We live in a world where the choice in what we purchase increasingly comes down to shoddy things for little money or extravagant things for exorbitant sums of money -- not much in between. Finding sensible consumer goods at the top of the price-to-quality-returns ratio is getting more and more difficult. As a guitarist first, and a dabbler in lutherie second, I consider a guitar to be a workhorse tool that will earn some battle scars over the years. A guitar does not sound better or play better because it has limited-production tuners with snakewood buttons or a one-of-a-kind rosette made of pink ivory and lapis lazuli. As a musician, I'm a bit put off by the prospect of an instrument that is so precious I'd hesitate to play it for fear of marring it or otherwise diminishing its value as an objet d'art.
For professionals, of course, finding any path at all to success in the now very crowded occupation of handcrafted lutherie is a blessing and one can't afford to be too philosophical about meeting the demands of the marketplace. But the OP is one of us amateurs, and there is both a greater variety of options as well as a need for a realistic perspective. If you were an amateur writer, you wouldn't be chagrined if you never made the New York Times Best-Sellers list -- you'd be chuffed to get published at all. If your were an amateur artist, you wouldn't expect that major art museums will purchase your paintings for millions of dollars -- you'd be happy to see them hanging in a local gallery. Looking past the next mountaintop on the portion of the trail you're on now can only result in discouragement.
Amateur luthiers with other income streams shouldn't need to compete with professionals. There are other market niches to fill and the pride of getting good-quality instruments into the hands of deserving musicians without actually losing money in the process may be the main payoff. If the Winds of Fortune later want you to turn pro, they'll let you know.