Pricing explained

There has always been a lot of bickering about pricing and costs on handmade items, so I decided to dedicate a page to my pricing and costs.

I do not have to charge VAT, but I’m not getting any back either.

Etsy takes:
– 18 eurocent per listing and relisting
– Transaction fees: 6.5% on total sales (including shipping costs)
– Processing fees: 4% on total sales (including shipping costs) plus 30 cents

For example: If I sell an item on Etsy for 100 euro, and the shipping costs are 15 euro, that is a total sale of 115 euro.
115-0.18-7.46-4.6-0.30=102.46
which means that on an item of 100 euro I have to give etsy 12.54 euro

Shipping costs are the same as Postnl, so I chip in some extra via etsy sales.

Workshop rent is 390 euro a month.

Bookkeeper plus bookkeeping program is 60 euro a month.

Website and domain are 120 a year.

I need to get my machinery and equipment checked regularly, which for my sewing machine alone is 60 euro a year. The machine cost me 800 euro. Other things that need upkeep are my laptop, printer, bike, car, dummies, iron etc. And not to mention how may needles, scissors and pins I go through.

I charge normal retail-pricing for the materials used. So you could get them in the regular shops for the same price. And yes, I can get some materials for wholesale pricing, but don’t think I’m getting a lot out of it by charging retail prices. This only makes a nice profit if you specialize in selling the materials alone. I get a few euros out of it. Don’t forget I make costs on shipping it to me or picking it up (travel expanses).

Packing and wrapping your order can differ from 1 to 3 euro per item on cardboard boxes and wrapping paper.

Let us not forget the time spend on each item. And that I’m located in The Netherlands. My minimum wage for this occupation should be 2251 euro a month for 38 hours a week. I work way more and get way less. I have the luck (?) that I get a disability pay and have a steady income every month, BUT every year they check if I’m not getting too much because of my income from Samalla. They don’t match this per month. They just take it per year, leaving me in a financial gap I need to refill.

I followed some courses and workshops to keep my knowledge up to date and have an impressive bookcase on historical clothing and costumes. My cheapest book was 2.50 in a thriftstore and mij most expensive was 75 euro.

I don’t up prices when there is a cost change on existing and ready made items. Just items made after the cost change will be differently priced. For example: My Cotton Shae dresses are 99 euro in the etsy shop, but in the meanwhile the price of cotton went up. I keep the dresses from the old fabric rolls the same, but will up the price if I make a dress from a new and more expensive roll.

My sale prices (this is a rare thing) will be shown next to the original price given.