Pillars of Pine

Pillars of Pine

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The End of an Era

Feeling a little saddened today. Over the past few days, I've been researching and comparing pricing with the overseas 'super-stores'. The issues we've had is to factor in the high cost of shipping from the US to our store, plus then the shipping to our customers, and of course, we also need to add on the dreaded GST. All this means we're completely at a loss - to list the same products on our site, at a competitive rate, means we'd need to sell products at a loss of around 30%.

When we first began Adnil Press 11 years ago, we were easily able to price our overseas products at the same or less than one could order it direct from overseas. But times have changed. And homeschooling has changed, too. It's just as easy now for a homeschool Mum to order from overseas as it is to order from a local supplier.

So, it's sell-out time! We're keeping a few items, as we have a printing contract with IEW, we're able now to focus on those products, as well as our own. We are also organising to become affiliates of the larger stores, so as each title sells out, we shall put up a link to these other sites, from where you can find the products needed for your homeschool.

And, as I stated, some items are here to stay. All products from 'The Institute of Excellence in Writing' will STAY. This includes associated products such as All About Spelling and Teaching the Classics. Of course, we'll also continue to stock our own resources (including 'Australia, the Wide Brown Land for Me!'), our other Australian resources, and there will no doubt be a few smaller suppliers as well - such as Times Tales, Life of Fred, etc.

For the rest, as of this moment, everything else is on 'sell-out' status. This includes God's Design, Story of the World, Memoria Press and even Apologia Science. We are very saddened to have to take these steps, but unfortunately, we are simply unable to compete in the pricing wars, and we understand the need to purchase products at the best pricing possible. We hope you will support us by using the affiliate links that will be appearing on our site as our stocks run out.

We thankyou for your support, and hope that somehow, the reduction of our business and our stock will open doors elsewhere and in all, work towards the greater good.

God bless,



Chareen said...

Hugs my friend. I am saddened to read this post. May the Father show you a new door for new beginnings.

Love to you all.

HomeGrownKids said...

In many respects, it's a sad time for the AussieHomeschool community...and I wish it weren't so but I can't see how our local hs supplier businesses can possibly compete or be viable in this climate. It's not going to magically improve, this is the way it is now.

You guys, HSF, Homeschool Heaven, KEPL... who next?

But I thank you for your service over the many years and I hope that your family will continue to be richly blessed in the years to come.

Leanne said...

Oh linda,
I am saddened by this...And I too thank you for your service you have provided.
It is true, there has been a change in the way homeschoolers buy and source products these days.
God will direct you to were he wants you.
Love and hugs

Linda said...

Thankyou! It's a strange feeling, I'm sad and frustrated, but at the same time, I can't help looking at all those cupboards, and realising that I might now actually have some room for my sewing material, art supplies and scrapbooking things! I may get to re-claim my craft room after all...... :)