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Old 08-07-2010, 01:13
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Ok ladies, I need your help please! A customer has asked me to make bows to match some of her daughter's back to school outfits which she will provide the ribbon for. I'm stumped as to how much I should charge her considering I sell my bows very cheap as it is. I would just do it for free, but I am starting a business and because I live in a small town I want to keep standard charges. She is asking for over-the-top & medium sized bows. Has anyone ever had a customer supply the ribbon for their bows? If so how do you go about charging in this situation? Your advice & help would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 08-07-2010, 01:18
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You could charge by the hour . . .
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Ok ladies, I need your help please! A customer has asked me to make bows to match some of her daughter's back to school outfits which she will provide the ribbon for. I'm stumped as to how much I should charge her considering I sell my bows very cheap as it is. I would just do it for free, but I am starting a business and because I live in a small town I want to keep standard charges. She is asking for over-the-top & medium sized bows. Has anyone ever had a customer supply the ribbon for their bows? If so how do you go about charging in this situation? Your advice & help would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 08-07-2010, 02:11
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i usually charge 75% of what i would charge normally for the bow. And i tell them i get to keep the ribbon that's left over. I have a customer that has me order ribbon from different sites she pays for it and then i make the bows she wants and i get to keep whats left over. Works great for me i get new ribbons and i get paid.
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I agree with the 75% suggestion. I'm sure it's hard setting prices for friends. I think most people don't realize what all goes in to making bows. It takes a lot of time to create the bow, sew, glue, maybe bake and starch it. Then you have to take into account the hardware you use. Lots of work!
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That is so true. I never realized how much work & detail went into each bow. Since I'm a perfectionist its worse! But I think I like the idea of 75%. I would charge by the hour but since I'm still a little new at making bows for other ppl it takes me a good while to create one bow. So I'd have no clue how to charge by the hour, however that is something for me to think about.

Not wanting to get into the personal side of this but this same customer offered to make my daughter's birthday cake for free as long as I provided the ingredients. Since I didn't want her to do it for NOTHING I exchanged her with some flip flops & a bow. I even wrote a reciept out so that she would know that I was giving her something back in return for the work she had done for me. I guess after its all said & done I am trying to be cautious as to what will be said about how I conduct my business.

With that being said, do you ladies think it would be wise to tell her "for future orders I will give a 25% discount from the normal price of the bow, but this time I will give a 50% discount since I wasn't sure how to charge." Or something in that nature?
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:23
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i tell people it doesnt matter if you bring in the ribbon...the cost remains the same. If you have tons of ribbon to match her school clothes you dont need her ribbon.
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i tell people it doesnt matter if you bring in the ribbon...the cost remains the same. If you have tons of ribbon to match her school clothes you dont need her ribbon.

that actually makes complete sense
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:53
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I make clothes and I discount how much my cost would be for the fabric if I used my own and subtract it from my regular price. HTH, I have done this for a lot of people and no one has ever had a problem with this.
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That is so true. I never realized how much work & detail went into each bow. Since I'm a perfectionist its worse! But I think I like the idea of 75%. I would charge by the hour but since I'm still a little new at making bows for other ppl it takes me a good while to create one bow. So I'd have no clue how to charge by the hour, however that is something for me to think about.

Not wanting to get into the personal side of this but this same customer offered to make my daughter's birthday cake for free as long as I provided the ingredients. Since I didn't want her to do it for NOTHING I exchanged her with some flip flops & a bow. I even wrote a reciept out so that she would know that I was giving her something back in return for the work she had done for me. I guess after its all said & done I am trying to be cautious as to what will be said about how I conduct my business.

With that being said, do you ladies think it would be wise to tell her "for future orders I will give a 25% discount from the normal price of the bow, but this time I will give a 50% discount since I wasn't sure how to charge." Or something in that nature?
I don't really think you can reduce the discount once it is already been established. My advice, if you want to give a discount, stick with 25%, you are spending time making the bows and you want it to be worth your while.
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I would just subtract what the ribbon would cost you. (NOT what it cost them)

So if it would cost me .20 cents a yard and she provided 1 yard take off .20 cents.

Even if they paid $1 per yard I wouldnt take that much off because there is no way I would pay that much for ribbon (if you can find it cheaper), I would tell them if they havent bought the ribbon already I would find it wholesale for them to save them money. I hope that makes sense.

I have had a customer send ribbon for me to make bows before, they were simple bows made with specialty ribbon, I gave her a .50 discount per bow. Because that was the cheapest I was able to find that particular ribbon.

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