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Thanks for your posts on my rant about Rio & the unnamed "other"
supplier. If my post led anyone to think I was a mench w/ regards to
who can or can't order from a given supplier, let me assure you that
I am a huge supporter of beginners, students, hobbyists etc.. I am on
an advisory board for a community college in Kalispell Montana that
has a 2 year goldsmithing program. The good folks AT ArtCam have
invested many thousands of dollars to the program. It is also a JA
bench jeweler test site.
No...my main complaint was the fact that "ordinary" citizens are
getting access to a venue previously set apart for those of us in the
business (beginner or seasoned veteran). This shouldn't be like
"sharper image" or "crutchfield" where anyone & everyone can fill out
an online form & send away for a catalog. I do expect that our
supplier "friends" have our backs. If not..what's the point? What's
next? findings & mountings on Amazon? On Big Lots? Jewelry repair on
the DIY or Fine living channel? The industry IS changing. It's always
changing through consolidations, store closures & bankruptcies. I
shouldn't have to worry about getting "clotheslined" by my suppliers.
They should be looking out for the people who put them all on the
jewelry map: the students, artists, hobbyists, & professionals.
Great Falls, MT