Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wedding Dress Prices are Going UP.

It had to happen, wedding dress prices are
going up and I'm not happy about it.
Freight costs from China are escalating. Most
wedding dresses are made in China. One
news source said each container from China
has a price increase of 5 times what it was a year
ago.

We are getting notices like this:
Effective Oct. 1, 2008 all carry over dresses and gowns
will be priced nominally higher due to higher freight
costs, fuel price increases and increased manufacturing
costs. Please adjust your pricing schedule to reflect
the cost increases. (What is nominal? )

Great, that means retagging a lot of dresses. That's some
major work, including redoing pricing in the computer.
It also means that when you shopped for a dress 6 months
ago and the price is higher now, you are going to be
ticked off at me and not at the manufacturer or the shippers
or the oil barons or whomever.

And shipping costs are just killing bridal salons.
We've had shipping costs from the manufacturer to
our shop that is more than double than what it
was a year ago because of the cost of fuel.
We don't factor shipping into the price of our dresses,
but many shops do to survive.

The bridal industry should rethink its manufacturing
move to China in the light of the high oil and fuel increases.
There are thousands and thousands of people in the USA
who need jobs and are ready, willing and able to work.
Are you candidates listening? Enough is enough!

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