I factor in all of my material costs for sure, but I'm definitely underestimating my labor hours by a lot most of the time. I enjoy making things though so I don't sweat it too much. I'm not looking to make a full time career out of prop making and usually I come to a figure in my head I that feel is reasonable for my time and the materials I have into a project plus factoring in how well it turned out. Whatever profits I make go right back into my Halloween fund to finance more projects.Wow ! Nice work! How do you decide on a price when selling something like this?
I know how much time I put into the custom builds and even small detail work....
I find it is best to not think about how many hours I have into them or if I sold something I would be barely covering my materials cost and working for free?
I have made nearly every sale on every item I have ever sold through my Facebook following. Even Etsy shows the majority of traffic to my store comes via Facebook. I have considered posting larger things on Ebay or Etsy, but shipping such big items seems to be way too expensive so I only ship small items and sell big ones as local pickup only, or the buyer will need to arrange for shipping it at their own expense and risk of damage.I am impressed with the quality of work you do and the "Art work" is amazing! Best of luck with the sale of it!
Last year I made 3 Swaying Zombies with the intent of selling one off as it is easy to make multiple props after the design is done on first one. People kept telling me that he looked so awesome I should sell them and make $....
I advertised on buy and sell with a video attached even and had 800 views but NO Sale?
I reduced price to less than the cost of materials even..... nothing? this was even in September...
Just a heads up to others that our "hobby" is not a money making venture!
Do it for the fun.....!