I deleted a comment today. It’s been in moderation for a long time. I decided I’d write a post in response but without the comment being present.
Basically, the respondent objected to the fact that if you wanted waxed cotton from Original Wax you had to purchase several yards, and if you kept it to the minimum (10 or so yards) you had to pay special cutting fees. Except the commenter had a lot of F*** you statements to Fred, the Martins, the company…
I’ve got two responses for that person.
First, at the time of the post the company was a WHOLESALER. Their systems of production and distribution were designed to deliver multiple bolts; yardages in the hundreds. There are spacing issues between rollers that are optimal for large batches which make running very small batches impossible. (If the “lead” has to be five yards, you can’t run less than that. It’s a fixed cost.)
It’s similar to trying to purchase a slice of bread from the bakery. You’re offended because they charge almost what they charge for a loaf. They still have to pay for wrapping, they have to pay for slicing, and unless they’ve set up a ‘by the slice’ program they have to throw away the rest of the loaf.
Wholesale is not retail. If you want them to accomodate retail, persuade them (best by helping them find a market) instead of berating. Berating just makes you sound like a petulant, ignorant, spoiled child.
Enter part two.
Way back up there I used the word the word “Was” with wholesaler. And they still do wholesale. But someone, possibly within their system, possibly external from a number of small batch requests, but someone persuaded them there was enough of a market to do a little retail. Martexin created an online fabric store, Fairfield, from which you can purchase retail batches of waxed cotton.
If you want a special color or unlisted weight you’re going back to the special order issues and extra costs. But if you’re just wanting a little, they’ve put a lot of weights and colors up for you.
Are they still expensive? A bit, but not that much more than other special treatment fabrics from online fabric stores. It’s a LOT cheaper than it used to be for someone only wanting a couple of yards.
Have I purchased from them? Not yet. I decided making the things I was considering wasn’t something I could do profitably and went another direction. I probably will, however. I’ve got a few things I want for myself for which waxed cotton is the preferred cloth. I just need to dig myself out of a personal hole first.
For those of you who want to get waxed cotton for yourself, there’s the link. Enjoy. And if you do use it, feel free to tell me. If you can refrain from making personal attacks I’ll share even your bad experiences, though I hope (as, I’m sure, everyone at that company) your experience is actually quite pleasant.