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Nov 7th, 2005 at 5:06pm
 
I was at Sam's ( Like Costco in some places) this weekend. Saw an acacia wood bowl. It looked nice although a bit plain.   Size was 16x8  and the joints were clean like a segmented bowl.  Kinda sad they only wanted $26 bucks for it.
Hard to compete aginst wallymart    Roll Eyes


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Re: Mass produced acacia wood bowls
Reply #1 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 5:22pm
 
It would probably cost you or I more than $26 to mail that bowl home from Thailand.
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Reply #2 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 8:41pm
 
a couple of rebuttals to that vs. a truly turned bowl. 

1 - everyone gets the same exact thing. 
2 - you can't guarantee that it is handmade. 
3 - you can almost guarantee it's not made in the USA.   4 - it's from wallymart so at least 50 people with who knows what on their hands have touched it before you
5 - they probably don't tell you what the finish is, so how do you correctly care for it?
6 - while there is nothing wrong with staved work, there's nothing like a 16" salad bowl turned from one block.
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Reply #3 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 8:42pm
 
How true, how true!!!   8)
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Reply #4 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 8:47pm
 
plus which sounds better???



"I bought it at Wal-Mart"


or

"A local craftsman made it"





or even



"I made it myself"
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Reply #5 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 10:10pm
 
  While it is true that we cannot compete on a price basis, I still believe that there is a significant portion of the population that knows and appreciates the difference between a mass produced work and an individually crafted bowl.   It is this portion of the population that the craft person is trying to reach.  The only difficulty is finding them.
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Reply #6 - Nov 8th, 2005 at 3:03am
 
I have said it before, and will say it again...well , Iwill keep it short. America is consumed by the wal mart mentality.
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Reply #7 - Nov 8th, 2005 at 4:26am
 
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I have said it before, and will say it again...well , Iwill keep it short. America is consumed by the wal mart mentality.



This is true, but I'm a poor bastage.  Given the choice currently between Walmart or higher priced better quality products...I would have to choose cheapy Walmart products out of necessity.
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Reply #8 - Nov 8th, 2005 at 6:02am
 
I am going to have to agree with PhillipE. There is a significat portion of the U.S that will support U.S.A made products. I speak with retailers everyday and most get very excited when they find out my products are made in the U.S.A. They tell me that customers are more willing to buy when they find out where the products are made. Now you have to understand, I don't sell to Walmart and never will. They are the evil empire. 90% of my customers are small independant stores. I also label all of my products with a " Made in the U.S.A" Sticker.
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Reply #9 - Nov 8th, 2005 at 8:50am
 
Hey Tejaswood, just curious.  What sort of products "made in the U.S.A." do you sell?

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Reply #10 - Nov 8th, 2005 at 9:54am
 
Hey Jim,
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Reply #11 - Nov 8th, 2005 at 4:44pm
 
I was in William Sonoma not to long ago and they had Cherry Salad Bowls made by a company in Maine if I remember correctly. $80.00 a bowl for a bowl I would charge $100.00 for. A sticker on the bottom gave the name of the company so I assume they are mass produced. These were segmented and quite honestly I thought the quality was poor. So, would the types that shop there buy that bowl because it came from that store over a hand made bowl the costs $20.00 more? I wonder.
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Reply #12 - Nov 9th, 2005 at 6:38am
 
If the $100 and $80 bowls were placed side by side, I think the customers in that type of store would opt for the better, hand-crafted bowl for the extra twenty.  Problem is, the $80 bowl is right there, and the hand-crafted one is sitting in our shop, waiting for the next craft show.
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