I have to interrupt my regularly scheduled fabric swooning to puzzle over a question in retail ethics.
I just got a pretty stack of Monaluna organic fabrics from a retailer that has an online shop AND an Etsy store.
Prior to beginning this blog post, I didn’t realize there was an online shop. I found it when I searched for a link so I could sing their praises.
Um… no praises. My order would have been much cheaper had I gone to their stand-alone, online shop. I’m not just talking about recouping Etsy fees; many items were 25% cheaper in the stand-alone shop.
Is this just the way it goes? I consider myself a superb bargain shopper, but I really failed on this one. I do a TON of comparison shopping, but it never occurred to me compare a retailer to itself.
I’ve emailed the shop, mentioned that I noticed the difference in price, and asked if they offer a refund of the difference in this situation. I just did this, so I’m waiting to see how they respond. I’ll keep you posted…
In the meantime, what would you do? What’s your perspective on retailers with inconsistent prices? Would you continue to shop with them after being burned or would you just feel like now you know where to go for the better prices?
I guess I ended up doing a little swooning in there… This fabric is so cheerful that I can’t hep but feel my mood brighten!
Linking to Molli Sparkles and the rest of the Sunday Stashers.