I have now finished my series of Glasgow shop reviews, which can all be easily accessed here. Thanks to everyone who commented and I hope the posts will be useful for anyone wanting to shop for fabric or yarn in Glasgow. I thought I'd do a round up on the posts to mention a few things that arose during the process.
The posts are written from own perspective as a knitter and dressmaker. I don't know much about quilting and craft cottons for example, so I didn't make much mention of these. I had used all of the shops personally before writing the reviews, none were completely new to me. All the reviews are independent - I have no stake in this apart from to let people know about the shops we have and the kind of things you can buy there. Of course, each shop has different strengths and I wanted to show this. I would describe my posts as a review in a sense that they provide some kind of survey of what each shop offers. I will try and update them if anything significant changes as I want the reviews to remain relevant for as long as possible.
The main things I didn't include were areas of the shop that were not relevant to me and also any mentions of experience with the staff. I considered including this as I have had some great customer service experiences. However, the main reason for not including this was from the selfish reason that I use these shops myself, and I don't want to get dirty looks when I go in, if they have found out that I have been talking about them online! Also, bad customer experiences are often down to one person on one day and it seemed unfair to immortalise that experience online.
Having written these reviews I can see that we have a rich resource with our shops in Glasgow. Small and independent shops are very strong which is great news - I hope this series of posts encourages people to go and support their local independent shop as they really earn their place. Plus they are often cheaper. Interestingly, the largest shop and the only one which is part of a national chain (John Lewis) is the one I have most reservations about, and I feel you can often find the same products for cheaper elsewhere in Glasgow.
"If a customer has seen an item with another retailer at a lower price, and reports this price difference to us, we will price match that item for the customer. This holds for all items sold by John Lewis including Furnishing Fabrics, and Haberdashery.
The item has to be like for like, and the competitor must trade on the same basis as us, for example we will not match online only retailers, mail order only or show-rooms attached to internet-only orders."
So, yeah, not impressed by their lack of engagement. John Lewis' response does state that their price match should hold up in this department like any other but I highly recommend you shop at the many nicer and cheaper small and independent stores in Glasgow.
Do you have any comments about my review series? Do you think I missed anywhere? Please email me or comment below
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the series
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