[nSLUG] Local suppliers comment

Michael Gillie mikegpc at hemmysoft.com
Sat Oct 30 01:40:12 ADT 2010

Very well said, Jim.

Halifax has a fair number of local businesses. Some way better then others.
I never rely on just one, but use all of them when necessary. One of them
usually has what I need when I need it.


On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM, Jim Haliburton <jim at on-site.ns.ca> wrote:

> I have read the various comments about a local vendor.  If people are in a
> hurry,
> regardless of the retail outlet, there is good supply of just about
> everything common  at
> the 3 local distributor warehouses.
> Power supplies, memory, motherboards, keyboards, DVD burners, cases, hard
> drives, OS,
> apps, etc. are all stocked locally.  Maybe not the brand you wished for,
> but if you are
> down and need it running, probably a close approximation is available now.
> Any reseller can go to these locations and get items today.  Sometimes the
> cost is
> marginally higher than an order coming from central Canada, usually not.
> Example.  500 GB Seagate hardrives are within 1 or 2 dollars of the
> wholesale price in
> Toronto.  And when the cost is less than $50.00 that is a nothing amount.
>  It does not
> pay to keep the customer waiting for such a small difference.  Sometimes
> stores are hung
> up on cost and delay the sale to save a few %.  They often will lose the
> sale as a
> result.
> I have observed that some of the local computer retailers are computer
> people first and
> business people 2nd.  They are often enamoured with the technology and as a
> result often
> overlook the business side of the operation.  Not always.  Sometimes owners
> think that
> because an employee knows a fair bit about computers, they also know about
> business.  Not
> always the case.  Many times employees don't appreciate the actual cost of
> keeping the
> store open and think wow if I make $6.00 on a $100 sale I have done well.
>  NOT!  Fine if
> you are a grocery store and turn the inventory twice a week.  Not so fine
> in the 6 turn a
> year, gets out of date fast, computer industry.
> So need stuff?  Is it a common item?  If not in stock, should be available
> with 2-3 days
> at worst, and that delay is because the retailer may not have had someone
> free to go to
> the warehouse across town.
> Otherwise, choose another vendor!
> My rant ends.
> Jim H
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