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Pipe Sock Questions

Discussion in 'Pipe Making Forums' started by halpuff, Dec 17, 2013.

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  1. halpuff

    halpuff Member

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    Just was wondering.....

    What percentage of professional artisan and factory pipe makers do you suppose provide a sock with their pipes?

    Do you know of any that do not?

    How much importance do suppose buyers place on a sock being provided or not?

    Halpuff
     


  2. ArmedOctopus

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    I value the sock. Not really sure why. Because I can't display mine, I keep all of them in their original socks.
     
  3. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Well-Known Member

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    I think most full-time pipe makers send out pipes in a sock. I sometimes do, sometimes don't, it's not something anyone has ever mentioned caring about much.
     
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  4. Arkie

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    A new pipe looks real classy when you get home with it and pull it out of the box and it's wrapped in the sock. The only time I ever use socks is when I'm packing a few pipes for a trip.
     
  5. halpuff

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    Sasquatch, have you ever had a client complain or express disappointment because they did not receive a sock with one of your pipes?
    I stumbled across some discussion on line about pipe socks and it seems that for the vast majority of pipe buyers, their new pipe never sees the inside of the sock ever again, and most socks get either tossed in a drawer and forgotten about, or even thrown in the trash.
    It kind of makes me wonder what REAL value is realized for the pipe maker that goes through the trouble of providing an expensive genuine leather hand crafted sock or pouch, complete with embroidered logo, along with his pipe.
    I suppose their is some additional perceived value placed on the pipe for the buyer when a classy pipe is packaged in the same classy thoughtful manner.
    I wonder how many buyers have said.....geee, I will never buy another pipe from that guy again...he didn't even bother to provide a sock.
    I personally think......if the buyer likes the pipe......that's all that really matters. If it's your lack of a sock that kills the sale, then they really didn't like the pipe that much to begin with; and they will be spending maybe a life time with the pipe......and possibly only minutes or seconds with the sock.
     
  6. Sasquatch

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    No one has ever complained when I didn't send a sock, and no one ever said "Wow, thanks for the sock."

    To make them, or get my people to make them, is time I could be making other pipes, the money going into fabric etc is money I'd rather spend on rum.

    I have never kept pipes in socks, it's a pain in the butt, and I couldn't care less if a pipe came in one or not.

    Now, when I bought a Dunhill, it had the literature, the smoking primer, the catalog, the silk sock.... damn, that's a trip man. And if someone WANTS that, I'll give it. And tack another 150 bucks onto the pipe. That's fine too. I'll make a rosewood box if you want, and a certificate of authenticity.
     
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  7. halpuff

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    Great points Todd!
     
  8. 7ach A

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    I use them for travel. With multiple pipes and makers, the different color bags make it easier to pick out the pipe I'm looking for... so yes I value them.
     
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  9. BigCasino

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    I would like all pipes that I buy to come with a sock, but a lot don't, the guy who owns the local B&M rants about not having socks to put pipes in from some of the pipe makers.
    But I think for "collectors" , having a pipe with the original sock, and or the original box for some would make it more valuable.
    I just received two GBD's in the original boxes with the original socks, the socks look as if the were never used and were laying under the pipes in the box.. oh and he wrote the dates on the box which he purchased them 1970 and 71.. to me I think that is really cool, and made me want them even more... but I'm not sure if others feel the same way
     
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  10. jdto

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    I keep the socks in a little box in my pipe cupboard. I do use them, on occasion, when I'm transporting multiple pipes to a different location if I'm going to the cottage or to a pipe club meeting. Other than that, I never even take them out, which is a shame, as some of them are quite nice.
     
  11. bubbagump

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    My $.02....I think it's a nice touch to receive a pipe in a sock. I don't expect it from a small/private shop, because as Sasquatch said...that's money off their bottom line. However, I would expect to receive a pipe in a sock from a large company if it was well over $50. Savinelli is one company that seems to be pretty hit or miss on that though.

    I do actually use the pipe socks though. I display the pipes sitting on their socks...and I keep them inside of them when I take them out and about (the sock keeps pipes from rubbing together in my pipe case).
     
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  12. Coastal Bend

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    When a pipe has come with a sack that is nice -- but, I have to admit while I don't throw them away I never use them. They wind up stored away. After all, it's the pipe I wanted not a sack.
     
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  13. cmatsangos

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    I only own 2 pipes that came with a sock, but I believe a sock gives the buyer the sense that he is purchasing something of prestige. I love using my two pipe socks to carry my pipes in, makes me feel special.
     
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  14. rigormootis

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    Pretty much what I do too.
     
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    Now, wait...I complained AND said thanks...so there. :ngty:
     
  16. daveinlax

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    Regarding new pipes, I expect a sleeve. I was at a holiday pipe event a week ago Sunday. A local carver was showing his pipes with a standard plain cloth or a upgrade leather sleeve option for $15. :confused:
     
  17. Basil Meadows

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    My briars have socks, we found some nice fabric at the local Hancocks that looked perfect. My wife makes them and it just seems like a nice touch.
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    Not sure what we'll do when this fabric runs out. They quit carrying it.
     
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  18. Rockbass

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    My socks are safely stored awaiting a purpose.
     
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  19. daveinlax

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    This is a VERY COOL cost effective little play or tie in with your trademark. I'd go and buy all the fabric they have in "sock" :confused:
     
  20. Basil Meadows

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    Lol, I did. And when I mentioned to my wife that this would be perfect for making pipe socks... the lady there had this strange look on her face. "I don't want my pipes to get cold feet this winter!" She thought I was nuts.
     
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