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Thursday, May 27, 2010

What craft supplies are YOU looking for?

I mentioned in a previous post that I've been searching for craft supplies so I can create some new items I want to make. When I started my business back in 1995 (good grief, was it really that long ago?!), it used to be quite easy to find suppliers for everything I needed. Now it's really become difficult in the past seven years - especially if you're looking for a Canadian Supplier. And you think you're annoyed at the retail stores when you can't get something?! LOL It often isn't much better at the wholesaler level either.

I used to have two really good wholesale suppliers for wood - which I'm sure you can appreciate I use a LOT of in the production of my ornaments. Between the two of them, I could basically get everything I needed and it was great. Unfortunately, they both closed within a year of each other - actually, one was bought by another company and no longer carries craft supplies and the other one was bought by a company in the USA and moved their operations south. UGH! This severely threw a wrench in my business and has forced me to re-think what I'm doing. I now have to decide whether or not I still want to continue using wood.

I have no problem buying from the USA - I've done it off and on over the years when I wanted something that I couldn't get in Canada yet. Even paying the exchange rate/shipping/duty, I could still get supplies cheaper than I could in Canada - retail price in the USA is basically the wholesale price in Canada. Now, you'd think that today, with the Canadian dollar at par (or almost) with the US Dollar, it would be an even better deal importing from the USA. There's one big problem now - SHIPPING COSTS!! Wood is heavy, but regardless of that, I can't justify buying $200 worth of product and paying $100+ to ship it to Canada!! Ouch!! It's not the suppliers fault - it's the "extras" that shippers add to things. Like fuel surcharges. I know the price of gas has gone up, but when you're charging the same "surcharge" on every package you ship, you can't tell me they aren't making a killing with a truck load of items to deliver. 


Anyway, I'm really considering changing the medium I work with to something more readily available in Canada. Either that or I'll become a wood wholesaler myself!!

Happy Crafting!

Cheryl  

What craft supplies are YOU looking for?

I mentioned in a previous post that I've been searching for craft supplies so I can create some new items I want to make. When I started my business back in 1995 (good grief, was it really that long ago?!), it used to be quite easy to find suppliers for everything I needed. Now it's really become difficult in the past seven years - especially if you're looking for a Canadian Supplier. And you think you're annoyed at the retail stores when you can't get something?! LOL It often isn't much better at the wholesaler level either.

I used to have two really good wholesale suppliers for wood - which I'm sure you can appreciate I use a LOT of in the production of my ornaments. Between the two of them, I could basically get everything I needed and it was great. Unfortunately, they both closed within a year of each other - actually, one was bought by another company and no longer carries craft supplies and the other one was bought by a company in the USA and moved their operations south. UGH! This severely threw a wrench in my business and has forced me to re-think what I'm doing. I now have to decide whether or not I still want to continue using wood.

I have no problem buying from the USA - I've done it off and on over the years when I wanted something that I couldn't get in Canada yet. Even paying the exchange rate/shipping/duty, I could still get supplies cheaper than I could in Canada - retail price in the USA is basically the wholesale price in Canada. Now, you'd think that today, with the Canadian dollar at par (or almost) with the US Dollar, it would be an even better deal importing from the USA. There's one big problem now - SHIPPING COSTS!! Wood is heavy, but regardless of that, I can't justify buying $200 worth of product and paying $100+ to ship it to Canada!! Ouch!! It's not the suppliers fault - it's the "extras" that shippers add to things. Like fuel surcharges. I know the price of gas has gone up, but when you're charging the same "surcharge" on every package you ship, you can't tell me they aren't making a killing with a truck load of items to deliver. 


Anyway, I'm really considering changing the medium I work with to something more readily available in Canada. Either that or I'll become a wood wholesaler myself!!

Happy Crafting!

Cheryl