A lot of the people who have put so much in to helping people with the hobby make their money from selling soap, and those same people who were freely given the help now start digging into the livelihood of those soapmakers who freely gave it. It's a race to the bottom, and a lot of the very knowledgeable and helpful soapers will drift away, and soaping in general will be the worse for it. We see that here on the forum - a lot of the members who were very active when I first joined rarely (if ever) post anymore and their input is missed in a lot of the threads. And I can see why - people being encouraged to undercut market price / price incorrectly because it's just a hobby (and by the way, if it's in the business forum, we have to talk about it as a business, not a hobby), or in other threads where someone who cooked soap on a stove in a glass jug and left it in there meaning to get it out with a knife later is actually encouraged to sell soap! When many members think that's A-OK, I understand why many members visit less.
I have to agree/disagree.
First of all, I haven’t seen anyone encouraging anyone to uncut market price. It’s possible I’ve missed it; I’m fairly active, but I don’t live here. If anything, we encourage folks to raise their prices because there is more to the cost than just ingredients. If someone is advised to lower their prices, it’s because it exceeds market value for their area.
People come and go for various reasons. Maybe they retired, Maybe their lives took a different direction. Maybe it filled a need at the time. Maybe it’s as simple as drifting away. Maybe they became too busy. Maybe it just got ‘old’ after a while…SSDD. And yeah…maybe they they got fed up with what was happening. I’m sixty and I have participated in a lot of different forums, boards, groups, etc over the years (started back when it was the internet and not the interwebs), even owned a few of them. Life is not static…it ebbs and flows and changes. And change isn’t always a bad thing.
You are always going to have folks who want to make the most amount of money with the least amount of effort. They don’t want to learn how to make soap, they just want any recipe that they can mix up with the cheapest ingredients and sell and make lots amount of money. They care little about the craft…the magic and the science