Guideline to determining prices on rocks

 

Your level of experience

If you were a beginner, your prices would be lower than that of a more experienced painter.  (Assuming your work wasn’t as “refined” as the person with more practice)

 

Your skill level

If you could only paint simple folk style or whimsical pieces for example, your prices would be less than someone who could paint a rock with a very realistic painting skill.

 

How established you are

If you were new on the scene, you would not necessarily get the same price as someone who has established a good reputation and is well known.

 

How popular is the subject you are painting?

You can get a better price if your subject is in demand.

 

Competition

Are there any other rock painters in your area, if so what are they charging?  Check out what others are charging on their web sites.  Also, eBay, (an on line auction) is a great place to look at what painted rocks are selling for.  The prices are sometimes lower than what you would charge retail, but sometimes the prices really climb high when it is something of value to a certain person who will outbid others because they really want it, raising the price of your rock.  I’ve seen a very small rock go for $80 or more, just because someone REALLY wanted it, not because it was worth it!

 

Price your rocks to your geographical area

You will probably not get the same price in a small town as you would in a larger city.

 

Price your rocks relative to your retail outlet

Rocks sold at a flea market will not get as much as rocks sold at a craft show.  If your rocks were in art galleries or exclusive store you would get top dollar.