Taken right from the SU! site, here are some answers to questions you might have with some of the retiring products. If the FAQ below doesn't give you the answers you're looking for, give me a shout and I will help answer any questions you have. :)
Until next time, stay crafty!
Q: Why are so many stamp sets being retired?
A: During this transition to the new annual catalogue, there are a
higher number of stamps being refreshed and replaced than usual. While
many stamps are going away, most are being replaced so that the breadth
of our stamp lines is every bit as broad as ever! And because the
seasonal catalogues will be so much larger than before, there will be
more seasonal stamp sets to choose from in those catalogues. On the
bright side, nearly all of our stamps, with the exception of a la carte
stamps and a handful of background stamps) will now be available in
clear-mount as well as wood-mount!
Q: Why the changes to 12" x 12" card stock?
A: Not all 12" x 12" card stock colours will be available in individual
packs anymore. While low sales do not justify stocking individual packs
in all colours, colour assortment packs will be available, and some
colours from each colour collection will be available in individual
Q: Are individual Stampin’ Write Markers going away?
A: Stampin’ Write Markers in more popular colours will still be
available individually. However, low sales do not justify making all
Stampin’ Write Markers available for individual purchase. Colour
assortments packs will still be available.
Q: Why are all the Classic Stampin’ Pads being retired?
A: We are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin’ Pads
with the 2012-2013 annual catalogue. The Firm Foam pads offer better ink
coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.
Q: Are all Craft Stampin’ Spots going away?
A: Yes. Consistently low sales could not justify keeping them.
Q: Are all Classic Stampin’ Spots going away?
A: Stampin’ Spots are a fantastic tool for helping you get
started, so we will keep Classic Stampin’ Spots for the Getting Started
colour palette only. Consistently low sales could not justify keeping
the other collections in general inventory.
Q: Why are you keeping Designer Fabric when you eliminated things like Décor Elements?
A: Two reasons: 1) Demonstrators and customers use Designer Fabric
accessorize and embellish their papercrafting projects--which is
Stampin’ Up!’s core focus, and 2) Designer Fabric is a good seller.
Q: Why are the Simply Adorned and Décor Elements lines going away?
A: During the analysis of our product lines it became clear that while
some customers enjoyed these products, they were not good sellers, and
they did not truly support Stampin’ Up!’s core papercrafting focus.
However, you may see them offered from time to time not as product lines
but as embellishments or project-type kits.