Guess what? I’ve not fallen off the face of the earth. Once again, I’ve been neglecting this space. Boy, it is a chore to balance life. And once again, I am going to try to stop by here more regularly. I do have many things I want to share with you.
Before I get to the matter at hand, I want to mention that you will be hearing from me about a revamping of my Giveaway Roundup. I’ve not been giving it the attention it deserves and requires. For the plans I have, I will need a little assistance. No heavy lifting. I will be putting out a call for bloggers. I’d like a few different ones a month for what I want to do. More details to follow soon. You can shoot me a message if you have a blog and may be interested. No obligation if you contact me.
Okay! So, what brought me here today? I’ve been seeing posts pop up recently about where quilters should make their purchases. I came across one today when scrolling through a weeks worth of posts in my Bloglovin feed — I’m behind everywhere! Anyway, this one was asking if quilters should purchase from Massdrop. I have generally remained silent on these posts but felt compelled to speak up today.
I know this is a hot topic for some. I voiced the thoughts I had at the moment. You may agree. You may disagree. I’m sure there are other aspects, etc. I did not address. Anywho, here is the full text of my comment:
I’ve been noticing these types of posts appearing lately about where fabric and supplies should and should not be purchased with the general opinion being traditional local brick and mortar or established independent online businesses. It makes me wonder if sometimes there is influence on these posts based on the sponsorship of the blogs.
How and where purchases are made is a personal decision. A number of factors can come into play — economics, location, availability, etc. Somebody may make a purchasing decision entirely on cost. Another based on their own remote location. Someone else based on what’s available locally. For me it’s usually a mix of cost and local availability. Most often, what I like and/or am looking for is not available locally. I prefer to support a local small business when I can but consideration of my finances outweighs consideration of theirs.
Regarding Massdrop, they are not a go to place for fabric and supplies. You don’t decide you need XYZ item and go right to Massdrop and purchase it. At this moment, they have only two sewing related drops. Using their website and purchasing from them is not onerous. You do not have to participate in polls. You can receive an update email from them letting you know what’s new. You can commit to buy only if the drop reaches the lowest price. The drop is open for a certain number of days. Once it ends, then Massdrop orders the product. They then ship it out once they receive and process their order. Their drops are pretty specific. It’s not often there is any type of variation to choose from. They are selling genuine products purchased from the manufacturers or distributors for the manufacturers. You would have to determine if a product you are interested in is the best deal for you based on what’s available to you elsewhere. I have made a few purchases from Massdrop and have been completely satisfied with each transaction.
That being said, Massdrop is utilizing technology and innovation. Some can say brick and mortar all day long but technology and innovation are a reality. Businesses need to adapt. There are plenty of local brick and mortar and established independent online businesses that are not utilizing what’s available fully or at all to reach and interact with potential customers, such as taking advantage of social media platforms or local brick and mortars that don’t have an online store. There is a natural life cycle with various types of businesses and industries. How many of you no longer have a landline in your home with service provided by a local telephone company because you have a mobile phone with service provide by a national company? Do you no longer subscribe to your local newspaper because you get your news online? Do you shop at membership only warehouse clubs like Sam’s Club or Costco? There are many things taken into consideration when purchasing products and services local vs non-local, small vs big, independent vs corporate, etc.
I’d love to hear what you think. Please be assured I read every comment left even though I may not have a chance to reply.
One more thing, I needed a photo for this post. Here’s one of the visitors at my suet feeder this winter. A Northern Flicker. I’ve been enjoying all of the woodpeckers that have been stopping by.