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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Albion Price Increase         Reply with quote

We are forced to announce an across the board 10% price increase, effective July 1, 2012, for all items other than Maestro Line swords.

We dislike doing this, especially in this economy, but it is a fiscal necessity.

However, as we have always done, any order placed before July 1, 2012 will be honored at the old price, including layaway/payment plans and pre-orders of swords in development.

Like I said, we hate doing this and would not do it unless absolutely necessary. We have avoided increases wherever possible, done them only selectively, delayed them, tried to mitigate them, but this time we have just have to bite the bullet and do it.

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Howy

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PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2012 10:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's sad to hear Howy. Things are rough all around these days. Still, you all have to do what you can to survive. I know for myself this will effectively price some items I may have considered beyond my realm of comfort till I graduate. I wish nothing but the best for you all and I hope we can all navigate uncertain times and come out the other side. I know where I'll be spending my graduation money! Here's hoping for the best!
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PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Howie,
I know no one is getting rich making swords and I know you guys don't make these decisions lightly. Thanks for holding off as long as you could.

Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2012 8:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The quality is still there, as is the variety--which is ever increasing. A price increase is unfortunate, but certainly not an unreasonable or unforeseen event. I too appreciate the attempt to stave off as long as possible, and wish to add my thanks
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PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2012 11:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

out of curiosity. why is the maestro line being spared the price increase?
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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Thu 17 May, 2012 6:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

William P wrote:
out of curiosity. why is the maestro line being spared the price increase?


We are trying to keep the Maestros affordable to practitioners of WMA.

Hopefully, the folks who like using the Maestros will eventually buy a sharp sword or two...

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Howy

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PostPosted: Thu 17 May, 2012 6:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks to all of the posters for your kindness and understanding - greatly appreciated!
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PostPosted: Thu 17 May, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Howy,

I still plan to buy more Albions. Your swords have always been a good deal for the quality provided. The fact of the matter is that inflation and the cost of living keeps going up, as do prices of raw materials, so I understand the need for a price increase.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 May, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I believe that all of you at Albion who are performing to expectation should be given a raise for a job well done! I do not believe your product is too expensive and I am quite certain there is not a huge profit margin. People at Albion and in any sector in manufacturing deserve a decent living. It takes years to acquire the skills needed and a lifetime to master them. It would stun most people who have never experienced the costs of machine tools and the supplies needed to manufacture an item. I for one do not mind spending a little more for my luxuries and hope that you will be able to reward your craftsmen to both retain and draw in new blood. Thank you! I have enjoyed my 4 Albions immensely and look forward to the next one whichever one it may be. One more comment, Albion has layaway.
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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Howard Waddell wrote:
William P wrote:
out of curiosity. why is the maestro line being spared the price increase?


We are trying to keep the Maestros affordable to practitioners of WMA.

Hopefully, the folks who like using the Maestros will eventually buy a sharp sword or two...

Best,

Howy


I think that's an excellent plan. Amongst some of my friends, I think that seems to be working. The trainers are the "gateway swords". Happy

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PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2012 11:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

well for me the albion swords im eyeing are your dark age swords, particularly the vittfarne sword in your skirmish line, but a increase by 10% wont be too bad, i calculate it willl jump the price of these swords from 550 to 605$ US which is still quite a reasonable price in my eyes.

and, as far as i understand the skirmish line swords dont come paired with a scabbard unless you order one separately do they?
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PostPosted: Wed 23 May, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

William P wrote:
well for me the albion swords im eyeing are your dark age swords, particularly the vittfarne sword in your skirmish line, but a increase by 10% wont be too bad, i calculate it willl jump the price of these swords from 550 to 605$ US which is still quite a reasonable price in my eyes.

and, as far as i understand the skirmish line swords dont come paired with a scabbard unless you order one separately do they?


Albion swords do not automatically come with scabbards. Right now they aren't making any scabbards at all, though they may start that up again sometime in the future.
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