Catholic Retailing Tips

Nativity Sets, Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and other things we don't sell

November 23, 2010

Over the years we have known that certain products such as St. Joseph House Selling Kits, cheep statues, fancy Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and Nativity Sets are hot items and we could probably make a lot of money selling them. Instead, we have forgone these easy profits and opted to sell better quality but higher […]

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Motherless Release Date Updated

October 29, 2010

Hi Everyone, We've been impatiently waiting for the release of Motherless ever since the great success of Brian Gail's book, Fatherless. Today we received this update from the publisher: Cardinal-elect Raymond Burke has personally endorsed ‘Motherless.’  After his installation on November 22, Motherless will be released with the endorsement from “Cardinal” Burke.  We are all […]

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Why Bother coming up with a Clever E-newsletter Subject Line?

October 20, 2010

So yesterday I sent out a message to our customers about a rosary giveaway and right as I pressed the send button (almost in Matrix slow motion) I realized that "OH NO! I JUST FORGOT TO PUT A SUBJECT ON THAT EMAIL!" So the message went out with the incredibly enticing "New Message" as the […]

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Barnes and Noble for Sale? More Industry Shakeups

August 4, 2010

Barnes and Noble announced today that it may put itself up for sale to avoid a shareholder battle over its falling stock prices. It has been very aggressive in its pursuit of Amazon in the e-book market introducing the Nook (our Nook review) late last year and getting over 100,000 titles and magazines online. The […]

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How to Keep Tabs on Your PPC Marketing Company

July 8, 2010

Over the past five years we have attempted to have an outside company run our Adwords campaigns on three occasions. One of the companies lasted about a year one lasted ten days and the other was in between. Overall I have been disappointed with the performance of all of them and can say that apart […]

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Why We Don't Do Business With China, Reason Number... I've Lost Count

April 8, 2010

Because the Chinese will arrest you if you refuse to celebrate a Mass with a communist Catholic bishop. Sure, we could get lots of cheap porcelain picture frames and stuffed animals if we bought from China but why should we?

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You'r Emails is You Reputation

March 15, 2010

Today I received an email solicitation from a company offering to write code for our website. It was so poorly written that I assumed at first that it was one of those Nigerian inheritance scams. Actually, the company is based in India which would at least partially excuse the grammar if the email hadn't been […]

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Why Not to Shop at On-line Catholic Retailers - A Response

December 28, 2009

Last week one of my employees pointed out a couple of posts over at And Sometimes Tea explaining why the writer wasn't ever shopping at online Catholic retailers anymore. Checking our records it doesn't appear that she has ever shopped with us but I thought that a response is in order for a few reasons. […]

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Again, Why Would You Move Manufacturing to China?

October 22, 2009

Maybe because things like having three priests arrested and then having the arrest denied by the Chinese officials doesn't bother you that much. The whereabouts of three "underground" priests in northern China, detained by police months ago, are still unknown while another has apparently been persuaded to join the "open" Church, say sources. Fathers Liu […]

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Idearc Media Update - Just Desserts?

September 24, 2009

You may recall that we had some serious problems dealing with Idearc Media for Google Adwords campaigns a few months back. We told them multiple times that we weren't working with them anymore and they kept charging us for services they weren't providing. I finally spoke to our new sales rep, George (Nick is gone) […]

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