Originally Posted by daysofelijah
It would leave a bad taste in my mouth to make money off of a wahm. I sold a fussybutt fitted for less than retail and someone commented that I could be asking much more, but I don't think it's right to make money off of a wahm. Jmho
Okay, I don't get this whole concept, in relation to the issue of selling things for more than retail. How is that making money "off of the WAHM"? Yes, she put the work into the original piece. And then I spent my money (whether through her retail store, via regular auction, or as part of a charity benefit) to purchase the item. The item is NOW MINE to do with as I please. Yes, it irks me when people are OBVIOUSLY stalking a hard-to-obtain item and then turning right around and selling it brand new on ebay with a BIN way above retail. Even auctioning it with the whole "I overspent" excuse annoys me, I'll admit. But once the item is paid for by me and in my possession, it is mine, and no longer the WAHM's.
If I buy a piece of Fiestaware pottery (I used to collect it, hence the example), and I use it for three years, and then Fiestaware retires that particular piece or that color, I wouldn't feel like I was obligated to sell the piece for less than retail. Would you? If I list it on ebay and it sells for a much higher price than I paid for it, does that obligate me to send the extra money to the Homer Laughlin company (makers of Fiestware) so that I am not "making money off" of them?!? I purchased the piece, the piece was then mine to do with as I pleased, no? How is this different than a diaper I purchased, used, and then resold for a fair market value ... fair market value being a price the market will support? If the market's not there, and I can't sell the diaper for nearly what I purchased it for, so be it. If it is, so be it. As long as I describe the condition of the piece accurately, and as long as there is someone else willing to pay for the item, then I see it is a fair exchange.
Having said that, I recently sold several pieces that I won at the February Fluff Factory auctions. One of them, I paid more than $300 for ... and paid gladly, mind you. It was a one-of-a-kind KSS soaker and I fell in love with it, and yes it was for charity, but I was IN LOVE WITH THE SOAKER which is why I bid that much. So when I sold it, I explained the situation, and listed it without a price. I stated that I wasn't sure how to value it, what price to ask, but that I was loathe to part with it and was only doing so because of financial hardship, so I wanted to recover as much as I possibly could for it. I asked interested parties to make offers. I ended up selling it for $125 -- considerably less than what I paid for it, but considerably more than the last KSS soaker on the site sold for. Do I feel that it was a fair price? Yes, because I was willing to accept it, and someone else (several someones, in fact) were willing to pay that for an exquisite, hard-to-obtain, one-of-a-kind work of art.
If I had the original of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night tucked away in my basement, and my great-grandfather had originally purchased it from Vince for $200, you can bet your bupcus I'd still be asking millions for it now. And I wouldn't be hunting up Van Gogh's long lost relatives to split the profits with them, either, you can be sure.