We have customers asking about guitar amps all the time and many times , I wished we did carry them still but when one can get a fender blues jr at musiciansfriend.com easily and very reasonable pricing , I rather tell my customers to go online and purchase them with warranty. We cannot compete with local store as they better pricing but online like musician friends , I find that all their things are at good prices . I’m pretty sure that their shipping is also quite reasonable , now if only we lived in the States.
If you have been in our store recently , you will know that the boss aka my spouse had been going crazy about getting these PoP Funko. Customers had asked why we are getting so many to re-sell and that’s because if we don’t get them when they are in stock or new arrivals , we most likely won’t be able to get them from our supplier, they actually get sold out very quickly. So if we wanted to give our customers a variety to choose from , we would have to just order it as soon as we see them arrive.
We don’t make much money outta the PoP figurines but it is something the customers had wanted and asked for many times and we aimed to please as you all know. Fortunately, these cute little thingie had been selling like hotcakes and we really , really carry the most PoP Funkos in town. We have so many and every possible ones we can get our hands on.
Some customers had already collected more than 100 of them , so definitely an investment. But I can’t complain if they want to buy and have them lined up in their bedroom or their kid’s bedroom.
I’m sure you all know the dilemma we have at the store right? we have too many inventory , overload and the store had been even more busy this year as far as I am concern. I think it is an understatement to say that we are so ready to move but on the other hand, I don’t want to change a good thing when it isn’t broken. It is not broken , but the boss definitely need more space to do the work he needs to do and also to display all the inventories that we already have upstairs , at the back of the store and in the basement of the store.
The traditional metronome looks like the above and no we do not carry this in our store even though we do carry some musical accessories. So when a customer came in asking for a seiko stopwatch I didn’t know what it was. And it was good to find out more about it because my daughter takes piano lessons too and she might need a portable metronome in the future for her music classes. A pretty neat device as it has the Metronome/Tuner/Stopwatch functions and it can work simultaneously without any trouble whatsoever. So we may try to carry this for those customers who may need it , especially since we are considering moving to a bigger spot meaning more space to carry more musical accessories. One can always hope and anticipate for better and bigger store.
We all know that the raccoons are never in town with loads of traffic and people, sure we see them dead on the highway when they are trying to cross the road but never in my 15 years here did I ever see one in town. Much less one that doesn’t wanna move after many hours.
So perch on one of the buildings next to our store, he had been there for at least 5 hours now. What could the raccoon in town means ? I wonder – good sign or bad omen? Well, I found nothing online , but the raccoon seems mild and wasn’t out to terrorize anyone , so that’s good.
So I read yesterday about the Nova Star Cruises Groupon offer and after much reading on CBC news as well as Facebook, I have mixed feelings about the promotion. To me , the marketing department of Nova Star Cruises or the person who went on Groupon to do this promo, didn’t word this promo too well. If you read carefully, on the itinerary on the promotion, this is what it said and I quote :
On arrival in port, at 8 a.m., all passengers will be required to briefly disembark and go through Canadian customs, before immediately returning to the ship for a 9:30 a.m. departure and the 10-hour return voyage back to Portland.
I think this really doesn’t sit well on the people on our end, if you asked me. Many concerned asked what can you do in 90 mins and what is the targeted visitors here? And I’m fully aware of their concerns and where they are coming from. I’m 50 yrs old and I know I won’t be spending $600 for a family of 3 to sit on the boat for this long , just for a 90 mins stopover. That’s way too short for me and my family (but I’m talking about my family only).
So lets just say they are targetting the older retired couples or single folks – would they really want to spend 20 hours to and fro from Maine to Yarmouth and spend another 90 minutes in Yarmouth and then go right back home? I can’t speak for them , so I will ask some older – retired folks before I can tell you the answer.
Now what the town people are concerned about is , what would the 90 minutes in town benefit them and why do businesses want to be opened any earlier , except for those right by the ferry terminal. There are just too many cons in this marketing strategy but of course that’s only my opinion and what do I know right? being a small business owner for only 16 yrs.
We have never done tourists business but I feel really bad for those who are waiting for the boat to come back and for them to bring in the tourists. I feel for them .
This is what i feel like doing to the parents of the kid who came into my store and poked the hell outta my new pokemon cards/boxes and not doing a thing about it. Some parents need to be disciplined for not disciplining their kids.
Usually, I would say something but since both parents were in the store right next to her, I didn’t want to say a thing but I should have and should have given the parents a piece of my mind. The little girl had asked if we had a washroom in the store and I said no. Had it been a good girl, it would have been different but since the kid was so ignorant and obnoxious like her parents. I ain’t got no time washing someone else’s poop after they use the toilet. No freaking way !
As a small business owner, we have to pretty much run the business on our own unless you find someone trustworthy. And in our 16 yrs in business, we have so far found a very good part-time but he already have a regular job but took pity on our situation, so comes every time he gets a chance.
There are many a times, whereby I get really upset because we never could go anywhere for a good long, relaxing holiday. Even when we did have help before, we couldn’t really go for a holiday with a good conscience. The boss doesn’t like to close the store for more than a day at a time and even if we did , he wouldn’t be too happy to spend time with us.
Is it devotion or commitment or stupidity? one was told that one needed time for relaxation and time to rejuvenate but nope not him. He doesn’t like to travel nor leave the store and if he could be at the store 24/7 , I think he might just do that.
It is definitely not easy to be a small business owner and more so with one who doesn’t seems to know how to relax. Every other businesses that we know, knows how to close the store for a week or two but nope not him. Even when I just had a baby, he still needed to open the store. So if you are thinking that it is awesome to work for yourself, think again. Or if you think that it is great to be the boss’s wife – it isn’t ! it suxs ! big time !
Most people would take anyone’s money but not us. Some customers are just not worth making any business with them. It makes no sense when they’ve bought so many things from us and have had such a long relationship with us and yet can come back with the notebook and say things like it would electrocute them. Really? mannn!! I wanna smack that person, but I had a lot of customers at the store when the event takes place. Of course, if you meddle with the wires, and tear off the tape that we used to keep you and anyone safe, you can get electrocuted if you are not careful and there was no need to be rude especially, if we had been so kind to him all the time.
You may be the customer, but no one should treat another human being this way. So no we are not doing his business no more. Thank you very much ! let someone else deal with his shit just not us.