Too much room to talk psychology here. Its all about peer pressure. Surfers boast about how they didn’t pay anything for it. “What, you paid that much, well I got a buddy who could have set you up”.
On the other end, peer pressure is, “I gotta have the best to impress”.
So unless you are giving it away, or you have Kelly riding it, it is really a hard sell.
Go be creative, do the best you can, go slow, and do it as an art piece. Then if you are really good, and you do something really artistic that strikes a chord in their soul, you might find a little niche.
My industry of designing and building houses is really the same. Most want a deal, so they can tell their friends how shrewd they were. Some want something special, that no one else has. The exclusivity. Stay away from popouts at this point, unless you have a million or so to set up your overseas factory and export pipeline.
I’ll tell you, I got the shit kicked out of my business competing on price. It wasn’t until I learned how to step above the masses that I had any success.
Stay away from white squash tail thrusters. Everybody does them, and there is hardly any difference between them. Work on your glassing, Work with colors, But not on $60 blanks! Save your money. Start out on Home depot little chunks of insulation foam. Seal it with some paint primer, so it doesn’t disolve from the resin. Read the CEREX thread I did last month, if you want to know the direction of new materials.
But most importantly, do something of value.
Do I sound like your Dad or what!