You don't have to be a member of the IAP to give great service and get a "CHEER" from someone who thinks they've done right by them. I've also seen "JEERS" for some of those same companies and even some that are members of the IAP. And yes, other vendors do offer discounts on their products i.e. the Woodworkers Club discount through PSI (10% off even "on sale" items), and if you're order is large enough and ask you can also get a discount. I've done it many times with Woodcraft products, just ask, worst they can say is no.Thanks for asking John!!
I have often wondered if the membership sees any value in our participation in the bash. This year we are donating two packages to the donation drawing, each valued at over $200. (Total >$400). In addition, we are giving 5-$50 gift certificates as prizes for the contests, another $250.
So, we are giving away over $650. Over the years we have donated over $10,000 along with hundreds of hours of my time as the "prize distribution guy" for several years.
Does the membership see any value to this? Or is everyone far more interested in personal discounts?
We will continue to have weekly specials. Unlike other companies, we resell every major manufacturer--they are NOT generous in their discounts to us, since we actually are competing with our "suppliers". So, no we cannot do "sitewide" discounts. What most customers don't realize is that the first 4-5% of any purchase goes to the credit card or paypal.
Because we combine most products for quantity discounts, larger orders are frequently netting us under 10%.
Looks easy, but giving great pricing takes a toll on running a business--we hope to earn your business with our participation and expertise.
Very interested in feedback on this, I often wonder when other companies who are NEVER on IAP receive "Cheers".