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Inkmama
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:10:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I want Silk Garden for another clapotis. I don't need it right away. There are LYS's nearby with it for up to $5 more a skein (but I can get it right away). Online I can find it for $5 less (but I won't have it for a week or so). What to do? I think I am pulled to be in a yarn environment, but pay $30 more (for all the skeins) plus gas? What would/do you do?

Barbara

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jaymeKnits
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:21:43 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I try to soupport my LYSs. If it's a big $$ difference and I don't need/want it immediately I will by online. So I guess it's up to you. I figure if I don't shop at the LYS it won't be there when I need it.

Jayme

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DeAnn
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:25:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit DeAnn's Homepage Send DeAnn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I will always support my local yarn shops over the internet shops---if I can, and even tho it means spending a little more.
But a five dollar difference in skein price is huge! I'm sure I would go for the internet savings on that one.



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yarnlover
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:30:05 PM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure what advice to offer, but...by the time you receive all the suggestions from KR that you are likely to receive, it will probably be a week gone by. If you had ordered online, you'd have the yarn by then, plus a little more $$ in your hand for more. Just a thought.

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Buckeyeknitter
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:30:05 PM  Show Profile Send Buckeyeknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We finally have a lys and it carries wonderful yarn and has a very helpful friendly staff. So even though I have purchased many times in past off the internet, from now on I am going to buy locally unless the difference is huge. Right now I am ready to knit Clapotis (finally) and am looking at yarn. I think I will pay a premium of at least $3/skein for Lion and Lamb but have decided to buy from my lys.

I am just so thrilled to have a store within a twenty minute drive instead of 2 hr drive that I will definitely support them.

Pam
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mokey
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:31:06 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would ask the LYS if that is indeed the correct price. $5.00 a ball seems like a crazy markup, more a mistake than a mark up. Get a list of what other shops charge online and compare.

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lizknit
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:34:08 PM  Show Profile Send lizknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with DeAnn. For a slight increase, I'd buy it locally but if the difference amounts to enough to buy yarn for another project, I'll point and click.

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knottyknitter
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  12:50:11 PM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like to support locally too. Lucky for me, one of the realy good priced online resources is technically local (Little Knits) so I ordered mine from her. That way, I got the great price AND supported my local economy:)
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denmark
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  1:11:42 PM  Show Profile Send denmark a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I buy most of my yarn online, but if the price is close, I'll buy from my LYS. I look at the price per skein, and I also factor in the 8 % sales tax (ouch!) for buying locally, and shipping costs, if any, when buying online.

I also consider if I might want to ask for help...I recently bought the Sweater Wizard from my LYS (I did get 15% off as a Guild member), because she had taken the time to demo the software for me, and I know that if I have trouble, I can always ask her for help. Yes, I probably paid $10-15 more than online, but I have peace of mind.

It's nice to have a choice, and I certainly don't want to lose my LYS due to online competition.

Beth
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ScubaQueen
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USA
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  1:25:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit ScubaQueen's Homepage Send ScubaQueen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Inkmama

What would/do you do?



Buy it online...without giving it a second thought! I agree with the other posters that a $5.00 markup is OUTRAGEOUS! [**]

Then again....are you sure that it's really a $5.00 markup...or is the price the STORE is charging the price most LYS sell it for and the INTERNET store is just having a GREAT SALE for a limited time? If this is the case then buy the yarn on-line and take the $30.00 savings and go to the LYS and buy yourself some new needles or other gadget. That way you spend the full amount....but you get the yarn and extra goodies....and you've given the LYS some patronage.

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queenmaxine
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USA
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  1:28:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit queenmaxine's Homepage Send queenmaxine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
i definitely buy both online and at my LYS (as well as every LYS I have ever stopped iin while traveling). There is something to supporting the independant which runs through me. As a writer who has seen many women's or feminist bookstores go under, I will always find something at an LYS that I have to have in order to prevent the same loss in the end. It isn't a problem. Really. It isn't.

