The first question to answer is WHY?
Most of you love the distinct triangle tubes that we have always used, going back to when Cranberry started in 2004. You have told me you know immediately they they are beads from Cranberry, but that is where the love affair ends.
Over the years, some batches have had very loose lids – this now seems to be the norm, and so we tape nearly all lids, which is messy and doesn’t last. I know you hate spillages just as much as I do. In addition to this, supply issues and price increases of the tri tubes are making it hard to keep loving them.
I posted on the Cranberry Facebook page at the end of March and the overwhelming response was change. You want the beads, the type of tube isn’t as important. So, we are switching to round tubes. The tubes will still fit in the racks – most important and a reason it was too hard to switch to flip tops.
How will this happen?
Size 11s and 8s will move to round 5inch tubes – the same tubes the superduos are packed in.
Size 15s will move to 3inch tubes – the same tubes as O beads and Rizos
Size 6s will move to 6inch tubes – these are bigger beads and it makes sense to use a bigger tube to get more value for money.
We will get underway with the rounds beads first before changing over the shaped seed beads such as drops and triangles.
The new tubes hold different amounts of beads, so the prices will be adjusted.
How will the change happen?
It will be phased, depending on tube availability, but typically as stock runs out we will switch one by one.
To encourage some colours to run out we will reduce prices when we have a few of that colour left in the tri tubes, as we really don’t want to repack beads. When they are sold out the description and price will be updated and the next order of these beads will be in round tubes. Some colours will run out faster than others and some colours we have a lot packed in tri tubes, so I cant tell you when a colour will change.
Let’s celebrate the first colour to be packed in the new tubes
Great savings for you
Each week we will be reducing the price of some stock to clear the last couple of tri tubes of that colour. We need all the tri tubes on each product to be sold before we can update the product with the new description.