Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sign the Petition

To: Yarn Manufacturers World Wide

We the undersigned, demand that yarn manufacturers world-wide abandon the policy of retail keystone pricing (vertical price fixing) within the yarn industry. We believe that yarn manufacturers should manufacture yarn and not regulate the yarn industry by "leveling the playing field" among yarn retailers through keystone pricing policies. We believe that retailers should be allowed to compete freely against eachother and that free-market economy is what the U.S. is based upon, not industry regulation. We also believe that keystone-pricing hurts the end-consumer by keeping yarn prices artificially inflated and in general is an unethical (and potentially illegal) business practice.

Click here to sign.


At 8:38 PM, Blogger John said...

Umm, sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no price fixing going on. Every shop in the US is, by law, free to set their own price, and they do. Many shops use keystone pricing, some do charge less (giving the lie to the obligatory pricing line) and many charge more, than keystone, as that's the only way to stay in business.

What keeps the price up is 2 things:
one, extra service. It has to be paid for, unless you think that everyone in the shop works there out of love. Two, limited supply. many manufacturers are severly limited in their production. They charge us a set price, and we charge what we need to to make a profit.

Why not get a job i a yarn shop and find out the truth (it's very readily available) before stirring up a fake nest of something?

John Beaty, owner,
Knit Together, LLC
Stamford, CT

I can be reached by email @
john at knitogether dot com

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Consumer Friendly Yarns said...

John, the issue of price-fixing (disguised as keystone pricing) is not fake, and while it may not be a view that is supported by many retailers, it is an issue that is VERY important to consumers.

We at Consumer Friendly Yarns are not opposed to retailers charging more for the services they provide, and in fact completely support and agree with this practice. What we oppose is retailers being FORCED or required to charge a certain price by the manufacturers. We believe that what a retailer chooses to charge for their product (once they've purchased it from the manufacturer) should be up to the retailer, and that if a manufacturer wants to charge a particular retail price for their product, they should retail it themselves and not wholesale it. We believe in fair market economy, healthy competition, and capitalism, which is what the United States is founded on.


Consumer Friendly Yarns

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Crow Calling Woman said...

Uhhh, John...the only bubble that needs bursting is the one between you and the unbiased truth you refuse to see or you were paid to ignore. Who paid you to post this load of B.S? I live near a yarn shop that has had to stop carrying yarn from companies that have tried to force them to markup well beyond resonable pricing AND because of sales they held that was much more than 10% off-because those companies try and tell them it is appart of thier terms for purchasing and stocking the yarn to sell. Oh sure, John, there is no such thing as keystoning...and while we are at it, there is no such thing as global warming, the sun does not cause skin cancer, no one dies from Aids and President Bush knows what he is doing. Right. NEXT!!!

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Lindy said...

Dear John:

You are sadly mistaken. This is not about WHAT stores charge it is about what they are FORCED to charge.


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