They do sell a lot of junk. I’m not going to deny that. (so does my local piercer)
HOWEVER, they also sell a lot of custom-order high quality jewelry (my local piercer at college keeps anatometal on hand [for fresh piercings] as well as the junk [just because? idk]). At least with metals and glass. For organics, you’re still going to go directly to the maker if you want custom.
And as far as not supporting the industry, I will ALWAYS tell people to first see what their local studio can do. However, if either your nearest studio is too far away to go for jewelry (me at home) or just has a small selection and you’re looking for something specific (me at college), then BAF is the perfect solution. I need money in my pocket too and I’m not about to spend the gas money for a 2 hour round trip+city parking just for a pair of plugs (and I know there are people who go a lot farther for their piercer). I understand your point, but I don’t think it’s always applicable.
Hopping in to add that BAF works very closely and has great relationships with jewelry companies and their local piercing shops in Texas. Jewelry companies that are also small businesses. Those companies know very well who they’re selling to. If you find that offensive, you might want to encourage more companies to do what BVLA did and only sell to physical stores. I just think it isn’t fair to call BAF the Walmart of the industry when shit like Ebay goes down with supplies, etc. Not to mention BAF donates quite a bit of money and their time to multiple charities. If I can’t make it to my piercer, that’s a pretty good second choice.
(On a personal note, if you guys haven’t seen my massive collection of jewelry, you’ll see the majority is from local shops or direct from the source and the only website I purchase from if I have to, is BAF.)
- Petra / BabyPieTattoo