Create and Craft TV Live at AFCI's Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona AND launching New and Exciting products in their World Wide Week Event


Toy Story Create and Craft will be once again returning to the Association for Creative Industry's Creativation Show this January; the huge crafting trade show, this year hosted in Phoenix, Arizona. Create and Craft will be broadcasting live links onto both their UK and US channels and via Facebook Live from Phoenix throughout the event which runs from Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd January.


Creativation is one of the most exciting events in the Create and Craft calendar and showcases over 300 exhibitors which enables Create and Craft to bring you the latest news and trends for 2018 from the comfort of your own home. This is Create and Craft's sixth year broadcasting.....


Read More.



Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    3,130
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Yet another presenter leaving Gemporia - Rae Carpenter


    ADVERTISING


    Just heard Rae Carpenter mention on-air that this is her last week at Gems. How many more established presenters can this channel lose? Over the past year or so, Steve Bennett has lost a lot of experienced and very well-liked presenters, closed the US channel (yet again) and 'shrunk' the number of channels in the UK operation (closing the Diamond channel that he was so vocal about when it opened, but which resembled a train wreck when it operated). He is now left with a seemingly ever- diminishing number of experienced presenters and too many presenters with little or no charisma, in my view, and shows that are increasingly 'shouty' and hard-sell. And I notice they are now selling perfume and candles!

    I think the writing's on the wall for this channel. Bye, Steve.
    Thanks shopperholic , Petespants thanked for this post
     

  2.    Advertisment


  • #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    785
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    ADVERTISING
    I will be sad if the channel closes as I have had some lovely things from them. However, the selling of candles and perfume does not appeal to me at all.

    Every time lately when I switch on, there is the presenter and an 'expert'. God, they drone on and on, before getting around to selling anything, by which time I have lost the will to live and switched off. I am sure they talk for around half an hour before getting down to the business of selling.

    There appears to be endless 'adverts' for different things too and it is quite unusual for me to switch on and see a gem anywhere. Then when an item is eventually on air, it is shown in the light box (if that is the correct description), and not on the finger or real life so to speak. I want to see the item as it is and how it will look when I receive it. I did email the channel but, of course, nothing changes.

    I think their website is terrible too.
    Thanks historymystery, Petespants thanked for this post
    Likes shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    At the end of the dark lane.
    Posts
    952
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    It is sad but the channel is not as good as it once was.When Jewellery Maker(which in itself has undergone a change for the worse in my opinion) was sold off that made me wonder what was going on.The sales pitch has become very pushy of late.People such as Angeline mean an instant turn over for me.In fact a few other pushy ,shouty ,in your face mares have the same effect.After years of custom on this channel (as Gems tv) I'm about ready to say 'bye'.Why if they have all these contacts in the gem world are they selling flaming candles and perfume?He tried all that on that charity channel that went t!ts up.Well you never know could be make up and clothes next!!
    Thanks historymystery thanked for this post
    Likes Anna , shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    3,130
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Anna & Petespants, I agree with every point you've mentioned. The 'experts' - at least one of whom seems to have been shoved on-air because he's good-looking and popular with the ladies (we've been told how many have written in about him) - go on for far too long, and saying "these prices are too low", "how are we doing this?" only works a couple of times, after that it becomes tiresome and just plain irritating, and you think why are they here, if only to repeat a load of gush? As Petespants says, they have always maintained before that genuine gemstones set in precious metals are their reason for existence - so why the candles and perfume? There's no world shortage of either, is there? The only reason I can think of is that their jewellery is not selling so well, and that's probably because it's nowhere near such good value as it used to be, nor is the quality as good. Steve Bennett lost his way with this channel a long while ago, in my opinion, and it is creaking badly.
    Thanks Petespants thanked for this post
    Likes Anna , shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    785
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I also dislike the length of time the 'manager's special' takes - it can be around 15 minutes of dull.

    I haven't seen anything lately to tempt me at all. I tend to buy the silver items, and to be fair to Gems, have a couple of really lovely sapphire bracelets I purchased about 2 years ago - they, and some sapphire rings, are my favourite items from them. I haven't seen anything like that since, they may well have them, but I just don't stay watching long now. And Adina......don't get me started!
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    3,130
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    No, let's not go there with Adina, except to say has she ever finished a sentence yet - and watch 'they' don't poke your eyes out!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Anna View Post
    I also dislike the length of time the 'manager's special' takes - it can be around 15 minutes of dull.

