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#1 new*to*this

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

For all those that buy their fabric from the US I've just been informed that international flat rate envelopes are rising from $16.95 to $23.95! This applies from 27 January 2013 and I'm sure most shops will be passing this on. Looking back on past orders it was only around $14 at the end of 2011.

Maybe this is a good thing for my fabric addiction because it will stop me buying so much.  I used to justify the postage with the savings I made on US priced fabrics and the savings codes on top of that but I'm not sure I'll be able to do that anymore.

#2 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

nah I still can - I just bought some anna maria horner loulouthi, $8 from US $24 from Aus, I am pretty sure most places fit 10yards into a flat rate envolope so on the new rate you are looking at 2.40 per yard for postage - still half the price of buying in australia,

#3 new*to*this

Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

QUOTE (3Keiki @ 25/01/2013, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am pretty sure most places fit 10yards into a flat rate envolope so on the new rate you are looking at 2.40 per yard for postage - still half the price of buying in australia,


Well when you put it that way  wink.gif I guess I'll just have to make sure that when I do place an order I make full use of the envelope and get some stash basics as well as the prints I love.

#4 Puggle

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (3Keiki @ 25/01/2013, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
nah I still can - I just bought some anna maria horner loulouthi, $8 from US $24 from Aus, I am pretty sure most places fit 10yards into a flat rate envolope so on the new rate you are looking at 2.40 per yard for postage - still half the price of buying in australia,


Some will only do six yards, the average seems to be seven or eight yards, but you soon remember which sellers do ten yards wink.gif

I found out a few weeks ago about the price rise and it won't affect me, although I have to say I did place a few orders earlier than I otherwise would have. It really doesn't take much for me to self-justify fabric purchases  blush.gif

#5 ~strawberry~

Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

It also depends on who they post through. USPS is going up, but at this stage UPS isn't.
ETA - Argh! Just checked HT and they use USPS and the price has increased already. sad.gif

Edited by ~strawberry~, 26 January 2013 - 02:41 PM.


#6 blackcat20

Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

It's a massive rise. In 2009 it was only $11.95., so it's eventually doubled in 4 years.

#7 Puggle

Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

It has been a massive rise over the last few years, but with there must be incredible numbers of parcels exiting the USA on a daily basis. Just think of Amazon, let alone the clothing companies and of course, all of us fabric tragics. I can completely understand why they have had to raise prices. As 3Keiki said, it is still much cheaper than buying fabric here in Australia (although I managed to do a fair amount of that yesterday too  wwhistle.gif )

3Keiki, you need to check out Addicted to Fabric when you are next in Canberra. The usual price ranges but I rarely walk out of there empty handed and the staff are lovely. I spent far too much on one fabric in particular yesterday but it saved me spending on other fabrics to 'fill' an envelope from the USA. Plus I picked up an out of print and hard to find Kokka Echino fabric so I was a happy customer.

Edited by Puggle, 26 January 2013 - 03:28 PM.


#8 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Kokka Echino!!
You Must tell me where this mythical palace of joy is puggle??
Next in canberra my patoot!
I will be making a special trip tomoz!

#9 Puggle

Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

Ta da!

http://www.a2f.com.au/



#10 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

yes I should not have been so lazy and hit google
(in my defence am struggling with an essay, microsoft word and am about to cry but that is side issue)

Will be waiting for them to open monday their golden doors of fabric goodness
I love shopping os for my wallet but love seeing fabric for realz just as much

Thank you puggle dear finder of nirvana

#11 Puggle

Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

I don't want to make you cry but they are closed on Monday for the Public Holiday.

Here's my haul from yesterday:



Don't worry about looking for that particular Echino print as I bought the last of it ... sorry!

I know what you mean about seeing fabric for real - I sometimes have to check out fabric for suitablility of scale before I order yards of it.

A2F do have $10 per metre sales a couple of times a year, so it is worth signing up to their mailing list.

Edited by Puggle, 26 January 2013 - 04:02 PM.


#12 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

Ah see now i have something to cry about OTHER than microsoft word!

Ok.... planning WHAT day next week I can come over... sooner better..... making dresses for myself at moment.... and god damn it will be cold here come winter weight quilts for kids....

#13 Puggle

Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:07 PM


I have no idea if they simply haven't adjusted their rates yet or what but I paid $15.95 USD shipping for 8 yards from fabric.com two nights ago. Even going over 8 yards it was an incremental increase from there rather than a huge jump.



#14 new*to*this

Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

Thats good to know Puggle especially since they often have coupons too  biggrin.gif

Maybe because they are so large they can absorb the additional cost.

ETA: I just remembered that Fabric.com use UPS not USPS so that explains why there have been not sudden rate hikes.  I guess they will be my preferred stockist from now on.

Edited by new*to*this, 01 February 2013 - 04:37 PM.




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