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Old 02-05-2006   #41
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Thanks for pushing the shop. Miser's demise has a lot to do with catagories they were selling and the compition from Big Box stores and internet clearing houses like Ebay.

If you like to shop at local stores, put more pressure on the reps to not open up big box stores with specialty goods. Plus, there are too many dealers in the same area. How many kayak shops are there in the state of Colorado? The number of dealers does not increase the number of sales. It's the number of shoppers that drives business.

The kayak industry has different margins than say the clothing industry. Did you know that store like Norstrom can choose their margins based on what packaging they choose? It's true they pick margins from 50-400%. The kayak industry is based on 40% margins, but that would be in a perfect world. What the manufactures have on paper and reality are two different things. That 40% doesn't include shipping, wrapping, and fuel surplus charges. Those charges are paid for by the dealers. So, the realistic margins are closer to 20+%. So, you can see those end of year sales are not money makers. They are there to make sure we don't lose money on every boat.

The sad fact is that Miser is not honering their gift cards, because they are out of business. Holding on to store credits is a gamble.

Confluence Kayaks will help out the local crew as much as we can. If you are holding a Mountain Miser gift card we will give you 10% Off your next purchase (sorry, does Not include boats). New 2006 goods are showing up every day.

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Old 02-05-2006   #42
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customer service goes a long way too. from my experiences, Confluence is very customer service savvy. Don and the crew understand how important it is to keep your customer base happy. shit, I drive across town to the same old dry cleaners every week just because they address me by name when I walk in the door. My experiences with the Miser were not has pleasant. Don't want to go into details, but I had to write letters to the owner due to poor service there. Not that that was the downfall, but I guaruntee the it didn't help the cause. In a world of ever increaseing compitition the thing that will make shops stand out isn't going to be their prices or products, it will be how they make each customer feel when they walk in the door. just my $.02

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Old 02-08-2006   #43
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mtn miser is doing business on ebay

To all that feel sorry for D.G. he seems to be doing just fine selling the inventory without honoring the gift cards issued for gear sold at past swaps. At present he has 63 items in the telemark section. At least he could do is offer to refund money to long time customers that supported him in the past.
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Old 02-08-2006   #44
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and maybe?

maybe D.G. is selling that inventory to pay back banks and vendors to whom he owes $$ first, so that he doesn't wind up in collections with everyone. how do you know he's pocketing the money and running?

the guy really loved what he did - I'm sure this is hard enough for him without a bunch of people accusing him of doing it to take advantage of them and rip them off.


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