Friday, February 20, 2009
One of the biggest issues we faced at the Las Vegas Market show and in general is pricing. We make a product in the United States, we make it the old fashioned way with a great deal of pride in the craftsmanship, we make it to last, and we make it as sustainably as possible. This is not inexpensive. Is it worth it to the customer? Does anyone care about these issues? It is hard to believe so, because there is so much made in Indonesia, Vietnam, China and in Latin America that does not have our qualities and yet sells well. We have not lost faith in finding the people that care about these issues, and we are also looking for alternative ways to lower our costs. It isn't easy feeling like the lone wolf out there. There is a "sustainable" section of the Market, where companies can display their product. Many of those also came from overseas. How long before people question the energy/carbon footprint to bring these products over the ocean? We are going to be here and keep going at it. Please let us know if you have any thoughts.