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Old 11-23-2012, 11:27
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Default How much should I charge for this OTT bow

I made this bow for a Facebook event with the Bowfairies and it sold first for $18 if I remember well. Then I listed it on Etsy for the same price and I got lots of favorites and even a treasury list but no sales, so I lowered the price to 16.95.

I sold two, but then I did a search and noticed there were some similar bow selling for less so I lowered my price to 14.95.

I got two sales on that same bow while it was at 14.95 but it takes me an hour and a half to make it! The last time I did one was three days ago and I kept watching the clock. I started at 7 pm and finished at 830 pm and that was without adding the bottlecap and the final touches. So, I raised the price again but to 15.75. I think I should charge $20 for a bow that takes me so long to make. Am I the only one who takes an hour and a half to make an OTT bow? LOL!

So, how much do most people charge for a real OTT bow? This bow has four layers and lots of spikes and measures 6". I am planning on making more styles similar to this but with a few less spikes... they are so time consuming thou.

I don't add the time it takes me to make the twisted bows and the time it takes to bake them because I sit and make a batch of all my twisted bows while watching tv one day of the week.


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In my area it would go for $12.
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In my area it would go for $12.
I only sell bows on line and my regular bows sell for 9.75. I sell over the top bows for 14 to 16 dollars but this bows take me an hour to do it. $12 only cover half cost of materials.
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online is a hard market to be in...because theres so many different styles of bows and everyone is competing with one another! My Ott Bows I sell online run about 12-15 depending what they are, I also make a really big batch of them all at one time (it seems to cut down on time to make them when i do it this way) When Im vending an event or Craft Show, My prices jump quite a bit to 16-20 for bows, and they will pay it at the shows to! Its a very pretty bow, but if you are not able to make the money that you are wanting off it it, maybe just dont make it and if 12.00 covers half of the cost of the supplies to make it I would consider finding different suppliers for ribbon, and embellishments, maybe even getting in on group buys for cheaper supplies would be a option?

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