I’ve been in a ‘Manufacturers Rep mode’ this week as in yesterday’s blog post. If you’re selling products online as your home-based business and you deal with Manufacturers Reps, you may hear them say ‘no’ to you sometimes.
This happened to me last week after I was drooling over a few of the Krups products at the Seattle Gift Center. I told the rep about my business and she said she would get back to me about the Krups line of products. A few days went by and I got this email: Unfortunately, the Krups line is not accepting new online retailers at this time. If the situation changes I will let you know.
Now I’m reasonably sure I could go on the web and find ‘online retailers’ that sell Krups products and don’t have physical storefronts. What I suspect the ‘no’ was really telling me is that they are looking for a level of commitment that I just couldn’t give for that product line at this stage. As I alluded to in the blog posted entitled Small Test Order, orders for such products (particularly when they are new and untested) should be smaller so that you can protect the interests of your home business and minimize your risks.
I think the rep was really speaking on behalf of something she knew or understood about Krups because there was another product line under her care which I was perfectly free to pursue. So bottom line, if they say ‘no’ to you don’t take it personally and just move on to the next one.