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Reid Watts commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Need some because I fall into scam.
"Oscar: My guess is that you were not actually dealing with Lendingtree but instead a scam artist posing as Lendingtree. How did you get to the site to begin with? Was it by typing www.lendingtree.com into a browser? If so, and you ended up on a fake…"
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Carol Larsen commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"Robert Wallis - those were the exact words I used this past weekend at a "craft" show. Lowering prices did not increase sales. I say craft show because I do a few around the holidays and had my sister with me and she was getting all upset…"
Dec 11
Christina L. Towell commented on Reid Watts's blog post Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive
"Great advice and information, thanks for sharing it with us, Reid.  Thanks, too, from all the innocent bystanders..."
Dec 11
Reid Watts posted a blog post

Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

I just finished adding brakes to my 5x8 utility trailer, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. So I thought I would post a report:I have been thinking for years that having brakes on my trailer might be a prudent investment, even though they are not required in the states that I use the trailer in. My trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer that weighs fully loaded 2200 lbs. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle that has an integral trailer brake controller with an anti-sway feature. So I…See More
Dec 8
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I built and sold my first full flower carved saddle in 1962 for $325, top price at the time. I was 18 and three years into my apprenticeship. That same saddle today would sell for over $6,000. If something wasn't selling, rather than lower the…"
Nov 21
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I have raised prices accordingly on lower priced items with $35 being the low end for an image printed on 8.5x11 paper just shrinkwrapped with Cetificiate of Authenticity and foamcore backing. I sell repros that I make and shrink myself at $35, $59,…"
Nov 21
Barry Bernstein commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"My low end pieces went from $45 to $$80-$90, $75 to $125, and $180 to $250. However, the pieces that I were selling regularly at $500-$600 are now $450 to $480 and the $750-$775 pieces are now $600 to $650. When I raise my prices back to the pre…"
Nov 21
Reid Watts commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I woke up this morning wondering what the inflation data shows for the specific product category that includes our art and crafts.  What I found is very informative, but also very depressing.  So do not read any further if you are not up…"
Nov 21
Barry Shandler commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"Definitely are price points.  I had some  $25 bottom price items and didn't sell many.  I reduced it to $19 and sold.  Same for $60 to $49 and $115 to $99.  Like Robert says  $20, $50 and $100 price…"
Nov 20
Carol Musial commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I remember reading years ago that the best way to earn a little more is to give yourself a 10% raise each year. Most people won't fuss over 10%. That stuck with me and I have raised my prices every November for the past few years. Last year I…"
Nov 20
Robert Wallis commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"My bottom price items are still $20. When I started in 1988, I had 8x10 pieces in small metal frames for $20. Nowadays, those pieces are digitally matted with a backer and no frame. I tried raising and lowering prices; higher prices and lower sales;…"
Nov 20
Christina L. Towell commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"Not really, but I'm still struggling with finding my niche market and just selling as much as I can at the current price points.  Once I become more established in this area, I might adjust the prices on some items accordingly.…"
Nov 20
Cindy Welch commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I have been in this business only since 2013. Even in that short time I know the cost of living has gone up but how much? I don't know. I went up on the price of my longest running item, tumbled travertine coasters early in doing them. My…"
Nov 20
Barry Shandler commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I have not increased prices and in fact lowered them.   I'm now well past collecting social security age and have done well selling paintings over 40 years.  I have no debt thanks to my wife or I would be living under a…"
Nov 20
Reid Watts posted a blog post

Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?

In the midst of all of these “for sale” blog postings, I thought I should get a discussion going on a topic of interest to us all.  So here goes:Despite historically low inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) has increased by 18% in the last ten years (from 207.3 to 244.3).  Have you increased your prices by 18% as well?  If not, why not?See More
Nov 19
Reid Watts commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"My first response was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, in other words, an attempt at humor.  Now let me try to answer the question posed literally. I can think of at least seven shows in which I have participated or considered participating in…"
Nov 1

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Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
10
First show ever
2007 Craftsmen's Classic in Columbia, SC
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Larry Bearman

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Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 2:32pm 1 Comment

I just finished adding brakes to my 5x8 utility trailer, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. So I thought I would post a report:



I have been thinking for years that having brakes on my trailer might be a prudent investment, even though they are not required in the states that I use the trailer in. My trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer that weighs fully loaded 2200 lbs. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle that has an integral trailer brake controller with an anti-sway…

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Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:11pm 11 Comments

In the midst of all of these “for sale” blog postings, I thought I should get a discussion going on a topic of interest to us all.  So here goes:

Despite historically low inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) has increased by 18% in the last ten years (from 207.3 to 244.3).  Have you increased your prices by 18% as well?  If not, why not?

Your rig may be overloaded

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:09pm 12 Comments

I recently did a deep dive into vehicle loading, and discovered that it is much easier to overload a vehicle than one would think.  It seems like a simple calculation: get a vehicle and/or trailer large enough to accommodate everything you need for a show, then make sure that the tow vehicle and hitch are rated to tow the weight of your trailer plus a guestimate of the weight of your gear, and you’re done.  My tow vehicle is rated…

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A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 7:45pm 3 Comments

http://www.gallup.com/poll/200126/economic-confidence-inches-new-high.aspx

May you have a very merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:43pm on November 6, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Reid, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders. Checked out your site and really enjoyed viewing your pictures, especially the animals. Hope you have a great weekend,



Sabrina
At 11:45pm on November 6, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Reid. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 11:23pm on September 22, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Reid Watts a gift
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Congrats Reid on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/22/2014.

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