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(Some Guy)   Protip: If you make $200,000 worth of silicon masks for a 'Walking Dead' arena tour, you might want to get that part about them actually paying you in writing   (hauntersdigest.com) divider line 24
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2014-04-25 02:18:45 PM  
CSB:  I had a similar thing happen to me.  I was the sales manager for a large backpack manufacturer.  One of our biggest retail clients asked me to get them out of a bind--a vendor they had slotted for their Spring launch wasn't going to make the ship date and they asked if I had a product to replace it.  This was a huge opportunity, as we had a number of new prototypes we were trying to sell, but gave us a REALLY tight window to make delivery.  I made an executive decision and had the fabric ordered & cut for the prototype the buyer liked the best, even though I didn't have a signed purchase order.

A week goes by and the buyer's not answering her phone, not returning messages, not replying to emails.  No purchase order.  Two weeks, still nothing.  Owner of the company is breathing down my neck and I'm sweating bullets.  We can't use this fabric for anything else--it's already cut for an item we don't technically make.  At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.  I honestly don't even remember how much money it was but the owner wouldn't speak to me for weeks.

/Buyer finally got back to me a the beginning of week 3 to tell me that the original vendor would be able to make the ship date, anyway.
//When I saw the stuff in their stores, there was a bit of schadenfreude that the vendor's stuff was ugly and probably wouldn't sell.  By the end of the season, they were all on the clearance rack.
///Still, never do ANYTHING without a signed purchase order.
 
2014-04-25 02:38:49 PM  
In my business, you get your merchandise right after your check clears.  It avoids a lot of misunderstandings.
 
2014-04-25 03:27:57 PM  

brigid_fitch: At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.


Would it have been cheaper to have gone forward with making the 8k backpacks, and just selling them at break even or a small loss to another retailer/etailer?
 
2014-04-25 03:31:38 PM  
Statute of Frauds up in this biznatch, all the lawyers know what I'm sayin'.
 
2014-04-25 03:48:03 PM  

brigid_fitch: ///Still, never do ANYTHING without a signed purchase order.


amen


Angela Lansbury's Merkin: brigid_fitch: At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.

Would it have been cheaper to have gone forward with making the 8k backpacks, and just selling them at break even or a small loss to another retailer/etailer?


I'm going to guess, just for the fun of it. The design and exact cut were patented and couldn't be used without their logo on it.
 
2014-04-25 03:58:27 PM  
Whoever coined the phrase "Buyer Beware" was probably bleeding from the a*shole.  --George Carlin.
 
2014-04-25 03:59:31 PM  

brigid_fitch: CSB:  I had a similar thing happen to me.  I was the sales manager for a large backpack manufacturer.  One of our biggest retail clients asked me to get them out of a bind--a vendor they had slotted for their Spring launch wasn't going to make the ship date and they asked if I had a product to replace it.  This was a huge opportunity, as we had a number of new prototypes we were trying to sell, but gave us a REALLY tight window to make delivery.  I made an executive decision and had the fabric ordered & cut for the prototype the buyer liked the best, even though I didn't have a signed purchase order.

A week goes by and the buyer's not answering her phone, not returning messages, not replying to emails.  No purchase order.  Two weeks, still nothing.  Owner of the company is breathing down my neck and I'm sweating bullets.  We can't use this fabric for anything else--it's already cut for an item we don't technically make.  At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.  I honestly don't even remember how much money it was but the owner wouldn't speak to me for weeks.

/Buyer finally got back to me a the beginning of week 3 to tell me that the original vendor would be able to make the ship date, anyway.
//When I saw the stuff in their stores, there was a bit of schadenfreude that the vendor's stuff was ugly and probably wouldn't sell.  By the end of the season, they were all on the clearance rack.
///Still, never do ANYTHING without a signed purchase order.



Money Rulz, baby!
 
2014-04-25 04:00:08 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: In my business, you get your merchandise right after your check clears.  It avoids a lot of misunderstandings.



you forgot to say...and The Bank is God.
 
2014-04-25 04:00:53 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: brigid_fitch: At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.

Would it have been cheaper to have gone forward with making the 8k backpacks, and just selling them at break even or a small loss to another retailer/etailer?



no don't you go thinking outside the box again!!   you'll ruffle feathers.
 
2014-04-25 04:09:07 PM  
So the masks were made of glass?
Melted sand?
Silicon.
 
2014-04-25 04:13:23 PM  
No obvious tag?  Never do anything unless you can get it in writing.
 
2014-04-25 04:20:26 PM  
I can see why somebody would duck out on paying for masks made from silicon.  The stuff is hard, brittle, and prone to chipping.  Can't be too comfortable to wear.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-25 04:25:24 PM  

valkore: I can see why somebody would duck out on paying for masks made from silicon.  The stuff is hard, brittle, and prone to chipping.  Can't be too comfortable to wear.


Which makes you wonder why it's used in fake breasts... which should most certainly not be hard, brittle and prone to chipping.
 
