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January 22, 2009


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I am so sorry to hear. I have to admit as an employee at a large company (totally different business) we are slow to pay, and slower now, with this economy bringing all these checks and balances and a new "system". Most of our vendors know we are big and beaurocratic and cheap, but safe and will always pay eventually. We have systems in place but vendors (and me) often bypass those, so take heed in this economy, get the PO first unless someone insists.

Side note, I have a co-worker who actually refused to give her vendor's name to a co-worker as she said they were "hard to work with" - if I was a small business owner I'd be pissed, but what do you say to a good client who tells you that?

Jamie, I am sorry to hear about this. I have been thinking about you and wondering how you were doing at the start of this new year. It's no comfort, but you are in good company with other small businesses who are paying the price because larger companies spread themselves too thin. I hope you are able to find a way to ride out this storm. Best of luck to you.

Good luck with your new blog!

Melissa forwarded your blog to the Ladies Who Launch Bay Area group. You are blogging on a subject close to my heart. I have a blog that chronicles the journey that I am on with my small business. You might look at joining LinkReferral.com as a way to boost traffic to your site. (I'm including a url below)




I totally feel for you! The economy is tough! I think your blog and writing is fabulous though so I'm sure you'll make it through the darkest hours!

Let's have coffee sometime in Berkeley!

It's nice to hear honesty. Because in this industry, all you hear from the big guys or those reporting on the industry is that it was a "slow market, but sales were great". Whatever!! They don't want to admit to what they know, because it means their advertising or booth sales go down. Everyone is slow right now and I like to believe "not being honest" if they say otherwise. It's my story at least and I'm sticking to it!

As always, I admire your brutal honesty and willingness to report the good and the bad of running a business. I am so sorry to hear about your recent set backs but have no doubt you will come out of this experience as an even smarter and savvier business woman. Hold on Sister.. it's gonna be one bumpy ride.

JAMIE....Boy I wish we could get together for coffee.....this business used to be fun, but now I wonder - why am I doing this?? Sounds like we should talk! Whenever you need to vent (919) 833-8863. Kristen (Kootie Bug D.)

Jamie, I'm right there with you! I had been as trusting of my buyers too. I got screwed. For the first time ever I have people that have not paid for their mdse. I have contacted ALL my shops with my NEW payment requirements and if they don't like them then they can close their accounts with me. I have decided for the time being to only wholesale keychains and get a part time job... my kids really do NEED to eat. I'm sure the money my shops made off of mdse they didn't pay for fed their kids! I'm with you... Good Luck!

I always admire your honesty and ability to put into words exactly what I am thinking.

I feel like my retailers are teetering on the edge, waiting to see if they are going to have to swipe all their merchandise come Feb 10. Congress is refusing to even meet to discuss changing the issue, implying that they have limited resources and will only be going after the big guys that violate.

Sounds good in theory, but no manufacturer or store wants to be hit with jail time/ $100,000 fine, so they pull stock. And pulling they are.

In a touch economy to begin with, I cannot help but think they will begin to start dropping like flies.

I admire your honesty and willingness to talk about this problem. When I had my clothing business back in 1995, I had the same situation with stores who simply just wouldn't pay in times of hardship. I decided then, that wholesale can not be the bread and butter of any business I do. I get way too angry when companies steal from me...it is stealing. Taking merchandise and not paying for it is stealing, plain and simple. I'm sorry you have to weather this storm but I know you will, and you'll figure a way to keep Jamies's Painting & Design going. Chin up!

I'm thinking you need to write a book. Told you that before...

I am sorry about the sales, right there with you on many aspects. In honesty, who isn't?

I hope you can figure out a way to make it all work...Hope we all can.

Hey girl... thanks for the brutally honest post. I'm so sorry to hear that so many of your channels have left you hanging like that. It's such a scary time for everyone, with the little guys even more exposed and at risk than the big. I've never considered packing it up until now, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I love my site and my business... and the special people who have come into my life through it. *grin*

I have been looking for extra outside accounting work for a while now... but I'm going to keep my site "open"... dammit! We have to hang in there and believe that there were lessons to be learned from all this (crap), lessons that will make us smarter and savvier and come out the other side stronger than ever.

We need to organize a grass-roots DAY (or WEEK) OF SPENDING! Let's kick start this damn ecomomy ourselves! :)

I have been getting the news that more and more of my larger booksellers are closing shop. Sadly, I have an outstanding invoice for over $1000 from last summer with the largest one and am trying to secure payment before they close their doors in March! Yikes!! I am sending you a hug in support and I so appreciate your brutal honesty!

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