Uh, how I love to stir the controversy! Who is kidding who…controversy sells….just like you know what (fabric). With the lack of enthusiasm from my readers lately (excluding my most loyal reader Joanne….xxoo), I sure could use some controversy to fire up some insightful comments. I mean seriously, last week I thought I came up with this great blog idea about bathroom fabric displays and even went as far as offering a generous fabric prize to the best fabric in the bathroom shot posted on the Studioe Facebook page. All I got was a donut. Yes a donut a.k.a zero, nada & nyet.
So what is the controversy? No, it is not quilt market…although that is on my list to hit on before going to market as that continues to be a total debacle to say the least. The latest controversy is about fabric convertors or fabric vendor selling directly to consumers at shows. As if quilt shops and other fabric resellers are not struggling enough….now they have to contend with competing with their own suppliers. WTF! F is for fabric of course. Nice touch guys!
Here’s the story. My spies, of which I have many so be careful, have informed me that at some recent fabric events there were competitors of ours selling directly to consumers. Not only were they selling to consumers, but they were selling right up against their own customers. OMG is that so not right? If I was a quilt shop owner who put together loads of precuts and kits for this show only to find out that I was going up against my supplier of same, I would be absolutely furious and sad. Ironically, my spies tell me that the people were furious and truly quite disgusted and shocked to see their suppliers there and I don’t blame them.
If I really wanted to stir the controversy, I could totally reveal who the vendor is and sit back while everyone got pissed off at them and boycotted them, but that is not really my goal here. My goal in this blog is to suggest that people stick to their regular jobs and not blur the lines by getting in to other people’s business. From my perspective, I can’t believe that in such a fragile fabric environment the fabric vendor would take the risk to make a couple bucks to the detriment of their entire customer base. Doesn’t sound like a good business decision to me nor a good risk/reward play. What do you think?