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    Quote Originally Posted by dharen7
    the one on manschester rd had 4 packs left on Monday
    I really was hoping I could get there, but no chance :o( So, I went to Jhittlesewing.com and bought a 10 pack. Still came out pretty cheap. With shipping it came to about $2.56 a blade. Still not a bad price. Hope to still get to HF but I'm not going to hold my breath. Thanks tho!

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    Good for you, quilterguy, glad you were able to get some blades.
    Keep on quilting!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr12cats
    also get mine from jhittlesewing.com 10 blades for 14.90.
    My shipment always arrives in great time.
    Hmmm, I just went to their site and ordered the 10 pk and with shipping it was $18.90 and $6.70 S&H for a total of $25.60, so for $2.56 a blade still beats what they go for other places. Hmmm, did I order the wrong pkg?

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    I just tried to order and they want $6.99 for shipping... is that what everyone else is finding? I may try to find a store... Quilter 1234

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    You might have guessed with the high demand and know quilter are now using them they will be going uop sky high.

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    I made my first visit to Harbor Freight today and it won't be my last!! I got the cutter with three blades and the only package of blades they had. And, yes, the price is $1.99 for the two in a package. I did get a rain check and the lady put down 10 packages without even asking. I asked her if she had heard that quilters were using them and she said, no. I also got the magnitized bowls that have been mentioned here. My daughter, Debbie, is in a wheelchair when we are out and is retarded so I know she didn't really understand what I meant when I said, " your dad wouldn't believe I would be in a store like this." He died ten years ago and loved Home Depot and Lowes. We looked all over to see what else I could use with quilting. Now that I know we have a store and where it is, I'll be watching the board to see if anyone has anything else from there to use. Thank you to all of you who have talked about the blades. Be Blessed Kathryn

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    I ordered 15 pkgs. yesterday, Figured even if they are back ordered, it's better than $5.99 for one blade at Hobby Lobby.

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    I went to a Harbor Freight store here in Cincinnati, today. There were 4 packs of blades. Since I was there on the 17th, they had obviously gotten in more blades.
    BUT...they are no longer $1.49 a card - they jumped to $1.99 per card. At $1 per blade they are still a good value. I used my 20% off coupon and with take I paid 8.05.


    June in Cincinnati

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    I went by my local Harbor Freight to check if they had any blades in.. nope.. but the price tag on the space where they go was up from $1.49 to $1.99 this week.. I suppose we should expect more hikes as the time goes on..

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    I suppose by the time I am able to get some of these blades they will no longer be a bargain...HF has got to be loving all you gals that buying them out of stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I went to Harbor Freight yesterday (they get their trucks on Mondays) and was able to get 5 pkgs of blades---total cost $8.10 for 10 blades. I also went online and ordered 20 packages. The total cost there was $40.48 but still not a bad price for 40 blades. However, the warehouse told me that they were out of them and the back order wouldn't be in until the first week in October. I told them to order more because they were going to be selling like hotcakes since quilters had found them.
    Why do you need 40 blades? Even if you change it once a month that's still almost 4 years worth of blades.

    They'll make more.

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    I called Harbor Freight yest and the first one was out. Called the second one and they had nine. I asked her to put back 8 for me and she did. Saved the running around. I just asked if the had that item number in stock and they can look it up and not have to search the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi
    ...HF has got to be loving all you gals that buying them out of stock.
    Yes, but all of the carpet installers must be scratching their heads and saying, "What the heck?" :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I went to Harbor Freight yesterday (they get their trucks on Mondays) and was able to get 5 pkgs of blades---total cost $8.10 for 10 blades. I also went online and ordered 20 packages. The total cost there was $40.48 but still not a bad price for 40 blades. However, the warehouse told me that they were out of them and the back order wouldn't be in until the first week in October. I told them to order more because they were going to be selling like hotcakes since quilters had found them.
    Why do you need 40 blades? Even if you change it once a month that's still almost 4 years worth of blades.

    They'll make more.
    You're so right. I think that all of our rushing to buy dozens of packages has led to this price hike. It's a form of hoarding that will only come back to haunt us in the end. Harbor Freight owners aren't stupid. If they're looking at their numbers right now, they're becoming aware of what's going on. Especially with all of us who have told the cashiers to expect crowds of quilters coming in to buy up their stock. I think we should have been cooler about it. But that's just my opinion.

