I saw this on a social networking site today and had to pass it on. I wish everyone understood exactly what handmade entails. This is a great example of the what handmade truly is.
"A lady wanted to purchase a beautiful hand crocheted dress and spotted a
crafter who did absolutely amazing work, but she charged a good price
The lady thought that her price was way too high so she
approached the crocheter and in quite a brusk fashion stated "I want to
buy a dress from you, but I think you charge too much." The crafter was a
little taken aback but replied "Ok, how much do you think i should
charge?" The lady replied “I think you should
charge “X” much, because the yarn will cost this much, and ribbons this
much, and buttons this much. I even factored in the price of scissors."
The final price the lady had calculated was a lot cheaper than the
crafters original price, but she said "Ok, deal. You will get your dress
in a week".
The customer is very pleased with herself and
can’t resist telling all her friends what a fabulous deal she has
negotiated and how smart she is, and that in a week she will have her
gorgeous crocheted dress.
A week later her parcel arrives in a
lovely packaged box. She opens it and inside is yarn, ribbons, buttons
and even scissors.
Angrily she contacts the crafter asking
“How could you do this to me? I asked you for a dress and you sent me a
box of yarn, ribbon, buttons and scissors?!"
quietly replies "My dear, you got exactly what you paid for, if you
think there is something missing, you need to pay for it. "
"Moral of the story, when you buy handmade you are not just buying the
materials you are buying the crafters, time, effort, love and dedication
that goes into making your items. "