NEWS AND VIEWS – 06 NOVEMBER 2018
PLEASE NOTE!! PRICES FOR ALL TYPES WILL INCREASE BY AROUND 15% FROM 01 DECEMBER 2018
As you all know, we have always been very proud of the fact that the majority of our products are wholly South African sourced and processed, but the powers-that-be at Group Head Office have now made the decision to close our own processing facility in SA, which means that the wool tops I will be offering after my present stock has run out will be combed elsewhere. I have managed to keep back at least a six-month supply of home-produced wool, but after that is sold I will have to resort to importing SA wool from an overseas processing facility, crazy as that may sound! Naturally, this will mean a further price increase on top of the 2018 New Year shocker. In my defence, I was able to keep prices fairly steady for 2017, but the huge jump in the international market from last July to the present time has finally caught up. The added costs for importing will not be as astronomical as you might expect, since bulk freight is actually a very small factor compared with the cost of the raw material. The reason I am putting all this up front is that I will need to know more or less how much of an increase the small user market in SA can absorb before it becomes totally non-viable to use wool in the first place. If it becomes too expensive for you to use, there will be no point in my importing it at all.
I will make every attempt to keep this show on the road as cost-effectively as possible in order to support all the wonderful people with whom I have been privileged to interact since 2004, which was when our small user business started its journey. I would suggest that those of you who have painstakingly built up your small and medium sized businesses over the years now take serious steps to work these projected increases gradually into your costings. I will only be importing 19.5 micron, 20.5 micron, and 21.5 micron wool tops in future. They will be sourced from a reliable European supplier who can guarantee non-mulesed wool, hopefully of South African origin.
Orders must be placed by email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), following which a sales order will be generated and sent to you. When we receive proof of payment by EFT into our bank account, we will then issue your official Tax Invoice, pack up the parcel, and dispatch your order within five working days. Fastway is our courier of choice, but you are welcome to make other arrangements should you so wish. Please specify this when ordering.
Prices range according to micron (fineness), and are now fixed on a monthly basis to follow the international market movement. Current prices are valid up until the end of November 2018.
We have decided to drop our minimum order policy entirely. This is due to the fact that the price of wool has risen so much in recent times, and we feel that this may have put many crafters off the idea of using our products due to the high initial outlay. Smaller volume orders, which means a maximum of 1kg wool tops (not noils) that can be packed into one of Fastway’s A3 satchels will incur a cost of R55 + VAT, rather than the Fastway Orange Label charge to major centres of R105 + VAT. I do not add any surcharge on to Fastway’s normal pricing to bulk customers, so you can even calculate in advance how much you will be charged.
TYPE APPLICATIONS CURRENT PRICES (EXCLUDING VAT)
Pure Merino Wool Tops
Combed undyed continuous sliver tops 25g/m, staple length 70mm
100% South African certified non-mulesed pure Merino wool tops
19.5 micron Good for spinning and felting next-to-skin goods R330 / kg
20.5 micron Most popular with hand spinners & felters R300 / kg
21.5 micron Popular with hand spinners and felters alike R285 / kg
Combed in SA, but of New Zealand or South American origin (therefore non-mulesed)
25.0 micron 70mm Structural felting, rugs, etc. R225/kg
29.0 micron 60mm Ideal for structural felting applications R165/kg
30.5 micron 70mm Wall hangings and rugs R165/kg
N.B. The above three types are in limited supply, and I will most likely not be stocking them when this supply runs out.
NOILS Stuffing of toys, cushions R90/kg
Very short 100% New Zealand non-mulesed Romney wool fibres
Removed from the sliver during the combing process
Contains some dried vegetable matter
My supply of South African noils has run out, so our current noil stock comes from the coarse New Zealand Romney wool which we processed during the mill’s last winter in 2017. The noils are very low in VM, and this breed’s wool is particularly springy and lofty, so it is a very good insulator.
Please note that these prices do not include V.A.T. or transport costs