How to negotiate with vendors

Or maybe not. This is hilarious. Funny enough to attempt to embed my first video.

~sigh~ after much gnashing of teeth, I can’t get it to embed. Click the image below and it’ll open the video in a new window. Go along now. I’ll wait.


I haven’t experienced many of these tactics lately but I still get the occasional stone soup entrepreneur who wants to deal me in for a cut of the action or wants me to work for free in exchange for them telling everyone about me once they’re rich and successful. Every vendor has funny stories about contract negotiations. Maybe not funny then, only in hindsight.

Speaking of humor, in the same vein as The Onion, Worldwide Women’s Wear Digest (WWWD) is going to hell:

Disoriented Palestinian Refugee Walks Chanel By Mistake, Becomes Official Karl Lagerfeld Muse

PARIS — “I”m mostly just hungry,” said 14-year-old Palestinian Ghada Qaddumi after walking the first of what is sure to be a long list of Chanel runways. “I do not know if I will ever see my home again.” Just an hour earlier, the charming Miss Qaddumi —dubbed the official “Face of Spring Couture” by— had mistakenly boarded a Parisian tour bus bound for fashion week after disembarking from a U.N.–issued rescue plane. A quick stop for photo-ops and the bewildered it-girl found herself milling around backstage at Chanel, lured in by the wafting scent of warm croissants that had been left untouched by the models. A veteran team of stylists and makeup artists, thinking Qaddumi’s unwashed hair and clothes were part of a fierce “model-off-duty” uniform, scooped up the girl, whisked her into a paper turban, and shoved her onto the runway. “I think she gets what the Chanel girl is all about,” says couturier Karl Lagerfeld. “The sunken cheeks, the ribs, the, how you say, terrifying desperation in her eyes.” Qaddumi, while reaching, adorably, for a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese, offered one parting comment: “Are you going to finish that?”

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  1. April Femrite says:

    Hmmm….what timing. Kinda like sending goods to retailers with net 30 and 10 months later they decide they aren’t going to pay you because they had a bad winter. Well you know what – so did I and every other small biz out there. Had to physically drive to the store and pull my merchandise off of their racks. Thing is – they did sell over 1/2 my stuff but decided to use the cash elsewhere instead of paying me.

    I’m losing faith in retailers – last minute cancellations, not paying bills, etc. I’ve now instilled a pay before I ship policy on all orders but have lost out on many “potential” sales.

    Sorry for the rant – it’s been a tough few months for a lot of us.

    On another note – I would love to hear any positive, uplifting news from all of you!

  2. Sonia Levesque says:

    Ah ah ah!!
    I think EVERYONE in public service has had that kind of experience. Mine in Fashion?

    “Oh… This is so much more expensive than the big chains prices. Well… I DO WANT “made in Quebec”, I mean, it’s SO IMPORTANT to encourage local trade. This has ALWAYS been a priority for me! But I only have money for the the “made in China”… Can you do something? You understand me, right? What you do is just fabulous and I’d be so proud to wear something different…”

    Thanks for the video. Made me laugh.

  3. Barb Taylorr says:

    I recently read a news story about “how to survive in a down economy” that totally encouraged consumers to negotiate for everything at the retail level. I felt like they were encouraging us to pray on the struggling bussiness owners. I wonder if that preposterous story was what sparked this video? I wish I could remember where I read it, but I am pretty sure it was an associated press feed.
    Personally I think the key to surviving this economic climate is respect & team work; with our factories, with the retailers, sales team, suppliers… We are all in this together. If we try to get through it by taking advantage of people it will only contribute to the problem. In fact, that is the attitude that started the whole mess. We need to open a dialog to understand the reality of everyone’s situation and find a way to work together & help each other all stay in bussiness. (But of course not with poor teenage cashier or after you’ve eaten the meal thank you!)

  4. nadine says:

    LOL!!! And so timely. One of my clients asked me to redo a billable project due to their mistake on a rush basis. When I mentioned I hadn’t received payment yet for that task while checking over my receivables they told me “usually in cases like this we respectfully ask our experts to process a minor correction without compensation, since we aren’t billing the client anything, and on the theory that the bulk of work has already been done and it’s just a minor job.” Good one, right? If I made the error then that is another issue but if they made the error and we don’t have a standing agreement on number of drafts etc. Then…..

  5. Nancy W says:

    Yeah… even though I’m not in retail, I think its funny how people don’t see the connection. It looks ridiculous in these situations, but it’s no different than what they ask for in the business world.

  6. EDDIE BROWN says:

    I dress to impress so having a clothing line should be my second nature, having a clothing label helps motivate others and i like the feedback that i am getting hopefully i would meet everyone real soon enjoy your life and may all your dreams come true

  7. Sine recently launching a new motor sports inspired line, Oil Ragz- my partners and I have decided to utilize much of what the industry has ranted about, and we are exclusively selling online. Having come from the advertising industry as a commercial photographer, these issues seem to run rampant everywhere, and no one industry is exempt.

    So, we’ll see how creating a bit of an exclusivity with our line only on the web goes for us, stay tuned….

  8. Paulette says:

    First time out of the gate failure regarding such was the reason I saw this website searching for answers. Just landed first time sewing assignment for a cheerleading gym to make team color inspired travel items for competition events. Deposits were required, first orders netted half of the balance due, reinvested that partial payment for the next order ;which was 7times larger than the first. Had a sales rep getting orders and collecting deposits. Gave my rep the second order when arrangements had been made to pick up balance of first order and deposits for second order. Guess what? NO MONEY FOR EITHER!!!!!!!!WOW. Now I have a order form set up on a Paypal account for orders and deposits that include shipping and applied taxes and a offered a Paypal credit to all customers who refer new customers who actually make a purchase. Shipment is once a week after balances have been paid in full. All of my orders have the stipulation of, “All orders must be placed three weeks prior to date needed.” and “Shipments processed after order has been paid for in full.” When you think you have help; you have nothing but a head ache. Of course I don’t deal with franchises, but directly with the customer. Good Luck fellow tailors and seamstresses!

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