MEMBER ITEMS FOR SALE
Custom Knives | Other Knives | General Items
-------------------------------------------
New Posts | New PhotosAll Photos



Go Back   The Knife Network Forums : Knife Making Discussions > Custom Knife Discussion Boards > The Business of Knife Making

The Business of Knife Making A forum dedicated to all aspects of running, managing and legal operational issues relating to the custom knife making and custom knife selling industry.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-18-2010, 11:33 PM
DaveRuhlig's Avatar
DaveRuhlig DaveRuhlig is offline
Master
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 840
Anyone consign with dealers??

I'm considering consigning a few knives. I'm looking at some local gun/knife stores and some more national knife dealers. Any suggestions? Experiences? Thanks!
-Dave


__________________
www.ruhligknives.com

"The choice isn't between success and failure; it's between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity." - Keith Ferrazi
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-20-2010, 07:04 AM
Crex's Avatar
Crex Crex is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Acworth, GA and/or Hanging Dog, NC
Posts: 3,395
Get to know the owner very well first. Do some background research as best you can. Make sure you can trust them. Small stores go out of business, easily and quickly. Merchandise has a habit of disappearing without a trace. Don't ever put more in consignment shops than you can afford to lose or give away. Negotiate your prices and store percentages up front and don't forget the issue of collecting and reporting sales tax (if so needed). Don't know about FL but GA is very diligent in tracking down their ounce of flesh. Keep really good records - 2 sets in 2 places to CYA.

Not trying to scare you but these are hard lessons to learn on your own. I have been burned twice and one was by a person I once considered a friend. Both were expensive lessons, but the physcological blow the worst part. Just be careful.

All that being said, I have two very good consignment set ups here local that are very easy to keep up with. I really like the way they have worked out.
Good luck. Just give everything the old "stink" test, if it smells bad don't eat it!

If you go that route, Hope it works well for you. If you're coming to the Blade in June, come by my table I-27 and we can compare notes and trade war stories.


__________________
Carl Rechsteiner, Bladesmith
Georgia Custom Knifemakers Guild, Charter Member
Knifemakers Guild, voting member
Registered Master Artist - GA Council for the Arts
C Rex Custom Knives

Blade Show Table 5-J

Last edited by Crex; 01-20-2010 at 07:08 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-20-2010, 11:51 AM
Drac's Avatar
Drac Drac is offline
Living Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Richardson TX
Posts: 1,830
I worked with A.T Barr for a couple years before I dropped off the map as a seller. Was a beneficial arrangement for me. I didn't have to worry about credit cards, pay pal, bounced checks etc. My knives went to all the shows and I had a "page" to sell myself as well as my knives.

Trade off, lose of income, a chance to get lost in the crowd on his table and a lose of face time with my customers. All the customer could get through A.T. was what I had made. No chance to talk and get to know them and them to get to know me. They don't see my past works in a portfolio so all they know of my style is what I have at that moment. Hard to pick up commissions that way.

Overall I would like to go back to that once the shop starts knocking out more but eventually I think I do want my own site.

Jim


__________________
I cook with a flair for the dramatic,
and depraved indifference to calories
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-20-2010, 09:45 PM
brittgudowski brittgudowski is offline
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: la mirada,ca
Posts: 76
Hi Dave,
i do with Les Robertson and he is AWESOME.....Once your on Les's site, the world will know of you=).
Also check out Mile Welze at mileswelze.com he too is great.
britt
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-12-2016, 03:00 AM
Chazbot Chazbot is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 16
Personally, I will never consider putting anything up on consignment ever again ever. It just disappears.

If you want to sell something to a dealer, sell it to them and let them mark it up for resale. Then if they lose it, go out of business, or give someone a discount, you aren't out anything.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-31-2016, 10:25 AM
Ed Caffrey's Avatar
Ed Caffrey Ed Caffrey is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Great Falls, Montana, USA
Posts: 4,223
Send a message via AIM to Ed Caffrey Send a message via Yahoo to Ed Caffrey
I will only consign with a very select few dealers, who have proven their honesty and longevity. There are dealers out there whom I consider to be "predators"..... laying in wait.... be careful. If you don't see the "big name" makers consigning/working with a given dealer, there's probably a good reason.

For the most part I tend to sell to dealers rather then consign. This is another area to be wary....most dealers try to demand 30%+, which I think is insane. My personal limit for discounting to a dealer is 20%, and that is ONLY if they purchase multiple pieces/knives at the same time.

Experience has taught me that consigning knives to small time/local stores is a major pain in the butt. Don't expect them to keep your best interests at heart..... You've got to keep an eye of the inventory you've consigned, and do so on a very frequent basis.
Early in my career, I consigned to a local store that up and closed on me, without any notice, and left with over $1K worth of my knives...... never was able to track them down.


__________________




Caffreyknives@gmail.com
"Nobody cares what you know.....until they know you care."
See me at table 2Q at the Blade Show!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-28-2017, 03:01 PM
Larry Peterson Larry Peterson is offline
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: I was born and raised in Spanish Fork, Utah. I now live between Manti and Ephraim, Utah. We built a home here about 10 year ago.
Posts: 73
Friends,

I have used consignment with mixed results. The worst I have experienced was with "Cutlers Cove" .comm. I consigned two hunting knives a year or two ago and they have posted a picture with a sold sign on their website. I have written two letters asking for payment and they have totally ignored me. I have not been successful calling them and it appears that they purposely "ripped me off." My consignments with "Advantage Pawn" have totally satisfactory. My guess is that I have sold over 20 knives over a 3 year period with these folks. I have also consigned knives with "Mountain Man traders" with total success.

There is a risk but I think that people are honest in most cases and just want to do fair and good business.

I wish you well, LP
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bee, blade, cutlers, forge, hunting, hunting knives, knife, knives, makers, man, mountain, sell, small


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discount to dealers? Dan Graves Knife Business 101 5 07-21-2007 07:34 AM
Dealers in the northeast odyssey Knife Collecting 3 08-12-2003 12:16 AM
Question about Purveyors and Dealers Shotgunone Knife Making Discussions 4 04-14-2003 07:48 PM
Selling to dealers? jdlange Knife Making Discussions 12 10-24-2002 11:55 AM
Are there markets/dealers that want to buy... MIKE KOLLER Knife Collecting 5 06-13-2001 11:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:40 PM.




KNIFENETWORK.COM
Copyright © 2000
CKK Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Powered by ...

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
The Knife Network : All Rights Reserved