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    I remember when I could buy......

    I remember when I could buy a whole roll of Warm & Natural and a whole roll of baby poly batting BOTH for under $250 !!!!! and it wasn't that long ago....

    I just came back from Joannes with a roll for W & Natural.. Geeeeeeeez, $280 for the roll with the 50% off coupon before taxes..... Man, seeing the bill stung... I only bought a few things and my total was $ 306...

    I'm still in shock.....

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    They say there is a cotton shortage...BUT I find it hard to believe that it has to go up as high as it has! I think a lot of OUR problem has to do with plain old GREED at the shop level!! Is there really a reason I should have paid nearly twice what I did last year for fabric and batting but yet got nearly the same amount? Maybe we should all stop buying for awhile and see what happens?
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    I agree, there is certainly no shortage of greed nowdays, and it doesn't just apply to our quilting stuff. Gas, food, utilities are all out of control. I, for one, have decided to take some proactive steps. I don't go anywhere unless it is a necessity, I make menu plans using as much food as I have on hand, buy only the groceries I need to add to my food on hand to make the recipes on the menu plan, keep my heat set low, and use my stash. I absolutely refuse to buy anything unless it is a necessity. It's the only way I know to show my disgust for the greed. I can make do, I don't have to pad their wallets.

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    I'm with you. I hate the prices of everything. I think it's greed or to just check to see what we will pay for stuff. When ever I say "I remember when I could buy....." my kids say I'm showing my age. They don't seem to be as shocked by prices as I always am. They were kind of broken in with $4.07 gas prices so they think anything under this is a bargan. Mybe they will be saying those famous words "I remember..." when they are not living at home and Mom is not paying their bills.

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    Hey I still remember thread at .15 cents a spool. So its all been shocking !

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    I agree with you about the greed, but, There really is a cotton shortage this year. I live in the Texas panhandle and there was very little cotton this year due to the drought. My husband works for a John Deere company and they took a loss almost every month due to the lack of farming this past year. All, I can tell you is to make the best of it and Pray, Pray and Pray some more for some good rains and good crops. Just be thankful for what we do have and that we can enjoy something we love to due on some level. We have sooooo much to be thankful for. Praise our Lord for all His blessings.
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    I don't beleive the prices either, they are selling our gas to countrys in europe instead of lowering our prices. When I started sewing many many years ago I went to a local general store in WI for $1.00 I bought 4 yards of fabric, thread and a pattern and got $.05 in change. Maybe I"m telling my age and It wasn't to long ago (5 years) gas was $. 99 a gallon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I'm confused. You say you got a roll of Warm and Natural for $280??? You are talking about a 20yd roll, right? I just bought a roll last week from Hancock Fabrics, where they had their batting on sale for 50% off. Normally it's $11.99/yd, so it was $5.99/yd, so the total was $120 (for 20yds), then I used the 15% off my total order coupon that was good for that day, which made it only $102, plus the taxes of course. Surely, you're talking about more than 20 yards on a roll, but I didn't think they sold them that large at Joann's in the store. But, even online, the 40yd roll is $429.99 regular price, so at 50% off it should only be about $215. I'd be making them price match if I could..... Sorry to hear they charged you so much, maybe you need to switch to Hancock's.
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    I remember when I could buy a gallon of gas for 23 and a new VW for $2,000. I simply don't believe batting and fabric price increases have anything to do with greed.
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    Even if the cotton growers were to have a fantastic year this year, do you really think the prices would come down? It seems to me once the prices go up they stay up, or they go up several dollars very quickly and come down a few cents at a time and very slowly. Sale prices now are what we used to pay everyday.

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    All prices are creeping up-have you noticed food in general costs 50 percent more than 2 yrs ago.some are higher prices-many are smaller containers for same price.It is all very depressing-how can us low income people keep up??
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    Walmart fabric dept manager will order whole bolts of anything listed in the warehouse book. She orders bolts of Warm and Natural for many quilters in the area. The last bolt I ordered was $4.99 a yard. I don't know how much it is now but cheaper than anyplace else. Any Walmart that sells fabric can order by the bolt. You many have to pay upfront. The dept manager may say they can't but they can. That's a sign either they are ignorant of what they can do or just don't want to mess with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Walmart fabric dept manager will order whole bolts of anything listed in the warehouse book. She orders bolts of Warm and Natural for many quilters in the area. The last bolt I ordered was $4.99 a yard. I don't know how much it is now but cheaper than anyplace else. Any Walmart that sells fabric can order by the bolt. You many have to pay upfront. The dept manager may say they can't but they can. That's a sign either they are ignorant of what they can do or just don't want to mess with it.
    How about ordering on line and have it sent to local store, no postage this way?

