Actually...no. Bookbinders Workshop has never published a discount for bulk orders, (probably never will) however we have often reduced the price for customers placing larger orders. Sometimes we even give away full skins to some of our high-frequency customers - especially when we receive a new product that might be helpful to them.
We like to get to know the people that buy from us. Mike (my business partner) and I, have over three decades of combined experience in bookbinding, conservation, and restoration. We use a lot of material. We know what performs well and what doesn't and we freely share that knowledge with our customers - knowledge that is too often "held close to the vest" by many people in the craft. That's why we produced our Bookbinders Workshop Instructional Series DVDs. We have five titles available today and have just finished filming another one that should be available soon. They include instruction for the beginner as well as the most advanced (see BookbindersWorkshop.com for details). Mike is an excellent video instructor too. He (by personal invitation from the Library of Congress) was asked to help restore/conserve some of Thomas Jefferson's personal library. It is this degree of expertise that we are making available to all. In fact, it may be the best discount ever offered in bookbinding. If you were to buy all six of our instructional DVDs - you would spend less money than a one-week workshop at the American Academy of Bookbinding (learning only a technique or two). And speaking of good work, Denis...I love the "Poesies de Violette" (Oasis goatskin with inlays) in your website portfolio - VERY nice!
Anyway...back to your questions/comments. I think our current leather inventory consists of about 13 different types of bookbinding leather in 30-40 colors. Our inventory changes constantly (as do our costs) as we work with tanneries and/or wholesalers in different countries. Currently we sell a single skin of our1st Quality Sokoto for $14.95/ft. plus shipping. Siegel sells a single skin of Sokoto (grade not indicated on their website - although I'm sure it's good stuff) for $13.49/ft. plus shipping. But it t is very interesting to note Siegel's Sokoto listing on their website states:
"Generally sold to bookbinders for in excess of $17.00/ft!"
Our eBay ad has a similar statement which you quickly informed the members of this forum was...(and I quote)
[b]"a blatant lie, aimed at deceiving"[/b] and used Siegel as your example to justify this statement. (see your posting above). I'm not angry...I'm just confused. Are Bookbinders Workshop and Siegel [u]BOTH[/u] liars and deceivers or did I misunderstand something? It's okay - you probably just made a mistake - it happens to all of us.
Denis, I've enjoyed our debate and I've tried to keep the tenor of my comments positive and informative. I'm sure we will not agree all the time but if you or the members of the forum need a skin of Sokoto - go for it! But if you want to also consider other selections from Bookbinders Workshop's leather inventory, instructional DVDs, backing boards, repair papers, historic headband material, book cloth, marbled paper, adhesives, sewing supplies, 100% cotton endpaper, leather conditioner, or other supplies - then call us at (801) 548-1824, Monday - Friday, 9:00-5:00 MT. We'll be glad to help. In fact, if you will send me your address, I will send you a skin of our new "Caprinae" goatskin - it sort of reminds me of "Oasis" (sorry...just kidding - I don't want to be confused with a deceiver).
If you ever find yourself in Utah, stop by our shop. I know you would enjoy seeing the Gutenberg Bible Facsimiles (over 100 of them) we are binding in historically correct 15th Century style with our own alum-tawed pigskin leather over wooden boards. You are always welcomed there - just as (I assume) we are welcomed here at your forum.
Now let's both go out and get some sunshine.
Bookbinders Workshop, LLC