Most choir purchasers face the choice of buying direct vs. choosing
from choir robe distributors. There are numerous advantages
to buying direct from Academic Choir Apparel, rather than try and find
a distributor such as a book store or third-party web site. Here you will find information on how to save money by buying direction, and numerous other advantages of buying from the manufacturer.
1) SAVE MONEY. Distributors are paid a commission on every order, and
that increased cost is passed on to you – the customer. When you
buy direct from Academic, you pay the lowest cost possible, at the most
current sale prices. You can afford better quality for the price you
pay, since you are paying for the garment itself, and not the rent on
a store front or hosting costs of a web-based business.
2) NO MIDDLE MAN. You talk directly to the person that oversees your
order, who knows every nuance of the manufacturing process. The chances
of a miscommunication are significantly reduced when you are not speaking
through a middleman who has to communicate your order to the manufacturer.
3) DESIGN ADVICE. When you buy direct from Academic, you have the opportunity
to receive advice from our design experts, who have decades of experience
in working out design issues, and knowledge of what churches, schools,
and choral halls around the nation (and even the world) are doing.
4) SUPERIOR SAMPLES. Distributors have to pay for samples, and therefore
often do not want to supply you with more than one sample. When you
buy direct from Academic, you can see many samples of choir robes, and may even have
the opportunity to receive a custom-made sample.
5) ACCURATE INFORMATION. When you buy direct from Academic, you are
speaking with someone who does nothing except choir robes, and has been
handling choir robe orders of your kind for decades. Distributors have
to focus on many different product lines, and simply cannot draw on
the level of experience and accurate information in the process of designing
and ordering choir robes as well as Academic.
6) SPECIAL ORDERS. When you buy direct from Academic, you have the
opportunity to request special fabrics and colors that may not be shown
in your swatches. You can send Academic carpet samples, photography
of school or church interiors, pew samples, and other sample design
elements, and we will find a color and texture to match and coordinate
with your site. Distributors cannot offer that level of flexibility,
because they are generally stuck with a fixed swatch selection, and
are unaware of the variety of new or different colors and fabrics that
may be available.
7) IMMEDIATE STATUS UPDATES. When you buy direct from Academic, you
receive immediate delivery updates, whenever you want, however often
you desire. When buying from a distributor, you have to rely on them
to call the manufacturer and check delivery status, which often causes
delays in updates.
8) CONVENIENCE MEASUREMENTS. Measuring a choir can be a tedious process.
When you buy direct from Academic, you will receive a measurement kit
with detailed instructions on how to measure every kind of body type
in your choir, with advice only a phone call away from experts in the
field. You can measure however many people you want, whenever you want.
With a distributor, you usually have to measure everyone at once, and
if someone cannot make it on that particular day, or at the availability
of your distributor, you have a hassle on your hands.
9) LOCAL REFERENCES. When you buy direct from Academic, we will provide
you with references in your area to other choirs we’ve supplied.
When you buy from a distributor, you may not know what kind of company
you are buying from, and usually the only references available are the
distributor’s, not the manufacturer’s.
Need to contact us? You can call us toll free at (800) 626-5000 in the US, or locally (or internationally with the appropriate country code) at (818) 886-8697. We cannot accept orders on the phone. You can fax us your order at (818) 886-8743, or mail your orders to 20644 Superior St., Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA. In-person visits can also be arranged by appointment. You can email questions to us at the link listed on the menu to the left.
We have many different pages of information on putting together a choir robe order. Please explore the topics to the left for details.