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    OK maybe there is a cotton shortage, but bamboo is something that grows with no boundaries and the price of bamboo batting is even higher. I bought a nice cotton blanket at the thrift store last week for $2. and I am going to try and use it as my batting.
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    Not only was it a poor year for cotton growers, the demand for cotton is steadly growing world wide. That I believe is why the price continues to climb. Just like oil & gold the demand world wide causes the prices to rise, got to blame the speculators too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    Even if the cotton growers were to have a fantastic year this year, do you really think the prices would come down? It seems to me once the prices go up they stay up, or they go up several dollars very quickly and come down a few cents at a time and very slowly. Sale prices now are what we used to pay everyday.

    I was thinking the same thing. Whatever the market will bear is what is charged. I have always tried to combine my trips,but then I hate shopping,lol,. I don't buy anything anymore unless I absolutely need it.
    And please when we talk about prices remember that 23cents was when the minimum wage was what? around $2 or so. Yes I know income has not kept up with prices and people are struggling. If it weren't for me living with my brother I would be living on the street because I could not afford to pay rent anywhere, so believe me I understand living on a tight budget.
    That being said I really hate the greed that is showing up too. It hurts everyone except the guys at the very top.

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    I hope I am wrong but I don't think so as I think prices will only get worse as long as the EPA is in control our electricity more than doubled after the clean air act went into effect it is not the store owner or the farmer as the farmers expense is much higher with the high fuel costs the so are store owner also faces much higher prices with the utilities wages and also health care that they have to pay has taken a big increase in price and will be going up again next year and we the consumer pays for all of this

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    I agree with prices being higher is affecting our lives but could we really go backwards

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    Greed is everywhere from the grocery, the gas station, the boardroom, to Washington DC. Guess we'll have to shop from our stash until things get better.

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    I remember the first time I had "sticker shock". Ground beef had actually gone up to $.43 a pound. Then, gas went up over $.25 a gallon. Bummer.

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    We can ALL remember when....

    I don't believe it's greed at the LQS level. The prices they are being charged to buy the fabric wholesale is much more than it was. Too many of the LQS shopkeepers have gone out of business because they couldn't make ends meet. As with lots of other things, we have a choice of whether or not to spend the money. And we DO want them to have enough helpers so we don't have to wait in long lines to have our fabrics cut or to pay for them. We DO want to buy our fabrics in light and bright places. All those things take money too. (BTW, I'm NOT a shopkeeper, nor am I related to any, but I'm missing those shops that have gone out of business so owners could take more lucrative jobs to help feed their families! Meanwhile, I'm working a lot from my stash because the nearest shops aren't convenient for a quick "run.")
    p.s. Do you remember when you could buy a gallon of gas for 19 cents? $3.27 per gallon was the CHEAP price this weekend between Atlanta and St. Petersburg, FL.

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    EVERYTHING costs too much!! My husband says it's because industry doesn't want to see people revert to the "old ways" and doing for ourselves instead of buying pre-made. I think that alot of it is greed. When quilting made a big resurgence in popularity recently, I think prices really started to climb. Our local quilt shoppes want us to shop with them, and not on-line, but the average price per yard at my nearest Quilt Shop is $12.00 a yard!! I can shop on-line and get the same thing for $8.00. Yes, you have real people in a local store that can help you make your choices, but we have an awesome group of quilters that meet once a week for a Sit-n-Sew and we all help each other there. I won't shop at Wal-Mart for fabric because the quality isn't the same, but the "big box" stores are starting to carry some better quality names/designers at a more reasonable price. And yes, there are always those 40%, 50% and bonus discounts to help us out!! If Quilt Shops aren't more considerate to our pockets, they are going to price themselves right out of business!

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    LOL, yes, and we could all probably stop buying for a while and still make enough quilts for at least America and maybe even for another country.
    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    They say there is a cotton shortage...BUT I find it hard to believe that it has to go up as high as it has! I think a lot of OUR problem has to do with plain old GREED at the shop level!! Is there really a reason I should have paid nearly twice what I did last year for fabric and batting but yet got nearly the same amount? Maybe we should all stop buying for awhile and see what happens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace creates View Post
    OK maybe there is a cotton shortage, but bamboo is something that grows with no boundaries and the price of bamboo batting is even higher. I bought a nice cotton blanket at the thrift store last week for $2. and I am going to try and use it as my batting.

    sadly the eco damage from making bamboo into batting is not worth the effort to keep it on the market...I hope it goes away soon!

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    OK ready for the laugh of the day? Social Security says we get a 3% cost of living increase. I will tell you now that wont even cover the increase in oj much less gas, and other food. SO we social security based quilters just have to suck it up until we can get a new administration that can put some controls on spending and create more jobs. Done with my soap box now.
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