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Forum topic by Tim Dahn posted 11-11-2012 01:28 PM 1536 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim Dahn

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11-11-2012 01:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockler

I guess Rockler no longer needs me :(, that is if I don,t cough up some cash. This seems a bit “in your face” for a catalog I don’t remember asking for in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand trying to cut back on the cost of doing business but maybe they could spend some that savings and hire someone who has a little more tact.

So here is my response: I don’t need to see any more bench biscuits (or whatever they are called) ad’s any more so by all means stop sending the catalogs.

But don’t get me wrong, I would not hesitate to purchase something from Rockler when “I need to”.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 01:46 PM

I guess I’ll have to find something else for the bathroom mag. basket.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 01:50 PM

How on earth they thought this wouldn’t backfire on them, I don’t know. I’m sure this would rub lots of people up the wrong way.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 01:54 PM

Really your upset over that? I have seen the same thing on a number of catalogs that come in the mail.

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 01:55 PM

It’s not the first catalog I’ve seen with this type of message. Doesn’t make it any more tactful, but it’s not a Rockler Original. I’m glad the cull distro. Saves trees! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 01:58 PM

JC Whitney went out of business because they turned over their catalog printing business to a printing company. They printed so many catalogs that it drove Whitney out of business.

Back in the day you might get 2-3 catalogs a day from them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 02:20 PM

Pat – Not upset here, as I said I will still buy from Rockler.
I posted this for a couple reasons: I think the company should get some feedback when making this kind of statement and also wanted to know how others thought so, thank you.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 02:39 PM

Every company that mails catalogs will send that message. I just received the same message from Harbor Freight on their last catalog. It’s how they keep their catalogs and mailing costs under control.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 02:47 PM

Who needs catalogs when we have internet.

-- I'm him

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#9 posted 11-11-2012 03:24 PM

While it is true that the catalog system may seem obsolete with today’s internet web resources I find that the catalogs or store walk ins often have me looking and purchasing things additional to what I had intended. Now there is nothing wrong with picking up a few things today that you will be purchasing later anyway. But, if I had bothered to shop around there might have been better pricing available.

Seems to me they could have said, “In the interest of trying to GO environmentally GREEN we are limiting catalog mailings to individuals who most often utilize the catalog rather than the internet sales.”

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 03:35 PM

I should be so lucky.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 11-11-2012 04:48 PM

If Rockler is worried about the costs of printing and sending out their “professional catalog,” they can start by NOT sending it out to those who have never requested it. I get the same “professional catalog” and have never requested it, not to mention that I’m about as far away from being a professional woodworker as you could get.

It’s like getting voice mail from a telemarketer threating not to call again if I don’t start answering their phone calls.

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#12 posted 11-11-2012 06:03 PM

sign up for the online ones. They come in the email way too often.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 02:53 PM

I’ve had about a hundred “last catalogs”..... LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 11-12-2012 04:03 PM

As a side note, the most bizarre thing about these “Free Shipping” offers is that if a Canadian resident makes a purchase, they get charged the full hit for shipping. Granted, it costs more to ship, but why couldn’t they at least knock off the comparable domestic shipping amount from the shipping cost to Canada? I mean, like if it costs $10 to ship to anytown, USA, why can’t they knock that amount off the shipping cost to Canada? In Canada we are usually not given a break when a catalog retailer offers a break on shipping. What a deal-breaker!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#15 posted 11-12-2012 04:07 PM

If I had a dime for every “this is your last issue or catalog” I’ve received, I could buy a nice new tool.
When I actually cancelled Guitar World, they sent me three additional mags, all labeled with “This is your last issue, ACT NOW!” I kept throwing them in the trash, and finally, they gave up.

I still get Packard Woodworks, even though I have not ordered from them in what, ten years?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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