@Hyperventilate: I didn’t say time is free. I also said that the hangers I made took me less than 10 minutes, cost $2.40, and people were charging $30… so, subtract out the cost of materials, they’re making $27.60 for less than TEN minutes of work? :/ No, time is not free, but I don’t think it’s worth that much for 10 minutes.
I do appreciate handmade work. I just also appreciate fairness in pricing. As someone who has never once in my life bent a piece of wire to try to form it into any shape, I was still able to take store-bought wire and create a (very nice) hanger myself, FIRST TRY, in under 10 minutes. That’s not the kind of “skill” that I personally feel is worth that amount of money.
Also, I have sold them to people who approached me about it (I have not advertised or TRIED to sell them, but people have come to me and asked!) for the cost of the materials + shipping. Because, to me, it took negligible time, and was such an easy task that I’d feel dirty with myself for charging people for what was to me just a way to occupy my hands while watching TV.
There ARE definitely handmade items on Etsy that take much more talent and skill, and are most definitely worth the price and the time their crafters put into them! But in my experiences with the DIY projects I’ve chosen to take on, they have proven to be easy, fairly effortless, and required no specialized skill; I have been able to complete (pretty well, I might add!) many of the projects by myself with no prior experience or skill. THOSE are the Etsy items that frustrate me because to me, it seeems like on some level they are taking advantage of people.
Also, please RE-READ my original comment: “Some prices are getting better, but for example, when I first saw those personalized wire hangers on Etsy, the cheapest ones were $30, plus shipping.”
PLEASE NOTE, that I said explicitly that prices are getting better, but “WHEN I FIRST SAW THOSE PERSONALIZED WIRE HANGERS ON ETSY….” they were $30 each.