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Subject: Thoughts on this

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Date Posted: Monday, January 20, 07:11:39am
In reply to: -- 's message, "Rhinestone prices?" on Friday, January 03, 11:14:34am

I sell stones and will stone dresses for families in our school. Recently received my dd's dress already stoned from our dressmaker. I was stunned by the price charged for stoning. I paid and have been thinking about a fair and transparent way to price this service ever since.

Parents know the prices I charge (pure wholesale to school families).
They know the retail prices available out there (some charge less for standard 2058 and charge more for the larger stones; others do the opposite!).
If someone just gives me a "blank"dress, I itemize stones used and usually add 30% labor charge. If someone gives me a stoned dress that they want detail work done (all16, 20, 30ss), I will use a 50% charge (the smaller stones cost less per stone & are more work).

I always offer "design" ideas for free, giving them a marked up picture.

I suggested that our dressmaker tell a customer what their options are for stones and let them decide.

Maybe offer two or three levels of stoning:
1. 2 doz large pear, 2 packs of 40ss (front of dress only)
2. 3 doz large stones, 3 packs 40ss, 2 packs 40ss, 1 pack 30ss (front and sleeves only)
3. Option #2, doubled, front and back, sleeves.

Obviously, I have thought about this too much .....

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