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Flash in the pan! After 15 years, we’re still laughing at that one 😊

Laugh at the haters

I sold my very first ad before my website was even live, I sold that ad while standing in my kitchen wearing shorts, slippers, and a t-shirt. My kitchen served as an impromptu office, my cheap laptop perched on a small table against one wall. That was the sale that started it all, I later used that meager $400 to buy much needed groceries. It was exciting and a bit intimidating all at the same time, but even then, I knew it was going to work. I then proceeded to spend countless months burning the midnight oil, building a wholesale directory that would become GetThatWholesale.com.

That was over 15 years ago, WOW!

Here are few things I learned along the way…

Laugh at the haters because let’s face it, they are hilarious. I remember one of the first times I heard some negative noise coming from the competitive peanut gallery. This was somebody I used to work with, same industry, etc. They called GetThatWholesale a “flash in the pan”, I’ll be honest, at the time it bothered me but now looking back I realize they had no idea how determined I was to succeed, they were totally clueless. Over the past 15 years I cannot tell you how many times we have laughed at this comment, so thank you very much! (you know who you are A 😉)

It’s just business, it’s not personal. After 15 years of doing business, we developed some very strong relationships, some clients become very good friends, you learn about their professional teams and their families, Christmas cards are exchanged, all is great and then one day they just leave. It can be hard not to take this departure personally but clients come and go, even when the service is great you can expect some clients to leave. We handle this situation the same way each and every time, wishing them all the best and hoping to reconnect in the future. How you end a relationship can be just as important as how you start one, we have had clients return years later and tell us how they really appreciated the way we handled things.

Some people are just unhappy all the time. Unfortunately, no matter how nice you are to some people, some people are just jerks. These folks really test your professionalism and sometimes even your contracts. We learned early on the best way to deal with these folks is to fire them, yup cancel them out of your life. Clients like this are not worth the money, it won’t matter how many times you bend over backward for them they will just keep complaining. They will demand concessions, argue promises made, and generally all-around suck. This type of client will ignore emails and calls for weeks and then act like you never reached out. Save yourself the headache and tell them goodbye.

Never bad mouth your competition even when they bad mouth you. This rule can be tough to follow sometimes, especially if you have a competitor that constantly slings mud in your direction. We have experienced this ourselves, competitors that hate our success and the fact we are taking even a single dollar away from them. Well, for any of those mud slingers reading this…it’s more like MILLIONS (shhh… don’t tell anyone). I remember walking through an airport once and running into a competitor, we had a brief conversation and they pretended like they didn’t know us. I thought that was odd since they talk about us all the time. Maybe it was the face-to-face thing that got them confused? People do seem to say less in person, I’m 6’2, 275 lbs., proud father and husband, the proud owner of several businesses, state president of a motorcycle club, covered in tattoos, earned two black belts, and walk with confidence. Just remember to keep the focus on your business and all the reasons why a client should choose your business over another, leave the mud outside where it belongs.

Remember it will hopefully all be worth it. If I knew then what I know now, I sure would have had fewer sleepless nights starting out. But honestly, I believe those sleepless nights were part of the success, it gave me goals and provided me with motivation to keep working harder. All that effort eventually instilled a tremendous pride in my product, that pride shines through in the thousands of satisfied clients we have worked with over the years.

So here we are, present day, I’m semi-retired now and find myself laughing a lot, I don’t take myself too seriously, I spend lots of time with my family and our 3 dogs, I ride my Harley often and I enjoy all the little things in life. I wouldn’t change a thing, it was all worth it.

Thanks for the last 15!!!

It’s a beautiful day, time for a cigar!

Vice President of Sales, GetThatWholesale.com – Robert Light

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We’ll Take A Few Questions

Every month we receive lots of questions from wholesale buyers and suppliers just like you. It’s about time we offered up our own FAQ.

This should be helpful to many of our first time visitors.

Can you send me your wholesale catalog?
If you have visited our homepage then you have already found it 🙂 Our online wholesale directory of qualified suppliers is our catalog, this directory exists online only. The good news is buyers like you can browse for FREE.

