Replacement nib assembly for Omega's

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    As always Bob when the finger is pointed there are three pointing back. For me belonging to a woodgroup has enabled me to have this conversation fairly light heartedly over the years. When I had our Photo Studio there was a guy who photographed weddings and processed (B&W) then sold at the reception. A big rub was the person who processed the film and prints also called daily to our studio to collect our colour work for processing. He ran a daily trip 60 miles every day to a Kodak place. He the bloke I saw every day never let on what he was doing. There is room for all. When I bought the Studio there was no goodwill to pay ,that dissapeared when anyone could set up in opposition even next door like Petrol Stations do.

    I do hope everyone enjoys making pens.

    Peter.

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    Wasn't having a go Peter, just winding you up

    Pricing is a simple matter really unless you are happy making a loss and like you I prefer to give my pens away however many people need to sell to fund their hobby and are happy just to get their material costs back to use for more purchases, they have a different view to me and to those who are looking to make a living from sales.

    My view is very black and white. You need to cover all your materials, (don't forget finishing products) plus overheads such as heating and electricity, possibly business cards, postage, advertising, telephone etc. maybe, then add an element for your time, that total I see as the cost of producing the product, doesn't matter what the product is, then an additional amount of profit which very much depends on the area you market and what that customer base will pay. That calculation comes from research of the market and competitors as well as the direction you want your hobby or business to take. You need profit to invest in tools and machinery.

    My view on undervaluing your work is also simple - it's bad practice! Sell too cheaply and you become a maker of cheap products, a reputation which is very difficult to reverse. Sell at a decent price and your customers will appreciate your products as the quality they deserve and look after them.

    It is very easy to price a pen at say 20 and offer a discount for whatever reason you like to state than it is to increase your prices. I wouldn't sell a slimline for less than 15 unless to a friend or relative and definitely not a fountain pen for less than 30.

    Just as an aside, some people think that deprived and poor areas can't stand higher prices, not so! We have lots of that in the north east and my experience is that many of those on benefit handouts don't think twice about spending sizeable sums especially at Christmas.

    Have you got a driving licence for that mobility scooter Peter? Had one for my missus before her hip operations and it was great fun to drive.
    Bob

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    Bob I don,t mind a a bit of fun either thanks for that.The mobility scooter is fun,our shopping days used to be a burden for me now its great fun. I am amazed at the strength of the tiny motor.I took the basket off the front it lessened the agility around crowds.

    Wilma is a big help loading and unloading into the car. With our ethnic, seems majority I seem to sit as high as many stand.

    Grateful for the increased temps, beaut flowers and activities, a bit late coming this year. Dry as a chip around here, still got in some more me time today on the lathe ,pics and pen tomorrow.

    Take care mate.

    Peter.
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