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    I remember when ebay used to have good deals, I went to look at fabric and thought hey maybe I will buy something new for a good deal....but all of the stuff I saw is priced HIGHER than the quilting stores I shop at!!! Seriously!?? Is it just the holidays or that I havent been on ebay in some time?

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    Some is some isnt. If you go to buy it now and do a search by price plus shipping sometimes its a better deal. Sometimes its just fun to poke around and see whats out there. I can't always get to my quilt store. I HATE Joann's so.. there is the net. I don't find bargains but usually like quilt store prices on ebay vs sale prices at Joann's. But you can get name brands on ebay which you CAN NOT get at Joann's. Check out whittlesfabrics.com for fun reasonable priced fabrics.

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    Many of the online stores have better prices than on eBay now. In addition to Whittles, there is Thousands of Bolts, Blue Bamboo, Marshall Dry Goods, Webfabrics, Over the Rainbow, etc. Check out the Fab Shop Hop links. I've discovered several places thru there.

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    I find that it is an on/off again on good deals. Some have wonderful prices until you look at the shipping :roll: I don't spend as much time there looking anymore....

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    I shop for fabric on eBay, but usually only for specific pattern I'm looking for, or a whole bunch of FQs in a line. And I refuse to pay as much (including shipping costs) as if I went to LQS, so if that's the case, then I just drive across town!! Some of our LQSs will order special. I haven't done that, but I know they will. I have gotten some GREAT deals on eBay, but you really have to spend time and only buy what you LOVE!!! You do have to watch out for the shipping costs...sometimes they add in extra for their time, etc. I don't do those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Many of the online stores have better prices than on eBay now. In addition to Whittles, there is Thousands of Bolts, Blue Bamboo, Marshall Dry Goods, Webfabrics, Over the Rainbow, etc. Check out the Fab Shop Hop links. I've discovered several places thru there.
    ditto to all of these sites and i'd add quiltfabriccloseouts

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    Also "Connecting threads","fabric cafe" is great for 3 yard bundles...
    connecting threads has free shipping over 50 bucks, alot of the online shops have shipping deals. i only use ebay like jljack, whan i am looking for something specific.

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    I feel the same way. Ebay use to be fun and you could get a great deal. Now it is a high priced business. I dont like Joanns either so usually by on line. I feel the shipping is the same as using gas to run around looking for something. Another site to look at is www.quiltshops.com

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    check this sale out..from connecting threads.
    http://tiny.cc/qCvFj

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    This is my favorite ebay site for fabric - http://stores.ebay.com/CROWSNESTQUIL..._sopZ10QQ_vcZ1

    It's not the latest collections, but the fabric is good quality (a lot of Red Rooster, which I like) and the shipping is reasonable, especially if you get as much as will fit in a large USPS box (about 30 yards). They also answer questions promptly. I've always been pleased when I purchase from them.

    Forgot to say, all the Red Rooster fabric is $2.99 / yd.

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    Umm... if you look at how big a bite eBay and PayPal will take from the sellers of those fabrics, then you'll have a better idea of why the prices are as high as they are.

    I mean, if you want to just get rid of your extra fabric, and don't care if you make any money on the deal, you could just donate it to a local charity. And it'd be a lot quicker and easier than listing it on eBay.

    Personally, I sometimes buy on eBay, but as to selling... well, it just seems to be a whole lot of effort for, well, not a lot of reward per sale. Though I know several people who love to sell on eBay and do so quite successfully.

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    I used to get "lots" of fabric on e-bay. The change started when folks would list in "12 yards +" and then the bidding price would be per yard, instead of the entire piece. Then, the categories were rearranged, and the people who sold by the yard were now selling FQs for the same price. People who had sold FQs are cutting them into strips or charms in order to get higher prices.

    I haven't bought fabric there in a couple years, but look from time to time, and will need to sell off some of my stash soon.

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    I used to sell on eBay and did really well but when they started to change policies a couple years ago I quit all together. If you list an item for .99 and lets say it sells at .99 you are out over a $1 after PayPal and eBay fees, so you are losing money.

    Ebay is nothing but a racket and I will not even buy on there anymore. I will look every once in a while but NEVER buy.

