Pay what you want is a pricing strategy where buyers pay their desired amount for a given commodity, sometimes including zero. In some cases, a minimum price may be set, and/or a suggested price may be indicated as guidance for the buyer. Pay what you want has long existed on the margins of the economy, such as for tips and street performers, as well as charities, and has been gaining breadth of interest.
For a year now, I’ve been selling our stuff–handmade home altars, crosses, tire flower pots, Native American designed t-shirts and hoodies, wood carvings etc in 2 online stores: — Big Cartel and one on Etsy. I know how to make everything look beautiful as far as design and presentation–I love doing this and I spend a lot of time on it. But I don’t like marketing. Truthfully I detest it and as much as I’ve tried to enjoy it, for me it’s like being back in math class where I was miserable and participated in with fear and loathing. Even with a tutor, I failed math.
But a few days ago, I happened to read an article about PAY WHAT YOU WANT. “Pay what you want is a pricing strategy where buyers pay their desired amount for a given commodity, sometimes including zero. In some cases, a minimum price may be set, and/or a suggested price may be indicated as guidance for the buyer”
Apparently the concept has been around for a while, used by musicians, artists, writers etc. and it fits with the way I think. So I’m going to try it out. I will set a minimum price on whatever we’re selling on a particular day
and then you can pay whatever you want above the minimum.
A few days ago, I tried this it out with a man who was interested in one of our handmade home altars. His wife had died a few weeks before, after a long and painful illness, and he wrote “I think it will be very healing to have the altar in my home” The altars normally sell for $150 and we have sold several at that price but I gave him a minimum price of $70.00 which would cover shipping and materials.
Surprisingly he chose to pay the full price of $150.00 and I sent the altar to him.. He wrote: “Everything was received safely. The altsr is so beautiful and exactly how I hoped it would look and feel in my sun room where I meditate.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s $12 Tickets
Years ago I used to help organize lectures for Dr. Elisabeth Kubler -Ross. At that time, Elisabeth was at the height of her popularity-she was lecturing to huge audiences all over the world
and she could have easily charged a lot for the tickets–people would have paid almost any price to be able to hear her– but she wanted everyone who needed to come to be able to. So the price for a ticket was $12.00 and as a result of her generosity and goodwill, her lectures were always filled to standing room only.
No one was left out..it was just a really good feeling……there was always a lot of spiritual energy, joy and a feeling of belonging.
Everything we create is meant to bring feelings like this— a connection to something greater, a message of hope and transcendence. These truly are the times of transcendence and transformation.
BEGINNING WITH LOVE
I’m not sure exactly how to begin but I think every few days [I hope] I’ll post something-an altar, a hoodie or t-shirt, a woodcarving etc that is available for ‘Pay What You Want’. I’ll set a minimum price to cover shipping and materials on whatever it is and then you can pay what you want above the minimum.
*If you want to purchase something, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org let me know the size if applicable & your shipping address and I’ll tell you how to pay. I should be able to ship things within a few days after I receive a payment.
And so I’ll begin with our 7 Sacred Teachings, Native American designed hoodies. Today it’s the Eagle Hoodie, the Eagle representing LOVE in the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishnabe People:’
The Seven Teachings
Our belief system has evolved over thousands of years, now to be shared with the rest of the world. In a most humble way, in a most loving way, in a most respectful way, in a most honest way, we have come to share these teachings with the world because in our hearts we believe that if we do not share this then we stand to lose all that has been created for us.
-Anishnabe Elder, Dave Courchene, Eagle Clan, Anishnabe Nation
These hoodies have a message on the back. They were designed this way so the message can be passed on to others..anyone standing behind you in a store will likely read it and who knows how they may be affected..or inspired. “The Eagle brings a vision of LOVE that helps us see how we should walk in love and sacredness on Mother Earth. ALWAYS ACT IN LOVE”
GILDAN HEAVY BLEND HOODIES LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE IN L, XL AND 2XL FOR A MINIMUM PRICE OF $30 [FULL PRICE IS $50.] Design by Taos Pueblo Artist, Jonathan Warm Day Coming.
*If you want to purchase something, email me at email@example.com let me know the size if applicable & your shipping address and I’ll tell you how to pay. I should be able to ship things within a few days after I receive your payment.
For us-Jody Armijo and myself, our art is our contribution in this lifetime….for Jody it’s the altars, hearts and crosses he creates [lately he’s started making signs.] For me it’s the documentary films my son and I have produced..and this blog which I hope brings inspiration and helpful information. Our art is our life: it’s the way we communicate and it’s the way we support ourselves, our home and our animals. We hope that as we share our art, it not only benefits us but those who purchase it, that it brings the sense of happiness that we feel as we create it..like a rainbow.!
The video clip below explains THE SEVEN SACRED TEACHINGS/LAWS OF THE ANISHNABE PEOPLE