Every board is litered with the same sorts of threads about people trying to buy stuff, people trying to make stuff, and the general disconnects that happen between buyers and sellers.
I thought it might be helpful to open up a conversation where people can share thoughts / experiences / whatever to help educate each other.
Maybe prop makers might learn something about their customers? Maybe customers might learn something about prop makers?
Separating this out from any particular maker or any specific run might help keep things more objective on both sides of the house.
I'll start off in a reply with some of the things I've learned about myself.