News alert!! Blendabilities update!

Tool Tuesday: Blendabilities NO longer available!!

Usaully on Tool Tuesday I showcase a cool tool and how to use it. Stampin' Up just announced that a favorite new tool will no longer be available, as we know it. I wanted to share this beacuse one of our favorite new products this year has been our fabulous alcohol-based markers, Blendabilities.
Blendabilities Markers - Stampin’ Up!® - Stamp Your Art Out!

Many of you (like me) already have the WHOLE collection including the new sets from the Occassions catalog. And many of you were just starting to collect the colors since they were available to you as Sale-abration free picks.
Well... on February 27th, Stampin' Up! decided to turn off the order numbers for the entire line of markers after quality issues were discovered. From then until now, we waited... hoping for good news.
Unfortunately, the news wasn't what we were all hoping for...
It was just announced that the entire line of Blendabilities Markers is now discontinued. Not all markers are defective. In fact many are not, so the markers you have may be just fine. But the percent of those that were defective was growing, and Stampin' Up! realizes it's not in their best interest to offer products that do not meet their high quality standards. And the manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that would also provide us with a stable, long-term solution.
Q & A

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will also be featured in this year’s annual catalog.

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. We ask that you use your best judgment to determine whether your product is in good condition or if you need a refund.

Q: Why did it take so long for Stampin’ Up! to discover this problem?
A: Over the months we’ve noticed quality issues with this product, but they were within normal tolerance. We’ve also received some great feedback and know that many of you have thoroughly enjoyed working with Blendabilities. However, when corrections and complaints became more and more frequent, we increased the sophistication of our quality testing. This led to discoveries that meant we had a serious problem with the product line. Although these are still great markers, our manufacturer is now reporting a 30 to 40 percent fail rate before they are shipped to Stampin’ Up!—which is unacceptable.

Q: If I selected Blendabilities as my Sale-A-Bration item and it is on backorder, do I have to choose another Sale-A-Bration item?
A: Yes. We have fourteen other Sale-A-Bration items from which to choose.

Q: Now that Blendabilities are no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration redemption item, will our remaining Sale-A-Bration items run out more quickly?
A: With Blendabilities no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration option, it is anticipated that the demand on other Sale-A-Bration items will be higher than forecasted. For that reason, all Sale-A-Bration items (with the exception of stamps) will now be “while supplies last.”

Q: What are the positives coming out of this?
A: We’ve learned that alcohol-based markers are very popular with our demonstrators and customers. Knowing that you’ve enjoyed all of the coloring options provided by alcohol-based markers helps us chart a course for finding a reliable product line that will truly meet the needs of our demonstrators and customers.
Q: I purchased and received Blendabilities. They are defective. What do I do?
A: Let your demonstrator know ASAP. The deadline for returns is currently June 15th.

The following products will no longer be unavailable:
Item Number Product Name 
133624 Wild Wasabi Stampin' Blendabilities  
133626 Soft Sky Stampin' Blendabilities  
133625 Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blendabilities
133623 Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blendabilities  
131002 Wisteria Wonder Assortment Blendabilities  
131005 Smoky Slate Assortment Blendabilities  
129370 Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities  
131003 Rich Razzleberry Assortment Blendabilities  
130997 Pumpkin Pie Assortment Blendabilities  
130999 Old Olive Assortment Blendabilities  
131001 Night of Navy Assortment Blendabilities  
130994 Melon Mambo Assortment Blendabilities  
130998 Daffodil Delight Assortment Blendabilities  
131004 Crumb Cake Assortment Blendabilities  
129369 Color Lifter Blendabilities  
130995 Cherry Cobbler Assortment Blendabilities  
130996 Calypso Coral Assortment Blendabilities  
131000 Coastal Cabana Assortment Blendabilities  
139922Sale-A-Bration Calypso Coral Blendabilities
139923Sale-A-Bration Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
139924Sale-A-Bration Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities
139925Sale-A-Bration Crumb Cake Blendabilities
139926Sale-A-Bration Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
139927Sale-A-Bration Melon Mambo Blendabilities
139928Sale-A-Bration Night of Navy Blendabilities
139929Sale-A-Bration Old Olive Blendabilities
139930Sale-A-Bration Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities
139931Sale-A-Bration Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
139932Sale-A-Bration Smoky Slate Blendabilities
139934Sale-A-Bration Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities

I know that these items have been HOT, so in my experieince with Stampin' Up they will find a good replacement.

Have a great day!!

Janet Holmes

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