dpd1 - 5:56 pm on Jun 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've found there's a couple ways to potentially combat the 'sell at a loss' types... One is to try and utilize people's natural apprehension about buying something that is perceived as being TOO cheap. And there are people out there that think that. Another is to simply explain what the deal is, so people understand the prices.
I happen to stumble on a post at a forum the other day, where someone mentioned my products, then some old grumpy guy said they were "over priced", and then he recommended the retired guy's stuff who sells at a loss, who I mentioned before. I didn't address him specifically, but I jumped into the thread and politely explained that, I do this for a living, and nobody can compete with somebody who doesn't care if they ever make any money. I also threw in the 'made in the US' thing, and some other examples of why things need to be at the price they're at. I left after that and did not bother looking at the responses, so as not to be goaded into an argument with them.
In the next couple days after that, I received a few emails from people who gave me positive support, and some also asked questions about products they were interested in.
In the last month, I have seen a spike in the products that were being talked about on that forum, and I believe it was due to the post I made. I've also had similar things happen in the past. So some people do listen and respond positively.