This week I got asked, can you do the same price for your backyard bones as I saw at a local store one item was 39.99 and one was 19.99. The short answer is NO. However, there are more subtleties involved that people should seek to understand.
I saw the on the shelf mass produced product yesterday. I am not sure exactly what type of wood they use, they had stickers for the pips NOT drilled and painted holes. The products were made overseas, which is fine, I buy some mass produced products. This isn’t an article about where products are made, but rather how and what goes into HANDCRAFTED products. This holds true for great food, beer, jewelry, yard games or anything that is handcrafted.
We are a different kind of company. “I get” it all businesses say they are different, but we mean it. The model we are building, is first a model that needs to produce a profitable/sustainable business through providing premium products with purpose. Next, is our social commitment to building a company that provides a place for people of all abilities. We are part of a new wave of businesses that are providing work for people who have been passed over in the past. Some of these businesses are nonprofit some are for profit, but all are needed.
What I want you to know is that when you purchase from us you are supporting a company and model that supports a few things. First is a business that makes premium products, next is a business working to create a support system for people who have been left out of the labor market in the past. This includes revamping shipping processes and making it workable for people at varying levels, our big goal is to make a space that allows our son to not only work, but hang in a safe environment during the day when not working. This means we need to build supports for him and others. Taking into account safety, productivity, but most of all happiness. Yes, I said it I want team Joyency to be happy. I know such rubbish, but why would we want people to hang with us who aren’t jacked to be there? Next when possible we source our products from companies who are also hiring people who have been left out of the workforce. As an example our shirts are produced from a company that 75% of their workforce are people with autism. We believe that all people have purpose, but we not only believe it we want to value it!
Our products are customized to what the customer needs, making it truly a unique product. Even if the customer orders one of the few quick ship styles ‘Merica Backyard Bones, we still age and paint them as individual orders making them unique to that order. We use quality materials for our boards we use 3/4″birch for our cornhole boards with pocket screws and glued connector points, with multiple coats of sealant all of this takes time. We do this because we love what we do and want to provide a high quality product.
When you compare handcrafted goods with mass produced goods you really are comparing apples and oranges. While they are both fruits they are not they same. Neither good or bad, just different. We want people who love our products, values and understand what we are working on building.
I often say you don’t know if you don’t ask, so I don’t mind the question, but I think it is important to point out some quick differences. Businesses take great care to price their products they do this to sustain themselves, provide growth and for a myriad of any other reasons. We would love for you to purchase, use and share our products. If you want to support us please click here.