11/25/12

Copic Marker Price Increase, Again, January 2013

UPDATE:  July 5, 2014

Well, well, well, looks like the prices have come back down to their normal prices and some prices are even lower than they were before the increases last year. Guess Copic had to see if they could raise the prices and people would be soooo addicted they wouldn't mind the extortion.....NOT!!!



Happy to see the prices are reasonable again.
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I love Copic Markers, but the prices are crazy!  I am so happy I bought mine before the prices got so far out of hand.

I just learned that beginning January 1, 2013, the price will increase by $1+ ($8 per marker in many USA locations)!    Copic markers, if you have been following, have increased their prices multiple times in a short period of time. I keep reading articles giving them excuses such as:

 “……price increase of Copics has to do with the fall of the value of the American dollar as compared with the Japanese yen

“….the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has caused….”

I will give you the reason I think they are increasing the prices, “price gouging”.  Price gouging is not new.

This is how things will play out because it happens all the time:  Eventually enough people will stop buying Copic markers so that vendors will feel the pain.  You’ll start seeing many sales.  Another vendor of alcohol markers with a better price and of equal or better quality will take over the sales of Copic markers.  This new vendor will get greedy too and the cycle will start all over again.  No matter what the cycle may be, you have a choice.  You can either keep letting vendors believe their products are soooo good they can charge you any price and you will pay OR you can take a stand and move on until they get their act together.

If money is not an object for you, then enjoy purchasing your Copic markers and paying more and more multiple times a year while the value of the marker stays the same.

I am sad to say that I won’t be buying another Copic marker unless I find them on sale at a deep discount and that goes for the refills too.  I will never pay more than $5 per marker (not sure how much I would pay for refills because the refills last a LONG time for me). I bought almost all my markers from Oozak.com and I only buy Copic Ciao markers because they are less than $4 per marker at oozak.  Copic Ciao markers don’t hold as much ink, but they are much cheaper than the Sketch markers.

Some say they can’t find another alcohol marker that can blend well like Copics, but the truth is that if you know how to color, you can blend with almost any medium, not just with an alcohol marker.  Blending did not start with Copic markers.

11/10/12

2012 Thanksgiving Overlay - Pre-made Layout

Just finished making a Thanksgiving layout (11" x 11").  I haven't cut it out on my Pazzles yet, so not sure how perfect a cut it is.

Here's how it looks in the Pazzles software:




11/5/12

Pep Talk - Die Cut Machines and Crafts

Some people seem to be intimidated by new things, but not me.  Could this be why I was also in the Air Force?  One thing is for sure, if I think something will harm me, I won’t do it, but if I don’t see any danger, I’m going for it. With that said, don’t be afraid to use your die-cut machines.  They are just machines and they won’t bite you.  Try to figure things out for yourself first because it will give you a real sense of accomplishment to figure it out for yourself.  I’m not saying I don’t ask questions, I do, but I will always try first.  When you make mistakes, you can find your way back to fix them, but if you count on others all the time, you will probably be stuck a lot while learning.  THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MESSING UP WHILE LEARNING.  NOT ONE PERSON WAS BORN AN EXPERT.
I truly do love to learn, which is probably why I like to dive into learning new crafts and the main reason why a technology career field appeal to me -- both of them change often.
I remember taking a Strengths Quest personality assessment when I first started grad school back in 2008.  At first I was thinking, “I have better things to do than take this assessment (I had a ton of homework to do, but it was mandatory for the paralegal program I was in).  Although I changed my mind on the grad degree I was pursuing, I am happy I took the personality assessment because it told me a lot about myself (it was kind of eerie).
There are 34 themes, but the assessment explains your top 5 strongest themes.  My top 5 strongest themes include:  Achiever, Strategic, Learner, Belief, and Responsibility.  The one theme that stuck out for me was the Learner theme:
“You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.””
I like what the other themes say about me too, but I have to say that neither one of them are 100% me, but they are close enough.