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SamanthaM
« on: January 26, 2011 04:41:30 PM »

Hi,
 I hope no one here was affected, but wanted to share this anyway. Queen City Emporium is apparently having some issues with multiple consignment crafters; they have thus far not paid crafters for sold items or returned unsold merchandise. I have put details including links to news stories and ways to get help on my blog. Hope this doesn't affect anyone here, I am such a huge supporter of handmade and of the small businesses that consign correctly, this is just sad news for all involved. http://samanthamcnesby.blogspot.com/2011/01/crafter-beware-queen-city-emporium.html
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polkadotrabbit
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011 10:53:44 PM »

This stuff is so frustrating when it happens. My biggest problem with consignment is that when stuff doesn't sell and is returned, it's invariably shop soiled and damaged and thus can't be resold.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011 04:40:23 PM »

I think crafters need to stop and think a bit before sending off their merchandise to an unknown, unvetted entity. I'm guessing no one ever asked for any business references, checked the owners phones or home addresses, never asked if they were insured, etc. It seems crafters are all too eager to be ripped off.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011 10:35:56 AM »

I think crafters need to stop and think a bit before sending off their merchandise to an unknown, unvetted entity. I'm guessing no one ever asked for any business references, checked the owners phones or home addresses, never asked if they were insured, etc. It seems crafters are all too eager to be ripped off.

It's just too easy to get ripped off with consignment, especially out of state consignment.  Even locally, it's a gamble unless you know the person or the shop is a well-known entity, like a gift shop to a reputable museum, for example.  I always make sure the places I do consignment with are established and that there is a contract signed.  If the place is out of state, they can really just up and run with your stuff. 
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