you deliberately sell at a loss, you’re letting the companies that pay shit wages in China set the price bar. Perpetuating the misconception that labour is low value means it will become less viable to ever make a living from independent production. Eventually, the only option will be to “have a job”- ie. work for a corporation, make money for companies who already have loads of money, doing something we are less connected to, less in control of, and find less rewarding.
I’m not saying be greedy; this is - obviously - a planet of finite resources. But don’t sell at a loss! And if you’re torn between two price brackets, have the confidence to go with the one that best reflects the value of your labour. Otherwise we’re complicit in the system that undervalues it.
We must charge a fair price or we are selling ourselves and everyone else short.
Your Sunday afternoon cloudagram.
Handscrolls of Buddhist Hell
12th Century, Japan.
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela, born 18 July 1918, died 5 December 2013
The Top 10 Nelson Mandela Quotes on Education
- Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.
- Not a day goes by when I don’t read every newspaper I can lay my hands on, wherever I am.
- Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savour their songs.
- No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
- Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
- There are certain precautions you should take to prepare yourself for a fruitful study career. You must brush up your knowledge through systematic reading of literature and newspapers.
- Discussion sharpens one’s interest in any subject and accordingly inspires reading and corrects errors.
- Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
- One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
And one more to make you smile: ‘Appearances matter — and remember to smile.’
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write
Steve Doocy, a white man who serves as a morning news anchor for FOX & friends, forgoes the news that Nelson Mandela has died to suggest women’s brains are smaller. Tip courtesy of @crafting_change.
Nelson Mandela in Britain: hero, villain and international treasure -
For the left, Mandela was a distant conscience; for the right he was a reminder of how badly they had got things wrong
RIP. For the Brit’s especially, well worth reading.
Orion in December, 1959