Saturday, June 25, 2011

2nd price increase for Hoppediz

Hoppediz has announce another price increase scheduled to come into affect July 2011.  This is the second price increase for Hoppediz this year.  If you have been following, you know that increased cotton prices and shipping costs are two major factors affecting the prices of baby carriers and other products.  Read more about it in this post.

We will not be increasing our prices immediately in July.  Instead, we will wait until we restock and adjust the prices accordingly.  It looks like prices will increase a minimum of $5 per wrap, but could be as much as $10.

So if you have been wanting a Hoppediz wrap, now may be the best time to buy.  We have also been seeing price increases in most other brands and more are likely to be announced as the trend continues.

Monday, June 13, 2011

BabyHawk price increase

Due largely to increased cotton prices as well as fuel prices and other factors, the babywearing community has seen price increases from many manufacturers.  BabyHawk is the latest manufacturer to announce a price increase.  Affective immediately, prices on BabyHawk carriers will rise $9 each.  So the BabyHawk mei tai will now retail for $89 and the Oh Snap is now $149.

It is not likely that this will be the last increase we see.  Maya Wrap, Wrapsody, Hoppediz, Sleepy Wrap, and several other brands have already implemented an increase.  Moby has yet to announce an increase, but I will be surprised if we don't see one this year.

For more information on the recent price increases, read the previous post where we discussed the issue.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New ABC prints!

Action Baby Carrier has announced their new 2011 prints!  They are introducing four new fun prints scheduled to arrive late July.  Snowberries, Galaxy and Robins Egg will still be available, but Kiley, Seaside and Mia will be discontinued.

The new prints:

Camper: Fun owl print paired with chocolate brown straps
Chain: Teal background with white and black overlaying ovals paired with black straps
Happy: Large floral print on chocolate brown straps
Island: Leafy/semi-floral print paired with tan straps
We're excited to get these new prints in stock!  Which ones are your favorites?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Coming soon... Hoppediz Jacquard Pune

Looks like Hoppediz is planning to release a new Jacquard print called Pune.  It will be available in two colorways, a turquoise/lime combination and a pink/orange combination.  Pune is eye catching with it's bright colors and beautiful peacock feather print.

Hoppediz is expecting to have these available starting the second week in August.  We are hoping these will be available to retailers, unlike the Chicago Plum that was a limited release that they chose not to sell wholesale.

We'll keep you posted once these come available!  We will probably run a pre-order for them in August.  Until then, check out these amazing pictures!

(c) Hoppediz
(c) Hoppediz

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Prices increase again

With the price of cotton increasing 150% since early 2010, the price of cotton based products is creeping up. (read more about the cotton crisis)  We have already seen several price increases in the babywearing community and that was just the beginning.

Effective July 1st, Wrapsody will have to implement faze two of their price increase.  Last December we saw the first price increase with their products.  Unfortunately, they knew there would probably need to be another if cotton prices didn't fall, so we will now see prices increase another $5 per wrap.  They are still hopeful that they will be able to lower prices if cotton prices fall, but as time continues and the cotton shortage grows, that looks less and less likely.

Sleepy Wrap has also announced a $5 price increase starting July 1st.  They join Maya Wrap, Wrapsody, Hoppediz, and many smaller WAHM based companies that have had to charge more for their products.  It is very likely that we will see more price increases later this year from other brands.

The good new is that maintaining the quality we have come to expect seems to be top priority.  No one wants to cut corners and make inferior products just to keep the price low.  So at least you can feel confident when you buy your next carrier that it's a few extra dollars well spent.