There are two other groups that will compete for sales also: 1. Those that sell for almost what the pen cost them as they don't count their labor as a cost. Therefore no real profit. 2. Very cheap import from very cheap labor markets.Andrew it is very easy to start a pen making business. With that said it is very, very very hard to start a pen making business that makes a profit. It can be done but it takes a tremendous amount of time and work to establish yourself and your products. I read your intro and I came away with the impression that you are new to turning pens. IMHO you need to practice your turning while at the same time building up your inventory. Perfect your craft. Your pens need to be flawless. Whatever venue you decide on ( craft shows, on-line sales) you will be competing with some very talented turners who are already established. Also know that most people are very content with the BIC pen that that their credit union gives out for free and would never even consider shelling out money to buy one. I know this isn't what you wanted to read but it is the reality of pen sales. Good Luck.
I have several magnifiers and jeweler's loupes that I use to check, but experience has taught me that it is consistent observation, consistent determination on fit and consistent finish experience that leads to that perfect pen.Regarding the perfect pen; if you want to know if your pen is perfect, take it to a watch maker. I recently brought one of mine to a local jeweler/watch maker to ask about engraving and his trained eye spotted several flaws that I did not catch, and were very hard for me to see.
He was very helpful and I'm much more careful now when crafting a pen. I'd rather not have a name associated with "good enough".
Wow, I appreciate your honesty but it is quite negative to the point of discouragement. Thanks but no thanks. Respectfully.We have no idea who you are and what it is you do. Have no idea of how far you are into pen making and what kinds of pens. Need to introduce yourself, show us some work and explain what it is you want to do and what platforms you want to sell on. So much info is not supplied here. There are so very few people here that have taken their work to a level of extreme sales and made a name for themselves. Then there are many many here that sell as a means of recouping a few dollars to keep their hobby going and feed the beast. Then there are the next level where they make a good $$ at it but work at it by going to many shows and doing the leg work. I have always said if you want to reach the levels that seperate you from all others then you better have a product that is that much better. We maybe a small drop in the bucket with the membership here that sells so your competition for $$ is huge. There are many threads on this topic here. Can you make a few $$ doing this, yes you can. Can you take that next step, who knows. That is up to you.
One of the latest threads.
Now everyone else said about the same thing I did but you chose my response to bad mouth. What is it the statement about not knowing who you are??? We do not know anything about you or your talents. Have no idea if you can even turn a pen. To take the time and right a long response on how to get started setting up a business. Sorry if you read it the wrong way but will stick to my reply. I will let others try to fill in the blanks. Respectfully.Wow, I appreciate your honesty but it is quite negative to the point of discouragement. Thanks but no thanks. Respectfully.