Choice Alpaca Buys Fiber May 18 2020

FiberCAll OPEN!! 

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Looking to sell alpaca fiber?

Do you have alpaca fiber to sell?

Want to promote alpaca?

We purchase fiber by issuing wholesale
product credit to alpaca farms who purchase then resell our alpaca products to the public. 

2020 year:

The FiberCall is full-up on 3rds fiber.

No 3rds will be accepted or credited.

1sts and 2nds are being accepted. Currently they go to two different programs so let us know what you have. 

We buy alpaca fiber for a number of projects like blankets,  felt inserts, felt products, socks, accessories, yarn, etc. We work with a number of USA mills to make products for our Made in the USA line. 

Get value for your alpaca fiber while promoting American Alpaca Farms! 

Please add your name to our notification list (below) to receive updates. 

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We pre-pay for shipping*! No upfront costs to you.
(costs deducted from final payment)

How does the Alpaca Fiber Call work? 

Here’s the basic idea... 

  • Steps:
    1. READ: please carefully read all the information below. It's a simple process but may be different from others. The instructions should tell you everything you need to know. If it does not, we'll add it! :)

    2. Collect Your Fiber:  All fiber is useful, but not the really wiry belly, lower leg fiber or short 2nd cuts stuff. All fiber needs to be free of vegetative matter, matting, mildew, MOTHS!, mold, "Poo" or staining.  Note: Some of the mills we work with do not want you to "Tumble" your fleeces as it can bind the fiber, making it unusable. 

      NOTE: Not accepting 3rds this year.

      Both Suri and Huacaya fiber can be used. If you already have the colors separated its best to keep it that way. Multiple smaller bags can of course be put intact into larger ones then into shipping boxes. 
    3. One form per box. Fill out one of these forms and put in each box
      of 2nds. Let us know if you also have 1sts as currently they go to a different program, with its own special submission form.
    4. Choice Alpaca Products Buys Fiber

      Also available as PDF or WORD doc
      It is important to put your name (not farm name) as the Tracking Name, to receive credit. Don't change the already filled in entries.
      If you are mixing putting multiple bags in the same box, label all the bags by weight and grade of fiber.

      It's best to put 1sts/Prime and 2nds in different boxes than the 3rds as we'll often have them go to different mills for processing.
      NOTE: Not accepting 3rds this year. Currently 1sts and 2nds go to separate programs, each with their own form. Let us know what you have to send and we'll get you the right forms. 


    5. Let us know what you have when you are ready to ship: Send an email to fiber@choicealpacaproducts.com with the approximate number of pounds per grade of fiber (1sts, 2nds, (NOT 3rds)) that you plan to send. Then for each box, we need to know the size and weight for shipping labels. 

    6. We pre-pay to ship your fiber*: Once approved, we will provide one mailing label (a PDF) per box you can print out to mail your fiber straight to a mill. We'll need your address for the "FROM:" part of the shipping label.
       
      DO NOT SEND FIBER TO OUR CLEAN PRODUCTS WAREHOUSE! 
      DO NOT SEND FIBER TO OUR CLEAN PRODUCTS WAREHOUSE!

      Your fiber will go straight to a mill or sorting facility, depending on the project.

    7. No upfront shipping costs! *We pay shipping costs with the understanding that those costs will be deducted from the amount due for usable fiber. You have no up-front costs, but note that you should still be motivated not to send junk fiber that isn’t usable, stick, stones, dirt or anything which makes shipping cost more and frustrates the sorters. Shipping only good usable fiber will get you the best payment when the fiber is brought into the mills.

      There is a concept of "Dimensional Weight" used by shippers. This idea can help you find the best boxes to use for your fiber. With light alpaca fiber, the cost to ship is more the size than the weight of the box.
      THIS CALCULATOR will give you a feel for the right boxes to use based on how much weight is in the box versus the minimal shipping Dimensional Weight charge. Generally, we find 17 x 17 x 17" boxes, and very compressed fiber will work best though 16 x 16 x 16" or 18 x 18 x 18" also work well. 
      PACK your fiber as densely as possible. 

      We can handle large shipments too. In prior fiber calls, we found that shipping 200 pounds or more might be cheaper with Freight Shipping (we'll help arrange this) at significantly less than $1/lb. Combining your fiber with other farms might be a really good cost effective way to ship batches of 200-500+ lbs cheaply.

      We do not want you to take your fiber to alpaca shows. You'll just ship it from your location using our provided label(s) to one of our partner mills. Which mill depends on what we're working on at any given time. 

    8. Get Paid!: After your fiber has been received and reviewed you will receive an email notification of the number of pounds of usable fiber attained from your shipment, as determined by the sorters. Again, for the best $return, PLEASE do not send unusable fiber (tiny 2nd cuts, grass, twigs, rocks, POO, etc.), it hurts the process, frustrates the sorters, and is a waste of your $ since shipping costs are subtracted from your final payment. 

      For each pound of usable fiber that you send, within 8 weeks typically you will receive payment in the form of a store credits ("PacaBucks") which can be used for shopping for anything on our wholesale store, www.ChoiceAlpacaProducts.com.

      Note: you must be an alpaca farm or business to shop for wholesale products on ChoiceAlpacaProducts.com.  Just use the Create Account link to quickly setup an account. 

      The current store credit rate is:**
      $6/lb - Prime (aka "1sts" or the "blanket")
      $4/lb - 2nds and 3rds NOTE: Not accepting 3rds this year.

      NEAFP Fiber 1sts, 2nds, 3rds for FiberCall
      Image Credit: New England Fiber Pool

      Note, this is of usable fiber as determined by the sorters who received the fiber. We do not offer cash payments. Paying for fiber in store wholesale product coupons helps us to be able to afford this process, and support the American Farms and Small Businesses who work tirelessly to promote American alpaca. 

** Please Note: The FiberCall project is not a big "money maker" for us. It's a Labor of Love as we support the American Alpaca Industry. We can buy the products needed without going through all the management of a fiber collection and processing stream. But since starting in 2002 we have always sought ways to support the use of alpaca fiber produced by small American alpaca farms. With your help we will together assure a use for all American alpaca fiber in the production of useful products. These efforts are key to supporting small American alpaca businesses (farms, sorters, mills, retailers) while promoting alpaca!

If you would like to join the notification list for further announcements, details and developments, please email a note to fiber@choicealpacaproducts.com or use email entry below.

 

 

If you're ready to start, follow the steps above. Let's work together to promote alpaca!

In Summary:

  1. Put the filled out FiberCall sheet in each box (not bag) to be sent.
  2. Email us the dimensions and weight of each box.
  3. Make sure we have your first and last name and "From:" address.
  4. We send you .PDF file shipping labels you print and put on the boxes.
  5. Fiber gets checked in, we get notified, you get issued store credit.

 NOTE: Not accepting 3rds this year.

Any questions?  Please take another look at the above. We're hopeful that everything is covered, if not we'll add more as we want this page to be the complete FiberCall resource. If it still doesn't answer the question(s) feel free to email or call.

Regards,
-Brian and the Choice Alpaca Products Team
ChoiceAlpacaProducts.com