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    I tend not to use e-bay for fabrics that I can get at a shop (even on-line stores). I only have gone there to get specific prints. I have gotten several african ladies there and Keith Mallet paintings turned into panels. To me is more of the fact that people sell any fabric as quilting fabric that are not, and I hate to receive fabrics that are stiff or smell.

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    I sell on ebay, and mine isn't high.

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    I love to look as well as buy stuff on ebay. Sometimes you can find marvelous prices as well as things you can't find anywhere else! :D

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    I checked out whittles. WOW! what a selection of nice looking name brand quilting fabrics. thanks for the information.
    whittlesfabrics.com

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    Here is a place I found where fabrics are reasonable.
    http://www.blujay.com/?page=search&tnd=unc

    You have to register to buy or sell and it doesn't cost anything. They use Paypal also. They have real nice websites also.

    Merry Christmas,
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    equilter.com has 55% off clearance material

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    I shop at stitch n frame.com and they have good deals on fabrics.

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    One of the last times I bought a piece of fabric on EBAY it was a fabric panel. When I got it, it had a flaw in it so I emailed the seller and told her and she accused me of damaging it. So I left her bad feedback because I didn't want anyone to get burned like I did. Then she commented on my feedback, something to the effect that people like me who buy their fabric at Walmart find fault with people like her who sell good quality fabric on EBAY, etc. So now I am really careful and check their ratings. This particular seller isn't there anymore. or else she is selling under a different name.I have noticed lately that EBAY prices are way over what they should be. I don't mind reasonable postage, but the prices for their fabric dept. are way too high, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judithb
    I checked out whittles. WOW! what a selection of nice looking name brand quilting fabrics. thanks for the information.
    whittlesfabrics.com
    Woah I just finally checked it out.... I swear I heard my credit card cry.... DEFINITELY going to be making a purchase or two from there!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    This is my favorite ebay site for fabric - http://stores.ebay.com/CROWSNESTQUIL..._sopZ10QQ_vcZ1

    It's not the latest collections, but the fabric is good quality (a lot of Red Rooster, which I like) and the shipping is reasonable, especially if you get as much as will fit in a large USPS box (about 30 yards). They also answer questions promptly. I've always been pleased when I purchase from them.

    Forgot to say, all the Red Rooster fabric is $2.99 / yd.
    Do you have any idea why some of their fabrics appear wrinkled? I just checked over many of them on a variety of pages and found some of them were pretty wrinkled. That is a really great price, and I thank you for mentioning them, just thought I'd ask if you had any experience with receiving wrinkled fabric?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    This is my favorite ebay site for fabric - http://stores.ebay.com/CROWSNESTQUIL..._sopZ10QQ_vcZ1

    It's not the latest collections, but the fabric is good quality (a lot of Red Rooster, which I like) and the shipping is reasonable, especially if you get as much as will fit in a large USPS box (about 30 yards). They also answer questions promptly. I've always been pleased when I purchase from them.

    Forgot to say, all the Red Rooster fabric is $2.99 / yd.
    Do you have any idea why some of their fabrics appear wrinkled? I just checked over many of them on a variety of pages and found some of them were pretty wrinkled. That is a really great price, and I thank you for mentioning them, just thought I'd ask if you had any experience with receiving wrinkled fabric?

    Thanks,
    I haven't had a problem receiving wrinkled fabric, but I'm not sure I would notice. I wash and press all my fabric soon after it comes in the door. No matter where I buy it, I've noticed that the fabric near the end of the bolt is usually wrinkled. I really don't think you will be disappointed with fabric from this shop, but if you are concerned you could try emailing them with your question. They have been prompt to respond with information in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster

    I haven't had a problem receiving wrinkled fabric, but I'm not sure I would notice. I wash and press all my fabric soon after it comes in the door. No matter where I buy it, I've noticed that the fabric near the end of the bolt is usually wrinkled. I really don't think you will be disappointed with fabric from this shop, but if you are concerned you could try emailing them with your question. They have been prompt to respond with information in the past.
    Thanks so much. I'll go take another look and will email them if I have any questions. Can't beat the price!

    :thumbup:

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