The following was posted on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrators website this morning:
5 June 2010
With our recent Colour Renovation announcement, we have experienced an increase in demand for some of our retiring colours. We need to clarify that beginning now, all retiring colour products are available only while supplies last. As we run out of retiring items, you may notice that they are no longer available in OEX. This does not refer to items that go on backorder; these orders will be fulfilled. While our Australian and New Zealand markets have not run out of any retiring products, we may before the new catalogue begins on 1 September.
Although the cost to reorder and airfreight additional retiring colour products to cover extra sales would be immense, the decision is not strictly a financial one; we have always been committed to doing what is right for you. If it were simply a matter of placing additional orders for retiring products and taking a financial hit, the decision would be made to do so. The main problem is that, if we place orders for the discontinuing products, we run the risk of postponing product production of our new colours. To begin the new Stampin' Up! year without inventory of our new colours would be tragic.
You may be asking yourself: Didn't Stampin' Up! anticipate increased demand on retiring colours? The quick answer is yes, we did. The long answer is a bit more complicated. We based our forecasts for these retiring colours on historical sales information from previous colour transitions, as well as current buying behaviours. Obviously, even with the most careful planning, the response to a transition of this nature can surprise everyone--including you in your own business and personal purchases!
So it looks like if you were thinking of stocking up on any of the retiring colour products, - inks, refills, cardstock, markers etc, it might be better to do it sooner rather than later! Go here to see the retiring colours.
Contact me by phone or email if you would like to place an order.