2014-04-25 04:35:00 PM  
I had a boss dangle a promotion over me like this. He said if I hit certain goals I would get the promotion. I ended up exceeding the goals set for me. When I asked him about it he pretty much said "Did I put it in writing?" and he said I didnt smile enough because the clients liked smiling people.
 
2014-04-25 04:43:41 PM  

brigid_fitch: CSB:  I had a similar thing happen to me.  I was the sales manager for a large backpack manufacturer.  One of our biggest retail clients asked me to get them out of a bind--a vendor they had slotted for their Spring launch wasn't going to make the ship date and they asked if I had a product to replace it.  This was a huge opportunity, as we had a number of new prototypes we were trying to sell, but gave us a REALLY tight window to make delivery.  I made an executive decision and had the fabric ordered & cut for the prototype the buyer liked the best, even though I didn't have a signed purchase order.

A week goes by and the buyer's not answering her phone, not returning messages, not replying to emails.  No purchase order.  Two weeks, still nothing.  Owner of the company is breathing down my neck and I'm sweating bullets.  We can't use this fabric for anything else--it's already cut for an item we don't technically make.  At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.  I honestly don't even remember how much money it was but the owner wouldn't speak to me for weeks.

/Buyer finally got back to me a the beginning of week 3 to tell me that the original vendor would be able to make the ship date, anyway.
//When I saw the stuff in their stores, there was a bit of schadenfreude that the vendor's stuff was ugly and probably wouldn't sell.  By the end of the season, they were all on the clearance rack.
///Still, never do ANYTHING without a signed purchase order.


Was the buyer ever able to look you in the (North) Face again?
 
2014-04-25 05:54:18 PM  
Didn't the car fabricators for the movie 'Cobra' get royally screwed in a similar fashion?

Google-fu is weak.
 
2014-04-25 06:36:37 PM  

ZMugg: Didn't the car fabricators for the movie 'Cobra' get royally screwed in a similar fashion?

Google-fu is weak.


Also the grocery store. I saw Cobra drink a beer when he was supposed to get the bad guy. I bet he never left money on the counter afterwards.
 
2014-04-25 06:51:05 PM  

brigid_fitch: CSB:  I had a similar thing happen to me.  I was the sales manager for a large backpack manufacturer.  One of our biggest retail clients asked me to get them out of a bind--a vendor they had slotted for their Spring launch wasn't going to make the ship date and they asked if I had a product to replace it.  This was a huge opportunity, as we had a number of new prototypes we were trying to sell, but gave us a REALLY tight window to make delivery.  I made an executive decision and had the fabric ordered & cut for the prototype the buyer liked the best, even though I didn't have a signed purchase order.

A week goes by and the buyer's not answering her phone, not returning messages, not replying to emails.  No purchase order.  Two weeks, still nothing.  Owner of the company is breathing down my neck and I'm sweating bullets.  We can't use this fabric for anything else--it's already cut for an item we don't technically make.  At the end of two weeks, we've officially missed any hope of hitting this delivery date, so we had to eat the cost of 8,000 backpacks.  I honestly don't even remember how much money it was but the owner wouldn't speak to me for weeks.



I did a similar thing years ago. A client ordered some branded stuff for their stores, and the orders were unpredictable and the manufacturing lead time was a couple of months but they wanted them now. So, to keep them happy since they spent a lot of money on other more predictable lines from us, I ordered literally two years worth of stock of these unpredictable lines, meaning we'd have them in stock waiting for immediate delivery.
My plan worked perfectly.

Right up to the point a few weeks later when the client had a rebranding and changed the name of their company.

And I'd just ordered two years worth of stuff with the old brand....

Thankfully I spoke to their CEO and explained why I had done it and he agreed to take the lot. I saw that stuff in their shops for the next year or so.

/CSB
 
2014-04-25 07:31:50 PM  

RexTalionis: Statute of Frauds up in this biznatch, all the lawyers know what I'm sayin'.


Doesn't the UCC control?

/dnrta
 
2014-04-25 08:03:25 PM  
Starting to sound like the guys that shovel your driveway and then ask for money.
 
2014-04-25 10:59:32 PM  
EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTEEN DOLLARS PER MASK!? The hell were they painted with, liquid gold?
 
2014-04-25 11:33:24 PM  

ZMugg: Didn't the car fabricators for the movie 'Cobra' get royally screwed in a similar fashion?

Google-fu is weak.


Try Googling "AWSOM 50" which was the vanity plate.  Some sources say it was from Stallone's personal collection.
 
2014-04-26 02:32:09 PM  
Everybody learns this the hard way.  When a client shows their true colors this way:  deliberately allowing a vendor to get hurt due to the mistake of trusting them to keep their word, that is the sign to look for a new client.  I don't like to deal with weasels and will not do bidness with someone like this again after getting burned once.
 
2014-04-26 02:34:50 PM  
If people would refuse to deal with A-holes like this, then the A-holes would not profit from failing to honor their agreements and the behavior would change.  It's hard enough to make a profit without having to deal with this crap.
 
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