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Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres

sewingj

Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« on: April 17, 2018, 12:42:27 PM »
Just had an email from Dragonfly to say they will now be selling and pricing in half metres in order for them to sell on other online outlets (ebay?)

I don`t know if this is a problem or not really.  I can`t remember if I was previously able to buy in fractions of a metre - if it used to be in full metres, being able to buy in multiples of a half would be better.  It can feel a bit misleading seeing the price though when you assume it is for the full metre

I`ve always found them very good to deal with so I hope they aren`t making other changes

UttaRetch

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 16:18:10 PM »
I agree with you.  I think it's a bit underhand pricing by the half metre - others will disagree - and would put me off were I an online shopper.
What goes around comes around.

Starryfish

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 16:24:27 PM »
The change to half metres appears on every page, right next to the box for adding to your basket. It couldn't be clearer. I like the ability to buy in half metre increments, 2m is too much for normal trousers or long sleeved tops or jackets.

Lowena

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 17:39:30 PM »
Patchwork fabrics are always priced in 1/4mtrs, so I wouldn't expect anything else.....1/2m would be a bonus  :D
Triumph of hope over experience :D

UttaRetch

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 19:19:42 PM »
@Starryfish: being able to buy in increments of less than a metre is not the same as pricing by the half-meter and is potentially misleading.  Bricks and mortar shops do not price by anything less than a metre and will tell you the smallest increment at which it will sell. 

Maybe you think I protest too much as I don't shop online for fabric, but clarity is everything and a business owner does not get my custom if I am confused.
What goes around comes around.

BrendaP

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 23:38:53 PM »
As I said an another siimilar thread recently, it's the software behind the shopping trolly that's the culprit, unless they have paid a lot of money for a high-end product it will only recognise whole units.  So, if the unit is designated as 1 m they can only sell in whole metres, if the designated unit is 0.5 metres they can sell in half metres but the unit price has to be half of the cost per metre.  That's OK if the general blurb makes it clear and says something like £4.99 per half metre = £9.98 per metre.

Ideally they should be selling in units of 0.25m or better still units of 0.1m (maybe with a minimum cut).
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

BrendaP

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 23:42:51 PM »
Patchwork fabrics are always priced in 1/4mtrs, so I wouldn't expect anything else.....1/2m would be a bonus  :D

Patchwork fabrics are often sold in 1/4 metrs and in fat quarters (which in UK should be a metric FQ, not an imperial FQ unless made very clear on the packaging/blurb).  The same fabrics are usually also available by the metre.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Francesca

Re: Dragonfly Fabrics - change to half metres
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 11:26:09 AM »
So, if the unit is designated as 1 m they can only sell in whole metres, if the designated unit is 0.5 metres they can sell in half metres but the unit price has to be half of the cost per metre.

Dragonfly Fabrics have put in a neat little tool as well on the page that tells you how many metres you are getting as you type in the box what you want/press the + button. Good for people like me who get frazzled by numbers!