Prices That Break The Fabric Of Reality

, , , , | Working | March 21, 2019

(I’ve sewn a lot of my own things most of my life, but find that many people do not think that homemade items have any value. I’ve made the mistake of using a bag I’ve just made when I go to work one day.)

Coworker #1: “Oh, my God! I love your bag; where did you get it from?”

Me: “I made it myself.”

Coworker #1: “You have to make one for me, too.”

Coworker #2: “Me, too! I want one, too. Can you bring them in next week?”

Me: “No, I’ve got another to finish first for my mother’s birthday and won’t have time to make any more just yet.”

(They keep hounding me every time I see them, insisting that I make an identical bag for each. I keep trying to tell them I can’t do it for a while. Then, one day, I am about to leave work and while I’m getting my bag from my locker, one of them comes into the staff room.)

Coworker #1: “Oh, [My Name], you don’t need to worry about the bag now. We just saw one that a customer made and she said she could make us one each.”

(A few moments later [Coworker #2] comes into the room.)

Coworker #2: “Did you know that [Customer] wants us to pay $20 each for the bags?”

Coworker #1: “What? $20 for a homemade bag? Who is she kidding? Just go and tell her we don’t want them.”

Me: “Uh, how much did you expect to pay me?”

Coworker #1: “Why? What would you charge?”

Me: “I hadn’t worked it out yet but—“ *pointing to the main fabric* “—this fabric cost me $22 a metre.”

Coworker #2: “What? We thought you could do it for $10.”

(We worked in a fabric store; they knew how much fabrics cost and that bags like that take a few hours to make.)

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