I don't know if this is a rant or a request for advice, but here goes.
One of my personal rules is to avoid mixing business with friendship. I've been very careful about this after having a bad experience with it about a year ago. If expectations are not met or something goes wrong, then it can affect the friendship. Well this week I broke that rule and was pretty unhappy with the consequences.
In addition to my day job I have some side ventures, one of which is art-related and requires that I travel occasionally to attend shows. Many of my friends offered to help me get ready for my next show and were quite sweet about wanting to donate their time. After some thought I agreed in spite of my personal rule about not mixing friendship and business. I gave someone a list of instructions that were very specific and left no room for doubt on what needed to be done, or so I thought. the product looked ok when my friend returned it to me, but it was not divided up into the right proportions. Imagine given someone some fabric and telling them to take a bolt and divide it up into 3 yard sections, but you get some that are 2.0 yards, others that are 2.5 and some that are 2.8. Has the quality been affected? No, but when patterns or a project kit generally calls for X number of yards, you don't want to pay for more than you need, or to buy a precut amount and wonder if you're going to have enough to finish. I'm mad at myself for not doing this personally. I'm also frustrated that my friend messed up when it's pretty easy to measure 3 yards unless you aren't paying attention. In fact, I have no idea how anyone could possibly mess this up.
From an economic standpoint, what would make the most sense when I go to sell this stuff? Here are a couple of options:
(1) If most of the sections of fabric are at least 2.5 yards then price everything according to that benchmark. If some sections of fabric have more yardage, the customer is getting something for free. Problem is that I might not make as much profit on the stuff that is over 2.5 yards (but less than the 3 yards I asked my friend to do for each piece)
(2) Calculate price per yard and set an individual price for each separate piece of fabric. Pain in the neck for me to do (takes time) but at least I make exactly the profit I'm supposed to make unlike in case (1).
Any other ideas?
Would etiquette suggest that I suck it up and not say anything and simply do everything myself next time? Part of me wishes this person realized what they did since it creates a bad situation for me when I try to go sell this stuff. When people expect consistency and you have a scientist like me behind the product, it's really hard to deal with lack of accuracy...