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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

My Way or the Highway

Most of you that know me won't be surprised at all by this blog post. I like getting my own way. Is it the oldest child in me or just a horrible character flaw? I don't know.

The other day I got an email that our local yarn store is going out of business. Well, not really. They are just closing one of their locations. I think I may have been a little out of my mind when I read that everything in the store was going to be 20% off until they close. I went the next day with a list of some of my bigger projects that I need yarn for. I bought 17 balls of Lily Chin's Chelsea (reg price $6/ball), a couple skeins of alpaca laceweight and a skein of sock yarn. I didn't notice until later that I didn't get my 20% off. I was mad enough to take it to the other location to speak with the owner. Oops. Did the email just say 20% off books and magazines? My bad. I'm going to have to return all this yarn because there is no way I'm paying full price right now when I don't really need it at the moment. The owner started freaking out and telling me that this is why she had to close the store in the first place, people finding better deals, etc... I told her that I'd support her store when the prices are the same or less but I'm not going to spend more at her store just because I'm nice like that (I said it in a more tactful way than that). She ended up giving me back 20% of the purchase price if I'd keep the yarn. Do I feel a little guilty? Some. But, she got a big purchase that she wouldn't have received had she not given me 20% off.

In other news, a group of gals from church are having a sign party. Have you heard of this before? You can find out what is being sold by going to this website. At the parties you get to choose from 26 pre-selected signs and you get a discount because you paint them yourselves. I chose a pre-selected sign but Carl doesn't like the font. He doesn't want me to get it unless I can get it in a different font. I emailed one of the ladies that runs the website and she basically told me that she can't do it because once she does it once it will set a precedent and they keep the prices low by offering a small amount for the parties. I can order the sign exactly how I want it but they will do it themselves and charge me about 50% more than if I did it myself (which I prefer). I was going to order at least 2 or 3 other signs from them as gifts (from the list) but now I don't know if I want to do that now because I'm mad they won't do what I want. I understand where they're coming from. Really, I do. But, I'm so stubborn. Should I just suck it up? I won't be able to get the sign I want because there is no way that Carl is going to be okay with paying the extra money. I would still be able to do the ones for gifts but if I'm not getting one myself--how much fun will that really be?


  1. Christy~ don't change a thing. I like you just the way you are. You're smart enough, nice enough, and gosh darn it....people like you.

    Shelly had her baby around 1am this morning and they still don’t have a name.

  2. Yeah, yeah, yeah...but should I get the signs? ;)

  3. You're not crazy. Dr. Phil's negotiating show taught me to just ask and that's what you did. What happened to customer service anyway?

  4. Mary-Don't get me started on customer service...but if I ever do get wound up enough to blog about it, I hope Christy will point you to my entry about it.

    Christy-It may be an oldest thing, but it is definitely a 'you' thing-not a flaw. If you would feel deprived by not painting a sign at the party, then do the ones you planned to give as gifts. If you want to make a strong stance, then don't. It just depends on how annoyed you are and how badly you want to get your point across (or not.) I know that's wishy-washy advice, but did you expect anything different from me? :>)

  5. I still need to see the signs.

  6. Uh, Hollie---click on the link in the post and it will take you to their website.

  7. My mother-in-law made on of those signs for us and I really like it. I haven't found a place for it in the new home, but neither has the rest of my hangings. I would do the sign.

  8. Anonymous12:48 AM

    They don't want to set the precedent of giving customers what they want? Bwahahaha. And it's your job to pay high prices to keep a store in business? Bwahahahahahoooey. That's insane. I wonder how long I'd last if I started telling my clients that they need to pay me more than the going rate because I need to buy a house. Yeah right.

    I wouldn't get the signs. Definitely don't get a sign for yourself that you won't like. Those look like the sorts of things that people would want to pick out for themselves.

    But I'm a home party pooper. I never buy anything. Do whatever you want.