    I haven't seen anything lately to tempt me at all. I tend to buy the silver items, and to be fair to Gems, have a couple of really lovely sapphire bracelets I purchased about 2 years ago - they, and some sapphire rings, are my favourite items from them. I haven't seen anything like that since, they may well have them, but I just don't stay watching long now. And Adina......don't get me started!
    Likes shopperholic , Petespants, Anna liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,744
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Adina, wiggle giggle play with hair which always seem to look like she has playing in a wind tunnel. Breathless, I sometimes wonder if she cannot finish sentences because she is asthmatic and run of of breath?

    A friend likes to watch usually during the day, I see at the weekends if at her place. Talk for 15 minutes at lease before actually starting to sell something, endless ad breaks of the same thing over and over and over. I get the idea they only have like 5 things to sell an hour as they talk so much in-between. The same items appearing again and again each week, when they said the week before it was the last of the stock.

    I have some lovely pieces bought years back which I still wear, those days long gone.
    Likes historymystery, shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    52
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Totally agree with all the comments and would add that in regard to silver jewellery the prices even for old stock seem to have increased and the new stock is significantly more expensive and over hyped with the results that those who know gemstones are returning them as they are either too pale or the same colour as they purchased previously with a much higher price tag. The hammy over acting and the harder and harder sell is a no no for me and i did note recently that a turquoise necklace was sold at 29.99 and it was reconstituted which is very low value, i can purchase a strand for 1.63 retail price, whilst i am not against a business making profit in my opinion that is really shameful,treading a very fine line and possibly alienating regular longstanding customers many of whom according to the feefo reviews will no longer buy due to reduced gram weight in the gold items and i have noticed lately in the silver rings,starting to look cheap and nasty.As for that David so called expert, he is just really irritating, especially given that i rarely watch and without volume,he seems to be on all the times, it all smacks of desperation.
    Likes historymystery, shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    247
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Sad to hear about Rae. She was one of my favourites. I agree with all that has been said. I dont watch much now. I like Jim even though hes like an excited school boy, he doesnt give it the hard sell. I quite like Ellis but the rest you can keep. Gone are the days when they had shows packed full of good things. I think the guests are brought on to pad out the show and when they have an hour of one gem, it takes about 20 minutes before it gets started. It will be a shame if it folds but it certainly needs some sorting. Another bugbear of mine is when they hand over to the next presenter who is the gorgeous ......... ugh. Its so false.
    Likes historymystery, shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


  • #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    3,130
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default


    ADVERTISING


    When I saw Rae's last shows on Saturday and Sunday, she said that the shifts she works continuously have involved her in really early morning starts, i.e. 2 am!! Wouldn't you think that if Steve Bennett really valued his presenters, he would insist that the unsocial shifts be shared out? And yet we have Angeline, who is so full of herself, and Lynn (who I do like, although she's a bit too OTT at times) who ONLY do the day shifts or early evening ones? Lynn's on maternity leave at present so she's out of the picture and I wonder if she'll be back, as this is a sinking ship. You should look after your staff if you want them to stay, and it's pretty obvious that Lynn & Rod, Adina the Shrieker, and Angeline & Nick have some sort of "special" arrangement there, where they get to do only the 'social' hours. This is fine as far as it goes, but allowing these people to always have the daytime shifts is allowing the tail to wag the dog, and ignores presenters like Rae, who are also long-term employees! So unfair. Vicki is pretty hysterical, Ruth you never see on the main channel, they've shunted her off to the other channel, and the only other one who has any depth of personality is Jim, and he gets the crap hours as well. I absolutely agree that the price of the jewellery has escalated - I haven't bought from them for a long while, and it's sad, as I have some lovely pieces I bought years back. I don't mind the guests, if it's once in a while and they have something interesting to tell us, but I hate that they just waffle and mouth platitudes - you could have somebody off the street to do that. I want some gem knowledge, not crapspeak, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by puffin48 View Post
    Sad to hear about Rae. She was one of my favourites. I agree with all that has been said. I dont watch much now. I like Jim even though hes like an excited school boy, he doesnt give it the hard sell. I quite like Ellis but the rest you can keep. Gone are the days when they had shows packed full of good things. I think the guests are brought on to pad out the show and when they have an hour of one gem, it takes about 20 minutes before it gets started. It will be a shame if it folds but it certainly needs some sorting. Another bugbear of mine is when they hand over to the next presenter who is the gorgeous ......... ugh. Its so false.
    Last edited by historymystery; 16-05-2017 at 07:36 AM.
    Likes shopperholic liked this post
     

  •    Advertisment


    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •