When you are a quilter, and anticipating Black Friday to Cyber Monday sales, tell me what honestly goes through your mind? Great deals, gorgeous new fabric, the fresh smell? Oh, me, too! I love to shop for quilting supplies, but I have only once experienced a Black Friday in a store. It involved walking in with young kids in tow, and dropping my jaw. You had to be kidding! Where did all those people come from? I turned heel, and drove home. I know what things cost, and how most pricing structures work. That chaos is not worth the stress. Give me a comfy chair, and a lap top!
I will tell you that the best prices I found so far today on precuts was at Green Fairy Quilts--Judi Madsen's site. I have no affiliation--only admiration for her quilting skill! Fat Quarter Shop is 20% off site wide, again no affiliation. And then I stopped. I was after a few certain things, and kept pretty much to my list. Well...nearby.
What Do You Consider?
(I am completely curious how you shop so let me know in the comments.)
1. Does it make a difference to you if you buy from a large store like FQS or do you try to choose a smaller, independent store like Green Fairy Quilts? (By the way, her prices and shipping are cheaper, but there is less selection.)
2. Do you keep a running list of what you're looking for, or do you buy what ever is deeply discounted?
3. Do you impulse buy or pad the cart with at least one extra?
4. Do you shop in stores or online?
5. Where have you found the best customer service when you've needed it? Is it important to you?
No need to answer them all unless you'd like, but I am curious about other's shopping experiences. Thank you!
Here are a few more large companies with Black Friday sales you might want to check out. Again, no affiliation.
One I am affiliated with is Craftsy. I chose to become an affiliate after being a customer. I buy from them often, but want to share an experience I had this week.
When My Package Was Hung Up In Transit
I placed an order 2 weeks ago for several discounted quilt kits. I've said before that it can be quite a cost savings to buy the quilt kit with pattern vs. buying them individually. (I always buy on sale, too, and I still look around to compare prices.) The first day I had a confirmation email that the box had shipped, but days went by. I was not a happy quilter when it turned into a week, and more days went by. Craftsy is usually SO good about getting packages here early!
I kept checking my tracking status, and nothing. Then I saw in the news DHL was strike. Hmmm, that was the carrier. My package was stuck in transit. I sent a quick email out to Craftsy's customer service, and had a reply in a few hours. Since it was over the 10 day window limit, Craftsy credited my account $10. Later that day I had a new email on my tracking, and the package arrived that night. It was 12 days, and very unusual. The point was even though it was way over the usual delivery expectancy, Craftsy was attentive. Follow up emails were quick asking if everything was okay. Another survey email followed asking if the contact had answered all my questions. They're on it, folks!
Craftsy's customer service is an important component to me, and keeps me coming back to where I know it's dependable.
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