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Carrara Venato 4×12″ laid out in our warehouse in a Herringbone Flooring Pattern • Simple design but very elegant • Price $8.00 a square foot
March 4, 2014 Leave a comment
This month a new trim arrived. It is a trial product for us and we will see how it goes. We see this as a finishing piece to a bathroom. The main part of our business is complete bathrooms. Our average order size is 230 to 350SF square feet. Made up of tiles and mosaics. This trim is aimed at these customers, the complete bathroom customer. The type of customer where we have to ship the order on a pallet. The amount of product ordered creates a lot of weight which increases the stability of the shipment (not going to move on the truck).
The major issue we see with this product is with shipping it. This product cannot ship on it’s own UPS ground. It will be broken. It can only ship on a crate with a tile order of 100SF+. Also it is ordered in sets of two.
Here are answers to some questions (when we refer to ‘we’ this is you the customer):
Why do we need 100SF plus? We need the weight of the tile to hold the pallet in place on the truck.
Why do we need to order two pieces at a time? They interlock into each other creating a square end. They are weak on their own, strong together. They will ship perfectly in sets of two. They made it all the way over the rocky Ocean this way. They can make it via truck on a pallet or in a wooden crate.
What if I order two and I realize I need two more? Too bad, really – we cannot ship it to you. It will break. This is a one shot deal when you order your shipment.
I ordered 200SF for a bathroom, but did not order this. Can it ship UPS ground? No it cannot, how could we get it to you? UPS will throw it, they will break it. Then you will need us to ship you more. This will happen over and over again. It is no possible. Has to ship on a pallet. And that pallet needs weight to stop it shifting.
I really, really need this what can be done? There are a couple of options a) You collect it from our warehouse in Alpharetta. b) The product is 36″ long. You ship to us a cardboard box or a form of packaging you want this shipped in, including any packaging materials. You detail how you want it packed. You send UPS label. Then order. Then we are out of the loop, so when UPS throws your package and breaks the marble – you can file a claim with UPS for the product yourself. By the way filing a claim with UPS is pretty much impossible, they make it this way so they do not have to pay for any claims. Once you are put in the position we are in of how you ship a piece of this, I think you would conclude the same as us, it is not possible, unless on a pallet/in a crate.
February 14, 2014 Leave a comment
It is official – well HGTV seems to think so, remodeling with Cararra Venato or Carrara Bianco from The Builder Depot customers get a 100% return on the bathroom renovation. Buying Carrara marble through us pays you! For 70% off the retail cost plus the enjoyment of having a beautiful bathroom the return is well beyond 100%. Want to earn $20,000 this month? Read on.
Just the product for Carrara bathroom of this size (click here to see) will cost $10k+ at retail prices. From The Builder Depot it will cost just $3,500. Then you have the tub and sink and fixtures (we do not sell these) so add in another $10,000. Then add in labor, we will assume that is equal at $10,000 each and taxes covers the other $5,000. This makes the cost of a Carrara marble bathroom from a local retailer at $35,000 (that is our quick math of how they got to $35K).
Purchased by one of our customers (and you know you can do better on installation and fixtures) would cost in total with labor and fixtures $15,500 (we have assumed you are e-commerce savvy and ordered your fixtures online as well). Our customers pay half the cost of the traditional sales channels which is (bare with me it is lengthy) quarry or factory to> distributor to> sub-distributor to> retail store to> Contractor to> Consumer (you). Our strategy is Quarry to> You. See that, one step! Savings passed onto you.
So if your home has dropped in value or simply treading water or perhaps you want a MORE THAN FREE BATHROOM (had to bold and italic that comment). You can order from The Builder Depot and with out help on the product end up paying $15K and adding $35K to the price of your home. You just earned $20,000.
February 6, 2014 2 Comments
January 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Our weak effort to capture the polished look with our iPhone. This new addition to the Venato line is available online for $11.95SF
From the top the Polished just looks like Honed. Carrara Venato Random length polished Mosaic Tile $11.95SF.
January 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Premium Carrara Venato Honed Random Brick Marble Mosaic Tile $11.95SF Honed
This spectacular Carrara Venato Honed Random plank marble mosaic is now (as of January 6th 2014) available online. However due to the length of the strips and the narrow width of some we cannot ship this product UPS ground. It will have to ship freight.
That creates limitations on ordering. Minimum order will have to be 85SF. This can be a mix of product 60SF of 6×12″ Venato or any other size and then 25SF of this mosaic. That would make the total 85SF.
What we cannot ship is 30SF of this mosaic. As it will not be feasible to ship it safely UPS ground. This goes over to the entire diatribe on minimum orders on certain products. We have a blog on this for the avid reader.
December 29, 2013 2 Comments
We were contacted by Pretty Handy Girl (PHG) and asked (after reviewing samples online from everyone else) if we would like our product the Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed to be on her blog. It would be part of a major post on “How to Tile a Backsplash”
We had no control over how she presented the blog or what she had to say about the product. I (David) sent her some photo’s of the lot prior to shipment (we often do that), she said “great, let’s do it”. So we shipped the order freight on a pallet (all pretty much standard stuff). Brittany (the owner of PHG) produced two great video’s and said some really, really nice things. So nice it sounds like we made her say those things (we did not – promise).
Personally I love the video’s of showing the installation. Really, really helpful. So Brittany from all our customers a big thank you! (Video’s below).
She used the Carrara Venato 3×6″ Honed. It shows you the product, before, during and after installation. Trying not to be biased but the Carrara Venato collection is a knock out. It is just a tremendous product not only for the end user but for us as salespeople. The block selectors overseas are incredible. No where on earth can you get that Calacatta style white base but with nice gray veining. Not overly veined just enough. We actually select it this way. This is no accident, we specify the amount of veined tiles versus non-veined. (I am saying veining way too much).
So if you want the best and prices that are just incredible take a look online at our ever increasing range of premium marble field tiles, subway tiles and mosaics. Thank you Pretty Handy Girl.