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Thread: Sticker Shock

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    Super Member IrishNY's Avatar
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    I was in Wal-Mart yesterday. Our store was renovated last summer and they greatly reduced the fabric section. I noticed that there seems to be a lot more fabric now and took a closer look to be sure.

    A lot of the fabric was priced $9.97 a yard!!!! I can buy it for less at LQS. Have the prices been this high at WM or is this new?

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    The fleece has been pricey at my WM but the regular fabric has been under $6 a yard

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    I have found that prices will vary by region.

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    The prices at our Walmart - before they destashed it so they could renovate their store was $2.50 to about $7.00 - not sure about fleece -never looked at it.

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    Yikes. That sure sounds high for them.

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    our is anywhere from 2.99 yard-9.00 yard...depends on when you hit it...

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    New....although in some cases the fabric quality has greatly improved.

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    Fleece is $4.44 for the better and $2.97 for some thin stuff. Other than some already pieced chenille/flannel baby quilt fabric, nothing is over $6. A lot of springy prints are $3.97. They vary in quality - some okay - some not so okay. So far our prices haven't changed or have changed very little.

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    Wow that seems high compared to what we pay in Western Kentucky. But having traveled in the northeast, it did seem most things were priced higher than here so it could be in par with other Walmarts in the area.

    boy does that sound wishywashy or what?

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    Wow, that is a high price for WM. The highest price in my WM for fabric is $5.97. Now I have seen the fleece for that price. Oh wait they do have upholestery fabric for almost 10 bucks.

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    Walmart is not always the cheapest or best place to buy anything anymore.........
    Walmart tends to be my last ditch effort to shop.

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    and to think i had a silent hissy fit when i saw price tags over $5 per yard on quilting cottons at my local wallyworld. :shock:

    the fleece and decorator fabs are higher, but i automatically pass them by anyway.

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    thats crazy. its 4 and 6 around here. for that price you should be getting high quality fabric

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    I noticed my Walmart went up about a dollar a yard on the better fabrics to about $5.47 or so. I don't know if this is in response to the price of cotton (and everything else, it seems) going up or what.

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    Our WalMart did away with fabric last year. Not a store I shop at but went in yesterday...thinking I needed a serger for a little project. They now only have precut fabric and kits hanging on the wall.

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    Our Walmart doesn't carry fabric anymore. I have noticed something similar at our JoAnn's though. I saw quilt fabric for $13/yd which is $3 more than any fabric at either of my LQS. I turned and walked out the door. I won't pay $10-$13 for JoAnn's quality fabric unless the prices at my LQS are $15/yd.

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    Ours recently went up to $5.97. I sure hope that is where it stops! $9??!! Wow.

    The frustrating thing is that one day the fabrics were $2.97 and the next day they were $5.97. The exact same ones!

    I think it is cheaper to buy at Joann's now. And, believe it or not, the service is a lot better!

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    it seems odd that the prices aren't standard across all communities, but neither is the cost of living.

    my personal purchasing strategy is the same, no matter where i shop. if it isn't on sale i pass it by. if it's on sale for a price i don't consider reasonable or can't afford at the time, i pass it by.

    we can sympathize with each other, but that won't solve the problem.

    - similar fabrics now cost a lot more from other sources than they do at walmart.

    remember: when a business adopts a strategy you don't like, complain to that business. we can't fix it. here.

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