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  • Writer's pictureMarcel Kolb & Susanne Chacon

About the value of artists...

What is the value of manual labor today?

I have just recently read a very interesting story on this subject, which I would like to include here for this purpose. More words are not needed.

* A customer wanted a wire bracelet and found an artist who offered beautiful work and also quoted a super price. However, the customer thought that the price the artist wanted was too high.

So she wrote to her, "I would like to buy a bracelet from you, but I think your prices are just too expensive." The artist was a little irritated when she read that and replied, "Ok, how much do you think I should take for it?"

The customer: "I think you should take X € for it, because the wire costs this, the clasps this, the cabochon that. I also factored in the price of the pliers you're working with." The price the customer estimated was well below what the artist envisioned. But she said, "Okay, it's a deal. You'll get your goods in a week."

The customer was so proud of herself and couldn't help telling all her friends about this great deal she was able to make - how crafty she had been and how much she was looking forward to her beautiful bracelet.

A week later, the mailman arrived with a beautifully packed package. She opened it and saw: wire, clamps, a cabochon and 2 pliers. Enraged, she contacted the artist: "How can you do such a thing? I ask you for a bracelet and you send me wire, clamps, cabochon and 2 pliers?!?!"

The artist calmly replied, "Dear, this is exactly what you paid for. If you think something is missing, then you have to pay for it!"

Moral of the story:

When you buy handmade, you're not just buying the material! You are buying the artist's time, effort, love and dedication that goes into your product! If a price is too high for you, then keep looking. If you do not find anything cheaper, then it will have its reason.

*Netfind, found and copied<3

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