By Amy Metz
Let me ask you a question. Did you ever think that the
would become so powerful and pervasive, that even craft
would turn into big business online? Neither did I. But it's
true. You can actually find just about any type of craft
supplies that you are looking for if you look hard enough
through the different search engines (or your local retail
store). However, there are a few big sites that you might want
to peruse the next time you are considering buying craft
1) Amazon. Amazon has recently (during the last few years)
expanded their reach into the far corners of the internet. By
this, I, of course, am referring to the fact that a lot of
online merchants sell through Amazon.com's website. If you are
searching for 'leather craft supplies,' Amazon might not have
what you are looking for in stock. However, Amazon might have
partner retailer who sells their leather craft supplies and
lists their goods on Amazon. Consider Amazon like a giant
retail search engine that lists items from all sorts of
different companies besides themselves.
2) Ebay. Ebay is a great place to find close out merchadise.
this, I mean that companies go bankrupt and have fire sales. A
lot of these sales have moved online and therefore you might
able to get a really good deal on some merchandise that is
auctioned off on the world's biggest auction site.
3) Retailers' own websites. Many of the well known craft sites
like Michael's have their own websites. These sites often have
great bargains on merchandise that's also found in their
stores. However, even these retailers need to occasionally
out some big lots of merchandise. The web is a perfect place
do exactly that. With no real overhead costs (besides the
website's operation), many of these big retailers will use the
web to move a large amount of product really quick. Of course,
the retailer needs a mail order, or store pickup, set up to do
this, but most do. Check your local retailer's website, you
might be surprise.
There is a lot more to craft supplies' shopping than first
meets the eye. Learn all about how to shop for crafts, there
an entire world waiting for you online.
About The Author: Amy Metz is author of “The Craft Supplies
Insider's Guide.” Pick up your copy at