OK, here's the thing that's been bugging
me for some time.
Many of my wonderful blogging friends are creatives
of some shape or form, whether they sell gorgeous oils
like Lou, or the most amazing cashmere like
Catherine (whose cashmere poncho has become
by new BFF this winter relegating Hubs to second
place); even if you are a fashion stylist like
art is in your writing (too
many lovelies to link too but check my Blogroll on
the side bar), or you are just trying to
add a little design, color and sparkle to someone's
day like me.
We are all creatives in some shape of form.
So it really bugs me when people feel they have a right
to try and barter our prices down, or haggle
over a product they want.
Hey! I love a good bargain, but I would never
barter with small businesses or creatives.
In the same way if I was having something bespoke
made, I would never haggle. I know that the reason
the price is higher than Target or Walmart is because
I am buying into the whole "process" of something
being created just for me.
|Breakfast at Tiffany's by Hayden Williams|
Even if you are a stylist people are paying to tap into
your knowledge and for you to create a look for them.
Therefore, we should respect that and NOT haggle or
negotiate over the price.
I find it really offensive sometimes.
You see I get between 5-10 emails a week from
bloggers asking me for FREE products!
Some of these bloggers have NEVER even read my
blog, certainly never commented. So never having taken the
time to build a relationship with me, but then they feel
they have the "right" to ask for a free product as they
are a "fashion blogger"? Am I missing something here?
Some have blog stats that you can count on one hand!
But that's not really the issue for me. It's the fact that they
feel I should be "privileged" that they "found me" on the
I was always astounded by their audacity.
A couple of times I turned the tables and said
they could have a product if they show me
their stats, or they can have a product
if they pay the trade price.
Of course you never see them again for dust!
They just wanted the freebie.
Here's the thing. When you give someone something for free
(and it's not given as a gift from you), you de-value
People never appreciate something they are
given for free. Even if they have to pay a
nominal amount, they will value the object/
service/person MORE than if they pay nothing.
Other times I have had customers who contact
me saying they like a particular piece, but THEY think
the price should be X!!!
Whooooooa! Hold on Tiger!
Are you serious?
Would they walk into Neiman Marcus or
Selfridges in the UK and say to the store manager
they would like to purchase X but only if the price is
what they think it should be?
C'mon people get a grip!
If you want to haggle then go to your local market
or ebay (Morocco is also a good place if you like
But if you are buying from an artist who is selling their
product or service that they live, sleep and breathe through,
then don't haggle.
If you want cheap and mass-produced, then there
are places where you can buy such products with
prices that reflect this.
So this holiday season my wonderful friends,
don't let customers negotiate your worth.
You have set your price for a reason, and if
that sets you apart from the mass--produced
tat that some of the bigger stores sell, then
be proud about it.
The RIGHT customers
who know value, and who know your worth
WILL find you and they will never negotiate with you.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this (whether you are a creative
or a even "professional haggler ;-"-
I know they exist. My sister is one of them ;-)
Pop over to the blog of stylist Nichola and read why I say "go bold or go home" this party season ;-)