11.29.2006

Monster Stockings

First and foremost: Want one, want one, want one.

But then you get a peek at that price tag and you're like "60 Bucks!?"

I mean, I guess they're using nice fabrics -- but really, what sort of gifts do people really get in their stockings? Gift certificates? Matchbox cars? ..Nothing?

Oh yeah, let me roll up to the curb in my jet car and see if I've got any change in my solid-gold wallet.
Still a pretty cool idea, though.

9 comments:

The Kaiser said...

You could totally make some of those with a $10 investment at Joann's and a couple of hours of work.

Watch, now I'm going to get sued by the manufacturer for suggesting that someone violate their copyright on monster-foot-shaped holiday stockings.

Satorical said...

If you do get sued, make sure to put your monster-stockinged foot up their corporate ass.

lisa said...

um, they're not made by a "manufacturer". these are handmade by one person!

you must be very talented to be able to make these with a $10 investment at Joann's and a couple hours of work. good for you.

MK said...

So you admit it cost the person who makes these stockings about $10 and took her a couple of hours? So at best she is making, 25 an hour. At that rate her business would make 52k/year and that doesn't take into account her other business costs like web hosting, advertising, credit card processing software or paypal fees, web design, etc. etc. Don't confuse what you can afford with what things are actually worth. Artists/craft people shouldn't have to give away their labor at slave wages. If you want to bitch, bitch at a company like Pottery Barn with $80 stockings that are most certainly made by people not earning a living wage. Don't take this out on an individual designer who wants to get paid what her time is worth (though it is probably worth even more).

Anne said...

What MK said!

I would definitely buy from an creative small business who puts love and care into their work then large corporations cranking out mass lots of nothing unique.

Satorical said...

In all seriousness, I believe Kaiser was making more of a point about how Hex could make such a stocking for himself if he were so inclined, given that he's been unemployed for six months and may not have $60 lying around.

So while we're glad the blogosphere is looking out for the small businessperson, the indignation may be a bit misplaced.

Hex said...

I appreciate the consideration, but if I were a billionare I still wouldn't pay $60 for a Christmas stocking, regardless of who made it or how long it took them.

I mean, I'm sure kids in third world countries work *really hard* on every pair of nikes, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to pay $150 for a pair of effing shoes!

A christmas stocking gets what -- 20 days of use a year? And like I said in the post, what do you get inside them as gifts on the actual holiday?

It's not worth the cost, IMHO.

It's not about being able to afford or supporting one size business over another -- There are simply some things I'm NOT willing to overpay for because they're not important enough for me to personally justify the cost.

I love the monster stockings because they look cool, and the person behind them obviously put a lot of work and creativity into them.

But last time I checked, Santa's requirements for whether my stocking gets filled with either gift cards or lumps of coal is based on his own determinations on how naughty or nice I've been during the year -- not how expensive my stocking was.

Call me back when they're priced reasonably for what they do. If you need me I'll be at the dollar store to buying sixty perfectly functional christmas stockings for the exact same price.

Holly said...

"Don't confuse what you can afford with what things are actually worth."

word!

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for the people you're buying for then.... I'm sure it is made in China/Taiwan/some impoverished nation crap because it's cheap enough for ya.

If you can't say something nice about this lovely handmade with quality and care by an American product, don't say anything at all.

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