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Why are handmade dolls so expensive??

This is a question I get asked a lot or overhear as someone walks past my shop/stall and says "god they're expensive" or "they don't cost that much to make" or (the one that makes me really wince) "I could make a doll cheaper than that". I so want to snap back " go on then!" sometimes. So I thought I would share how I work out my prices for my dolls (not the clothing but you'll get the idea). There are lots of variables that go into doll making, cost of materials, wages at the time of making, overheads, VAT (although I'm lucky enough not to have to charge that at the moment.) and of course the profit. Materials These,...

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