I hate to bring it up again since things got a little surly last time, but I'm curious about it. My best guess is that you would have about $2.50-3.00 in each bait. It seems these things sale from between $8-15. I could easily spend an hour working on one of the more detailed baits that I've painted. I haven't really timed it, but I smoke a cigar while doing it. I've also not really tried to do 5 at a time, so maybe I could get 5 done in less than 5 hours--maybe more like 2.5 hours. Even at $15/bait, that's not a lot of money. I'd have to produce a ton of these things to even make it worthwhile--not that I'm ready to start selling them (I have been encouraged to do so by a local tackle store). I could make a lot more money designing websites, logos and packaging for those of you that are trying to make a go at it.
So, here is the question...Is it worth it to you? Maybe cash isn't what gives you satisfaction. I know brad had about $1500 in sales at the fun-n-sun tackle show, but it seems he was painting like a mad man. Maybe you do it to offset the expense of doing it for yourself. Maybe you are hoping to parlay it into something else.
What say you? Is it worth it to you?
I enjoy doing them. It's another creative outlet for me that doesn't have a client/boss telling me that they know how to do it better than I do. I just get to create. Hopefully, I'll actually get some of them wet one day. I did get a report that one of my bluegill patterns caught a 4lber on toledo yesterday. That's pretty cool.