How do I get a hold of your magazine?
You don’t, we do not offer a print publication of any kind. All of our platforms exist online. digital promotion is everywhere and provides buyers with instant access, kind of a no-brainer.

Who is the best supplier for “This widget?”
Our model is designed to promote wholesale suppliers within various product industries. We will always direct you to the best match category for the industry you seek to source from. We do not provide specific company recommendations over the phone. Our directory was designed solely for this purpose.

Are the companies within your directory legitimate wholesalers?
All of the companies within our directory must pass our qualification process. This process includes a phone call with one of our quality control team members. We visit the supplier’s website and place ourselves into the shoes of the buyer. There are many factors that we look for when determining qualification, all of these must be met prior to publishing a company within our directory.

Can I assume any company within your directory is safe to buy from?
You should never assume anything especially when it comes to your business. Although we work hard to ensure you connect with only the best of suppliers we strongly suggest you do your own research into any new business relationship. Take your time and ask questions, request references and consider placing a test order. Only after you have done all your research should you proceed.

Do I need to pay to access the “good suppliers?”
No. You do not need to pay anything, that’s the reason we started GetThatWholesale.com. We do not believe that information should cost you a single cent. You have full access to every supplier within our directory at any time. We do not recommend you purchase so called “supplier lists” or pay for access of any kind, there is no need to do this.

I found a supplier through your site and I have a question about one of their products?
Product questions should be sent directly to the wholesale supplier, please check their website or listing for contact information.

I have a retail business, can I get my company listed?
No, we only list wholesale suppliers. Companies offering both retail and wholesale are considered on a case by case basis, wholesale must be the majority of your business.

Do I need to pay to have my company listed in your wholesale directory?
Yes, there is a cost to inclusion. We have spent over 15 years building and promoting our wholesale directory to the wholesale marketplace. We have employees throughout the country and some professionals working for us internationally, their efforts allow us to be successful, we pass that success on to our advertisers. We are very proud of the increased response we offer, the inclusion fee is a very small price to pay for new and repeat buyer response. Compared to other forms of advertising our rates are extremely reasonable, we hope you agree. Ready to get listed? – CLICK HERE to get started (takes just a few minutes)

I’m a wholesale supplier, how about a free trial?
Sorry, we can’t offer you a free listing, but the good news is that we can offer you a basic listing that costs only $49 for an entire year of promotion. That’s like $4 bucks a month, any lower and we would be paying you 🙂

Ok, I’m interested but I want to speak with someone before proceeding, how can I reach you?
So unlike SO MANY other companies today we actually answer our phones and reply to emails (shocking!!! but true). Call us at 800-505-0452, office hours are M-F 9-5 est. You can also email us at sales@getthatwholesale.com.

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Shame on you Coca-Cola, shame, shame…..shame

Coca-Cola is telling ALL Whites “to be less white”, the company is providing company training that teaches all Whites are “inherently bad because of their skin color”…..🤔 gee…that sounds a bit racist.
Hey Coke, next time try “to be less stupid”.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/23/coca-cola-diversity-training-urged-workers-to-be-less-white/

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Twitter Sucks, it has always sucked.

So imagine you are walking down the street and some random person shouts “I had pancakes for breakfast”…..yup, that’s Twitter.  Lot’s of random folks with oh so very clever one liners shouting daily – listen to me! listen to me! sounds like heaven right?  What’s worse is now Twitter has decided to become a political activist, silencing anyone who disagrees with their “we are the chosen ones” attitude.  So if you have an opinion that doesn’t align with Twitters you can expect to be silenced, well, if you have any sort of following that is…if you’re just some nobody, then they don’t care either way really.  Great group of folks, gives us the warm fuzzy’s all over 🙂

What happened to Free Speech?  The truth is Twitter sucks and has always sucked.

 

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Flea Markets in a holding pattern

Is there any industry still untouched by COVID? Maybe, but unfortunately, the Flea Market industry isn’t one of them, just like most businesses, markets have been hit hard by this epidemic.  Even those markets sprawled out in fields, you know, those hidden gems that locals love to populate on lazy Sunday afternoons – yup those too.

