Thought I would start a discussion topic here. I am interested to know how you buy your crafting products. Do you like to visit a 'bricks and mortar' shop or buy online or at trade shows or via TV shopping channels?
I like to visit the 'high street' craft shop to a) support local businesses and b) have the opportunity to touch the product, feel the weight, feel the texture and see how the crafting item works. It is also handy to have staff on hand should you require any advice. However, the convenience of shopping on-line means you can shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, sometimes with free postage offered and fairly quick delivery. This means no hassle driving to the shops and spending a fortune in car parking charges for the length of time I end up browsing around the store.
What do you think of trade shows? I love attending these as all the craft businesses are together in one place. You can watch demonstrations, ask questions, see the product etc, but you end up spending pounds in one hefty go. Do you think the organisers should charge such large admission fees for these events? I mean, you are going there to spend your money on scrummy new crafting product with all the retailers exhibiting there, should you have to pay admission too?
On the other hand, do you prefer to shop via TV shopping channels? Do you video the demonstrations, do you like the assortment in the kits offered? Do you find them value for money or are the kits too large with many items included you may never use?
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