UNDERCUTTING YOUR PRICES FOR THE THRILL OF SELLING YOUR ART HURTS ALL OF YOUR FELLOW ARTISTS.
Undercutting prices of art frustrates me so much. One woman I know sells her handmade cards for $1 and another woman I know sells her hand-painted cards for $2 (and her paintings for $35!). These women brag about how they sell their art and they have so much fun selling it, that they don’t care that their prices don’t even cover the cost of making it or framing it. It is disrespectful to their fellow artists and it devalues art in general. Artists need to be paid fairly for their work just like anyone else. Additionally, this is always done by women to other women. Why don’t women ever value what we do and expect to get paid fairly for it? Why do women behave as if they don’t need money and are doing something as a hobby, but are not professional so it doesn’t matter? If these women are doing this as a hobby and don’t want to be a professional fairly-paid artist, then by all means donate your cards and paintings to charity fund-raising events and give your cards to your friends and family. The artist sitting next to you at an art fair may really need the money, but she cannot sell her art when you give yours away for almost nothing. Just saying women artists need to take responsibility to ensure that we are all paid fairly for our art.
“Charging less (or nothing at all) for your expertise as a speaker, writer, or artist not only makes you seem unprofessional and unworthy of compensation, but contributes to an ever-growing lack of respect for your profession. Undercut your price, and you’re cutting down everyone who does what you do.”