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    Does Your Local Quilt Store.....

    Does your local quilt store charge you for shipping fees? I mean when you take a class from them, buy your fabric there from them and also purchase the book for the class from them? Ours charges for the price of the book the pattern is in plus shipping costs for the book. Just curious. I was a little surprised but already was taking the class, bought the fabric and just paid what they asked which was full price for the book plus shipping.
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    Have never been charged a shipping fee.

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    Usually when I take a class from my LQS they give me 20% off of everything. I've never heard of them charging shipping costs, especially when it's for a class they are giving.
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    You've been ripped off.
    Several years ago I took a class at a major quilt show in NH; the instructor sold us thread and insisted we pay sales tax. NH has no sales tax. She didn't care.
    Unfortunately, even the quilt world has rip-off artists

    I'd also find another quilt shop to patronize or shop on-line

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    no have never been chargd for shipping
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    I have not been charged the shipping either. Usually you would think the shipping was figured in to the price they needed to charge for the book. Most of the classes I took had something on sale. If not the fabric a special tool or ruler that made it easier, hence the reason for the class as well.

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    I would think that should have been disclosed BEFORE the price of the class and book were offered. I took a class once that the class fee was nominal but the thread package that you had to buy was substantial. I was told this before I was required to pay for the class. Sounds like a rip off to me and I would be a little peeved if it happened to me.

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    Every class I have taken, the LQS gives a 20% discount when you buy the supplies there. I think you were ripped off. If the class was free, then maybe, but I would think shipping is included in the cost of the book or pattern.
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    I would think that would be included in the price of the book...just as if you went to the bookstore and ordered it. That is, unless they are actually selling it to you at THEIR price and then they wanted the shipping so they weren't losing money on each book.

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    What? talk about wanting to re-coup all their costs!! no never heard of that altough a store near me has classes and the instructor charged an extra $15.00 per block taught. one reason i didn't sign up for that class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncsewer View Post
    I have not been charged the shipping either. Usually you would think the shipping was figured in to the price they needed to charge for the book. Most of the classes I took had something on sale. If not the fabric a special tool or ruler that made it easier, hence the reason for the class as well.
    Book sellers, such as a quilt shop, pay publishers or distributors 50% of the retail cost for the books they sell.
    The retail cost of a book is usually printed on the back cover, any addition to that is sales tax (in states that have them)
    You don't pay shipping unless it's shipped to you, not hand delivered.

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    No, and where I work, anything purchased for the class, including the book, is 10% off. Granted this is an open studio, not a local quilt shop. We stock only basic notions and blender fabrics.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra-P View Post
    Does your local quilt store charge you for shipping fees? I mean when you take a class from them, buy your fabric there from them and also purchase the book for the class from them? Ours charges for the price of the book the pattern is in plus shipping costs for the book. Just curious. I was a little surprised but already was taking the class, bought the fabric and just paid what they asked which was full price for the book plus shipping.
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    If the shop paid full retail for the books for everyone in the class and shipping too, then I could see them charging for the total that they spent. However if they are making a profit on the books, I don't think they should charge for shipping. In any case, I think the full price of the class should have been made available at the time you signed up, and you should have been given the opportunity to buy the book elsewhere. Most quilt books are available at a discount somewhere on the internet, and shipping is often free with a minimum purchase.

    My LQS allows us to bring any fabric we want to class. Other shops in the general area give discounts if you buy the fabric from them, but they don't insist on it. If a pattern or book is being used in the class, we are expected to own that book or pattern, although we don't necessarily have to have bought it from that shop.

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    How much shipping are you talking about? Surely the LQS didn't have all the books for the class shipped individually, so if there are 10 people in the class, your share would be one tenth of the media rate on 10 books. Sure seems to me that they could eat that in the name of customer service or include it in the class fee. The bad publicity is costing them more than the shipping did. If she doesn't add shipping to the price of non-class books, I wonder why she thinks it's okay for class books.
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    So what if I went in and bought the book used in the class for personal use? Otherwise, do they charge shipping for all the books they sell? Just does not sound right.

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    Oh for heaven's sake... your kidding. I would be upset too.
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    I would never pay shipping to my LQS considering all the money I spend there! I also get 15% off the fabric, backing and batting for a class project.
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    This is all our LQS charges: Sewing Class Fee: $45 + fabric & pattern.

    The price for the class does range from $25 to $45, depending on what you are making. I have never taken one of their classes but they are super nice ladies.
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    My LQS usually will give 20% off material when you take a class from them. In fact they have some classes this summer that the pattern will be free. Not one to be shy I would say something to the quilt shop about charging for the shipping fee.

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    shipping charges on a book not shipped?!?!?! that is illegal - they have stolen your money!! my 2 cents...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Usually when I take a class from my LQS they give me 20% off of everything. I've never heard of them charging shipping costs, especially when it's for a class they are giving.
    That's ridiculous! When I've taken classes at my LQS, I, too, have gotten a discount re that class, no surcharge, no shipping, no nothing. Seriously... you need to take your classes elsewhere. That's not cool!
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    That's nuts!!
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    No they just order supplies for their classes and keep them in stock prior to the classes but you don't have to buy it from them, and most places discount stuff you buy for their classes.

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    My LQS charges full price for the books, then discounts any needed supplies that are purchased if you sign up for the classes at the meet the teacher day. Ohterwise no discount, but she only charges shipping if you ask her to special order something and she can't combine it with her order.
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    sounds strange to me. I have had shops "special order" patterns for me. They only charge for the item, never the shipping.

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