Thank you to Threads & TP for new Claire Shaeffer DVD set
Sewing friends, while I don’t often post, I do enjoy reading about the sewing experiences of others and thank you for your generosity in sharing the tribulations and successes of sewing projects here in the Gatherings forums. On another forum there has been a discussion recently, about the new Claire Shaeffer DVD set, Basics: Couture Techniques Workshop, that is really bothering me. Having recently purchased the DVD”s directly from Threads (TP) I have received the DVD’s, have watched them and refreshed some techniques I already new and learned others. Just to see the garments Ms. Shaeffer uses from her private haute couture collection to demonstrate the application of techniques is, IMHO, worth the price of the DVD”s. The DVD package arrived, through international mail, within a week of the order date. I have had the set here to enjoy while the others in that conversation, who cancelled their orders from TP over price point, are still waiting for their copies to ship. While other distribution points may be able to offer a slightly lower price, over volume sales, it needs to be pointed out that support for making these teaching opportunities available to many of us who otherwise would not be able to enjoy them, comes directly from the TP/Threads organization. We need to support those in this sewing community who support us. While in the Threads Gatherings I may be, in effect, preaching to the converted, I just wanted to thank the Threads people who make these initiatives possible. I have said basically the same thing in the other forum. A few dollars when it means the difference between eating or starving, yes – is a priority. Those few dollars more, when they mean the difference between future initiatives or not, is also a priority and I hope any of you considering purchasing the DVD set will do so at Taunton, as a show of support within our sewing community.
Thank you for the affirmation ;-) and I see your point about the Linux. There had to be some benefit to what we MS Windows users endure, so I guess the DVD system formatting is it ;-)
I certainly am not disagreeing with either yours or Jane's points about "dancing with the one who brung you", to quote and old saw.... I am curious about how these Distribution Centers (?) came to have the DVDs. Were they blackmarket copies, or did Taunton sell them to these centers in volume? If the latter, then I'd think Taunton had built a profit into that sale. If the former, then Taunton should pursue legal action. Taunton needs make it known to the general public so there is a concerted effort to boycott those centers. Or am I missing the whole point? I whole-heartedly agree that local businesses, particularly small mom-and-pop-type sewing establishments should be supported, given the fragility of that market. I love being able to go to my dealer and get my machine repaired and get suggestions and help. Long live the "brick and stick" store fronts!!! And long live Taunton for their creativity and vision.
certainly fair comment
The distributor in this case happened to be major retailer. Amazon has a sales arrangement with TP for sure as they sell most of the other TP book offerings. I have no problem with a good business arrangement what so ever and these large chain retailers certainly expand the market share for TP beyond the faithful subscribers and purchasers here at home base. However, my issue was with the cancellation of orders already placed with TP, to save a very few dollars. Looking at it from a purely practical point of view, perhaps TP should have negotiated the date for their release arrangement in another way. Either way, TP makes a profit margin ( I hope) percentage. I was hoping to make the point, as you so perfectly stated, that if we can afford to buy the DVD's in the first place, then perhaps we could afford to buy them here, allowing TP the benefit, rather a large retailer who doesn't particularly care whether we sew or not. Just a different point of view ;-)
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