Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Scrapbookers can purchase supplies in many places today. Where do scrapbookers go to purchase their supplies? They have many options, so how do they choose? Let’s take a look at some of these options today.
Stores - They may be called LSS or local scrapbook stores. These are independently owned. They carry many different lines of supplies, including paper, adhesives, embellishments, tools and much more. Benefits to shopping at the stores include: being able to touch and try the products on site, purchase on site, able to take home or even use at the store and having help with questions or ideas for projects. Scrappers may be able to work on their books there at the store or take classes to make a onetime project or learn new techniques. Often, stores can order products that the scrapper may ask for.
Consultants - Some companies have Consultants that come to the scrapbooker and may do in-home classes or gatherings. They may sell in different ways, for example, they could just hand out catalogs of products. Or they could create a party experience or class for their guests. Benefits to shopping with Consultants would be: a personalized experience, shopping from home with friends, education and hands on with specific products. Orders may be placed 24/7, if the company has online ordering. They can be very pampering in how guests are treated, especially in a party atmosphere. These may be exclusive product lines.
Online – The web has many sites available for scrapbookers to order products. They may be an extension of one of the other options. Online ordering almost always requires shipping. This may be an additional cost or timing issue. Some benefits of ordering online: access to shopping at odd times where stores or other options may not be available, comparing prices easily and location near the scrapper is not necessary.
Big Box Stores – Also considered as Corporate owned stores. Some of the big ones are Michaels and Joann. These stores usually carry all the basics. They may not carry specialty products or have an extensive line of popular products. They are noted for a lack of service by many. One of the biggest benefits is coupons. Make sure to check prices though, because sometimes it isn’t really that much less than an option that gives the scrapper more service. This again is a touch and buy type purchase.
Resale – There are options like online auction sites or garage sales. These are items that have been purchased once, and may be possibly used or not used. There will probably be postage needed for online sites. One bonus is that garage sales and reselling offers the scrapper a way to purge products. They can sell them quickly and while they may not get 100% of their purchase price, this can be useful.
Each of these options has pros and cons to them depending on the situation for the scrapbooker. They may sell the same product in different formats. For example, a line of particular paper may be sold by stores, online, through big box stores or even through resale options (especially if it is older.) Some scrappers prefer one option over the other. It may depend on how much assistance or service they need or prefer. It may depend on location, timing for ordering or postage costs. Scrapbookers can now choose wisely to get what they need, in a way that makes sense for them.