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Here's an amazing helpful insight into how to talk to MDs about your health issues. I don't know how much this would have helped me when I was searching for help, seeing as how standard western medical treatment of my eventual diagnosis doesn't differ from the standard western medical treatment for my misdiagnosis back when I was relying on standard western medicine (standard western medicine can generally go fuck itself), but I'm certainly going to try this if/when I have future problems unrelated to Hashimoto's disease.

In the Paleo world (I still use the term Paleo to describe how I eat even though I know it's not accurate and sometimes Paleo people are assholes and sanctimonious but so are Feminists and Vegetarians and anyone else who belongs to a group larger than one person) there's a certain amount of...disdain? disapproval? of sweeteners. Which I completely understand. They can set off addiction cravings--even the "natural" ones like honey. Or stevia. But you know what? I'm not allergic to stevia (like I am a billion other things) and a few drops in my morning tea don't set off cravings for me, so I'm having the fucking stevia in my morning tea. Until I'm convinced that those ten or so drops, total, spread over my two cups of tea a day, are hindering my health goals? FUCK YOUR RULES.

The change in price on my bloomers meant I sold six of them yesterday. Six sales! That's more than I've had total this year. The goal of the store was to help me decrease my (enormous) stash of quilting and novelty cottons. Maybe I should keep this price? It means I wouldn't be compensated 100% for materials, but hell, some of these fabrics I purchased over ten years ago. Does it really matter that I get full price for the materials? I'm a vocal proponent of not doing things for free and always getting paid what you're worth, but if marking them ten dollars less per pair is better helping me achieve the goal of getting this stuff out of my house? Might be worth sacrificing my principles a bit. Any thoughts?

I've been awake for two hours, mousing around the house to keep from waking [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick, but now I am starving and out of things to do quietly. Wake up, [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick! I know you've had a super-rough week with not enough sleep and too many obligations but COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

Too damned early to be coherent...

Date: 2015-10-03 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thetimesink.livejournal.com
...but some synapses are starting to synapt (it's just the communications part that is lower than normal).

Medicine/health care/personal improvement/WT!:

If it works for you and is not a detriment to your personal being (for several values of "quality") then it is a Good Thing. "Eastern... Western... All Across the Globe", to parody a bit.

The converse can also be a Good Thing, adjusting for net gain in "personal being" versus net loss from various secondary effects; i.e., free climbing, bungee jumps and motorcycles all can add to the plus side of the ledger.

Bouncing the other direction, driving a car or riding public transit may have a distinct negative balance depending on various physical and mental events/predilections.

So, somewhere between "If it feels good, do it" and "Here, hold my beer and watch this"? YMMV, 'Objects in the mirror...'

Re: Too damned early to be coherent...

Date: 2015-10-03 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
If it works for you and is not a detriment to your personal being (for several values of "quality") then it is a Good Thing

YEP!

Date: 2015-10-03 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
That was a very helpful read, thank you for sharing the link! I had an experience of my primary doc (years ago) becoming super upset with another doctor she had sent me to, but she was so vague about it. This makes more sense now.

HAVE THE FUCKING STEVIA. If it makes you happy and doesn't hurt or hinder you, there is no reason to avoid it!

Woo for the sales! I don't make anything to sell so I am hesitant to give my two cents. Maybe this discount can be temporary until you knock your inventory down some more and then you can try raising the price a little?

Date: 2015-10-03 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Well, I've already knocked the inventory down by a third in barely over 24 hours. =D I certainly don't expect this rate of sale to continue, but I think [livejournal.com profile] thetimesink has a really good point (below).

Part two...

Date: 2015-10-03 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thetimesink.livejournal.com
...since I'm still not awake and in that twilight mode with some censors offline:

Bloomers? Old material=sunk cost. The value is only a potential. True value = cost of storage + cost of sorting + cost of disposal/action (to include the opportunity cost of your time).

As spoken by my GM, "We paid a ton of money for that stuff; it has to be worth something!!!". My reply, "If we buy some decent cable and the tools and parts to swedge it, it has some value as a boat anchor; but likely only equal to the value of the cable."

