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26 August 2011 @ 10:25 pm
huh. calendars.  

Someone suggested calendars of my photography as a KS reward, which made me go look at costing them out (short form: definitely a doable reward, and I’d probably make up a special April-April one or something just to go with the campaign). Kitsnaps postcards and/or prints were also suggested, which–I would never have thought of using my photography as reward pieces, so *thank you* to those who suggested it.

But anyway, in looking, I discovered Lulu does calendars and has a format that isn’t hideous. Base cost to me, for calendar creation & S&H pretty much anywhere in the world comes out to $16 or $17, when I factor in shipping costs /to/ me (from the UK, not America, which would be prohibitive), and the percentage Paypal would take out of the orders. Is $20 a bearable cost for a signed 2012 calendar (with a theme, I think, of Dublin, this year)?

(God, I’m seriously feeling like I’m all “HI GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY” on here right now, which really isn’t my intention. I’m just throwing things out to see what sticks. This whole brave new world of direct sales and stuff is most strange and curious.)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on August 26th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Considering that the calendars normally run $16 or $20 or so at wherever you've done them in the past, I think $20 is perfectly bearable. I'd be willing to go higher, like $30.

I'm not a big fan of April-April calendars, though, so I'd most likely give twice at a $10-$15 level if I liked that prize better (ie, being able to select the postcard/print that I most like).

I think using your photography as a reward is brilliant, but I'd be happy to just donate because you kick ass. :D
rhenarhena on August 27th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
I work with a social worker who's a professional photographer in her off time. Every year she does a calender set. One's the sit on the desk version she sells for 20.00 and the other is a wall hanger of 8 x 10's that goes for 35.00. I always buy for the photos...not the calender. Zip those lovelies apart, frame to taste and I have ART that I make her sign for me:) That's from someone I see every work day...from a famous writer taking pics in a country I adore but will never be able to visit...signed? 50.00 or more...easy:)

If you needed a really high level incentive offer to do a photo of some site in Dublin of the donator's choice (or one off a list you supply)signed and shipped for 100.00 or 150.00. If you get no takers oh well...but you never know what someone will find worthwhile. My friend (http://brendalafleur.com) did some showings just last month with photos she had printed on metallic paper and framed...it was a test and they were selling for 120.00 to 200.00. She has prices at the link I included above of her normal stuff.

Too much information over keeping my mouth shut...hmmm. Feel free to ignore what's not useful:)

kitmizkit on August 28th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
One's the sit on the desk version she sells for 20.00 and the other is a wall hanger of 8 x 10's that goes for 35.00

This is another case of me doing the "you are an artist and do not value your work highly enough" thing, isn't it? :)

rhenarhena on August 28th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
That's the reason I included the link with my friend's standard pricing:) It's not just the actual calender/photo you're selling...it's the artist's vision/creativity...your vision.

Changing the mindset of "That's an awful lot to charge for a calender." to 'Wow! Look at these 12 pieces of ART I get for the price of 1 standard 8 x 10..what a deal!"

This doesn't just work for calenders. You could offer a booklet of photographs with a favorite recipe opposite with themes(holiday, monthly,etc..)Heck a cookbook (recipes could be for hand lotion, incense, doggie kibble, mixed drinks, doesn't have to be food) with recipes donated by your characters from various series gives a little glimpse into the life of your creations.

Can't wait to see what you end up deciding to do. This is fun:)
Rachie: lost in thoughtrachie203 on August 28th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
I agree with gows in the willing to go in the $30 range for a calendar.

Also, with regards to postcards/prints - perhaps you can offer sets at higher buy-in rates. Such as, buy-in levels where you offer either multiple smaller prints/postcards, or one larger one. You could even offer combination sets: one calendar and a small print/post card, 1 8x10 and 2 5x7s, 3 5x7s, etc - each set at different price levels.

kitmizkit on August 28th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
You are FULL of good ideas!