Western Art, Western Decor


Increased Costs In 2021

Posted on June 07, 2021 by Buffalo Trader Online

We're in our 12th year of business thanks to our wonderful customers like you!

Over the last week, we have been notified by nearly every wholesale partner that currently supplies our goods that due to increased raw goods costs, production costs, and transportation costs, a sharp rise in wholesale pricing as well as higher shipping costs is inevitable. While our suppliers are holding back and absorbing as much of the additional temporary costs as possible, an average increase of 5-7% has been passed on to online and brick-and-mortar retailers like us. 

Products made of raw wood, steel, aluminum, silver, glass, and injection molded poly resin materials are among a few of the categories of products that have proven to be the most affected by these increased costs. These increases are three-fold for us as a small business since we are not only absorbing higher incoming shipping costs (since the 4-7% increases in January 2021 with all major shipping carriers) but also the higher cost of the goods, higher minimums required by our suppliers, and increased outgoing shipping costs to our customers. While we have continued passing our discounted shipping rates to our customers, we have not increased our tiered shipping rates for the past three years and at this point, we do not plan to increase shipping rates, however, this may have to happen down the road as our current shipping rates barely cover shipping costs in most instances, even for smaller packages of less than 3 lbs. to most delivery areas. Costs of packing materials, tape, and shipping boxes have also seen sharp increases in costs. However, for customer shipping that creates a loss of less than $5.00, we absorb the difference in higher shipping from our profit margin rather than raising shipping rates or even higher product prices. We only bill our customers for larger or heavier items that require over-sized rates or when shipped to an obscure delivery location that dictates much higher costs. We will continue this practice for a long as is feasible.

We have been ensured by many  of our suppliers that these price increases due to hyper-inflation in a post-COVID economy will be temporary and lower prices may come back when the "new normal" has settled things back down with the economy and foreign trade. And, of course, the geo-political atmosphere we are currently experiencing is also causing increased concern for the cost of goods globally in an unfair trading market with much market insecurity and concerns of higher risks. 

We are currently adjusting prices for products with all our suppliers and in the coming weeks will be eliminating a few more of our current suppliers while adjusting available product lines for some items that we feel may no longer be practical for us to carry that are creating high-cost overhead on incoming merchandise as well as utilizing precious warehouse space. With much regret, many of our most popular items may no longer be available after these adjustments have been made.  

As we remain a small, family-owned and operated business, we try to make these decisions with our customers' best interests at heart. We want to continue offering a wide variety of goods at fair prices with the lowest possible shipping costs. While shopping with us, keep in mind that while we can no longer offer free shipping because search engines like Google and Yahoo penalize us by restricting relevancy and viewership on search results when we offer "FREE" anything. This hurts us and other small businesses in lieu of "big tech" helping their biggest paid ads customers Amazon, eBay, and other big box stores that can afford to absorb these costs and whom receive much larger shipping discounts due to volume than we do. We are trying our best to prevent being squeezed out of the online marketplace to continue offering our customers fair and honorable pricing and policies without deceptive offers where the added costs are tacked onto the cost of products just for the sake of offering "free" anything. Many of our products are already priced at 20-25% below the manufacturer's retail suggested price to help our customers defray anticipated increased shipping costs. So, while we do not offer free shipping any longer, we do offer lower prices and our fairest shipping rates possible.

As a reminder, our products are sourced from American based companies providing American jobs and we plan to continue supporting American owned and operated businesses only. We believe that we can help keep costs down by being the solution rather than contributing to the problem. 

We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve our customers. 

Buffalo Trader Online Owners & Staff

Posted in Announcements, Furniture, Jewelry, Kitchen & Dining, Lighting, Outdoor & Garden, Western Art, Western Decor, Wet Bar Accessories

Kickin' it Old School...

Posted on January 17, 2011 by Buffalo Trader Online

So what's the deal with cowboy boots? Why do men and women alike seek these well-crafted icons? Because, they're as classic as the LBD (or little black dress to those who don't speak "text-speak"), the navy suit and the pearl necklace. According to our old friend Webster, 'classic' is defined as; "serving as a standard of excellence; historically memorable and characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year." To be sure, the cowboy boot can be incredibly elaborate in design or just simply because of an exotic material used such as ostrich or stingray. But here's how it all started...

Thanks to old school Hollywood stars such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, these utilitarian shoes dating back to the era of Genghis Kahn took on a very glamorous update in the 1950's. Legend has it that Mr. Kahn wore very distinctive boots with a wooden heel. The English riding boot came into existence in the 17th - 18th century. The recent riding boot was actually named after Arthur Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. The Wellington boot, as it was coined, was constructed in a four-piece format much like the modern cowboy 'kicks.'

Today's cowboy boots are as individual as those who wear them. Expect to pay anywhere from $100 - $600 for a good quality mass-produced boot. But custom boots can run as much as $50,000 plus! The well-known like George W. have also contributed to the cowboy boot's timelessness. And like a good pair of blue jeans, boots just get better with time. To pay homage to the cowboy boot, Buffalo Trader Online offers tremendous gifts such as the Blue Horse Cowboy Boot Toothpick Holder, Genuine Turquoise & Silver Cowboy Boot Toe Tips, and matching Genuine Turquoise & Silver Cowboy Boot Heel Guards. These western-themed functionals make wonderful host/hostess gifts or a very masculine idea for that special cowboy in your life!

Posted in Clothing Accessories, Western Culture, Wet Bar Accessories

Ring In The New Year

Posted on December 26, 2010 by Buffalo Trader Online

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For old lang syne, my dear
for old lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for old lang syne!

Here's to ringing in another new year! It's the international symbol allowing all of us to have a fresh start. Resolutions will be made surrounding fitness regimes and kicking addictions. But a favorite resolution is one of committing to spend more quality time with family and friends. What better way than to invite them to your home for an evening to "take a cup of kindness yet?"

Entertaining doesn't have to be complicated. Any gathering can appear as if you've spent copious amounts of time and energy in preparation provided you have the correct tools. Buffalo Trader Online is proud to offer the stunning Arte Italica Animale Glass Ice Bucket! This handmade pewter and glass ice bucket not only epitomizes the quality of Italian artisans, but also offers a beautiful functionality dressing up your favorite bottle of sparkling water or chilled wine.

Your guests will also feel as if you've rolled out the red carpet for them as they enjoy their beverage from the impressive Arte Italica Animale Liqueur Glasses. Served with a simple ecru cocktail napkin, these glass and Italian pewter dynamos are sure to be the topic of conversation!

Posted in Holiday Shopping, Wet Bar Accessories