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Old 11-23-2009, 05:48
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There really isn't a good category to put this in, in the ribbons and bows sections so I hope some people will be able to help me. Here's the situation I just got into. I was not expecting this, but I suppose I should have thought about it. I am meeting with a store this week about carrying my bows, but she would want me to sell only to her. I would not be able to sell through my website anymore. I don't think I would be able to ever do a craft show or sell to any other organizations. I'm not in any stores yet, and there are very few in the area, about 3, and 4-5 cheerleading teams. I called one other store and left a message for the owner. Now, I do not know what to do. If she were to keep a large stock in her store and if she has a lot of customers, this could be really good, but on the other hand I have no other way to promote my business or products. I just don't know what to do, I've been really wanting to get into a boutique. It would also mean that I could not offer any of my hats or anything through here either, which I haven't had any sales yet, but several interested and some waiting until January. I just need to talk to someone about this. Please help me decide what to do. I am still going to have the meeting, but I don't know if I should say "well, I would love to sell my products in your store, but I am not willing to close my store to do that." I'm really looking to be able to stay home with my girls so if she could replace my income by doing this, maybe I should just do that. What do you ladies do that sell in stores? Do you sell to a few in the same and surrounding towns/cities you live in? Has anyone put restrictions on you? Help me. TIA
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:52
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that to me is alost like her taking the credit and the rights to your own business away. its YOUR business you should be able to sell wherever you want, she shouldnt be able to put those restrictions on what YOU have made, and what YOU have worked for. I say no way!
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I think that is a load of crap that you can't sell online, any shows or to any other stores! This is your business that you are running, not hers, she already has her store. I have my items in 2 stores and about to get a 3rd, do shows and have a website. If you have no problem with only selling solely to her then go for it, but if you want to get your name out to more than just her tell her no. Let us know what happens.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:54
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Maybe you could tell her you would sell them to her without your business name on anything? That way you can sell to her and everywhere else.
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That's crazy!!! I would tell her thank you but no thank you!
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:55
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Heck No!!! Your product you set the rules! There is no way I would agree to terms like that. I sell to a few different stores in our area, some boutiques outside of my area, an online store and am just putting my own website up. There is no way I would limit myself to one store.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:01
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you can also offer a line that is only made for her store.

you need to be able to operate under your own name too. that is some crazy non-compete clause she has made up!!

maybe you can offer special ribbon, or a type of bow exclusive to her.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:06
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you can also offer a line that is only made for her store.

you need to be able to operate under your own name too. that is some crazy non-compete clause she has made up!!

maybe you can offer special ribbon, or a type of bow exclusive to her.
This is a great idea!
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Yikes! I wouldn't do it. What happens if her store doesn't make it, then you're stuck with no other income. That is not fair of her to ask you to stop all other avenues of selling.
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This is a great idea!
I agree. I am going to have the meeting and perhaps we can make some sort of deal. I like the idea of having some products exclusive to her store. She makes clothes so maybe I can make bows to match them, for her. I did work really hard on my website and have a display at one business, and my cards in another and all that would go away. It did make me a little depressed to think about. I would love to have my products in a store to have residual income, but that is really limiting. I did see her point that when she bought from a local artist before that people bought for less directly from the artist, and not from her so it did not work out. It sounds like this could be a long meeting. We will have to negotiate something because I like helping people to and am trying to offer my hats on here and I know crocheting and knitting can be hard for some people, but I am good at it. I would not be able to do that either. I think what I will do is bring many sample and say that I would like to sell at other stores or to cheerleading groups, and on my website in the area also so if she accepts that great, and if not perhaps she could choose a couple designs that I will pull from my site and not offer to others, that will be exclusive to her store. She could have the exclusives, and some others because some people may pay a little more at her store to not have tgo make another trip. That sounds very reasonable, doesn't it? The meeting is Wednesday evening. I will let you know. Thank you for your help and ideas. I'm getting really nervous.
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