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Old 11-03-2018, 12:41 AM
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Dealer fees - ouch!

This is in another industry though it shares a similar feeling to having a fee schedule for another's service. I hope that this does not transition into knives because the feeling is quite souring.

For a good spell this dealer was priced at 20%. I felt this was reasonable and they had a good share of clients that would allow them to sell their goods. They had a decent flow of items that generated revenue. I stopped in to discuss some items and was told that they now are 30%!

The week prior I had some items up FS and there will be that individual that wants to smack you upside the head and basically take the stuff. Not only was I to absorb the PayPal fees, I was to include a discount and shipping for the items. Anyway...

I suspect that the shop wants to get out of that side of the business or they are playing for any 'client/suckers' willing to submit to 30% out of desperation.


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Old 11-09-2018, 11:45 PM
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If I were to use a dealer to sell my knives and he told me that he would take 30% of the sale. He would end up talking to my backside as I walked out the door.

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Old 11-12-2018, 08:19 AM
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30% is the "going rate" for purveyors. Personally, I've never understood, nor figured out how to deal with this.... the knifemaker always comes out on the loosing end. That being said, I set my own rules when it comes to purveyors..... my rules are they get a 10% discount for a single knife, and 20% for 2 or more. All other costs, such as shipping, photos, etc. is on them. If they don't want to play by my rules, we don't do business.

There are a couple of purveyors out there who should be avoided at all costs..... they are predators... seeking to lock new or young makers into "exclusive" situations, which is just another way of saying getting robbed.

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Old 11-13-2018, 10:11 PM
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The crafts circle can be pretty tough. We don't mind working for less than $1 an hour, we don't need food, nor other expenses associated with daily life. As you say, there are predators waiting to take advantage given the opportunity. Sad...

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