A successful market is a crowded market and that’s a big problem in 2020.  With this in mind, many states have enacted executive orders preventing markets from even operating.  If you are lucky enough to reside in a state allowing markets to operate, they do so only when certain conditions are met.  These can include limits on market capacity, required face masks, social distancing, and limits on vendor booths.   Although the restrictions are necessary and important, these restrictions have taken a toll on the whole Flea Market experience.  People attend markets to socialize, browse, shop, enjoy carnival like treats and most importantly RELAX.  The experience has become stressful and fearful, as a result, market attendance is at an all time low.

 

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Trends Wholesale

Play NICE with your competition 😊

The proverb you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar means it’s much easier to get what you want by being polite rather than by being rude.  Quite a simple concept but one sometimes lost between businesses competing for the same market.  We’ve all been there, that moment when a salesperson starts slinging mud at the “other guy”, these conversations can be awkward and even uncomfortable.  This type of behavior says A LOT more about the one talking than it does about the one being talked about.

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CHAMPS VIRTUAL SHOW – July 7th, 8th and 9th, 2020

CHAMPS TRADE SHOWS invites you to participate in the first TRUE virtual trade show for the counter-culture industry!

What is a CHAMPS Virtual Trade Show? It’s a complete virtual landscape where they will digitally create the full CHAMPS Trade Shows experience. This isn’t a simple Zoom Room or a website, this is the largest B2B networking trade show ever fully built out within a virtual landscape. Completely unlike any other that you’ve seen before. Don’t worry, CHAMPS will be there to help you every step of the way on using their new platform.

CHAMPS is excited to be able to offer you this incredible digital experience this July 7th, 8th, and 9th from 10AM to 5PM PST DAILY. Please register today and experience the show of tomorrow.

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Supply Chain Rebooting?

Microsoft and Apple have both announced updates to their revenue guidance Q3, FY2020.  A slow supply chain has been one of several reasons provided for these altered forecasts. Goldman Sachs has predicted that “US companies will generate no earnings growth in 2020. We have updated our earnings model to incorporate the likelihood that the virus becomes widespread.”  This is just some of the fallout COVID-19 otherwise known as coronavirus is having on the global economy.  The report further states, “If COVID-19 spreads rapidly, supply chain delays could persist, US consumer demand could plummet, and firms could lay off workers in an effort to maintain margins,”

 

When a significant supply chain is all but stopped, starting again can be slow going. Industry giant Coca-Cola has become concerned that supply chain shortages could impact its beverages, those which have ingredients sourced directly from China.

The CDC has warned that COVID-19 will continue to spread, consumers in areas of infection can’t shop for products, shops find themselves without customers and close, factories then lay off workers and the cycle repeats.  If the outbreak is limited to mostly China activity could return to normal by 2nd QTR.  Unfortunately, the spread seems inevitable and is no longer if but when.

So, what can businesses do? planning for possible disruptions is going to be their best course of action, suppliers should ensure they have alternative supply sources ready.  They should also take advantage of supplies that are available now, they may not be later.

Start Finding NEW suppliers at GetThatWholesale.com

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Working with NEW Sources – Tips!

Look for a GREAT first impression

You’re probably going to be cold calling a wide variety of potential suppliers. Those first impressions provide a basic sense of what they might be like to work with.  Watch out, for those that are slow to provide responses, images, product details, or shipping rates. It may mean they don’t value those core customer service basics, they’re understaffed, or they’re disorganized.

Avoid businesses that don’t publish a phone number, email is ok but for some things, a call is absolutely really necessary, if you cannot call them now – you won’t be able to later if there is a problem.

get connected

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Not too HOT or COLD but JUST RIGHT!! 2019

According to Wikipedia, “A Goldilocks economy is an economy that is not too hot or cold, in other words, sustains moderate economic growth, and that has low inflation, which allows a market-friendly monetary policy. The name comes from the children’s story The Three Bears.”