what is your opinion on people selling their kandi

im_sonder 5/13/2021 06:49 am 332

to quote someone on here that made a lot of sense to me imo "I think that chain stores selling kandi is beyond stupid. Kandi represents plur and plur is not a fashion, it's a way of life for the ones who actually sit down and make it. Selling kandi at stores like that makes it meaningless. Now. On the topic of selling kandi yourself. It is considered a HUGE no no to sell singles (Feel like I should throw that out there) But I see no problem in selling bigger pieces. Beads, like you said, are expensive, and kandi quickly becomes an expensive habit/addiction. I felt bad the first time I ever sold kandi myself, especially since I had always made stuff for free. For some, buying kandi from someone who has a large selection of bead choices and skill is the only way they could ever even have a mask like that. Good example is my last sell. Chronic Fusion are a team of DJs and don't have any friends that could make them kandi. In this case, they would either have to spend a ton of money on different beads and string and spend hours of watching youtube videos and practicing multistitches. THEN, you add that some masks are a lot harder. I invented a masquerade style that no one else even has. They do not have the time to do all that between shows and things. So it's all of that, or just but one from someone who sells them. I charge a modest price to make up for my beads, (the prices on Etsy would scare anyone)and they get a mask that they would not otherwise be able to have on their own. I hope that helps you in your decisions. The only thing I can think to add, is just this: Remember why you are making kandi and do not start thinking of it as a job. If you get too many orders, make a waiting list or take a break. The whole idea is to have fun after all."

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May 13, 2021 5:54 pm

Personally I don't mind big stores selling "kandi" because bracelets with pony beads =/= kandi to me. Would you call a bracelet made by a preschooler kandi? Kandi has a specific style that I have not really seen in stores. As long as people know what they are paying for, I personally don't care and I'm not going to yell at them about it.

May 13, 2021 5:29 pm

chain stores selling kandi is a no-no to me 38/ it reely feels like it )(as NO VALU-E W)(ATSO-EV-ER!
t)(ough, individual people (like me! 38D) selling kandi on places like etsy is cool since it )(as actual value! as @succcubus_ said, seeing ot)(ers wear my kandi feels LOV-ELY and makes me really happy!! i put lots of love into all t)(e kandi i make!! i sell singles of c)(aracters sometimes, is t)(at bad?

(chain stores selling kandi is a no-no to me 38/ it really feels like it has no value whatsoever! though, individual people (like me! 38D) selling kandi on places like etsy is cool since it has actual value! as @succcubus_ said, seeing others wear my kandi feels lovely and makes me really happy!! i put lots of love into all the kandi i make!! i sell singles of characters sometimes, is that bad?)

May 13, 2021 4:27 pm


May 13, 2021 4:03 pm

as somebody who owns a small store, i feel like its way different and more sentimental than just making cheap singles mass produced for overly expensive prices. i love seeing other people wear my kandi and i hope to see it at raves! it's dope to sell something that took lots of time and effort, but also passion

May 13, 2021 9:47 am

I think it's ok to sell singles if you're doing customs, but selling pre-made ones is a little weird unless you're trying to clear up some space.

May 13, 2021 9:40 am

i very much dont like chain stores selling kandi. i think it takes away from the special-ness of handmaking kandi.

as for when people sell big ole pieces on like, etsy i think its cool. not everyone has the time or patience to make one themselves, and its still handmade. plus, its supporting someone in continuing to make kandi, its like selling art so you can continue to support yourself and buy supplies

May 13, 2021 8:55 am

i agree that chain stores selling kandi is super dum -_- but i don't see any problem at all with buying kandi on etsy or other website from independent creators!!! i've actually been thinking of selling and maybe buying some myself actually :3

May 13, 2021 7:55 am

I'm fine with it personally, I've been thinking about buying some on etsy myself actually because beads are really expensive sometimesand it's easy to buy some bracelets with certain beads or charms rather than to make them yourself and buy a whole bag of charms that you only want for one bracelet.

May 13, 2021 7:51 am

yeah i agree that stores selling basically premade kandi is bad.

I also agree that singles shouldn't be sold as singles. Like if you were selling say, a bigger cuff or mask you could throw one or two singles in as a freebee.

I did a couple commissions for people at my school that were singles. I didn't charge them for it but my term was if they wanted more they'd only pay a quarter. I also did a 1 x x cuff as a true commission for a family friend, I think that was $5 on the friends request.

May 13, 2021 7:39 am

I agree with the kandi at the stores, like whats the point? I have bought kandi off of etsy and i think its great that people can.