G-Kites for 2009
Susan and I are delighted to give all of you an advanced preview of our new 2009 G-Kites catalog.
Take a look at our most recent designs and developments. We have some fantastic carbon framed lightweight working kites, a bunch of fun new ornaments and decorations, and a series of low-cost, introductory kites for new fliers.
Our 2009 series will be unveiled at the Kite Trade Convention in Mid-January. We’ll have samples there for buyers to review. So ask your local retail shop to check them out!
We’ve scheduled delivery of the newest models before the end of the year so we'll be fully stocked when we go to the show. Keep an eye on the Weekly Update and we’ll offer a brief introductory sale on each design as it is made available.
I should also tell you we’ve been struggling with our 2009 prices. Regulars at GKPI know that since the G-Kite line was first introduced, we have never increased prices. That is generally true of our Show Kite products as well. It hasn't been easy! We've worked to keep prices lower by buying in larger quantity, managing inventory, and in some cases, just making less profit. Our 20 foot Octopus today is the same price as when we introduced it in the 1990’s.
But our G-Kite Factory has informed us that materials, labor, and shipping costs have all gone up. We’re looking at a 20% cost increase in 2009. And so, reluctantly, we have adjusted the prices of several pieces in the G-Kite line. NOTE: Order here before year end and we'll honor the "old" prices.
Remember that we now operate two web pages. Our primary web page at GombergKites.com contains the largest collection of show kites and line art available in the industry. We also offer custom colors, lots of choices, and tons of information. We specialize in customer service and customer support because that’s what show kites are all about.
But if you are looking for simplicity, easy navigation, and a quick shopping cart experience, then Gkites.com is ready to help you 24 hours a day. We've tried to provide more information than most of the generic kite sites, but have limited products to the G-Kites brand.
You might be interested in the statement of Philosophy we've posted to G-Kites.
We’re committed to customer service. We answer all emails and phone calls promptly, maintain inventory to minimize backorders, and ship most orders within 24 hours. We fly what we sell and work to be knowledgeable about our products, about kite flying, and about the kite community.
We perform at twenty to thirty kite events each year to display our products, talk with customers, and understand kiting trends. Over the past 20 years, the Gomberg Family has held leadership positions in regional, national, and international kiting organizations.
We are committed to responsible environmental practices. GKPI has eliminated most disposable packaging in favor of permanent storage bags, limits paper consumption, and recycles all waste materials.
We are a small company, first formed in 1987. Our long term success has been based on innovation, efficiency, and hard work. We feel fortunate to be able to work in an industry that we are passionate about. In 2004, Gomberg Kites was named one of the top three small family businesses in the State of Oregon.
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