If someone is selling a $13 pen it is probably cheap materials or crappy work. While their price is less then most so is the quality. You should be able to see it but if not it's our job to show how ours are better.You had to many post to quote it all this late
As for my signs why should I have raised my prices because others were ripping people off. As I said my prices were set way before I went to a show. Of the $10 for a sign $8.75 was profit. Could I have raised my price to meet theirs? Yes but why so they could sell more of their signs that fell apart. I don't think so. I think they should have made a better product and been fair with their pricing. besides I had to deal with the stigma of them making crap. In my 10 + years of doing craft shows not one crafter ever complained that I was selling stuff to cheap.
If someone is just trying to under cut your prices then they are wrong and I would never say to do that. I have traveled several states doing craft shows and I have sold on the net. Local economies even within the same state can make a difference on what people will pay for items. It is your job as a craftsman to promote and sell your items. You are a salesman for your and need to use workmanship, pricing, advertisement presentation and communication to be successful. Worring what the other guy is doing helps some but it can't be the determining factor.
As for your $2.00 Slimline kits I will order some and see, but if I sell a pen for $50-$100 and the finish comes off in 3-6 months I'm going to lose customers. More expensive dont always mean better but being the cheapest usually means there could be a problem later. I also don't usually count on a lifetime warranty because they are gimmicks allot of the time or the company could go out of buisness. However they sell a cheaper Funline kit that's like the hobby kit you buy and they no where near the quality of the regular slimline or other kits for that matter. I couldn't sleep at night selling that quality for that high of a price no more then I could have if I raised my sign price just because of the other guys price.
Link to Funline pens on PSI here is the description price is 1.80 (I would not use this quality of kit)
Our new Funline Slimline Pen Kits offer some of the best values on the market and come in 6 different platings. This new Funline Slimline Economy Gold pen kit includes an attractive ball clip and oriental style band. Note: Our lifetime warranty does not apply to this line. (must order in quantities of 5)
You assumed we were talking about same quality and workmanship. The problem being you should never assume and why would you anyways with so many different levels of experience on this forum. Now go back to the post from Mike the OP when he said. "before reading this i thought £15 was a little high for a pen... obviously not thanks all " Tell me location don't matter. I often forget this is the world wide web myself.
One last point blanks can be bought are made from other stock. They can have a big difference in price from plain to figured/burls or domestic to exotic all this has to be considered also for pricing.
I'm a honest man doing an honest days work for honest pay and I take pride in that and my work. That's why I sleep good at night. Well if I'm not up late posting.
Hey TurninandBurin have a beer and chill you seam a little worked up.:laughing: