Welcome to the 21st Century....

vsidart's picture

So, inspired by the previous post, and a long running curiousity about felting, I decided to order the pattern for the felted clogs. So I log into Fiber Trends, and place my order. What? 7-10 days to receive it? Have they not heard of .PDFs?! AND I have to pay $3.99 shipping for, what? 3 pieces of paper?! Aargh..... well, in the meantime, guess I'll start on something else. Aargh!


hmmmm, I was going to order it too. But maybe I will hold off based on the principle of it --- 7-10 days and 3.99 shipping?

ronhuber's picture

Good thing you don't live in Canada. I was charged 12.95 for shipping and handling and the postage on the envelope was 2.51. Yikes! I want a job that pays me ten bucks to stuff a sheet in an envelope and write an address on it.

I am weak. I ordered one but I gotta say...they seem to have a market on it cause I could not find any free patterns.

Lion's Brand had it for 4.95 and 4.10 shipping.

YarnGuy716's picture

Did you guys check with your LYS? We have several stores here in Western New York that all carry Fiber Trend patterns. So no 7-10 days or pricey shiping and handling costs.

murfpapa's picture

I looked on Ravelry and found two similar slipper patterns within the first two pages. Granted, one was in German but I think we have a few members that could translate. Could be more...I just stopped after two.

RickeScott's picture

Agreed. I just emailed Ron at Fiber Trends and suggested that they make their patterns available in downloadable pdf format. Will let you know how he responds.

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scottly's picture

I recently bought a beret pattern of of Ravelrey that was a PDF download but because PayPal comes out of my checking account I still had to wait a week to get the pattern. But 3.99 for mailing a letter really takes the cake.

Some places mark up their shipping to make an extra buck or two; but, I'm probably belaboring the obvious. So... I'll just add... outrageous! I was thinking about getting the pattern based on everyone's recommendation. But, now... and BTW I think it's admirable that no one has even suggested just copying and giving out the pattern. I personally believe in paying the piper his dues.


MMario's picture

Have any of you sent stuff through the mail lately? Postage keeps going up, and up, and up....

I used to be able to ship out one of my CD's to someone for under a buck, postage and packageing combined (less then two years ago) . Now it costs me well over $2.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

cashmere knight's picture

You know, I've got a little different slant of this matter. Just about everytime I'm faced with saving or collecting something via the pdf format, and I've done plenty of that, I always ask myself if I want the pdf or hard copy. Hehe...maybe I should see a 'shrink', or something, but I almost feel cheated settling for the pdf and not getting the hard copy. As far as the postage, well, yes, they've got you there. I know I ordered a used book through a small bookseller on Amazon, and I got the book for half price of what it sells for retail, and the book was in very good condition. But, half of the half price that I paid was shipping. Shipping and postage has always been a bugger.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." --Albert Einstein

jwhassjr's picture

I purchased it a while back at a LYS and it was about $6.00, so it looks like they're gonna stick it to you either way. I have made many pairs of these and have to say that once they're on your feet you'll forget all about the things that conspired before. They're a dream to wear, and not too hard to knit, but make sure you're in a quiet place when you make your first one. There's a lot of counting involved with the short row shaping.

It's been over four years since I've knit a pair. I think I may pull out the old hardcopy pattern and make some for Christmas.

Can't wait to see your finished clogs.