I had a job interview in NYC today and after my interview went to Purl Patchwork in soho. It was a very tiny store with few fabrics, most of them not my style and prices out of my reach, but I guess that't what you get when you go to store like that in NYC. Anyways, this is what I saw that made me never to want to go back. This lady come in, obviously has ne ver quilted in her life, and she wants them to show her how to get set up to start. Within 15 minutes they had sold her a few fat quarters bundles (at $30.00 each), the largest cutting mat in the market for $56.00!!! and then they proceeded to pack it up for her to take home and they rolled it into a very tiny roll. I could just imagine that mat never again laying flat. Then they took her to the gadgets wall and she asks for a rotary cutter. They showed her an Olfa and told her how unstable it was. They convinced her that a Ginger was they way to go. My daughter's eyes opened wide when she looked at me. We have had an Olfa for years! The lady was happy with her Ginger cutter to go home and learn to quilt. Several hundred dollars later she doesn't have a single ruler or any thread at all.
These people would do anything for a sale.