If you’re not up to listening to me do some bitching tonite, close your browser now and save yourself some time.
I’m disappointed to tell you guys, but I won’t be bringing in any of the Electricians knives. This morning I called Chris and she said they’d start shipping today and she’d have pricing when they were ready to go. Well, they weren’t ready late this afternoon and she still didn’t know the price. Won’t know a price till they’re ready to ship tomorrow. Not Chris’ fault. Most of the knives were sold (for an unknown price) and I just didn’t feel like feeding on leftovers.
GEC won’t release pricing until the knives are literally in the boxes for shipping. I’m dead serious. Why, I don’t have a clue. I’ve asked and have never gotten an answer other than ‘that’s just the way it is’. I’m not sure if they’re afraid distributors will cancel orders when they find out the price, if they honestly don’t know what the knives will cost until they’re finished and sitting on the shipping table or they look at the weeks bills and figure a price accordingly. As a distributor, it’s incredibly frustrating. Try going to work and not knowing how much or if you’ll get paid till payday.
GEC is the only company I’ve EVER worked with that pre-books orders without releasing a price. On the other hand, when a dealer books an order with companies like Queen for product that won’t be ready to ship for 4-6 months you know full well what they would cost at delivery. It’s a little different as a consumer when you’re picking up one or two knives that might come to a couple hundred bucks at most, but try doing that for $5-6K worth at a time. When bullet prices were bouncing around with metal prices on an almost daily basis, Powerbond locked in the price the day the order was accepted. I really wonder if GEC’s suppliers of steel and handle material get by telling GEC they won’t quote the price till the day they ship the material. Got my doubts.
In addition, GEC asks that you not discount the price off from the DSR. (right) So if you play it strictly by the book, you buy knives without knowing what they’ll cost you and agree not to discount them even if they don’t sell. Two or three years ago, you could throw the dice and it worked out fairly well. Welcome to the new economy.
The sad part for the consumer is that in my case, there have been knives I held back on ordering not knowing what they would sell for. Too expensive for your market and they sit on the shelf. You miss a good buy and you can’t service your customers. Believe me, both situations have happened on more than one occasion. As a result, serious collectors will place multiple orders and cancel if more than one distributor can deliver. Can’t blame the customer but it makes life even tougher for the distributor.
Not sure how I’ll handle this in the future and I know from conversations with other distributors (and Chris) I’m not the only one frustrated with this policy. Customers call and email asking prices on upcoming new releases and I sound like a government employee in front of a Congressional hearing…..”I don’t know….I’ll have to get back to you.”