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My least favorite part about buying fabric has been and always will be the dreaded Fabric Counter.

You wait in line. It takes forever. Some nosy clerk is asking "what are you making!" when really it doesn't matter you're just hoarding fabric like you do. and if you only need a little bit of 10 different kinds of fabric, then it REALLY takes forever, you feel bad for holding up the line.

Then I discovered fabric.com and have been a loyal customer ever since! I make little things... zipper pouches, toddler dresses... I rarely need a whole yard. a half yard does it. They have free shipping on orders over $35 so I'd order half yards of fabric to my hearts' content, click submit and days later it just shows up with no line-waiting or awkward conversations had at any fabric cutting counter, it was a dream. And yes their fabrics are a tad bit more expensive than the local shops, but it was worth it to me saving all that time.

Until now. I went to pick out some fabrics this week to find that they are apparently unhappy with me and my half yard ordering ways, because they now add a penalty of sorts if you order less than one yard of the same kind of fabric.

Something that's $9.50 a yard used to cost me $4.25 for a half yard. cause you know, it's half. now it's $7.11... I only need half the fabric but I have to pay 75% of the price.

my cliche-loving dad had a saying about this, when asked why a business charged more for something he'd say "because they can."

it just bums me out because I've been so happy these past few years ordering fabric online, now that my habits are punishable and subject to a 50% markup, I don't feel like it's worth it anymore. No local shop does this. You want half a yard, you buy it... that's the point of fabric by the yard.

we shall now part ways, fabric.com. it was fun while it lasted.


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Jun. 22nd, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
Good for you. No reason to pay more and buy what you don't need.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, boo. I hate when good things end like that.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Did you try sending them a note to let them know they've lost your business over this decision? Worth a try...
Jun. 22nd, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
I called them out on twitter in this blog post, that's my note.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, but can we also talk about how fabric.com shipping takes EIGHT YEARS? That's why I'd rather shop almost anywhere else.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ugh, not ordering from them anymore. :(
Jun. 22nd, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
Well, that sucks. I'm guessing they don't even think about quarter yards!

I use online fabric sites because there is no fabric store in town anymore- only Walmart and most of their very small collection of fabric is shitty. They are good for muslin and interfacings. So far.
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:57 am (UTC)
Wow, that really sucks. That mark-up makes the small talk worth it.

FWIW, I was one of those fabric-counter clerks in high school, and I dreaded the small talk side of things. I avoided it whenever I could. Except one when particular customer came in -- ebullient, conversational, a kind word to everyone, always picking out delicate shades of rose and grey, clearly some sort of interior decorator...with tattoos, full beard, biker leathers, and all the accoutrements that go with that demographic. He was...a puzzler.
Jun. 23rd, 2015 11:12 am (UTC)
You might try calling around in your area to see if any shop sells fat quarters, the pieces of material used for quilting. My local fabric store has loads of them, cut from almost all the fabric they sell. I use them to make doll clothes.
Jun. 24th, 2015 07:23 am (UTC)
I wonder if they're bundling in the labor cost somehow, since, as you alluded to before, it does require employeetime and llabor to do the cutting. And that's a roughly fixedamount wwhether you order 0.5 or 3 yards. Ordering online just makes the employee time invisible because you don't have to stand there and wait.
Jun. 24th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
I use the "because they can" answer often, usually in total disgust, regarding prices I am unable to influence, like gasoline. Blessings
Jul. 6th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC)
What?! Is this on all of their fabric? Because if so, I'm gone too. : /

I love fabricshack.com for small orders. Reasonable shipping costs and they will cut down to 1/8th yard pieces. I go to fabric.com for stuff they didn't have at cheaper prices than the fancy quilter oriented online shops.
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