What do you do when you realize your great bargain is just too good to be true? If you’re love-drenched, there’s really only one obvious choice. The only question is how to do it without getting anyone in trouble.
Yesterday I stumbled upon a fantastic bargain on a gorgeous wool and acrylic blend with colors that really pop, something very unusual heading into fall and winter in this part of Japan. Most years fall colors are dominated by dark and its cousin drab. It sounded too good to be true, but the clerk assured me the list price of 698 yen (about $7) was for all 5 balls, not the individual ball price, and then went on to explain to me that if I wanted more in the same dye lot they could get that too, because they had the bar code. I must be dreaming or in yarn heaven. Another clerk rang me up – ￥698 for all five just as the first clerk had said it would be. Woot woot!
Clearly this is my lucky day! It’s a sign from the Universe that I should design something really fabulous since I can get all this yarn at such a great price point! My imagination was happy to take the idea and run with it. As soon as I could I sat down and started swatching it, and considered blogging about. It’s made by Clover, the company so famous for their tools. Did you even know that Clover makes yarn? I didn’t until a friend told me a few months ago. And here they were offering it so cheap!….
Only it turns out Clover wasn’t, at least not intentionally. A quick visit to their website and a few other sites offering the yarn to research for my post, and surely enough, that ￥698 price tag is intended to be the per ball price. Clover’s recommended retail for this yarn, called “randonnéese” is even higher. Bummer! So I packed it all up and headed back to the store, trying to decide if I wanted to pay for all 5, or just return some of the unused portion. I really, really like it at 5 for ￥698. I’m much less excited about it at 5 for ￥3490. It’s pretty, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love a bargain?
When I showed the section manager the yarn, receipt, and a screenshot of the Clover website, he seemed quite surprised as well. He said he would research it, he thanked me profusely, and even though I had offered to pay for the balance, he let me have the 5 balls of yarn for the price had I paid yesterday. In other words, he gave me a massive honest customer appreciation discount.
Not only do I have the good feeling of being an honest citizen in my fiber community, but it feels like there’s an extra blessing on that yarn as well, so whatever I make with it will be something extra special. Time to get designing!