Having just read some of the recent posts in the “check my arcade stick” thread I noticed that alot of builders/sellers get a bashing being too “expensive”. I have had my fair share of potential customers telling me my work is wayyyy to expensive and ridicolous.
These people have no idea how much time, effort and money that goes into each build. As you all know, building custom sticks is not highly profitable and realistically it is very hard (damn near impossible) to make a living off of it. The amount of research and experimenting we have had to do to get everything worked out takes alot of time. Buying tools and pracitcing the best techniques takes time and effort.
Im sure you can all agree that the reason we build these custom sticks is for the creativity aspect aswell as the pure enjoyment of turning some ones dream stick into a reality. Sure we would like to make a decent profit on it but the amount of time that goes into each stick to make it perfect is… again…impossible.
What really makes my blood boil is when I get email from random people telling me my prices are too high. What I dont understand is if its not in your budget…move on…find someone else OR buy a Madcatz or Hori stick. There is no need for someone to start stating that the prices are ridiculous.
The funny thing is when I get enquiries from these ridiculous customers I always ask what they think I should be selling my sticks for. Low and behold I get a stupid reply like “£80…tops”. Then I think to my self…" hmmmm… you dumb f**k! that wouldnt even cover the parts.
I have shown some of my sticks to people who have no idea what arcade sticks are and when I explain to them the amount of work that goes into each one EVERY single person says that I should be charging double. I am in nooo way boosting my self up I am just stating that pieces of art cannot be sold for a fraction of its REAL value. Im sure every stick builder out there would agree.
I am creating this new thread as I thought it would be a good idea to have a place where fellow builders/sellers can possibly vent their anger because of the lame shit they get to hear from annoying customers.
To all the loyal and genuine customers/fans who appreciate bespoke arcade sticks, much love goes to you and I sincerely thankyou for supporting all of us!
To all builders/sellers!..stick to your prices or even increase them.
Anytime you are greeted with a cheap ass customer reply with this…
(if you dont know who “Rev X” is…youtube this guy…lol)