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RobA
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  1:40:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I buy both places. I have learned to go frequently to my LYS and scout around in all the corners -- I am often surprised to find something there that I didn't know they have! Last week I stumbled onto a sale of Rowan Magpie and Magpie Tweed for only $6 a skein. On the other hand, if I can get seriously discounted prices online I do. As Wendy said, I then take my savings and spend it at the LYS!


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Inkmama
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  1:50:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Knitters!
I ended up ordering online. I most always shop at my LYS's, but this difference in price was a lot, I thought. At www.woolneedleworks.com, they have Noro Silk Garden--all colors!--for $7.89 a skein. At my LYS--not so local; a half hour up the freeway (not a nice ride, either--it's 10.85 and at another LYS, a little closer, is't $12.25 a skein. So...this time I bought online. (Plus, the online shop has a sale going on, so I got 6 skeins of Silk Garden, with shipping, for 52.87. But in a little while I will go out to my LYS to buy Brown Sheep worsted to make a felted shoulder bag/laptop bag for my 11 year old son.

I loved reading your replies. Thanks!
Barbara

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eggshel344
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USA
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  2:03:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit eggshel344's Homepage  Send eggshel344 a Yahoo! Message Send eggshel344 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know this has already been resolved, but I wanted to add, that as much as I agree that supporting LYS's is very important, I also think that LYS should support local knitters, and that means not price gauging us for all we are worth. I don't have a LYS, closest thing I would consider to one is 30 miles away, but if I did, I would only support it if I felt it was fair to knitters, and a $5 increase to yarn isn't fair.

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Inkmama
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891 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2006 :  3:51:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I totally agree with you. The LYS that charged 12.25 is one I don't like going to, anyway. They're not friendly, for one. But a lot of women with money go there so they probably think it's fine to charge that, and they're been around for a lonnnng time.

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pieheart
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  4:06:41 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I struggle with this one all the time. On the one hand, I prefer to shop locally and support local people. On the other hand, my LYS isn't particularly "local", and another one that I like is even further away. On the other other hand (bet you didn't know I had three hands, you'd think I"d knit faster!) saving money is a good thing.

For that particular project I'd do just what you did (and I think I may do myself, I want to make a Lady Eleanor, and that price is great!) But if I were going to need hands-on help, I'd buy locally so I could (in good conscience) ask for the LYSO's help.

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JulieB
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Australia
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  4:13:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit JulieB's Homepage Send JulieB a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It all depends on your definition of "local". For some Jo Sharp cotton, I could pay $8/ball at the LYS a block away from my office, $7/ball at the LYS about 20 minutes away from home, or $6/ball at the not-so-L-to-me-YS about 2.5 hours drive away. I was out for a day trip and checked out the LYS (as you do), and discovered the "bargain". It's not local to me, but it's local to other people!

Julie.

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Inkmama
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  4:42:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
By the way, as has been mentioned elsewhere on KR, the website I ordered the Silk Garden had such a good feel--the woman I spoke with, actually, because the site wouldn't take my order. And I do love Silk Garden for clapotis. I already made on and constantly get compliments. And it doesn't pill!

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ozknitter
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  6:41:17 PM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,

I always try to support my local wool shops, but that doesn't stop me from seeking out bargains.

I would love to buy wool online but because I am in Australia, the exchange rate, the bank rates and fees and the postage are horrendous and it just ends up costing almost double, so now I just stick to good old Aussie/NZ wool.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.
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klfrazier
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Posted - 03/14/2006 :  6:59:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've always been very honest with the two or three LYSs that I frequent about this issue. THey know that I have to go where I can get the best bargain, and that my internet deals (usually, but not restricted to books) allow me to then spend more in their stores than I would be able to if I were restricted to purchasing all of my knitting stuff there.

Kristin
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Yarn Delirious
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USA
777 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2006 :  7:01:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Yarn Delirious's Homepage Send Yarn Delirious a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Buckeyeknitter

I think I will pay a premium of at least $3/skein for Lion and Lamb but have decided to buy from my lys.

Pam



That is a fantastic price for L&L - I want some too!



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