Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Aanraku Bails vs Off Brand Bails
I have been doing a lot of searching for bails and I have found that Aanraku Bails are a very popular bail in the jewelry industry. The Aanraku Bails can be used for such a variety of things, such as using them for Scrabble tile necklaces, glass marbles to create a pendant which make lovely necklaces, you can also attach them to dominos and add a picture to the front for a really cute pendant!
The Aanraku bails are very popular, but I have found in doing my research that Aanraku bails are also very expensive compared to the competition. For example, I found a place selling the Anraku bails for $25.00 for only 50 bails, and CharsBeads4U sells a very similar, but heart shaped bail for only $15.00 for 100 pieces, that is one fourth the price you'd pay for Aanraku bails!
The heart shaped bails that you see pictured above are really cute and they are way less expensive and in this economy who wants to spend a bundle on anything, let alone a simple bail for a pendant!
I found out that the company who holds the Trademark for Aanraku bails has such a hard time telling the difference that they actually have to order them from different supply stores to actually hold them in their hands to tell the difference. If they have trouble telling the difference, then why would anyone pay more?