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A work colleague found out i was a budding artist. She asked me to show her some landscapes and was really eager to have some for her new house.
I let the lady borrow a selection of proofs and told her I would charge her 10 per 10 x 8 unframed.
She brought my proofs back saying they where too expensive. This was a woman whos husband is an accountant. 20 mins later she was discussing with another work colleague about her new 1000 widescreen TV.
Has anyone else come accross this where people are initially willing to purchase then back off?
I'de rather not sell my work than have it under valued.
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Yes get this all the time ,even when the pics are of the people involved in sport etc
keep trying somebody will like your work, perhaps you are too cheap, that can often be the case people feel by spending 100s they are getting quality, put price up to 100 per pic and maybe you will sell
She may have copied them, ??
Welcome to the world of retail.
I recently had the opportunity to open a photographic gallery in Leeds in a very upmarket building in the very best area of the city.
One of the people who was to be in the partnership decided to do some market research and stood close to Harvey Nicks with a collection of photography...some of it very well known and costing in excess of 2000. The question was, what would you be willing to pay for a One Off, exclusive print of A,B,C etc.
These were people whose monthly clothing budget fell into the 500-1000 bracket, people who thought nothing of paying over 100 for a light meal....the average guestimate was 50....these people bought most of their wall hangings from Ikea!!!!
at a local very high brow gallery, a friend had canvas prints at 350 plus ,I though good profit, then took into consideration 50% commision, plus heavy printing costs for canvas mounted, probally next to nothing left over for the photographer
I've pulled out of gallery selling almost totally now...the commissions and customer numbers are both hurtful and woeful. I'm now pursuing very different outlets.
Quote: I'm now pursuing very different outlets.
And when the new Ikea opens up over here in a couple of months, you'll get a few more sales
Yes, but are people really going to go for an assemble-it-yourself Henson with instructions in Swedish? :o)
of course - The Smurgenscape.
Photography is the least appreciated art form!
here endith the lesson!
Yes it happens. It may have been that she liked your work and wanted to buy it but it wasn't to her husband's taste. Sometimes people find it easier to give another excuse.
They're loads of great photographers out their who find it hard to sell their work. You have the right attitude by not selling your work for less than you think it's worth.
This will cheer you up, I just saw this which recently sold for 80!
Thank you to everyone who inputted on my topic.
Yes, Id'e rather put the pics on my own wall than under value myself and other photographers out there.
My mum cant shift for my pics at her house lol.
The truth is that photographic prints are a luxury item, which is why they are priced as such - and why sale volumes are small.
We also need to recognise that the economy is not doing so well either at the moment - look at the problems the high street stores have right now. When people cut their spending, it is the luxury items which are the first to go.
Last photograph I saw in a local gallery was a framed polaroid of a railway signal in silhouette (blurry)against a blue sky for 50.00! Know the gallery owner quite well & they do sell very good paintings, but I did have to take him to task over that one.
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