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Old 12-17-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
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Well played hobby lobby...well played
So I was at my local hobby yesterday in search of some basic worsted acrylic for a baby blanket. I tend to use Caron simply soft or I love this yarn…I was standing in front I what I thought was just the CSS…i found some in a color that would be perfect for the pattern I had in mine so I reached to grab it…as I went to put it in my basket I was shocked to see that what I had grabbed was not at all CSS but a hobby lobby line called yarn bee soft secret! I of course put it back as I am not a fan of the yarn bee line. The skein looked identical to CSS and the yarn itself looked identical! It has the same feel and sheen that we have come to expect from CSS. I’m sure they placed it in the same section as the CSS do to the identical similarities….well played hobby lobby…thought you could outsmart me…not this time!
This post is basically to let you all know that if you go to hobby lobby to get some CSS be warned of the soft secret and pay attention to the label!
Also, I was able to find the color I was looking for in I love this yarn! Woo hoo!!!
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:30 AM   #2
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I don't shop at Hobby Lobby, but that sounds like a typical strategy for all stores. It feels sneaky when they do it though and you aren't expecting it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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If you don't notice the difference when you put it in your basket, you most definitely will when you get to the register. That crappy yarn is EXPENSIVE and not worth the price you pay for it.

I became really disgusted with HL after they took their fairly extensive yarn selection away. I complained about it via email and got a ridiculously stupid answer back. I've supported that store for years, but I hardly buy anything from them anymore. Well played, indeed, Hobby Lobby--you lost this customer!
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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i understand the marketing behind phasing out name brands. for many hobby lobby is the only option near by for getting yarn - besides ordering online. So i'm sure they are thinking - if we phase out name brands - and have only our own store brand our customers will have no other option but to buy ours. and for many knitters and crocheters they will continue to buy at hobby lobby - especially those that have already made a 20+ minute drive to get there in search of something - i doubt they will leave empty handed! Thus proving that the hobby lobby store brands will sell.

I am by no means bashing their store brands. I am a HUGE fan of the I Love This Yarn and I love this cotton - i feel that these are quality yarns for a decent price. I just personally am not a fan of the yarn bee line. Again it's all personal preference and i just wanted to share my experience!
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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I'm not sure we have Hobby Lobby in this area or not, but based on the things I've heard about them I wouldn't shop there anyway. That said, this is just a variation of the classic bait-and-switch and it's probably not uncommon among the big chain stores, regardless of where you shop.

For that reason (among many others) I usually local. They're competitive with the larger outlets, generally have a wider selection (though they frequently don't have as much of any particular item) and, most importantly, they know their yarn. Which is definitely NOT guaranteed when you go to MegaCraft Superstore and get the part-time high schooler who may or may not not alpaca from a hole in the ground.

I'll also shop online -- but normally only for stuff that I'm already familiar with or that's been recommended by someone I know. The exception might be a yarn that's so inexpensive I won't care if it's horrid. If nothing else I can use it for practice/experimentation.

If you're in central NC (the Triangle area) I'll be happy to recommend some local places if you're interested. On line I've had good experiences with (in no particular order) http://yarn.com/, http://yarnmarket.com/, http://paradisefibers.com/ and http://royalyarns.com/.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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I wouldn't call it 'bait and switch', that's when stores advertise one item and it's not available so they offer another at a higher (not the same) price. HL has been doing this for years, as they introduce their own versions of other brand's lines, placing them in the same section or next to the other brand. I don't see it as sneaky or deceptive. Target and other stores place their house brand equivilants of health care products right next to the national brands so you can compare them and the prices.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:42 AM   #7
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Just want to be sure that everyone knows that i am not calling hobby lobby sneaky or deceptive - i found it almost amusing. i wasn't mad or upset - just shocked!
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
I wouldn't call it 'bait and switch', that's when stores advertise one item and it's not available so they offer another at a higher (not the same) price. HL has been doing this for years, as they introduce their own versions of other brand's lines, placing them in the same section or next to the other brand. I don't see it as sneaky or deceptive. Target and other stores place their house brand equivilants of health care products right next to the national brands so you can compare them and the prices.
I rarely shop at Target either ...

"Bait-and-switch" might have been the wrong term to apply. And yes, even supermarket chains have their house brand green beans next to the Jolly Green Giant ones. But it's usually accompanied by a brightly colored "LOOK! COMPARE!! SAVE!!!", which doesn't sound like what happened here.

I've got a whole other complaint with HL that probably colors my perception of them. But it has nothing to do with yarn, so it'd be OT to get into it here. So I buy local since I have that option available. Some folks don't, as the OP pointed out.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #9
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Stupid question here but if you're a new knitter, how do you judge yarn quality?
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Somehow, the wording of your subject line (repeating 'well played') sounds like you were calling them deceptive.
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