I've done my best to keep my pricing down over the past years. However, EVERYTHING has increased in price.
A couple of years ago, I could buy lead from the scrap yard for $0.50 a pound; it is now $1.00 a pound.
Every line item that goes into making a lure has increased in price: hooks, inserts, paint, foil, eyes, wire forms, split rings, etc.
So I have no choice but to increase my prices. I love making lures but I need to make enough profit to keep my boat running. :)
So why buy from me? There are a lot of good lure makers. I don't own the patent on quality. However, I offer this:
I use only top quality components.
I powder paint my bodies, reheat to gloss, and then run the lures through powder paint again.
After eyes, foil, etc. are added to the lure, they are coated in a high gloss, "tough as nails" lacquer.
The lacquer I use is the same as used on exotic cars. It's tough stuff.
So, it comes down to EITHER using some inferior components (all you have to do is to look at eBay ----- components from China) or
continuing with American made products. I choose the latter. Be blessed!
I do my best to ship within 5 to 7 business days. I'm supposed to be retired.
I have some medical issues so the wife is
limiting me to working lures 5 hours a day. Up until now, I've been working 10 - 12 hours a day.
I need to fish more. :)