Friday, July 29, 2011

BatBrat.com - Stockings

I got a comment about the shop I want to answer.
Question:
"MoonLight said...
It is a shame that you are selling Chinese stockings for $19 which can be bought on eBay for a maximum of $5 including shipping. These exact same stockings, I have them. Such a shame. Even brands like leg avenue don't overprice stuff like this and it's cheep Chinese stuff. And no, I'm not jealous, I've waited for this shop and am disappointed, I shop a lot on the internet and know these facts. "

Answer:
Thank you for your question.
I have a very small company and is just starting out, due to this I can't buy at stock prices or hold a big stock at my home, and the ones selling it that cheap is often the China company (producer) itself and they have a deal with China Post or DHL to be able to have free freight - I have not.

And remember, I live in Sweden and have to pay 25% tax on EVERYTHING I order plus $54 on every package to customs. For me, the price in total is way beyond $5 (unfortunately) per item.
I'm always on the lookout for cheaper wholesalers though since I want people being able to afford what I'm offering.
The prices I have on my pantyhoses is still lower then the other swedish alternative webshops.
Above all this I want to have a salary since I'm working hard on making a webshop where the make up, stockings and my own designed garment are to be sold in just one convenient place.
I am very sorry, but I can never match $ prices when living in Sweden. That's just a fact.

25 comments:

  1. I think that's fair.
    For me, as long as the quality is high I don't mind paying a bit extra, especially since I live in Denmark, so there's no border charge added. It can get real expensive to order stuff outside of Europe.

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  2. What a cheap person. $19 is a very good price for stockings. It's not the cheapest, but it's a great deal and I bet they're good quality. I shop from a site that charges up to $50 for some of their stuff. It all depends on how much YOU can get it for. I do have a question though...

    Any idea how the stockings with the lace on the knee would look on a short person? I'm only 5'0" so I'm worried the lace won't actually be at my knees.

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  3. i think the people who complain need to get over it. when someone opens a new small business of course its not going to be cheap cheap. but $19 for the stockings isnt so bad at all! i can afford them but its still not bad.

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  4. I had to comment !
    That's indead a cheap person.
    It's obvious that Sweden is a very expensive country and that you work hard for your shop that I find amazing ! And as said above, the price is okay if the stockings are quality so thank you for answering kindly this sort of questions, but we are with you, Adora :)

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  5. I cannot enter the site :/

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  6. I get your point and wish you all the best with your business, but still - that person is partly right... I live in Poland and I'm still able to get same stockings online for 8 - 10$ total. And not necessarily from China, european sellers offer them as well...

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  7. People complaining about Adora's prices:

    If you think they are too expensive, don't buy them. Very easy. Go and support the companies that mass produce this stuff and couldn't care less about you. I would support an independant seller like Adora every time over a faceless eBay merchant. You know why? Because Adora is awesome. Because she's working hard on something she is passionate about and supporting her family (which she also works hard at and as a mother, I admire the hell out of her). Because I'd be willing to bet that you would get far more personal service. Because sometimes it's not JUST about the price.

    If the bottom line for you is price, that's fine. But what do you hope to achieve by commenting in here pointing out all the places you can 'get them cheaper'? Adora cannot afford to lower the prices and nor should she. She is not in competition with the wholesalers. She has selected a few products to offer people in her store. As to whether or not you buy them, well. No one is making you :)

    Can't wait to see what else you put up Adora <3

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  8. couldn't agree more with violet! go adora <3

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  9. Don't let people like this bring your spirits down Adora. Can't expect everyone to understand the difficulties of running your own small business. We love what you've done and will support you all the way. :)

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  10. i must say compared to new zealand prices thats very affordable even when shipping is included, for a decent pair of stockings.

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  11. I cannot enter your site :/

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  12. I know you can get things cheaper on ebay,OFFCOURSE you can get things cheaper on ebay,but I'd rather support Adora. if the lashes and foundation is still left on monday I'm buying some. Who doesn't want to shop from adora? Srsly people....

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  13. Adora I have to say I admire you. The coments on your last post make me really sad. It's like at my last alice cooper concert it was at a festival and at the middel of his amazing show some people leave because the whated to see a part of slipknot too. I wasn't far away from crying how could someone be that rude to such a incredible person leaving a show is in my eyes really abusive. Yesterday I felt the same you are such a kind person you lead us take part at your life, share your recipes and picture of your amazing kids and be all in all just super cute and even if some people are that rude you say thanks to them and explain your point. I don't know many people who are that kind I really admirer you.
    Sorry for my long text I just felt I have to say this.
    Adora you are my super hero.
    lots of love F.

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  14. 120kr för ett par strumbyxor är ju nästan inget! på hm kostar det ju nästan 200 ju!

    Och jag har koll på strupor! (strumpberoände ^^)

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  15. I think it's really nice for us to know about your customs and import tax. It's obvious that as a small business you will have to charge a bit more to make profit- otherwise why bother.

    When I had a look I did note that the stockings are a bit on a expensive side for UK, due to ebay offering them cheaper, but that's up to me who I buy from, so I never thought of complaining. I'm sure your Swedish followers will be happy with the price though.

    I was impressed with the nurse nightie it's cheap for sure.. to me it seems like you aren't trying to rip people off, but simply offering best prices you can :)

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  16. I commented that the same stockings can be bought cheaper on ebay, and I know about EU customs and it's not that much. I didn't mean to offend anyone, I just commented the stockings, not the rest. And get a grip people, if I buy the same stockings for less doesn't mean I am a cheap person, it means I don't have money to throw in the garbage. Don't you have better things to do then kiss some bloggers ass?

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  17. And good luck with your shop, I have too been waiting for your collection and will certainly but something that I like, I was just disappointed by you selling something already available and for less. That is all.

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  18. The truth is that you can ALWAYS find the same item for a lower price, ALWAYS! It's up to you to care only for prices, or to consider also who is the seller, to trust him/her, to chose buying from a certain shop because you want that certain shop and no other. Therefore, since the internet is full of shops where you can find stuff for ridiculous prices, there's absolutely no point in complaining...because I'm sure Adora would have put lower prices if she only could, since lower prices mean A LOT more people buying. I'm sure she has done the best she could, that's it.

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  19. She probably did, that's why I couldn't wait for this, I follow this blog mainly because I want to see the collection, I thought there would be custom stockings she designed, for those I would pay more if necessary.

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  20. I think you have a cute shop going on. I, would one day love to have a clothing collection to offer on Etsy or on my own site...someday. People are impatient and just love to complain, that's all. I'm sure soon enough your shop will be filled with many goodies designed by you. =)

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  21. Gee, Moonlight! if you don't have the money to "throw in the garbage" to buy stockings from Adora, don't! Purchase them from ebay, no one is forcing you to buy them from Adora. I missed the part where she has to cater her business only to you and your demands. What does not work for you might work very well for her other customers. Peace.

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  22. I don't know if anyone here knows the goth shop 'Colours' in germany, but I was so dissapointed when it opened. All was unbelievable expensive - but I realized: It was the only goth shop in north germany. (except for some small no-name shops)It was very hard for this new shop, 'cause if you only have goth's and maybe other groups as your audience, you HAVE to raise your prices, otherwise you can't survive one day in that buisness.

    But after a while they adapt their prices to other shops and now everything is fine. Cheer up, Adora! ;)

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  23. Sure, but people who know this and know where to get them cheaper(like me) won't buy from you. Sorry.

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  24. Adora, I was wondering if you deliver stuff to other countries like, say, Mexico n_n
    Loves, Barb

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