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Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

25 thoughts on “Crafting & Shipping

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:38 pm
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    Bang ON. I buy/sell on line so realize exactly the difficulties. Most people who comment about shipping have never sold anything on line & are clueless for the total picture.

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    Bang on! Well said Mikey! I work for a catalog business and right now we offer free shipping the only thing is they must spend a certain amount and have to pay a processing fee however its a lot lower than our normal shipping and people still get upset over it! it’s crazy, i always said that some people want everything for nothing. I have the luxury of being in the city so i can go to my local craft store and pick up what i need however i’m always willing to buying online when i can’t find something or when i have no time to go to the store, and i always am grateful for any discount. Thank you for speaking on this, it’s dead on!

  • October 20, 2014 at 11:33 am
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    Mikey, The fact that you even wrote an article on the subject, say’s a lot about who you are. You have a heart of gold and feels her pain:) Believe me, most of us feel her pain! and because I feel her pain, I usually wait to buy yarn (if I buy online) when the company offers “free shipping”. I consider it a honor to have someone like you in my life. Even though you don’t know me personally, I feel like you’re one of my dearest friends. You were there when I decided to start crocheting again because of a chronic Illness. In fact when I’m having a real bad day all I have to do is go to you’re site, listen to your cute little laugh, and all is well in the world! lol .. What I’ve learned from you is “Priceless”!!! and for that I thank you and everyone else who works so hard to make “The Crochet Crowd” what it is today.

    • October 22, 2014 at 1:49 am
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      Connie couldn’t have said it any better! I feel like you and I are close friends and like her, we don’t even know each other! I have bad knee’s, I can drive but driving there and then walking through the store does me in. Shopping online is a life saver for me. I too try to wait for the ‘free shipping’ or lower cost with a respectful amount spent. Plus as you pointed out the selection is better since the store shelves can’t hold it all. (Although Walmart’s yarn is getting better in selection, I wish I could persuade them to carry more of the Red Heart and Lion Brand varieties – but that’s neither here nor there!) I had to comment to say I have learned to crochet more than just baby blankets or afghans by finding your sight! Thank you for everything you do for us!

  • October 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    Well said, Mikey

    • October 26, 2014 at 1:47 am
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      Here,here! I’m British, living in Hong Kong and about to move to New Zealand so am well versed in the trials of shipping costs. That being said, I WANT these businesses to thrive, I WANT them to be making a profit so they can continue to provide me with beautiful yarns. Drives me nuts the sense of entitlement people have – after all, shipping is still a darned sight cheaper than a plane ticket, which would have been your only option in the not too distant past. It’s plain ignorant to demand free shipping.

  • October 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm
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    Well expressed Michael (by the way, glad you made it safely off the roof, although I admit I was chuckling with Dan as well, sorry)! I am continually surprised that the same people who want to make enough to have extras, think businesses should work at a loss for them. If they don’t make a profit, they can’t invest in new product, give their employees a living wage, etc.
    By the way, have you never shopped Amazon.ca? It is the Canadian version of the site with Canadian prices and shipping. I worked in purchasing at my company and people would often send in requests for products from Amazon.com and we had to explain that often things on that site were not available here and prices were US so not actually cheaper after conversion!
    Keep up the good work and stay safe.

  • October 19, 2014 at 10:39 am
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    Well said Mikey. People are going to complain about something all time. Instead of looking at how lucky they are they want to have what everyone else has. I see beautiful yarn on here that people have used but I can’t pay 20.00 and up for yarn but I don’t complain because they can. I’m just thankful that I can have yarn at all. You do a great Jon on line and I really appreciate all your effort to please as many people as you can.

  • October 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm
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    I try to shop locally first but there are times when an item is just not available and I have to turn to the internet. The shipping, many times, is a “convenience fee” for me. I consider how much the cost of gas if I drive to the next big city to purchase it versus having it shipped. I know that if I drive that far and deal with all the traffic in a city, I will buy more than just the item I want/need. Yarn stores tend to do that to me. 😉 Many times it is cheaper to pay the online cost and shipping than for me to drive to the actual store. PLUS I save all the time of driving there, looking for parking, and driving home again. Time that could be spent crafting!

  • October 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    Amen Mikey!!! I’ve said before, now I say it again, ignorant people want something for nothing!! For me personally I prefer buying through the internet, so convenient! I’m disabled and have hard time walking, it well worth the shipping & handling cost!! I say to that person… Then go to Walmart to avoid the s&h! Don’t ruin it for people that appreciate the convenience!!

  • October 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    I totally agree with you, Mikey. Well said! I am just thrilled that there are Walmarts, Michael’s and Joanns close to where we live. It has always been about perspective. I usually watch for online sales (like when Red Heart offers 20-40% off on yarn) and calculate that the discount I get covers shipping anyway. Also, Walmart carries online a much larger choice of colors and they offer free shipping for “Site-To-Store” purchases (buy it online, select Site-To-Store and then pick it up at Walmart when it comes in-they’ll even notify you by text when the yarn arrives at the store). The joy I get from crocheting more than outweighs the shipping costs when I do buy it online. Keep on keeping on, all of you at The Crochet Crowd!

