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jamanda
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 07 11:10 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

ruby wrote:
sean wrote:
Rob R wrote:
Hmmm.... interesting concept


Are you going to take a half sheep in to the local school? Cool.


Pleeeease stop giving him ideas.


Why? That's a good idea isn't it?

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 07 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's a good one though. IMHO.

Cathryn



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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 07 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

He knows where to put it.

kaz



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 07 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
kaz wrote:
We are actually going to move house to try to find a busier place


Where to Kaz?


We don't know yet

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 07 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
You read my mind


It's not like it's War and Peace tho, is it?

Andy B



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 07 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well in the specialist book trade things are not too bad we should, barring disaster finish between 5-7% up on last year and last year was very good.

btp



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Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 07 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

just checked my books and we are up on last year but we have 4 more outlets so its a good job we are

got quite a lot of orders starting from 1st dec

looking to the 22nd when im having 2 weeks off the first time now i work for myself in 9 years at christmas/newyear

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So is it getting any better for everyone? We seem to have really jumped up a gear in the last few days. I'm tired already, so goodness only knows what I'll be like come the 21st

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll find out tomorrow...
Taking more than double the usual amount of stock to the FM, in hope...
Then the tasting. Shop only carries 4 out of my range of 10 wines, so how to plug the ones he doesn't stock, discreetly ?

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Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
I'll find out tomorrow...
Taking more than double the usual amount of stock to the FM, in hope...
Then the tasting. Shop only carries 4 out of my range of 10 wines, so how to plug the ones he doesn't stock, discreetly ?


Can you make taster packs? Tiny bottles, with a mouthful only? Almost give them away, or, a 50ml bottle taped as a freebie on the side of one of the ones he does sell?

Buy Bramble, taste Whitebeam for free! ?

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm hoping that if people taste the other ones, they will ask him to start stocking them, so there will be a bigger order next time. Or indeed tomorrow. And he pays on delivery.

On the other hand, if I sell direct to the customer, I make more of a margin...

Small taster bottles are very expensive. And corking would be a problem. I don't have a screwtop machine.

I had thought of doing half bottles as taster pairs, but they are also very expensive (and not available in the colour/.shape combination of the full size)

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Open bottles, just for tasting?

Must be a way.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes,. I'll have more or less the complete range of bottles open for tasting at the FM, so will just go over with the whole lot to the tasting at the wine merchant.

I'm wondering what I do when someone says they want to buy a wine he doesn't stock. 'See me in the car park after' ?

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 07 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do a deal with him there, hard and fast.

'This lady wants to buy a couple of bottles of my nettle stout. It's not your usual stock, so how about we process it anyway, I'll let you have the stock, and give you a finders fee of, say, 2 a bottle (or whatever figure makes sense)?'

He can say no, take zero money, look a wally in front of the customer, and you get carte blanche to deal with her outside his supply chain, or he can say, yep, you've done all the work, where's my two quid?

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