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The Black Hound of Holiday Madness

Posted by Hayley on

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! While the turkey is defrosting & the pies are being planned, let's talk about what's undoubtedly on a lot of people's minds this week: Black Friday!

The long & the short of it is this:

No, there will be no gobsmackingly huge Black Friday discounts, sales, or coupon codes at PBSW. There never are.

If you haven't clicked away yet, thank you :) Let me explain.

One of my biggest goals with PBSW is to provide quality, unique products at reasonable prices, every day. Not when there's a sale on, not when you find a promo code, not on special discount days. EVERY day. There are few things more frustrating than buying an item, only to find out two days later that I could have paid less had I waited. I don't want you all to spend your time stalking my shop for sales & discounts - life's too short for that nonsense. 

I set my prices to ensure that I am covering my materials & expenses, paying myself a living wage, & setting aside a little money for quarterly taxes/product development/expansion. I don't charge more than that, even when I could. At the end of the day, I love & respect my customers, & inflating my everyday prices just so I can offer discounts feels disingenuous at best. 

Finally, Black Friday sales hurt micro businesses & makers. Offering deep discounts & free shipping directly impacts my ability to provide for my family, as it does for most of the makers I know. When we provide free shipping, we pay for postage out of our own pockets. When we discount our items, we don't get paid for the time it took to make them. We totally understand that the holidays are an expensive time - they are just as expensive for us. Know that I do my best to give you lots of options so that your gift giving budget can go the distance.

So, there it is. When you buy handmade, you buy from a real live person who sat down & made the thing you now hold in your hands. Help us to keep making awesome stuff for you, & leave the door buster deals to the big box corporations <3

Because I am a big softy, I will be lowering the free domestic shipping threshold to $50 for the rest of the holiday season to help you out. 

Black Friday I urge everyone to #OptOutside instead of getting caught up in the shopping madness. Instead of standing in line at 4 am, go climb a hill & watch the sun rise & spend time with your favorite people.

Next week heralds my favorite November tradition, #GivingTuesday. I donate 100% of the day's profits to ShelterBoxUSA.org, providing emergency shelter & vital supplies to families displaced by humanitarian crises & natural disasters the world over. Last year, we donated $300 - let's smash that goal for 2020!

Thanks for reading, & here's to a happy & healthy holiday season <3

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