Sunk cost x tempus fugiting = 0
A wonderful bit of ephemera + The Personal Touch = whatever the traffic will bear.

(turning off the purchasing guy for the weekend)

Re: Part two...

Date: 2015-10-03 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
GOOD FREAKING POINT. Thank you!

Re: Part two...

Date: 2015-10-04 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippie-mamabear.livejournal.com
I agree with this guy (and i'm slowly putting it into action with my own assorted "stuff").

What i learned from my grandmother's death and subsequent house-clearing was that 1. Stuff takes space and time. 2. Time and space cost money.

More specifically, having excess stuff requires a place to put it, and some people pay a lot of money to store their things. There's a whole industry for it. Plastic boxes with latching lids. Closet organizers. Storage units. Just to name a few.

Organizing takes a lot of time. It's not as obvious when it's your own stuff in a house you live in, but when you have to tackle a whole house full of another person's stuff, it's really clear really fast that there's a reason people hire professionals (or a dumpster). My mom, aunts, and i spent two days cleaning out my grandma's house. We each filled a vehicle full of things to take with us, and my parents filled a trailer with larger things that everyone wanted. We also filled a large construction site dumpster. Then we hired professionals. It took them a couple of weeks to finish the job. When everything was sorted and sold, it barely covered the cost of the sorters. Time is money, and none of us had all that time.

Long story short, if you're reducing your losses, you're coming out ahead of where you were. Any potential profit would be eaten up by your sacrificed time and space.

Re: Part two...

Date: 2015-10-04 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Great points, thank you!

Date: 2015-10-03 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donutgirl.livejournal.com
A+ gif usage! :)

Date: 2015-10-04 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
*flailing*
gorgeous BC is gorgeous.

Date: 2015-10-03 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redheadfae.livejournal.com
I was just thinking about this very subject for selling an old bellydance costume (that I bought new and never wore).
Holding for sentiment sake=no profit
Selling for minor profit=bonus no matter the price.

I hope/wish some of your sales were linked to my publish. :)

Date: 2015-10-04 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Any publicity is good publicity! =D

Date: 2015-10-04 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
bloomers? I would definitely be interested. Link to store please?

Date: 2015-10-04 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_luaineach/
here they are (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloomerShop)!!

I have a couple pairs and they are so comfortable and cute!

Date: 2015-10-04 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Thanks for coming through with the link while I was offline!

Date: 2015-10-04 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-themiscyran.livejournal.com
I'm definitely on the side of doing what helps you achieve the end goal of disposing of stuff, and seeing a bit of compensation for it is a bonus.

My one suggestion is that, from a marketing standpoint, you might see a higher rate of sales if you keep the bloomers at their original price point, but have regular sales. Twice a year, or maybe once per quarter? People may be more prone to buy during your sale because they see it as a bargain. Even if you rarely sell them at the regular price, they'll still view them as "worth" $30.

Date: 2015-10-04 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
That's the only think keeping me from making an immediate change! I am toying around with maybe dropping the regular price to $25 for six months and see how things sell, and if they don't move, going back up to $30 and having quarterly sales.

Date: 2015-10-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gentlespirit.livejournal.com
I have such odd relationships with doctors, but generally speaking the ones that I've liked have been the ones willing to tell me that something someone else said or did was not okay.

I definitely see the logic in that post, and it was good to read it, though! It's not that I try to go around criticizing others, but there's little point in going to see someone who is going to regurgitate what someone else has already said, in my opinion.

Date: 2015-10-05 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
I have very little respect for most of current western medicine. And by "very little" I mean "will only voluntarily use it when I am immediate danger of permanent disability otherwise."

Date: 2015-10-05 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1-rhiannon-1.livejournal.com
If stevia is working for you and not giving you any issues, I say do the thing!

As far as the bloomers go, if it's worth it to you to take less money to get them out of your house, again, do the thing!

Date: 2015-10-05 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Yes on both counts!

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