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The Great Pricing Debate
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gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: May 12th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
My pricing policy is: the price of a print to a friend is that they display it on their wall. The cost of a print to anyone else is, enough to cover my costs. Photobox is great, isn't it?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 12th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I like that pricing policy!

Photobox rocks - I've just had some delivered to the US and they came through fine. However, in order to get enough storage space to put up 500MB from the Wedding I had to make a load of "single photo orders" as each one gave me an extra 50MB. What a hassle.
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: May 12th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe they do sell extra space for cash - but it's hardly worth it when you can get it for "free". My one niggle with them is that even when I send them greyscale files they come out slightly warm, but I can compensate for that when I don't want it easily enough by uploading cool colour files. Actually while I am whinging, they only use Fuji and Agfa paper; I keep badgering them for Kodak Metallic but no luck so far. Still, they're easily the best online printshop!
dreamfire From: dreamfire Date: May 13th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or did you just mean you like that policy, not that you'd use it?

I don't necessarily disagree with your pricing policy there is certainly justification for studying the market and supplying at a similar rate, particularly given you didn't make a charge for the initial shoot in the first place.

I just think that you'd only need to sell a very very small number of prints to cover your costs for attending this day - as you have no travel, accomodation or food expenses, so you only have camera maintenance and photohosting to cover. Then again I may be ignorant about the price of such things.

I appreciate that its also reasonable to mark up work to include time taken to make - but I don't think "time taken to make" is a cost until running a business rather than developing a hobby.

bored and argumentative today
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 13th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like it - but I don't commit to use it. I'd certainly consider it. I'm at the "forming" stage of ideas in this area.

Of course there are a lot of influences on market-rate. I always end up considering that something must have a "cost" to have a "value" to the ultimate recipient.

The biggest "cost" that can be brought in this case is time, plus the cost of counselling to cover the exposure to disco music. I do think time is a relevant consideration irrespective of formality of "business", but the rate varies.

It's all food for thought anyway.
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