A brief comparison


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Posted by BarefootSophie on June 25, 2002 at 16:52:25:

In reply to: Local store vs online shopping...choices are good things to have! posted by Maureen on June 25, 2002 at 10:12:40:

: Hi Paul,
:
: I am glad to know you enjoy our powders and that they are giving
you
: what you are desiring in your henna powders, paste and stains. A
lot
: of time, energy and financial resources go into seeking out,
testing,
: comparing, selecting and finally obtaining any one particular henna
: powder. Especially when you are actually having to search around
the
: globe to find henna powders with the particular characteristics you
: as a vendor are seeking for your customers. So it is always a
: pleasure to get positive feedback as you have provided. Thanks!
:
: I would think that if one is living in a particular part of the
U.S.
: or the world where henna powder choices are abundant in community
: stores, that purchasing anywhere else would be just plain silly.
But
: for people who don't live in such henna luxury and splendor, the
: online community of vendors provide for them a similar experience
by
: bringing henna powders that would not otherwise be accessible
within
: their reach.
:
: Is it more expensive to purchase online? I guess it depends on how
: one looks at it. If online vendors are selling the same henna
: powders online for $10.00 that one can get at the community grocer
: for $1.00, then one would certainly conclude that online purchasing
: is far more expensive and unnecessarily expensive. But,if the
: product being sold online is not one attainable at the corner
: store...or even attainable anywhere else in your country or
: hemishere, then how does one make a determination of whether or not
: the commodity is expensive or a bargain online when there is
nothing
: to compare the online price to at your local store. To compare a
: henna powder that is only available because a vendor sought it out
: and made it available at their online store with a henna powder
: commonly avaiable at the community store is truly to compare apples
: and oranges. There is henna powder and then there is henna
powder.
: From what I have experienced with the henna powder that I sell and
: that of the other vendors online that we are familiar with here, I
: can't go down to the corner store and find these henna powders.
And,
: I don't think most people in the U.S. can either.
:
: I would imagine most online vendors remain mystifies much as I am
: regarding how some of the small ethnic grocery stores can even
obtain
: henna powder at prices that allow them to sell it at $1.00 per 100
: grams. My math says that figures to $10.00 per kilo of henna
powder.
: If other online vendors purchase similarly to me, then they also
pay
: far more than $10.00 per kilo for shipping costs alone. One
: certainly can not sell a product at a price far lower than is paid
: just for shipping cost to obtain the product. (I guess one could.
: But that would be alturism and not business.) I for one would love
: to find a manufacturer of the quality of henna powder I want for my
: customers who could or would provide henna powder at a costs that
: would allow selling it at $1.00 per 100 grams...$10.00 per kilo.
Of
: course I am dreaming. But am totally open to contacts from any
: manufacturer/supplier who wants to offer such prices for quality
: henna powder. I would snap that offer up in a moment and then
gladly
: pass such savings on.
:
: So I think, Paul, that many suppliers online are here to serve
people
: like you who want a reliable source for consistently high quality
: henna powder and cannot find such henna powder readily available to
: them at community stores. Local community stores will meet the
needs
: of people who do not mind the hit or miss...hunt and peck method of
: henna powder selection, and/or for those who are fortunate enough
to
: find large enough selections of good quality henna powder readily
: available at community stores where they live. But I believe that
: many people do recognize the service and bargain that many online
: henna vendors provide for them.
:
: It will be great when the day comes that we can just walk down the
: street to the store and look on the shelf and find a broad
selection
: of fresh, quality henna powder just waiting for us to add to our
: shopping items and take home to use with confidence. For most of
us
: here in the U.S., that day is not now. For the people who live
with
: the reality that "that day is not now," online vendors fill the gap.
:
: Maureen

 


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