Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Paying The Price
This morning I visited a website. I saw quite a few pieces for sale and I was really liking them, but I couldn't find the prices. Finally on another page I found a little note that said for pricing please contact me. I have been to several websites like this lately. You know what...I am never going to buy one of those bears. I don't want to have to ask the price. I want to see what it is and quietly decide in the private comfort of my own brain as to whether I can afford it or if I think it's worth it. I find it embarrassing for both of us to have to ask and then realize I won't buy the bear or whatever it is for either of those reasons. What do you say then?
But I also find myself wondering...do people sell more by doing this? Or are they losing sales because of it. I know they lose sales from me since I won't ever ask. Basically I automatically assume if you don't put the price, I can't afford it. It's just a mind set. There is also that niggling little voice in the back of my mind that asks are they sizing me up before they tell me a price? Lastly I don't want you to make me work hard to give you my already hard earned money. So what price do people pay by not putting the price on their works? I am sure there are at least a few other people who feel the same way as I do.
I know that pricing is an issue for a lot of people. But if you're going to be in business you have to work out some type of formula for pricing and stick to it. You also have to discuss money even if you find it distasteful, that's part of selling things. So I implore you, please put the prices on your website or at a show. Who knows I might buy something from you if you do!