Trivia >> Leather Pricing
When doing a leather price comparison, do it two-tiered. Use
the price guides that are available online and visit a local supplier.
If you are not sure where to start, you can find them in the yellow
pages. The Internet is so easy to shop that many people forget
that there is a brick and mortar store down the street or at least
in the same city or town that carries the same merchandise.
This is your reality check. Be sure to factor in shipping and
tax if applicable when you are comparing prices. Also, you might
have questions regarding problems with returns. If you have questions
after your purchase, make sure the Internet merchant offers some
customer service or support.
The Internet is an excellent marketplace. Just be clear on what
your needs are and use the same caution as you would when buying
something in a store.
Internet buying guides for leather prices you should check out:
Buying from Canada provides you with two great benefits when
buying leather and leather merchandise. The first is the price
conversion and the second is the tariff. Added to that is the
fact that when you buy uncut leather from Canada, you pay no tariff,
although finished leather products do contain tariffs. Regardless,
the leather price is cheaper.
Because of the Nafta Agreement (Trade Agreement), Canada has
access to leathers far cheaper than America. Therefore, when buying
from Canada, you as the consumer enjoy the benefits of a lower
price without sacrificing quality.
The Trade Agreement was created because Canada supports developing
consistent, predictable, and transparent rules that relate to
trade in goods. This tariff helps reduce unnecessary costs for
those in the trading community. Other benefits include eliminating
disguised trade barriers and upholding disciplines that are valued
Canadians believe that eliminating the tariff period for goods
that are covered under the Agreement should not exceed 10 years
and that the majority of tariffs should be eliminated altogether
and quickly. The goal of Canada is to facilitate trade, not put
up obstacles and barriers.
You might also check for online price comparison services in
Europe. Tandy Leather Pricing guidelines has this say about buying
leather: “Buying leather can be much easier if you understand
what the different types of leather are used for, how different
leathers are tanned and how skins are sold.” If you still
have questions, please call us at 888-890-1611.
Standard Cut / Sizing / Weight
To give you an idea of type of leather and standard sizing, consider
The side with the belly cut off, usually 15 to 18 square feet
The lower part of a side, usually 4 to 8 square feet
The skin of a large calf, usually 9 to 17 square feet
The under-section of a piece of leather that has been split into
two or more thicknesses and usually embossed with a design and
finished or created into suede
Leather that has been sanded to produce a nap
The epidermis or outer layer of animal skins
Leather that is just as it was when taken off the animal where
only the hair has been removed while the grain or epidermis is
Top grain leather has often been sanded to remove scars and then
sprayed or pasted to "cover up" the work. Top grain
is not the same as "Full Grain" leather.
Thickness / Weight
Leather is usually measured in terms of ounces. One ounce equals
1/64th of an inch thickness. Thus, a weight of 7 to 8 ounces means
the leather is 7/64th to 8/64th of an inch thickness. In an effort
to create uniform thickness, the wet hides are run through a splitting
Remember that each animal is different so it is common for there
to be a slight variation in thickness, which is why leathers are
usually shown with a range of thickness, such as, 4 to 5 ounces,
6 to 7 ounces, etc.
So when looking at leather prices consider all the variables
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