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Posted by Sondarya on June 30, 2002 at 02:55:13:

In reply to: Low price is the reason it's usually so bad, I think. posted by Lauren on June 25, 2002 at 13:05:07:

I had to see this post. All of you have already explained and If I
may add few words.
the person who posted obviously forgot to add the shipment and also,
The henna online is sold is no where in compare to what you buy in
India or any other country in mentioned price.
I personally being involved in this business, had gotten straind the
Henna powder 6 times (paid for that), before selling to customer two
to three times I strain with the small tea strainer belive me it is
not easy. It was foolish to think what you said. Not to metion buyer
from India is left with almost half of what he or she bought and you
have to count if I paid for 1 kg, I paid that for 1/2 kg.
So calculate:

Air shipping+ Waste + time spent straining + paid for straining. :P

: : 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
: : grams. My math says that figures to $10.00 per kilo of henna
: It actually makes sense and explains the variation in usefulness
: between boxes of the same stuff. When we artists order henna, we
: order a smallish amount, less than 1000 kilos usually, and have it
: shipped over in a couple weeks at the outside. This is why the
: shipping usually costs as much or more than the actual powder, but
: get it fresh and lovely.
: Buying in huge quantities takes the price way, waaay down, and then
: they ship it over by boat, which is the only way to move such a
: quantity. Boats take bleedin' forever to arrive, especially when
: factor in time spent sitting somewhere waiting to be transferred to
: the next boat or warehouse. I would guess that there's no
: temperature control, either, so the henna spends a long time in
: fluctuating temps before it can even think of showing up on your
: grocer's shelf. Then, the boxes that were stored in the middle of
: the shipment would be the most protected from heat and humidity, so
: those would probably still be good while the stuff on the top of
: pile in the ship gets weathered, and the stuff on the top of the
: in the warehouse also gets weathered.
: Or I could be entirely wrong.
: Lauren


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