I just sealed the deal today. :) I signed the contract, and paid for the lamps with shipping included, all at once. I've bought cars...I've bought computers...I've never dropped that much cash at once before. :-/ Wow. Surreal. Better start selling some of these soon!
But I'm celebrating tonight. :) It's finally paid! the ball is finally set in motion. I think it's supposed to get here in 35 days? Most of that is in transit...I think they said it would be 28 days at sea? That means it'll only take a week to make the lamps for me.
Oh, and the price on these will be $40, at the most. Maybe less...we'll see. But I didn't have to pay an extra 300-400 bucks for shipping like I thought, and didn't have to pay a bank fee that was as large as I was originally quoted, so there is no need to charge the extra $10. Man...I've learned a LOT about ordering from Asia! Buying in small lots comes with a bunch more crap than I thought...and I thought it was a lot. Apparently, a T/T payment is basically a bank transfer, or the same as wiring money via Western Union or something. It's all at once...or there's a much larger bank charge involved.
Eventually, I might need to invest in an aluminum anodizer. they are pretty dangerous, and a little pricey, I think...but OH SO GOOD at coloring aluminum beautifully. Maybe then I'll charge more than $40...or if I get custom glitter working, but $40 will allow me to cover my expenses + make a small profit to go toward procuring more stock.
I feel pretty good about charging $40 for a custom lamp, considering how much other, non-customized lamps of the same size cost. If you want the same SHAPE, that's a Mathmos jet or living jewel...and you're doing great if you find one new for $40, especially if you live in the US, and again, it's not customizable directly.
How do others feel about this price?