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Old 06-02-2007, 12:05 PM   #1  
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Oh no price increase

I just viewed the sample F/W catalog and noticed that 8-1/2 x 11 CS went up from $4.95 to $5.50, same for ink pads. This was on the special new colors, so does that mean the current traditional colors will go up in price as well?
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my sister seems to think the ink pads will go up too.
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The cardstock thing is a killer. It seems way too high for 24 sheets. I know it's awesome stuff, but that's a lot per piece, to me it is anyway
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i meant to add that it is only .30...
don't know about the paper...
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I read somewhere that all accessories, including cardstock and ink were going up by 5%. I think the prices have been fairly stable for a while, so I'm not terribly surprised. It is also a way to get a higher shipping price.
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This is the first across-the-board price increase (averaging 5%) that Stampin' Up! has had in 10 years - what else can we say that about? Still a fantastic deal, considering what you pay per stamp if you go to a LSS!
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Old 06-02-2007, 01:25 PM   #7  
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it's not much - you should see what I'm paying for gas!!
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this is a real bummer for me. I'll definitely have to cut back on the stamps in favor of cardstock. Are all sets going up? Even retired sets. I may have to get that last set before the price increase in July.
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Are all sets going up? Even retired sets. I may have to get that last set before the price increase in July.
I would assume thst the price increase would not affect the retired sets since they will no longer be available.
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Seems like a small increase to me. Have you been to the grocery store lately? Prices are soaring everywhere, gas, milk, everything.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:05 PM   #11  
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It seems like a heck of a increase to me. Stampin Up stuff is sometimes great, but they aren't the only game in town. I know this tends to be a very pro SU board, but I admit I am cheap and I will be buying some things from my demo before the increase begins and some things, like paper, at the scrapbook store or with coupons at Michaels.
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I think it works out to less than .25 a sheet but I was a summer school attendee for math. I pay .60 a sheet for bazzill in my LSS. It's the only thing that is similar in quaility.


I was one of those customers that was not going to pay SU prices for paper or get sucked in by the matching stuff. Now I'm a demo It's amazing cs and I may get stickles and scalloped punches and gelly roll pens but I only get my cs from SU. A lot of times if you look at the price per page or per yard of ribbon on whatever SU really is a considerably cheaper.
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it still is only .23 a sheet, and its great paper. ill admit, im pro SU, im a demo. but before becoming a demo i used to buy all the inexpensive paper packs at places like hobby lobby and micheals, and they are so much thinner, and if you buy by the sheet at archivers, its between .30 and .35 for a single sheet. so im not too bummed about the increase, although i did just put in a large order for packs of my favorite, most used colors. i sometimes get coupons for 3 free sheets of paper at archivers, and i used to still go and get it, because i figured, its free why not, but now with gas prices and value of my time, i dont anymore.
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And I think it ends up being a .02 increase per sheet. Where's sharon to check my math?
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I will forgo other products from other companies before I give up my SU! I LOVE the inks, the cardstock, and the stamps. I just purchased a couple of stamps that I HAD to HAVE from my LSS and guess what . . . one was $10 and one was $8. $18 for TWO STAMPS! That's almost CRAZY! Were they BIG you ask? NO - I am measuring now . . . the $10 sentiment stamp is 3x1.75 inches. The other stamp that was $8 is a pheasant and it measures 2x2 inches. SU might as well increase their prices . . . seems like everyone else has!
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I would assume thst the price increase would not affect the retired sets since they will no longer be available.
You are correct -- retiring sets from the 2006-07 catalog will not be affected as the changes go into effect July 1st.

It does seem like a hardship now because we've just recently experienced price increases on other things we purchase regularly (milk, postage, gas), but as was stated earlier this is the FIRST across-the-board increase for SU! in a decade. Think about what everyday items cost in 1997 compared to now. I'm amazed that they were able to go this long before making a change!

For the record I don't have a lot of extra cash to spend on stamping stuff, and am relying on the instant income from my sales to be able to purchase new goodies or replenish my consumables.
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Oh . . . and those measurements that I just posted? That just measures the wood blocks . . . the actual images are smaller!
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This is not good news. SU stamps have gotten pricier with each new release set over the past few years. Used to be you hardly ever saw a set over $22 and in the last few years sets of as few as 4 stamps can be upwards of $25. I am going to be looking for alternative cardstock and inks and am going to drop my ten club membership of 9 years because I just can no longer do this. With the new companies like Paper Trey offering real bang for my buck, it is going to be ba-bye SU.
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Old 06-02-2007, 04:11 PM   #19  
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I don't think the price increase is too much. I've checked my local stores and the prices are going up everywhere so it's not just SU raising prices. I love SU cardstock -- nothing else compares. The only other cardstock I use as much as SU is Bazzill and it's certainly not any cheaper.
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This is not good news. SU stamps have gotten pricier with each new release set over the past few years. Used to be you hardly ever saw a set over $22 and in the last few years sets of as few as 4 stamps can be upwards of $25. I am going to be looking for alternative cardstock and inks and am going to drop my ten club membership of 9 years because I just can no longer do this. With the new companies like Paper Trey offering real bang for my buck, it is going to be ba-bye SU.
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I think SU cardstock is still the best game in town. The stamps have to be WOW for me to buy them- as I buy sets from TAC for less, but they are still a much better deal than almost any craft store stamp.

