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« on: June 26, 2006 02:00:46 PM »

I was just wondering which company, in your experience, is cheaper? So far I have only bought from Fire Mountain Gems and I love it, but I think it's mostly due to ease of using their website and the fact I didn't have to pay for my first catalog. Any opinions? Thanks! ^_^
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2006 08:16:04 AM »

The only bad thing about Rings N Things is the $50 minimum if you want to just buy a few things.  I bought glue on sterling bracelets and  really like the quality.
I will never order from Fire Mountain gems  again because their prices were much higher on my invoice than when I ordered them because of "sterling prices", like 3x more.  really obnoxious.
I emailed them to say they should honor their prices and I will never order from them again, and their response was "that's the way it is and we can't wait for your next order" 
What A-holes.
I buy my supplies at Rio Grande.  They are friendly and helpful and the prices are the best for what I need.


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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006 02:01:44 PM »

I order from Fire Mountain regularly because of the ease of their website and quickness to ship. If they are common enough elements, I'll price compare, but every little jewelry supply site seems to have their specialty, and if that's not what you're looking for, then you just keep looking. Which is why Fire Mtn has worked pretty well for me. They have a little of most things. I've also had good experience with Rings & Things, but I don't recall there being a minimum -- that's either a newish development or I had actually ordered more than that the last time around and don't remember doing so. (I usually only get certain specific findings through mail order, otherwise I prefer to buy in person.)

I hear good things about Rio Grande, too, but I can't speak to it directly as I don't want to pay for their catalogs.

The upshot is, like I said, most sites have their "specialties" and might be good for only one thing. If both sites sell the same items, you can at least head-to-head compare -- and don't forget to figure shipping!


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