Q: Why are the price ranges so drastically different between piercing shops? - Ethan
A: On the surface, it may seem that piercing studios offer the same service and should thus charge the same. Yet, when you understand the factors that affect price, you will understand why paying a little extra now may save you money and peace of mind in the long run.
A studio’s investment in its purpose, sterilization practices, materials, customer interactions, general business practices, and on-going education all contribute to the price of a piercing. This month, we will focus on purpose, sterilization, and materials. We will save the other factors for part 2 next month.
The purpose a studio has for offering piercing services is a huge contributor to price, as it is the foundation of every other practice. If a studio is not motivated by providing high-quality artistry and a great customer experience, they are likely to reduce important aspects of a safe and successful piercing.
Studio investments in cleanliness and sterilization practices are critical to decreasing the risk of introducing bacteria or viruses during your piercing experience. As you tour your prospective studio, you should observe a clean appearance throughout the piercing facility. What you observe is your first indication of the effort toward customer experience and piercing safety. For a studio to offer the safest sterilization available, they must invest in effective, often expensive, equipment and regular testing to ensure the equipment works optimally. You may wish to ask for sterilization equipment test results to gain comfort with their sterilization practices.
The materials used during a piercing play a major role in the safety and potential success of your piercing, as well as the price. Stocking a variety of jewelry styles, materials and colors, employing staff knowledgeable about design, and carrying only safe, implant-grade jewelry all significantly impact the piercing price. While it is inexpensive to fill a case with novelty jewelry, those pierced with it are more likely to experience allergic reactions, longer healing times, scarring, jewelry migration or rejection, and discomfort. These issues not only lead to problems, but may result in you, the consumer, spending additional money to correct the problem that could have been avoided from the start.
The needles a studio uses may not have as much impact on price as jewelry, but the slight added cost has a significant impact on safety. You should ensure that needles are single-use and disposed of properly after each piercing. Some needles are sharper and designed better than others, leading to less trauma and a smoother piercing. Make sure you ask your potential piercer about the needles he/she uses and how they handle them before and after each piercing.
Reputable piercers strive to help you find that perfect piece of jewelry to fit your style and anatomy. But don’t let any additional price scare you away. If the practices, materials, and studio fit what you are seeking from a safety and quality standpoint, talk with your piercer about your budget. He/she will work with you to find an option that is right for you.
Stay tuned for Part 2 next month
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