My path to professional woodworking #2: Pottery Barnyard

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Blog entry by hangdog posted 01-01-2010 03:39 AM 1219 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A good read about charging people money for your skills Part 2 of My path to professional woodworking series Part 3: So just what should I charge for this thing I'm building? »

My wife and I had a gift card to a store with a name similar to the one in the title of this entry. Since I am launching a woodworking business I always like to see what the “competition” is doing so I perused the made-in-china furniture they had to offer. I was shocked at the price and the quality, the former being high and the latter being low. These were pieces made from cheap pine that was poorly stained complete with streaks and blotches. The joinery consisted of too-few dowels so that most of it was easily twisted and racked. I fear that this company has made a name for itself and is now sitting on its laurels counting on it’s reputation to sell products. Folks will think that by default this is quality stuff but this sort of business is built on a foundation of sand. Perhaps that is the intention and it will “make hay while the sunshines” and then dissolve when the public realizes they are not getting what they are paying for. This was definitely an educational lesson for an entrepreneur.

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 05:52 AM

The sad reality is that I don’t think that many people realize what they are paying for and what they are really getting as long as it looks pretty. With the “throw away” mentality everyone seems to have these days they will simply dispose of it when in falls apart and gladly go fork over more $ for another one.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 11:15 PM

agree w/ doorslammer. most of the time people don’t realize the quality because when it goes out of style they quickly get rid of it and buy something else.

-- Derek, Iowa

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Mark Briley

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 09:29 AM


You’re spot on, and I’ve witnessed something similar after going with my wife this month to a store with a name that sounds familiar to “Tie Pan”. Anyway, a lot of their “furniture” is cheap “Colonial like” made out of pine and poorly stained which I’m assuming is to make it look “aged”. For example, they had an “Early American” style table that in my opinion was barely worthy of being a prop in a high school play – the top looked like it was made out of crates found in the back of a Walmart dumpster, and wobbled something terrible. It was that shoddy, and with a few hundred dollar price tag to boot.

-- Mark, Utah

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