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#22558
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
L

I completely know how it feels during these auctions. They seldom reach the level you feel good. Sometimes they reach a level you feel - well - was this worth all my time. Or they go on too high and you feel - no way I would have payed that much. When I sold my first Ice Set I really felt that way. How can anyone reasonable pay for my set more as for a real original set.

But in the end it is how people value what they can get - especially a unique piece.

About making money - no - I wouldn't try. All I try is to break even - this seems hard enough. Yes - I now have a dremel - partly payed for by my two first ice sets. The remaining money got reinvested in resin and rubber. Iceset III got me a friend in the US - aka it will pay my shipping costs for the upcoming sets. This way I pay only the US costs for postage (okay - and later VAT if it hits the border - but this will be less as it's on less postage and even the handling charge as customs is halved).

And btw - my Dremel was rather in the $30 area ...

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#22559
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
L

I completely know how it feels during these auctions. They seldom reach the level you feel good. Sometimes they reach a level you feel - well - was this worth all my time. Or they go on too high and you feel - no way I would have payed that much. When I sold my first Ice Set I really felt that way. How can anyone reasonable pay for my set more as for a real original set.

But in the end it is how people value what they can get - especially a unique piece.

About making money - no - I wouldn't try. All I try is to break even - this seems hard enough.

Thod

I did a similar thing with terrain , what I did was sell my first ones at the flea market and as I got better I would keep the good ones and sell off any that I made mistakes on.
Believe it or not I did quite well until my supply of free styrospan ran out. I would just plop a couple of the dollar store army men on it and charge $2 - $5 bucks and I would usually sell out every weekend. But make a profit for the ammount of time I put in it.... no way. I was just glad to get cost of materials back.
maybe we should move this to another thread.....
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#22560
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
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Looking at the work you have done, I will be one of the first to bid if you did put any up for sale :)

I don't see what you are worried about. Compared to my really really poor skill levels, you have nothing to worry about.

As Thod said, it not about what you think of your work. As an artist, I am sure all you custom guys are more critical of your own work than what others would be.

I know for me, picking up custom work is really a factor of getting something unique. Your blood pit was most definitely that :) And look, you even got a great review from Stefan himself :)

You shouldn't be too hard on yourself :) I'm sure there are plenty of others like me out there who would love to grab a hold of your work should you decide to put some on the market
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#22561
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
And on the other hand, if I somehow DID make money, then I'd feel like a scalper, I'd feel bad. But I suppose that's the whole point of an auction -- if someone wants to give me $25 for my custom blood pit, I suppose that's up to them. If nobody wants to pay me, then it won't sell, and I haven't taken advantage of anyone.
L

L,
I have no problem at all with you or anyone else selling "custom" pieces. that's not "scalping" that's "customizing" that's perfectly fine and lawful, and pretty kool...
What I meant about scalping was buying 25 DOE Sets, waiting 5 years and then selling them at twice the cost to avid collectors...that leaves fewer pieces to the average fan at the launch of the new set. That I would have a problem with. If it was one or to sets sqirreled away, that's fine, as nobody really misses out...but if it were a lot, then that would be wrong.
One or two sets is O.K. After all, one of the points of Limited Edition is that one gets to perhaps one day sell your investment and make back your money. However, It would just be a shame though If dozens of collectors were buying hundreds of sets and marking them up for desperate fans. like ticket scalpers selling box seats to the baseball game for 3-5 times the price. Judging from the rate of sales of the DOE i am guessing that everyone who wanted a few sets were able to get what they wanted without missing out. 1500 Sets is not that small of a run for us. The next Limited edition series may be smaller in size...600? now that would be small and more precious...
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#22562
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
....The next Limited edition series may be smaller in size...
*sigh*
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#22563
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Hey, on the plus side, it means another set of limited run pieces?

The quality of the DoE is amazing and if the same can be made for another series, count me in Stefan!!! :)
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#22564
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Let'S say I want to but a few sets, here is what it gives me:

Subtotal:
$505.00
Shipping:
$149.00

TOTAL:
$654.00

150$ shipping, it is a lot of money, and this is before conversion into Canadian dollars.
And most of the times, I have a pay a custom fee, sometimes as high as 60$

The % of shipping price is even higher when you buy only a few sets, sometimes almost as much as the price for the modules. I tried a smaller order, and the % was almost 50%:

Subtotal:
$178.00
Shipping:
$86.50

TOTAL:
$264.50


I don't mind paying for the DF stuff, it's worth it, but the shipping is awfully high.
Please hurry finding ways to lower the shipping rates. These rates are what stopping me from buying more, and sometimes turn to other products.


Merci.
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#22565
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Maybe try buying even MORE, then the shipping % might go down to something sane. ;)
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#22566
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Harneloot,
Funny you say that. The way I purchase is to calculate shipping as a % of DF cost. You are correct, cost of shipping does come down proportionately, but to get it to any sane figure, is not possible. The cartons they send the stuff in can only fit so much in. At a certain point, they swing over to another carton and the fun and games with shipping starts all over again :) Trust me, I've tried to do the sums to minimize my shipping costs :D
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#22567
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Buying in quantity is another reason I really like DFs development of new sets on a regular and consistant basis.

I for one, am essentially at the stage where all I need are new sets, -(although there are a couple in individual pieces I would like to stock up on.

Being able to order different (and multiple) sets really helps to make it worthwhile (shipping-wise).

So please, keep churning out the new sets!
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#22568
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Not so quick with the new sets!!! ;) I'm not at wereweasel's stage yet!! Still way too many of the old sets to pick up.

Although, I may have found a way to expand my collection without it hurting the old hip pocket as much :D
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#22569
Where in Canada2 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
DO TELL!!!
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