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post #46 of 2040
I feel like secret mob-business just went down... and yeah, Quoddy just hiked their prices. I guess handsewing in ME costs.
post #47 of 2040
Mmmm I love my Quoddy's
post #48 of 2040
Wow, got my order in just before prices changed.
post #49 of 2040
Damn this is what I get for waiting until next spring to justify a fourth pair or boat shoes (not all quoddy though).
post #50 of 2040
Does anyone know what would prompt such a price increase? I was quite happy to receive my first pair of the blucher mocs a month or so back and found the price reasonable for what they were. They have quickly become my favorite weekend and lazy after work shoes. At close to $200 with shipping for my next pair, I'm going to seriously have to take a second look and a second purchase -- which is disappointing.

I understand that Quoddy's boat shoes have quickly become flavor-of-the-minute with the fashion set but should this interest raise prices? We're not talking 15% either, it's 50%. When everyone is over Vampire Weekend and moves on from their city-wearing boat shoe phase, is the average middle age, outdoor enthusiast really going to cough up 200 bones for weekend walkers? LL Bean's comparable blucher mocs, while the leather is of lesser quality, are $75 and I can purchase instore. Can Quoddy's workmanship demand a $125 difference?
post #51 of 2040
I feel the exact same way, but we kind of expect these types of businesses to not act like businesses - i.e. try to make money. If demand has risen significantly, and it is not feasible for them to just hire more craftsmen because of the skills involved this is the only way for them to make more money. It will be interesting to see if they only raise the direct sales prices but keep their retailer prices low - maybe they want to move away from direct sales. I just wish they had kept the hike to about 15%. If they start losing enough sales maybe they will go back down - at this price point Russell becomes more competition and has tons more options for leathers, soles and custom lasting.
post #52 of 2040
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Originally Posted by Lysol View Post
Can Quoddy's workmanship demand a $125 difference?
I'd say so. To be honest I was always surprised that they were so cheap.

Possible reasons for price increases:

* Leather or other raw material prices shot up.
* They want to be able to output more by hiring more people.
* They simply want to make more money.
* They're tired of getting a barrage of emails and phone calls from angry hipsters and i-gents asking where their boat shoes are.

I could see them going in the direction of Alden, where they only sell to retailers.
post #53 of 2040
Well a lot of companies are increasing their prices, and I think that even with this large price increase the Quoddy shoes are still a tremendous deal. They are still handmade and sewn in Maine, and thats all I care about really. I would much rather have them increase their prices than outsource their labor.
post #54 of 2040
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Originally Posted by Cali View Post
It will be interesting to see if they only raise the direct sales prices but keep their retailer prices low - maybe they want to move away from direct sales.
That could also be an option. Doing one-offs and custom jobs take a lot of time and interrupt their regular production.
post #55 of 2040
$290 for the goddamn ring boots from $185. Too slow on the trigger finger.

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To be honest I was always surprised that they were so cheap.

+1, but I'm still disappointed.
post #56 of 2040
Just noticed the size 12 brown bluchers on south willard have been purchased , I wonder when the price hikes will start hitting retailers? Still havn't found many online retailers outside of south willard that actually have items in stock.
post #57 of 2040
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Originally Posted by robin View Post
I'd say so. To be honest I was always surprised that they were so cheap. Possible reasons for price increases: * Leather or other raw material prices shot up. * They want to be able to output more by hiring more people. * They simply want to make more money. * They're tired of getting a barrage of emails and phone calls from angry hipsters and i-gents asking where their boat shoes are. I could see them going in the direction of Alden, where they only sell to retailers.
Of those four explanations only the first one is a plausible explanation to a customer and I can't imagine the cost of goods increasing so much to warrant a 50% increase. Increasing workforce to keep up with demand by all logic should lower prices and making more money is well within their right but it doesn't meant I have to accept it. I appreciate that their shoes are still handmade and in the USA and that the quality is better than the competition but, at the end of the day, they are still casual moccassins with a rubber sole. Is that a staple item that needs to be so artisan in craftsmanship that your average consumer can justify paying triple than a similar item? I rarely get sticker shock on anything anymore and I'm even considering the cost vs. usage. More than anything, I'm just curious who makes up their customer base. Are 60 year old fishermen willing to drop 2 bills on shoes to walk the dog in? After all, these aren't boots or dress shoes we're talking about which most people would look at as an investment. When the dust has settled, and South Willard, Oi Polloi, and Superfuture have moved on, is their previous customer base that has kept them in business for 100 years going to be ok with a 50% increase? It seems like such a short sighted move. As always though, I could be entirely wrong.
post #58 of 2040
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Originally Posted by Oxnard View Post
Just noticed the size 12 brown bluchers on south willard have been purchased , I wonder when the price hikes will start hitting retailers? Still havn't found many online retailers outside of south willard that actually have items in stock.
Yeah, we will see when they try to restock - things are flying off the digital shelves as we speak. Hope my blutchers from south willard get here soon *edit - I didn't swoop you I got the black ones
post #59 of 2040
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Originally Posted by Lysol View Post
Of those four explanations only the first one is a plausible explanation to a customer and I can't imagine the cost of goods increasing so much to warrant a 50% increase.

Increasing workforce to keep up with demand by all logic should lower prices and making more money is well within their right but it doesn't meant I have to accept it. I appreciate that their shoes are still handmade and in the USA and that the quality is better than the competition but, at the end of the day, they are still casual moccassins with a rubber sole. Is that a staple item that needs to be so artisan in craftsmanship that your average consumer can justify paying triple than a similar item? I rarely get sticker shock on anything anymore and I'm even considering the cost vs. usage.

More than anything, I'm just curious who makes up their customer base. Are 60 year old fishermen willing to drop 2 bills on shoes to walk the dog in? After all, these aren't boots or dress shoes we're talking about which most people would look at as an investment. When the dust has settled, and South Willard, Oi Polloi, and Superfuture have moved on, is their previous customer base that has kept them in business for 100 years going to be ok with a 50% increase? It seems like such a short sighted move.

As always though, I could be entirely wrong.

Yeah, one has to wonder why a company would suddenly increase their prices by 50%+. I imagine the prices will be even higher when it hits retailers, as the website had prices that were normally lower than the retail prices (i.e., the webstore was selling the bluchers for about around $105 whereas South Willard had them for $120) While the cost of raw materials and everything else has gone up, my guess is that this was mainly driven by the fact that, swamped with demand, they wanted to make more money, as they have every right to. As Lysol pointed out though, I wonder how this will affect them in the years to come. I know for now, that while I absolutely love my black bluchers that ive had for about two months, I am now considering getting a pair of Russel Mocs instead of a pair of the various ankle boots/ring boots/chukkas that Quoddy makes since they are almost just as expensive.
post #60 of 2040
Wow. I ordered just in time, I don't think I would have purchased them at the current price, though for hand made to order, it does seem relatively justified.
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