    8-)

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    To share with your friends, what else would you do with them. Use them? LOLOL!!!
    It is called Free enterprise. Just because the people here are picking them up does not mean that EVERYONE in the nation is. We are but a small percentage of the whole of quilters. I am sure that Harbor Freight is just glad for the business.
    Oh and by the way the carpet business is doing very well also. My best friends hubby owns a carpet business and he says that they have been picking up since the percentage rate has been dropping. Alot of people are updating their homes with carpet etc. I doubt very much that we are the reason for the price going up.
    Yes she is inquiring to her hubby about the rotory blades. Most Layers use the straight blades though. HF is for DIYers.
    LOL in Portland.:-D
    :XD: 8-) :thumbup:

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    I'm sure that Harbor Freight doesn't mind all the free advertising they are receiving on this board. Don't you think maybe the quilters purchased something else while they were in there looking for rotary blades?

    I've never been to a Harbor Freight; there is not one where I live. I had never heard of until you all started talking about it on here.

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    Scissor Queen asked what one would do with 40 blades. Just suppose some of us make a lot of quilts. I made and quilted 42 last year and I ain't no Spring Chicken. At 76 I am trying to use up my fabrics before I die. More than likely the people who get my quilts will die before I do. They are HIV Positive or have AIDS. '

    I don't remember how many I bought the last time I ordered from JHittle, but it was more than 40, I guarantee you. I pass along the savings to friends. Spread a little Cheer!

    June

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    Oh June you are so sweet.
    42 quilts just last year? WOW!!! You are a busy lady. If I were wearing a hat it would be off to you. If you ever run out of blades you just let me know. Happy to help out.
    Best wishes, :-D
    Faith

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    The automatic ordering/refill process doesn't count on sales spikes as a means to increase prices unless it is happening with regularity. It does, however, put a merchant on notice that there is an increased demand for a product(s) and that could lead to an increase in what is ordered. Pipeline (orders from a manufacturer) prices can fluctuate daily if it were a commodity product (say, like lumber), but metal blades - probably made of recycled metal - wouldn't move much, if at all, as they are ordered by large quantities. Every business loves a "run" on an item(s) but they are also cautious to not over-order because of it, especially in the last quarter of their business year. If you think about it, the many blades you are buying now are going to last you a long time. Also, if you have one of those circular hand-held re-sharpeners you will have blades for a loooong time. I just bought 20 packs for my wife and she responded with "I have enough blades now to cut fabric until I'm 140 years old!" She is 51. As for the carpet cutting handle, skip it unless the only way you can get blades ' cause you are out is to buy one. It is strictly for cutting carpet.

    Terry -- in Northern Delaware

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    God bless you, June... Making all those quilts for such special patients.... You are so loved, I am sure.... Warms hugs to you from FL.... Janet

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    Do people realize how much quilters do for others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goaf1968
    The automatic ordering/refill process doesn't count on sales spikes as a means to increase prices unless it is happening with regularity. It does, however, put a merchant on notice that there is an increased demand for a product(s) and that could lead to an increase in what is ordered. Pipeline (orders from a manufacturer) prices can fluctuate daily if it were a commodity product (say, like lumber), but metal blades - probably made of recycled metal - wouldn't move much, if at all, as they are ordered by large quantities. Every business loves a "run" on an item(s) but they are also cautious to not over-order because of it, especially in the last quarter of their business year. If you think about it, the many blades you are buying now are going to last you a long time. Also, if you have one of those circular hand-held re-sharpeners you will have blades for a loooong time. I just bought 20 packs for my wife and she responded with "I have enough blades now to cut fabric until I'm 140 years old!" She is 51. As for the carpet cutting handle, skip it unless the only way you can get blades ' cause you are out is to buy one. It is strictly for cutting carpet.

    Terry -- in Northern Delaware
    Thanks Terry, for your patient explanation. It makes sense.
    This crazy "run" of ours will probably not last for too long a time. Those of us who have stocked up won't need anymore blades for quite a while. Then the blade business at HR will return to normal.

    :-D

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    Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth on HF blades. I bought 6 packages the other day at the store an hour away from me. I noticed on the shelf they were advertised at $1.50 for package of 2. So I bought 6 thinking that would get me through the next two years. I paid and told the guy that I left 2 on the shelf. When I got home, I looked at my receipt and noticed that they rang up as $1.99 instead of $1.50. It is my fault for chatting at the register and not paying atention to the actual price on the receipt before I signed. Just wanted to let you know so you won't make the same mistake. I tried one and it seems just as good as the high priced one I bought in fabric store some time ago. I see they are both manufactured in China so probably come from the same source-in my opinion.

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    It sounds like some of you are starting to use the blades, let us know how they last. I have yet to get to HF, want to get a couple packages for a friend also. She wants to buy in bulk too, she lives in a rural area, and has no HF. But if they aren't going to hold a edge, they aren't worth it. I bought a package of off brand, and the first time I cut it was dull. I have a sharpner also and it won't even help the dullness let alone sharpen. Thanks.

    Rita

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmimipj
    Do people realize how much quilters do for others?
    "No"

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