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Old 09-15-2011, 05:35
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My thoughts exactly!!! If you don't want to share your information, that doesn't mean you have to be crappy to someone about it...I have seen several posts lately where no one responds...

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Personally, I have been using Hobby Lobby. I hope this helps. I have been searching the different websites and forums for what other ladies say have been better quality. I have heard about The Ribbon Retreat - I believe it is, also Rabom.
Good luck! I have seen people get really nasty with comments on different posts but I just do not find that fair. Yes, we all work really hard to get to where we are no matter how long we have been doing this but that doesn't mean you have to be ugly.
Don't take it personally, I always remember being told as a child "if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all"

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Is there a list somewhere where all you guys and girlies get your supplies? Like the original place..like not etsy. Like China or somewhere? I don't know where to start. Thanks
Here are some starting places since you asked for "the original place. like China"

http://www.alibaba.com/
http://www.aliexpress.com/

As for individual suppliers from China, you are definitely on your own. Many ladies have spent lots of time and money to build up trust with suppliers. And they aren't willing to just hand over the info from the fruits of their hard work. Many take offense to people asking for supplier info without doing any of the hard work themselves. That's the reason for the snarky posts. You are new, so I am just filling ya in

BE WARNED companies in China do not play by the same rules that American companies do. Many people have been burned and lost THOUSANDS of dollars. Your best bet is to get in on a group buy with a reputable GB host.
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Is there a list somewhere where all you guys and girlies get your supplies? Like the original place..like not etsy. Like China or somewhere? I don't know where to start. Thanks
I would check the group buy section of this forum. Get a feel of how they are doing their buys. Check their feedback before you participate and make sure you pay was soon as you are invoiced. If you cant pay right away make sure you let them know.

Many times if you just BING/GOOGLE/SEARCH you will find your suppliers quickly. If you see one you like and want to know about them then do a search on the name of businesss and then type review afterwards. You should get some reviews about that company. Hope this helps you.
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Here are some starting places since you asked for "the original place. like China"

http://www.alibaba.com/
http://www.aliexpress.com/

As for individual suppliers from China, you are definitely on your own. Many ladies have spent lots of time and money to build up trust with suppliers. And they aren't willing to just hand over the info from the fruits of their hard work. Many take offense to people asking for supplier info without doing any of the hard work themselves. That's the reason for the snarky posts. You are new, so I am just filling ya in

BE WARNED companies in China do not play by the same rules that American companies do. Many people have been burned and lost THOUSANDS of dollars. Your best bet is to get in on a group buy with a reputable GB host.


ha! snarky? if you only knew...
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ha! snarky? if you only knew...
OH I know! I was trying to be nice..............
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Y'all are too funny!
I agree. China is the best place to start.
If you don't feel comfortable forking out hundreds to start you can search the forums group buys section also.
The links above are good stuff. I have ordered from all these places and only nice things have come of this
And it is a loaded question.. people won't want to dish because it's very difficult and time consuming (it can take weeks or months) to find the best prices, quality, and have a good item in hand. Hosts here have forked out hundreds to find the best suppliers. Also, it depends on what you're looking for.

Rabom is okay. Not the best.
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BE WARNED companies in China do not play by the same rules that American companies do. Many people have been burned and lost THOUSANDS of dollars. Your best bet is to get in on a group buy with a reputable GB host.
Or anywhere else in the world, I've got one for over a thousand dollars going awol atm and I'm literally nearly puking and I've been dealing with this supplier regularly for 18 months now, thankfully he's realising hes about to loose my custom and hopefully its turning around. Personally I would never share who they are or any details I just keep my mouth shut, if you want to share the info share it, if you don't, don't easy! .

Going direct to China is a big risk and you have to be prepared to wear the costs if it goes belly up!

When I started I found most of my basics via google, I stumbled across hipgirls that way and spent hours with my finger on the search button trawling through thousands of threads, its tedious work but does pay off in the end.
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Chances aren't even going to want to go straight to China suppliers unless you want to start out spending $10,000 plus. It costs a lot of money because you have to buy 100's (sometimes 1000's) of each color item to meet their minimums. Use the search tool on the boards, go to the supplies tab you can buy wholesale from a lot of great members here that have sites with a slight upcharge from the China price.

Asking for peoples supplier info is like asking for their first born. Most of us are in the same business so if we shared EVERYTHING then what advantage would one have over the other? Good luck.
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Emilee, you are a real GEM. Thank you so much for the great info!! Barbara
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i agree to purchase from china you have to meet minimums of 300-1,000 per color per item. plus a huge cost of shipping. best bet is group buys, i have a facebook page that has a bunch of wholesale items on it available in stock. i also run group buys but wont have any new ones open for awhile. both links are in my signature. asking for suppliers is a big no no on this forum, im sorry you got some grumpy replies by some members. some people dont know how to be nice anymore.
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