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Puppet Patterns: What's A Fair Price?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Buck-Beaver, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    In a few weeks I'm going to start selling a really good, generic pattern for making hand and rod puppets. The pattern is different than the PuppetProject patterns or other ones because this is more like Kermit in the sense that it doesn't require foam (although you can use foam if you want) and it's much, much more flexible and expressive.

    You'll be able to purchase the patterns from a website as a secure downloadable PDF file. Basically you just pay online with PayPal and download the pattern and instructions instantly.

    The question I wanted to throw out to the group is what does everyone think a good price for a pattern is? I know there was some discussion about the Projectpuppet patterns and some people thinking they were too expensive. I don't necessarily agree with that, but I wanted to get some feedback before launching my own.
  2. Punch'n'Judy

    Punch'n'Judy Well-Known Member

    One way of looking at it would be to just work out how long it took to work out the pattern, put it online etc etc, and multiply it by your hourly rate.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I agree with Punch'n'Judy. I was always told to consider what you think is fair and double it (but, that's regarding commercial cartooning projects).

    I have to say that I'm pleased with the Project Puppet patterns and price.

    I also suggest folks to download that "Blue Boy Puppet Pattern" from that aol website for newbies to making puppets, too.

    Let me know what you decide on.
  4. Muppetsdownunder

    Muppetsdownunder Well-Known Member

    I dont know what a fair price would be but I have found on ebay that it is better to keep prices low and you end up selling more, things on ebay that start too high dont get the bids even if they end up higher than the starting price of another auction that has no bids.

    Have you thought of selling these on ebay? and emailing them to people once they win the auction?
  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I have, not sure I would go that route. It seems like ebay is good for building awareness; puppets don't always sell for what they're worth but you can get a lot of commissions that way. I'm not sure how that would work with patterns. I might try auctioning one once they're ready as an experiment to see what happens. Thanks!
  6. Zoot The Saxman

    Zoot The Saxman Well-Known Member

    Four Dollassss
  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Four Dollassss an' Fi'ty Centses! :)
  8. Zoot The Saxman

    Zoot The Saxman Well-Known Member

    Foz Man!!!!! How come you are the onlyone who gets it???? LOL
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I live in Memphis, TN. It's a second language, Zoot, my man! :)
  10. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    *holds up sign* Four Dollars and Fifty one cents.
  11. sugarbritchez

    sugarbritchez Well-Known Member

    One Million Dollars (in Dr. Evil's Voice)

    Sorry couldn't resist
  12. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Oh yea?! One Million and twenty one dollars. Hows that? HA! *folds arms*
  13. Zoot The Saxman

    Zoot The Saxman Well-Known Member

    One.............One MILLION???????? Pish Posh!!!! I am Not cheep at allll....I Say Twenty MILLION plus Tax!!!!
  14. sugarbritchez

    sugarbritchez Well-Known Member

    Gosh Darn TAX!!!!!
  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    LOL! I think this went WAY off topic, gang.

    So, what would be a good price for a pattern?

    I'm unsure, honestly, until seeing what it is and what it makes. I've seen decent patterns range from $20-$50.
  16. Zoot The Saxman

    Zoot The Saxman Well-Known Member

    Sorry......I still say 4 dollas
  17. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Well then I say 5 dollars.
  18. Zoot The Saxman

    Zoot The Saxman Well-Known Member

    SIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, I See your 5, and raise you ten!!!
  19. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    How about I rise it to $10.01
  20. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    In all seriousness, Buck, if you want to market to the masses then $15-$25. Realistically, with your expertise, $35-50 is not unreasonable. However, I have found, beginning builders who need patterns that are simple in order to learn and develop their own art are reluctant to drop big bucks into a pattern. A more knowlegeable builder will pay more just to see your ideas and to see if they can adapt your ideas into theirs. (Of course, Jim warned against studying what someone else is doing too much, it stiffles the "figure it out" factor.)

    Same thing with painting. Alot of budding artist start with water colors because they are cheap and easy to use compared to, say, oil paints.

    I realize this is a non-answer, but best of luck in deciding.

    Of course I say: "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

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