If you like the image, you'll pay. A bella is what 6 bucks? For a single stamp- and look how many of us have many many of those!
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The slight price increase is why I'll be replenishing my supply before the increase. The quality of the card stock and other SU merchandise is too good to pass up. Yeah, I'll have to pay the *higher* price for the in-colors and new stamp sets, but at least I will be stocked up on the regular stuff!
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I know price increases are never easy to take on anything (hello! everytime I go to the gas station I cringe) but in the big scheme of things this SU price increase is not that bad. The price of cardstock and ink pads are still cheaper than my LSS even with the price increase. Plus, I believe the quality is far better than anything I buy locally.
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This is not good news. SU stamps have gotten pricier with each new release set over the past few years. Used to be you hardly ever saw a set over $22 and in the last few years sets of as few as 4 stamps can be upwards of $25. I am going to be looking for alternative cardstock and inks and am going to drop my ten club membership of 9 years because I just can no longer do this. With the new companies like Paper Trey offering real bang for my buck, it is going to be ba-bye SU.
That's not true at all. Stampin' Up has not had an overall price increase in over 10 YEARS! They have had increases in certain items (like cardstock or ink) but not an overall increase. It's fine if you don't feel SU! is for you, but please do not make false statements - that's just not very fair or even necessary. There are a TON of other companies out there and even as a Hobby Demo for SU! I tend to buy from others as well but it's not due to a small 5% price increase, I'm just really love stamping and the wide variety of stamps, tools and accessories that are out there .

I'll be replenishing my cardstock and reinkers BEFORE the price increase to get more bang for my SU! buck!
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This is not good news. SU stamps have gotten pricier with each new release set over the past few years. Used to be you hardly ever saw a set over $22 and in the last few years sets of as few as 4 stamps can be upwards of $25. I am going to be looking for alternative cardstock and inks and am going to drop my ten club membership of 9 years because I just can no longer do this. With the new companies like Paper Trey offering real bang for my buck, it is going to be ba-bye SU.
Actually, SU has plenty of sets under the $22 range. In the 6 years I've been a demo, SU has only raised the price on a couple categories of stamp set prices ONCE. I believe that was back in 2002. The cardstock went up last year, but other than that, there hasn't really been an across the board increase in over 10 years.

SU *has* brought more stamps into the catalog that are over $22, but only because they are offering more and more kinds and styles of stamps. Think about the decorative sets....these NEED to be big and bold for decorating. Sorry, those aren't going to be cheap sets.

When it comes down to it, SU STILL has plenty to offer paper crafters of all spending levels. There's something for everyone.

As for looking for alternatives, if you can also find an alternative to cheaper gas, let me know. I want to stop buy gas at all my local gas stations. They just keep going up in price.
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I think SU cardstock is still the best game in town. The stamps have to be WOW for me to buy them- as I buy sets from TAC for less, but they are still a much better deal than almost any craft store stamp.

If you like the image, you'll pay. A bella is what 6 bucks? For a single stamp- and look how many of us have many many of those!
I would rather pay 6 dollars a stamp that I know I will use a lot, the 30 dollars for a set and use 2 stamps in there, and the rest are usless. And thats 15 dollars a stamp. I have paid 15 dollars a stamp before but I have use ir contantly so I definitely got my money's worth. Buying a large set from SU isnt always the better deal.
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Got me thinking, so I went back to the first catalog I had, 2002-03. A Greeting for all Reasons was one of the first sets I bought (at that time $28.95 for 14 stamps). It was still the same price in the latest catalog. In fact, a variety of things I checked had not increased. Sure, paper increased last year, but that was true for many companies and vendors I have bought from on the internet. Here's an interesting note though - 2002-03 designer paper $5.95/10 sheets vs. 2006-07 $5.95/12 sheets! Gee we were getting a little bargain there and didn't know it. The Simply Scrappin' sets used to be $12.95 in the 8.5x11" format versus the 2006-07 same price and number of sheets, but in the 12x12" format.

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Got me thinking, so I went back to the first catalog I had, 2002-03. A Greeting for all Reasons was one of the first sets I bought (at that time $28.95 for 14 stamps). It was still the same price in the latest catalog. In fact, a variety of things I checked had not increased. Sure, paper increased last year, but that was true for many companies and vendors I have bought from on the internet. Here's an interesting note though - 2002-03 designer paper $5.95/10 sheets vs. 2006-07 $5.95/12 sheets! Gee we were getting a little bargain there and didn't know it. The Simply Scrappin' sets used to be $12.95 in the 8.5x11" format versus the 2006-07 same price and number of sheets, but in the 12x12" format.

