Posted by Admin On August - 1 - 2012 Comments Off

I’ve got some good news, and I’ve got some bad news. The bad news is that my prices have to go up substantially.

I feel I should try my best to explain why, so here goes. Before I was doing this as a real business, I had the ability to charge whatever I thought sounded fair to both myself and the customer. However, CosBlade is now my full-time job, and while that’s awesome, it’s not something that qualifies as under the table. This means I’m getting shafted on taxes (if you know much about small businesses in the United States, you may be aware of the taxes being one reason it’s so hard for them to get off the ground.)

After taxes, I lose about half of the “profit” I make from CosBlade work. Yeah. Half. It sucks, but it is what it is. I was used to being taxed about 20% of my income working day jobs, but business income is really rough. I have a strengthened respect for people who have been able to get small businesses off the ground, as I now have a better grasp on just how difficult it can be.

This means that the items I have been selling popularly (Wesker sunglasses, S.T.A.R.S. vests, Vector costumes, etc.) all have to go up in price. I’m doing everything I can to bring down the cost of materials, such as buying parts in bulk, etc., but there’s little I can do about the labor fees. Labor fees are my profit, and my profit is what gets taxed to hell and back. So if you see price increases on items, I hope you understand why. It’s not that I’m being greedy or that I’m trying to up my income – I’m literally doing what I have to to make the same amount of money I was before.

The other bit of bad news is that the “Afterlife” style sunglasses can’t be made anymore. At least not that I’m aware. Every outlet I know of that sold the model necessary has sold out. The Police model used in the movie was a limited run from a few years ago, so it was only a matter of time.

That all aside, the good news is that I am working full time and it has been fun (albeit tiring). I like making costumes and props for you guys, and I hope you throw some more varied requests at me in the future. I always love an excuse to do something new and expand my portfolio.

Also, I am considering starting a YouTube series called “Do It Your Damn Self” or “DIYDS” for short. In the series, I will do breakdowns of how I make things like sunglasses and S.T.A.R.S. vests, so that those with the desire and ability to do it themselves have the option to do so. One thing I love about the costuming community is their willingness to share tips and tricks. I didn’t invent sewing or prop-making, so I have no secrets to hide. If I can share with you guys how I do what I do, I’d like to.

Thanks for following my site, and putting up with my infrequent updates! Take care.

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