January 31, 2012
Thanks for your reply. We’d like to clarify a few things, and hopefully illuminate our reasons for this decision and possibly engage in further dialogue about the issue.
As everyone knows, there’s a global economic crisis going on. It’s our opinion that the only thing we can do to help solve this problem is to start rebuilding our own local economy from the ground up–which is why we support primarily local and regional artists. Our expansion to include art books was a natural one, augmenting our stock with “legitimate” products that highlight the meaningfulness of what we are doing, but within a larger context. We absolutely appreciate that xxxxxx xxxxx has a similar mission.
We’re under no illusion that somehow our choice to only sell US-made products is going to effect the economy in a significant way–our only hope is that our customers will recognize what we are doing and make similar efforts in their own consumption habits–and that the people we do business with will take it into consideration when making choices about sourcing.
We do carry a very small number of books that are printed in the United States, so we know it’s not an impossible task. When we decided to make the shift toward only selling US-made products, it was embarrassing to look through books such as “Handmade Nation” only to find that it was printed overseas. We have come to see it as hypocritical to be supporters of the arts without concurrently supporting the people who are involved in the production aspect of bringing said art to a wider audience. With the American economy what it is right now, we see it as our responsibility to start encouraging new ways of approaching this issue in any way we can.
As with most products, we believe that independent/progressive businesses like ours–and our customers–are willing to pay the extra cost of having things manufactured at home. Books comprise a fairly small portion of our stock, and we are sad that we will not be offering the amazing titles that xxxxxx publishes. We hope that you’ll take our position into consideration when planning for long-term growth, as it is our opinion that this mode of production that the world is in right now will not and can not last for much longer.
It has been a sincere pleasure doing business with you.
Chelsea Snow & Juliana McLenna