I had another post all planned out for today, but abandoned that idea when I got a message sent to me through my Oh Nostalgia shop.
The item in question was this, my silver-plated Sea Monster (hello!):
Somebody convo'd me and asked why I charge $25 for this necklace when they can get "the same thing" from China for $3.99. They even included a picture to prove their point:
Sigh. Here we go again.
First of all, making jewelry is my job and I will be paid for my time. So there's that.
There's also the issue of the charms themselves. Maybe it's the jewelry designer in me, but I can tell just by looking at the second octopus that, yeah, that thing is mass produced. The metal (which, based on the price, is obviously not real silver) is thick and clunky, there's a giant ring on top of its head, and the "oxidizing" to make it look aged is actually black paint. I've seen it before.
My sea monster charm, on the other hand, is purchased from another Etsy seller who casts them in brass first, then plates them in silver. A real handmade charm. No factory orphans were used in the making of this creature. That's not to say that I never buy any materials that come from overseas, I do, but when there's an alternative, I like to take it. Yes, it makes my prices higher, but I feel like it's worth the extra money.
Not everyone will agree with that--and that's fine, I don't know your life--but you don't need to go around leaving accusatory messages because you disagree with my price point.
End of rant.
I know this happens to other people, too, so feel free to share your stories in the comments.