I just don't understand how it is that I do all of the *hard*
work, am expected to only make piddlings off of it, and then the
*retailer* gets to charge more than double just for putting it on
display. My goal of opening a store has suddenly become more
Know exactly how you feel but at the end of the day opening your own
shop has its own issues. Insurance, rent, business rates, gas,
electric, water, etc… It aint cheap and theres a good possibility
you wouldn’t be hugely better off for a lot more work!
Im doing mostly repair work in the U.K and i charge the retailer
between a quater and a third of what they charge the customer. Ive
thought about setting up my own premises in the past but in doing
that i would be competing with my client in a very small town and
lose their custom. They have given me workshop space, water and
electric free of charge and they supply all the findings. I can also
make whatever i want to put on sale in their shops, using their gold
that they buy off customers.
So, for me it may be frustrating looking at a ticket and seeing how
much they are charging the customer, realizing how little i get from
it but i am so much better off in other ways. Having said that
everyones in a different situation, you just gotta make the most of
As for the wholesale side of things could you not do more one off
As others have said on Orchid, the wedding bands are machined/milled
in the masses and so many other things are cast in huge quantities.
With handmade/custom orders you at least have the chance to charge
for your labour (whatever that may be per hour) and a steady income
providing you get orders or a shop is prepared to buy your work off
Sorry if Ive totally missed what you were asking, i cant remember
your original post.