    • October 22, 2014 at 1:53 am
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      Mary thank you so much for letting me know about the site to store! I’ve seen it, and that other yarns are available, but never thought to have it delivered that way – for free too boot! I have bad knees and my husband stops at the local Walmart every Saturday (after a run around to the local garage sales!!!) to pick up something we may need. How much easier could it be for me? Thank you again for the info!

  • October 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    Well said. If I find a yarn I want, I’d be willing to pay the price no matter what.

  • October 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    Love this. I have never ordered online, but Walmart is 5 minutes from my house and Michaels is 15. Im also very fortunate because there is a local yarn store 10 minutes away. I am absolutely an online shopper for other items, and gladly pay shipping because I would have to drive 8 to 12 hours to another province to purchase the items.

  • October 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    Well said my crochet guru!

  • October 18, 2014 at 11:54 am
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    Common sense and perspective – two items that are in short supply these days, it seems! Thank you a million times over for all you and Dan do, Mikey!

  • October 18, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    Amen! Although, I must share my rude awakening with shipping to the US from Canada.

    Many years ago we here in South Florida were hit with 2 hurricanes with in several weeks of each other. Each time, we were without power in 95 degree heat with 95% humidity. During the second hurricane I was DONE with the cold showers! I went online at work…yes, we had to work, at least there was AC and internet at work…I came across camping solar showers. (Fill up the bags, lay them in the sun, in a few hours you have a fairly warm shower.) What I didn’t realize was that I had OVERNIGHTED these 3 solar showers from Canada to Florida! The cost of the showers was $45, the shipping ALONE was $110! (They didn’t tell me the shipping cost until I hit “place order” . My exact thought was, “how much could the shipping be?!”) Lets just say that my husband has yet to let me live that one down. (Although, warm water when you’ve had a week with cold showers is priceless!) The ironic part was that the day the showers arrived is the day we got power back. I’d like to think I was really just paying to get the power back on! 😉 It was a handful of years before we ever even needed them! (Again, I paid to have the hurricanes stay away!) 😉 It was quite a rude awakening, and my husband still can’t believe that I was surprised by the cost to ship them!

  • October 18, 2014 at 11:17 am
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    Well said Mikey!!! I’ve ordered online several times because the local store didn’t have the color I wanted, but it was available online. I agree, the shipping sometimes costs more than I wanted to pay, but it was worth it to get what I wanted.
    I love reading your articles! I don’t know how you find the time to do all you do for us. Thank you & all at the Crochet Crowd! And thanks to the many people that post their projects.. I have gotten some really good ideas from seeing what others have done.

  • October 18, 2014 at 10:55 am
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    I agree with everything you have said Mike. I love crochet and sometimes I can’t find the yarn that I need but let me tell you that your youtube instructions have helped me emensley and I use them all the time. Thank you for that. I do order on line for yarn sometimes but like you said the shipping can be very expensive. I am a 70 year old lady that just lives for crochet and I make a lot of afghans and give them away. It’s my way of staying sane if that makes any sense. Keep up the good work on the crochet crowd. I love reading everything that you have out there.

  • October 18, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    Woah yea! And if we are patient enough the yarn comes to us. Deramores now sells Red Heart in the UK.
    Thanks Mikey for explaining.

    • October 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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      You can also get red heart from Loveknitting and carolscrafts in the UK

  • October 18, 2014 at 10:34 am
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    Thank you for the perspective, Mikey. I’ve often complained (to myself, not online) about the shipping cost of an order, but I still buy online. I have access to several stores locally, but I can get a better selection over the internet. I love it when a company has a sale. And yes, sometimes I reconsider a purchase when I see the shipping cost. However, that’s my choice, and I don’t whine about it. If I had to take half a day to drive into another city (in my case, let’s say Los Angeles), I’d definitely be weighing in the cost of shipping as a benefit.

  • October 18, 2014 at 10:08 am
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    I love your article. I buy a lot of yarn online due to the lack of yarn store choices. It seems that the only ones available anymore are Michael’s, JoAnn’s and Walmart. So, for a variety of colors needed for projects, I go to online sources and there are a lot of discounted stores along with the manufacture’s sites. I shop them all and will pay shipping for the colors I need, or, in my case want. LOL

    Yes, shipping is high these days, even in the USA but what is our craft worth – enjoyment, sanity, and just plain fun to try new patterns.

    I am a happy hooker that loves to crochet!

  • October 18, 2014 at 9:42 am
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    I love your articles Mikey. You and your team work so hard in putting together The Crochet Crowd and all it entails for us, free of charge, and I for one can never express my gratitude enough. I think a lot of ppl complain just to have something to complain about. If it wasn’t about online shipping charges, they would just find something else to complain about. This week it’s shipping charges, next week it’s the Police Officer who had the audacity to take the parking spot they wanted. One reason I’m so glad I am able to be a SAHW (stay at home wife) is so I don’t have to deal with these types of ppl on a daily basis. Having worked in Nursing, an almost completely female populace, …complaining is almost a given. I use to come home with some of the worst raging headaches I’ve ever had, when I worked and I haven’t had one since quitting. I wish you well Mikey and may you and the ‘gang’ continue your time putting on The Crochet Crowd!

  • October 18, 2014 at 9:30 am
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    Bang on. And here’s a tip as we head into the holiday season. Have your parcel shipped to where the receiver will actually be during the day. Not much sense making the driver go to the house if no one is going to be there. -Santa’s Little Helper

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