Dear Mr. Apparel Industry Equipment Salesperson,
When I call you on the phone, please do not act surprised/incredulous/sarcastic that I am inquiring about the purchase of new or rebuilt industrial sewing machines and equipment. Yes, I know that most of the production has moved off shore, I am not stupid. I am not a lemming and regardless of what others have done or are doing, I make my own decisions about where and how to do things and do not need you to tell me that I can’t turn a profit doing it here. Now, I’m used to guys like you. I can take it but I really worry about people like you -who should be on our side- telling other people they don’t stand a chance. With commentary and “help” like that, all you are doing is encouraging people to give up. We don’t need help like that. Answer my questions about machines and keep your comments to yourself. Bust a gut when I hang up, I do not care! I only care about the messages you’re sending other people who don’t know you like I do.
Please do not treat me like I am stupid. Yes, I’m a girl but guess what? I bet I own more tools than you do.Yes, I know your machines are not appropriate for somebody sewing for their neighbors. Yes, I know your machines cost thousands of dollars; I and my friends can afford them. Yes, I know this is “industrial” equipment. Yes, I know it is large, can be noisy with exceptional power or air requirements. Yes, I know that if I can’t service the equipment myself (news-flash mister, some of us girls can) I will have to pay someone to do it. I actually know what three phase power is. I know I need compressed air. I know that many start ups may not know, that’s my job and I’m only asking you to help me teach them by answering a few questions.
Speaking of, Mr Apparel Industry Equipment Salesperson, whether you choose to believe it or not, I have 5,000-6,000 daily visitors who are interested in apparel manufacturing and production. These visitors are not a figment of my imagination, they exist so please stop telling me there is no business here anymore. I’m calling you because you won’t return their calls or they’re soul-tired from being treated like dog dirt. The only reason I tell you about my website in the first place is so that you understand I am not pumping you for information by pretending I am a potential customer. I am honest about my site so you can tailor your information as is appropriate to my audience. If my visitors are spending thousands of dollars every day on this stuff, why don’t you want some of it?