In my many years as a casting artist, there have been occasions where different clients have asked me why are these thing so damn expensive??
Why should I go with you, when that person over there is much cheaper?
I have taken a lot of time to research, and resource my products, the materials I use, framing options, and non-framing options, to give clients a wide range of budget suitable options for themselves.
I consider myself to be a fair person, however, after much research on companies who undercut the market in order to generate more business, I have come to rely on the trusted adage “you get what you pay for.”
When you buy a car, and you drive through car yard mile, you will see a yard promising great deals, cheap cars and at first glance they look like a bargain. Perhaps on further inspection you realise that they aren’t built to last and you may end up having to spend more down the line in repairs, or even another car.
Everyone wants to save a buck. Am I right?
However, in our pursuit of savings, there are some areas where we shouldn’t skimp.
My biggest expense as a casting artist is my materials and the frames. I don’t ever want to hand over a mediocre product, and so I strive to source the best quality frames possible in order to showcase these precious commodities.
The materials I use to take the casts are the fastest and safest on the market. Which also means they are more expensive. Sure, I could use a cheaper products and make more profit, but at the expense of the baby, who could get a rash, and become distressed due to having to be ‘still’ for too long.
I’m not into mud slinging or vilifying anybody but I just ask that you take some time into researching who is casting your precious baby, why are there prices so cheap, what materials are they using and what quality framing are you going to end up with in the end.
Remember that once the day has passed that your baby’s casts are taken, that day is gone, that moment is gone. You can’t get that back!!
Make sure it’s done right!
The almighty dollar is a powerful thing. Don’t just hire someone to save a buck!! Not everyone has you or your baby’s best interests at heart.