Well, we can’t stop giving shop weather reports can we? It’s 8 degrees outside and it’s 36 degrees in the shop. Damn, it’s a heat wave over yesterday. I do have one more bowl to turn in this round and then it’s on to something else. Just like this blog is about to end unless something pops up that might be interesting to write about. Hey, Bill in Turlock, any questions?
Ah, the customer, he is always right you know. At least that’s what we have to keep telling ourselves, over, and over, and over (to a point). The point being when we have lost the sale and nothing we say will ever change that. Then we can let them have it, just kidding. They or their friends just might want to come back. Someone near by might hear you admonish them and change their minds about visiting your booth. But, feel free to give it to the parents of the little bastards that are racing their toy cars across your jewelry boxes. That really happened, you know.
My favorite customer is the wheeler dealer that’s not happy with your very fair prices. It doesn’t matter where they go, they assume they’re at a garage sale. Our first couple of years at this, we would give in just to make a sale. Now, I ask these customers if they would work for $5.00 an hour. Then when they say they would not, that’s when I tell them they are asking me to work for less. Sue gives into this with her quilts at times, and it drives me crazy. She sells them for too little now. If someone wants several items for cash, I might eat the sales tax. But, for the most part I hold firm. I don’t think I have lost much business because of this. I think I’ve gained respect. As for you, you’ll work it out for yourselves.
This has been fun and challenging. I hope I may have shortened the road of hard knocks for some of you. If you have questions, we can revisit this again. TA TA for now.
-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)