The question all knitters struggle with – is yarn really less expensive on the internet???
So I’m starting an little experiment. As I work on different project, I’m going to do a price comparison between my LYS and several popular online yarn shops. Here are the rules – it has a be an exact comparison – Berroco Vintage from the LYS up against Berroco Vintage online. Maybe later I will get into the debate about LYS versus big box stores.
So here goes. I knitted this sweater, Huron by Jared Flood, for myself. I used Berroco Vintage instead of the Classic Elite Portland Tweed that the pattern called for.
I purchase (5) skeins of Vintage at my LYS for $6.50 a skein for a total of $32.50.
On Webs Vintage sales for $6.50 per skein and it is the same at Jimmy Bean Wool Online.
Webs shipping fee is $6.25 and Webs only has free shipping on large items like looms, etc.
You have to spend over $49 to get free shipping from Jimmy Bean Wool Online so with the $4.00, you will still pay more ordering online than driving to your LYS and touching and feeling the yarn before you buy it.
So support your LYS – they are not more expensive on Berroco Vintage then the online dealers.