Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The price of tea in China

Okay, so I'm not going to really rant about the price of tea in China, however, I going to rant about the price of fabric and patterns in Australia!    I just purchased two patterns plus shipping from Heather Bailey's online store (including postage) for US$23.02 (AU$23.22).  Purchasing the same from an online store here in Oz would have cost me AU$37 (incl postage)......   WTF??

So, when prices go up, fabric costs go up.... however, when our dollar is strong and we are getting more bang for our buck, aren't the wholesalers and store owners also reaping the rewards?   Why is it that when the prices really go down, we never see any decrease?

I know I may see things fairly simplistically as I am not a trader and don't buy wholesale, but the whole premise of a strong dollar, buying from a country like the US with a weak dollar means you save some..... don't you? 

Buying online from the US is crippling our stores, it means that we may have less stores  where we can peruse and fondle beautiful crisp quilting cottons.... however, the price of health insurance, school fees, interest rates, food, petrol, car insurance, doctors bills (you get my drift), mean that I will save money where I can and if I can save $15 for 2 patterns coming from the US, sadly I will do it guilt free.  Whilst I will buy Australian as much as possible, it is not always right for me.

I would love to hear your view.


PS: here are the patterns I purchased, cute huh?


  1. 1. I completely agree!
    2. Cute softies :-)
    Andi x

  2. I agree with both of you.
    I find it amazing that nothing ever seems to change especially prices going down when the US dollar is strong.
    Our local fabric shops need to be supported but they also need to support their consumers.

  3. I agree to Your softs are very cute.

  4. I agree! I try to mainly by from the locals around here, but there is times when I shop from the US, especially when things are tight.

    Those pin cusions are cool! I love love love the elephant!