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We hope you will enjoy visiting with Maine Country Charm (MCC) to find inspiration as well as products for your scrapbooking, card making and other paper crafting creations. We offer some of the latest products, supplies, classes and Maine Country Charm Page Kits, Card Kits and Paper Piecings under the label of "Made With You in Mind". Keep watch for announcements of all-day events throughout the year on the "Events" page.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Happy Thursday and first day of fall to all!! Today I had to really think what I wanted to talk about and decided to talk about the pros and cons between big box stores and independently owned stores. While I don't believe, and never have believed, the way to sell a product or service is by cutting down the competition, I do believe there are differences between the two types of businesses. First thing I'd like to point out is I try my best to put my customers first. I am available when they come in to answer questions, make suggestions and even lead them to a comparable product that could save them money. We all want the most for our money. As a home-based business, I certainly can't carry everything they do and as a matter of fact I pride myself in carrying what they don't. Sure I can't always match their prices, but did you know if I don't have a product you want, I give you the option to have me order it for you with giving you 20% off the purchase price, if you prepay. And with the 20% off, plus the gas money saved, you get a great deal!!! I feel I offer our classes at a very reasonable price of $5.00 per class plus materials. And there is no fee if you can't make it a week!! But you know what! My customers are very faithful that most the time they want the kits to the class they missed and if they need any special instructions I will give it to them. When doing projects in class how many stores would tell their customers when they need a card stock, maybe one in the class would like to split a paper. Do you think a big box store is going to that for you? For our customers, I also have finished scrapbook page ideas for you to get inspired by and will work with you to find the right papers needed for your themed pages. And the same for our card makers. Also, I have a couple cutting machines that I just love to cut out that special die cut made just for your project. Usually within a day and sometimes the very same day. We call our customers Maine Country Charm's Paper Dolls because that is just what they are...........dolls for supporting this home based business. I do hope you see the opportunities of shopping a local business and I told you the reasons without cutting down the competition!!! Please leave your replies in the comment box. Love to hear your thoughts on this subject!!!