Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
|Posted: 1/30/2013 2:13:56 AM|The scrapbooking industry is facing tough times as it is, and to add to misery, I read that USPS rates went up the other day. That means even higher shipping rates (esp. for internationals like me), and I have no doubt that this will curb my scrappy spending in the future. I'm already holding back my spending as it is.
The sad thing is that, likely, the supplies would be more expensive at the LSS too? They have to pay for shipping, as well. Ugh.
Let's just say that I'm happy to have a big stash so I won't be out of scrapbooking supplies anytime soon.
How would higher shipping rates influence your shopping?
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
|Posted: 1/30/2013 2:27:47 AM|I hope it's not like home in Sweden, higher rates for less service
Well, as it is, I only shop where I can reach free or flat rate shipping from US. I used to shop a lot from here, but not anymore due to the shipping prices.
At home I mostly shop at my LSS's, very rarely online.
The ine I mostly go to, try to order whatever I want, even if she's not carrying it and I like to support her business.
But, I also have a big stash and can cut back on the spending if prices are getting to high. Actually, I probably shouldn't buy any more ppr for years
|Posted: 1/30/2013 2:30:18 AM|Ugh, i hate this Economey! I don't have a LSS anywhere near me in fact I don't even think there in one within 100 miles of me.. All I have is ms (which we all know isn't that great) or js that's 1 hr away.. So I have no other choice then to shop online to buy the newest stuff! If twopeas or any other company were to take away there free shipping I would be devastated, I depend on that and I'm so hard up and dead set on NOT having to pay the stupid $7.00 shipping I make sure my order qualifies for free shipping every time! I know $7.00 for most isn't that much for shipping but for me it is! I feel like its a waste of money when Instead I can get something for that price.. I'm praying to god that they don't do away with the free shipping or up the amount.. After the loyalty program has changed I think I would cry and have to move on! Lol the products put a hole in my pocket as is.. Always trying to keep up with all these new products all the time .. Add high shipping to that and I might as well get a job just to support my hobby or find a new hobby.. Lol when I first got into scrapbooking I never knew it would cost this much.. Its a whole other world over here!!!
Loc: Sparks, NV
|Posted: 1/30/2013 3:26:51 AM|I read the same about the shipping rates going up and it has definitely stopped me from placing an order or two just recently but I'm new here and I keep seeing peas talk about how they wait until they qualify for free shipping. Can someone please tell me how that's done?
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|Posted: 1/30/2013 4:12:41 AM|
This probably explains why I was so shocked yesterday. I was placing an order, few EP packs and few extra sheets of paper, and the shipping cost was 60 dollars!
I thought that maybe Two Peas have higher costs now, I haven't ordered from here for a while. And I didn't place the order. Shipping was almost same price as the products, I can't justify paying that much.
But I don't know what I'm going to do if the prices are as high everywhere. I have always bought from US. In Finnish stores variety is bad. You can get few sheets of one collection and some brands are no existent here.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 6:24:29 AM|
I tend to order from German scrapbook websites. There are a few places online in the us I order from.
I like getting things at two peas bc I think they have a great forum, but their shipping is too high. Instead, two peas gets money from me via their classes.
You should see if some German companies will ship to you.
Loc: PTC, GA
|Posted: 1/30/2013 6:32:36 AM|Well maybe soon it will be so expensive to have products shipped to you that it will be cheaper for you to buy me a plane ticket to Sweden to hand deliver you a suitcase full of scrappy supplies.
Win win right?
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
|Posted: 1/30/2013 6:57:11 AM|
Well maybe soon it will be so expensive to have products shipped to you that it will be cheaper for you to buy me a plane ticket to Sweden to hand deliver you a suitcase full of scrappy supplies.
Woohoo! Excellent idea! And then you could stay over and scrap with me!
It actually did hit my mind when I wrote the OP that it is getting cheaper and cheaper to buy plane tickets and transporting people around the world, while it's getting more and more expensive to ship goods. Hmmm... it used to be the other way around.
Beriuqam, just as suswic I'm supporting my LSS when I can. My experience is that European scrap sites offer about the same range of supplies, i.e. not a very large variety of things and rarely every piece from a collection.
At the same time, the prices here are double the ones in the US and the shipping is not very cheap here either, at least not if you buy 12x12 papers.
In some cases, I prefer to get products not (yet) available in Europe directly from the US, even if I perhaps could ask my LSS to try and get it for me. It's a bit of a dilemma: should I pay double and support my LSS or could I get what I want from a US online store? It's often the shipping cost, and of course also the product availability, that is critical in that decision.