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The cardstock thing is a killer. It seems way too high for 24 sheets. I know it's awesome stuff, but that's a lot per piece, to me it is anyway
It's a penny more per sheet....
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Oh, no, I did not mean to imply that previously existing sets had gone up. Only that the newer sets coming out are much higher than they would have been previously. I am thinking of sets of 6 for $28.95 like Always on My Mind, Solemn Stillness, Everything Nice, Looks Like Spring, and so on. The prices in the Fall preview are higher than I have ever seen before. I am going on that to say that even without the 5% and no previous overall increase, the prices have been going up steeply over the last 3 years.
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Oh, no, I did not mean to imply that previously existing sets had gone up. Only that the newer sets coming out are much higher than they would have been previously. I am thinking of sets of 6 for $28.95 like Always on My Mind, Solemn Stillness, Everything Nice, Looks Like Spring, and so on. The prices in the Fall preview are higher than I have ever seen before. I am going on that to say that even without the 5% and no previous overall increase, the prices have been going up steeply over the last 3 years.
There are many choices out there (thank goodness!) and we all have the option of where we spend our stamping dollars. I still believe Stampin' Up offers a great product at a great price but for those who feel differently it's A-OK to shop elsewhere! I just want to be sure everybody has a clear understanding about the upcoming increase. I hope this information is helpful!
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The new sets coming out are 5% higher than they would have been previously. For example ... Holidays & Wishes is $17.95. It would have been a $16.95 set in the "old" catalog. 5% is .85 and then it's rounded up to $17.95 to be consistent with existing price points. Also, it is not the number of stamps in a set that sets the price point ... sets with large/bold stamps are higher than sets with smaller or outline style stamps due to a larger amount of rubber being used, bigger blocks, etc ... Holidays & Wishes has 6 stamps and is only $17.95.

It is true the prices in the preview ARE higher than ever before because SU! has kept their price steady until now. Personally, I very much appreciate the fact they have been very upfront about the 5% price increase! SU! let us all know early so demos and customers alike can go ahead and purchase favorites and items they might be low on BEFORE the price increase goes into effect. Not many companies do that!

Prices have absolutely NOT steeply increased over the last 3 years. I've been a demo for that long and I certainly would have noticed "steep" increases had there been any. It is implied in the quoted post above mine that Stampin Up has randomly implemented price increases in stamp sets each year and that is simply not true.

OK - that pretty much covers what I know about the price increase. Again, I hope this is helpful/informative. If anybody has any additional questions I urge you to contact your Stampin' Up Demonstrator.

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Needed to add: There WAS a stamp set price increase in the 2000-2001 catalog. Sorry - that was before my time with stamping and with Stampin' Up! But the prices have held steady since then...and certainly, as I stated above, no "steep" increases over the past 3 years.
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I have to admit I really don't understand any consternation around price increases. The increases aren't huge - if they were I could empathise - and inflation means SU's own costs are rising all the time; I work in the print industry and know that paper prices have gone through the roof in the last few years. We can't expect SU to subsidise customers (or not give their employees pay increases), so prices have to go up in line with their increased costs.
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We all know within time everything goes up. Look how many people are in search of the scallop punches!! Those ARE NOT cheap!! $21-$22 for 1 punch.

I will admit, I have bought the punches, but I look at different websites who are going to give me a better price.

I have not found any cardstock in a store that even compares to SU.

The point is, you pay for what you get. If you like a product, why change, because you know for a fact within time, prices always go up and that's just the way of life.

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I think the cost of making paper is going up every where, CTMH had a price increase in CS this year too and I've noticed the LSS has raised CS prices again because alot of manufacturers seems to have raised prices.
Personally I don't mind paying more for paper, I feel guilty killing so many trees
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:17 AM   #37  
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Somehow, I think SU will survive if a few customers jump ship due to a 5% increase...

I buy for quality - sure I love to save money as much as the next person, but I would rather pay more and receive a high quality product that will produce a high-quality card or art piece than cheapen the materials and have a cheap-looking card.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:24 AM   #38  
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didnt they just raised their prices on cs last year from 4.50 to 4,95????
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Old 06-03-2007, 07:02 AM   #39  
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I have to admit I really don't understand any consternation around price increases. The increases aren't huge - if they were I could empathise - and inflation means SU's own costs are rising all the time; I work in the print industry and know that paper prices have gone through the roof in the last few years. We can't expect SU to subsidise customers (or not give their employees pay increases), so prices have to go up in line with their increased costs.

Exactly!! Prices are going up on every single thing -- it's just the way it is. It always has been and always will be up to the consumer to make their own choices about what and where to purchase. As for me, I go for quality so it's SU for me!
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didnt they just raised their prices on cs last year from 4.50 to 4,95????
yeah there have been a couple little increases in certain items, but this is an across the board increase, which is why they announced it.

People on a budget will get slightly less for their money, I was surprised that they didn't have to raise their shipping percentage consider the cost of gas. But of course there are always comparisons to other companies, and frankly, some are less, some are more. You know how we always say "companies that don't charge for shipping put it in their prices." So if SU! feels pressured to keep shipping at 10%, well....

Anyway, I'm getting less of everything for the money now.

It wasn't very long ago that I could fill my Subaru up with a twenty dollar bill.
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