So, I just caught up on the thread about reselling zines, and I was thinking about zine pricing... How do you guys price yours?
The cost of the paper? Do you include anything to compensate for your time?
Here's where I'm at. ReStyle is the first zine I have actually *finished* (there have been many previous unsuccessful attempts). I live in a really small town, so shopping around for color copies, I don't have a lot of options. I've actually found that if I drive 25 miles to the next town I can save 30 cents per copy, which makes it worth the gas as long as I'm getting a substantial number of copies and gas isn't $5 a gallon. And since I do a thrift store shopping zine, and I need to keep finding new outfits to photograph, I do have that expense to factor in as well. (Granted, Goodwill clothes are cheap enough and I will get my use out of most of it. But I do now find myself picking up things that aren't really "me" but work perfect in an outfit, so I get them anyway just for the sake of the photographs when otherwise I'd never buy them.)
My cost per copy (the copies and the ribbon to bind them and the cellophane bags I put them in to keep them pretty) is about $3.
So how much of my time (the initial cut-and-paste, and then the collating and assembling) and my other expenses should I compensate for with my pricing? I guess the time I don't care so much about, since it's something I do for fun. I would love to be able to take a financial hit on them and give them out as cheap as possible, but I live somewhere with a terrible economy and many months can barely keep my utilities on... So I do feel that I need to work my expenses into my pricing somehow.
What's a girl to do?