A short time ago (a few days), I commented on a blog about selling and what to charge for hand made/custom made items. It started me to thinking about what's so out of whack with our society.
We basically live in a disposable or throw away society where people think the "IKEA" store and "Rooms To Go" have quality furniture. The heirlooms we pass on to our children are probably not something we purchased, but rather something we were fortunate enough to inherate from our grand parents.
After all, we worship athletes and are willing to give them millions of dollars to play a childs game on an adult level, while teachers, firefighters, and police officers work two or more jobs so they can afford to work their chosen profession and provide for their families. People are willing to pay for entertainment and something that is quick and easy to put together out of a box, rather than buy a piece of hand crafted solid wood furniture that took a craftsman many hours to build.
People are willing to spend several hundred dollars for one afternoon at a football game, but cringe when the price of a new sofa is over $200. Fast and easy to assemble seems to be the way things are today. My grandfather who passed away in 1955 was a carpenter. He built houses using a hand saw, hammer, hammer/hatchet, level, framing square and twine. No power tools that were portable. He had a shop with a few power tools where he built stuff for fun. When each grand child turned 7, he gave them a desk made from cypress or cedar and unfortunately he died months before it was my turn to get a desk. My cousins all still have those desks.
As far as where this is going, well, I'm not sure. If I'm lucky enough that someone likes what I have made then I will charge whatever the market will bare. I'm not greedy, but I do think my time is worth something. If I make something and it doesn't sell, then I'd rather give it away to a friend or family for them to enjoy. Woodworking is not a cheap hobby, or profession and I think that the craftsmen and women that I've seen on this site deserve whatever they can get for the beautiful work they have done.