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Re: [BKARTS] cheap, cheaper, poor



i don't even tell my customers that cheap leather exists.
why bother?
j


> I tell my clients the difference between quality leather and cheap=20
> leather, and then I tell them I won't use cheap leather.  I don't stock=20=
>
> it, and so it won't save them much.  The biggest cost is in the labor. =20=
>
> I can't guarantee long service from bonded leather, and I tell them why.
> An explanation of the differences between cloth and synthetic leather=20
> and quality goat or calfskins is usually sufficient to explain the=20
> difference in cost.  No one argues with me, probably because if they=20
> want leather it's understood that it's my way or they find someone else.
>
> About half of my clientele who order new cases (Bibles, mostly) will=20
> opt for cloth, the other half for leather.  There really isn't a=20
> problem.  Not for me, anyway.
>
> Carol
> Eugene, OR
> ----------
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at 08:00 AM, Dorothy Africa wrote:
>
> >   I would certainly agree that not every book needs first class
> > leather.  I have also spent more time in my life repairing junk than I=20=
>
> > care
> > too.  However, I find working with poor quality materials depressing,
> > frustrating, and, ultimately, useless.  Even if the client thinks the=20=
>
> > book
> > is not "valuable", he or she cared enough about it to bring it in for
> > custom work or repair.  Has anyone out there who does private work had
> > success, in dealing with clients, steering them away from cheap or =
> fake
> > leathers and into reasonably priced cloth or paper??  It seems to me=20=
>
> > that
> > some consumer education, though not always successful, is in order=20
> > here, if
> > only to allow the client to make a truly enlightened choice.
> >    Dorothy A.
> >
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