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Q.   Why don't you sell Erstwilder brooches at RRP?

A.   We are not a clothing/accessories shop.   We are an antiques and collectables shop, so our prices reflect the collectable value of the brooches, rather than RRP.

Until the beginning of 2019, we used to sell all our Erstwilder at RRP.   However a pattern had emerged where people would purchase brooches from us, and then a few hours later we'd see them listed on Ebay and Facebook at much, much higher prices.

Even the lady who bought one for her sister, who was in hospital getting chemo, and all her sister ever wanted in the whole world to cheer her up and make her feel better, was an Erstwilder Jemima Puddleduck brooch, and she only had $30, so could I please let her have it for $30...  Tasmania is a small place and I am pretty observant - that evening the lady had listed it on Facebook for $95. 

That was the straw that broke the camel's back.   We thought well heck, we can do that ourselves and bypass the middleman!   So now, although we do sell many items at RRP, we follow the going prices on Ebay and Facebook.

If it is any consolation, if we had listed them at RRP, they would have all sold on release day and we wouldn't have any left.   At least this way you have the opportunity to purchase a brooch that is sold out everywhere else, and we get to pay some bills...   :-)

**** 18 April 2020 UPDATE ****
Because of the coronavirus, I decided to leave the prices for the new release at RRP, rather than follow prices on ebay and facebook.   Imagine my astonishment when somebody purchased 6 Woven Wattle brooches and then came back 2 hours later and purchased 6 more - almost cleaning me out!   So now I will raise the price to $65 to make it uneconomic to buy them for resale but still at a reasonable price for those who genuinely want one for their own collection.