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    Rise in cotton batting prices

    Why have cotton batting prices risen so dramatically in the past few months? Do you think if I wait until this fall the prices will come back down to what they were before?
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    Tariffs on cotton imports
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      #3
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      I haven't noticed so much for the batting, but cotton fabrics, that's another price sticker shock.

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        Definitely tariffs.
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          I wouldn't lay blame on the tariffs exactly. We don't know if "cotton" is hit with a tariff or not, and I doubt it is directly as an import. The threat of a tariff comes into play however. Prices are increasing gradually so if there are tariffs, but maybe with pricing limitations, the suppliers already have their butts covered. Then there's the greed thing. Tariffs? Great- here's my excuse for a price increase, and profits.

          It's been a bit since we've seen costs really increasing for our hobby, but everything else has gone up. Maybe it's just time. I think a big part of it is demand. Population growth has increased demand, and supply can't keep up. There's only so much cotton out there and they are growin' and pickin' as fast as they can. Hey- and what about the increased production costs? It ain't all tariffs!
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            I disagree with oldmanquilts on how prices generally have not gone up. Now idk if it's a tariff thing or not. But have you bought any quilting books in the last 2 years? CG rulers--they are great but jeez you have to really want/need it to shuck out that much money. Same goes for Martelli anything. And don't get me started on rotary cutting blade refills.

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              #7
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              I read today with China devaluating their currency we haven't felt a price increase because of tariffs. Maybe its because of other things that batting prices increased.

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                #8
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                I had heard two years ago to expect the prices on cotton goods to increase. Prices around here have gotten higher and higher. That's one of the contributing factors to my LQS closing. I'm working mainly with my stash.
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                  I find it funny reading this. While those of you in the US tend to complain about paying anything more than $5.99/yard of fabric we Canadians have been paying $17.99-$20.99 per meter for years now. So our currency has sucked for about three years now, but this has been going on for far longer than that. And yes, a meter is a little more than 3" longer than a yard,

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                    Originally posted by Lyndaj View Post
                    I find it funny reading this. While those of you in the US tend to complain about paying anything more than $5.99/yard of fabric we Canadians have been paying $17.99-$20.99 per meter for years now. So our currency has sucked for about three years now, but this has been going on for far longer than that. And yes, a meter is a little more than 3" longer than a yard,
                    Did I miss something....I thought we were talking about the USA, unless a company is clearing out their warehouse, I haven't paid that $5.99 for years. Most co.'s. are around $7.99 and up, I've seen some fabrics at $12 - $14.00 a yard. Yes you pay a high price, but like you said it's Canada.
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                      Originally posted by ktdid View Post
                      Did I miss something....I thought we were talking about the USA, unless a company is clearing out their warehouse, I haven't paid that $5.99 for years. Most co.'s. are around $7.99 and up, I've seen some fabrics at $12 - $14.00 a yard. Yes you pay a high price, but like you said it's Canada.
                      You shop in all the wrong places. I still seldom pay more than 5.99, and often less.
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                        Most local quilt stores near me charge around $12-14 (or $13-15 for digital) for a yard of fabric. Online shops tend to be about $11-12 a yard for cotton prints. Don't get me wrong, I love it when I can find a bargain for $5/yd (like MSQC's physical stores' clearance sections), but most clearance sales seem to be about $7-8/yd at best.

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                          #13
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                          Marshals fabrics online are quality cotton and much cheaper. Kona cotton here and elsewhere is 5.89-5.99
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                            #14
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                            Cotton prices have not gone up, just ask the farmers?! Bumper crop years for a few years now. The fact we ship our cotton to other countries to process into cloth, then ship it back to its country of origin, Then pay the unions twice to load and unload twice.... that is why cloth is so expensive. Also the cotton gins require lots of water and power. It boils down to petroleum and shipping to a very large footprint.
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                              #15
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                              I have noticed the price of batting. I need a new roll. I bought mine from Joann's in 2012 and paid 100$ now you can't use coupons and they don't offer warm and natural rolls. Now it's 200$, our hobby / craft is one of the most expensixe. I take it in strides.. embroidery thread really!! I paid 250$ for my start up kit. I love it so I sacrifice to enjoy quilting!

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