Now for at least 35 years I have had so many of these that now I'm just a seasoned vet when they come in.
Todays e-mail from deep space was this one.( I removed the actual name of place and person) to protect the impossible mission
I'm from (XXXXXX) Community Health Centers and we are co-hosting a national best practices meeting for community health centers in San Francisco on November 4-7. We are building our welcome baskets which includes local products and would love to include a one of your large mugs & business card in each basket.
I was hoping you could put together a quote for us: 120 large mugs (color is negotiable) to see if we can fit it into our overall budget.
Pie and the sky coordinator
Now I have seen about 30 of these in years past and none I repeat none have ever worked out.I have had them come out to the studio then write letters -now in todays world its e-mails from deep space.
I have two upcoming shows in the next few weeks so this e-mail always comes in just before I have other commitments
Some may get excited about cashing in on some big money-others may think what can I afford to sell these for(how low) and should I quit my part time job and just make mugs NOW. As I have only a few weeks to make this order
Since I'm a full timer at this clay work my response has always been to answer with my usual price for my work times 120 equals the the final price plus in this case tax as well as its not a resale item.
I sell my work for very resonable prices and will not let it go for less no matter what the request is-I have a wholesale price for a few galleries but this only applies to them as I do not wholesale to individuals in general ever.
Now back to the request-mug size is not stated only large? is that 12 oz 14oz 16oz or maybe my 24oz or is it my 32oz??? color lets talk? I have 15 glazes currently going?
I am not worried about making this order as these orders never happen-repeat never happen.
Yes I could do this jump thru whatever hoops are tossed up but why?
It never fits into the budget it never fits into a reasonable time frame-its always a pie in the sky.
I answerd with my price and the fact that the time frame is real tight but I'm not to worried about any order as 99% will never follow through as the budget does not allow for it.