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Crochet And The Economy

Updated on January 2, 2009
crochet sweater
crochet sweater

Crochet And The Economy

Many crocheters don't feel appreciated enough for their work when selling their finished items because the pay is so low. On average a sweater may sell for $30-$50, perhaps more depending on the yarn used, but it takes at least a day to make it. That doesn't leave a lot of profit for the crocheter once the price of the yarn is factored in.

Most people want to buy as cheap as they can; and when they can buy a sweater on eBay for $20.00 why wouldn't they? And I agree, why shouldn't they? All is fair in this money driven world.

But to be honest, handmade items are a better quality, and all crocheters should be proud of their work even though at times it seems as if no one appreciates what they do. Some may say it's a waste of time, or a waste of money spent on yarn for such little profit.

However, when we take a closer look we see there is much more to it than what meets the eye. By crocheting and selling your items online you are not only helping yourself to a few extra bucks but many others as well. And let's not forget the happy customer.

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Creating Jobs And Stimulating The Economy

Each sale that you make whether it be abuck or 50 bucks, you're stimulating the economy and creating more jobs than you probably ever imagined. It may not seem like it on the surface, but when everything is taken into consideration, it's really amazing…let's take a closer look… 

 Here we go…

 1) First and foremost, someone had to make the yarn, package it up and transport it to your local yarn supplier. That means at least one factory worker, shipper and receiver, and a truck driver had to be involved. 

 2) When it gets to your local store, someone has to unload the truck, and then someone unpacks the yarn to the shelves.  

 3) This is where you come in, and a cashier rings in your sale and you head home to create your crochet project.  

 4) Once your project is finished, you then need to take pictures and for this you need a camera with batteries, a computer, internet connection, a desk and a chair…unless you prefer to stand.  

 These items may seem irrelevant as you might already have these items, but nevertheless to be fair they have to be taken into consideration. And again any purchase you make, or made in the past, you helped to create similar jobs as in steps 1-3. 

 5) Now it's time to list your item and who knows how many jobs that creates behind the scenes...a webhosting company, site owner and other employees if listing on eBay or Etsy. 

 6) When your item sells, paypal, a credit card company or the bank becomes involved to send and collect the payment. 

 7) Next, you need to buy the proper postage and packaging, and again steps 1-3 are repeated. 

 8) The mailman or lady pick up your package and take it to the post office to have it sorted. 

 9) Then depending on the destination it might go out on one or multiple trucks before arriving at the destined post office. 

 10) A mail carrier takes it to its final destination where a happy customer patiently awaits its arrival. 

 So as you can see, every sale at your local yarn shop counts as well as every package on the delivery truck. 

 And the next time you feel unappreciated for your hard work, just keep smiling, because you're doing your part to stimulate the economy with crocheting.  

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