Our master plan for world domination of the craft and hobby
markets is to import very unique, high quality products, stock inventory to the rafters,
spend too much on Google Adwords and have dealers, stores and manufactures purchase
in larger amounts directly from us, and to have smaller “retail” customers to
go our customers stores to purchase at retail.
We get asked quite often why we hold to a $50 minimum order
and why we are “wholesale” only. The answer is that we are really trying hard
to not compete with our customers. We do
not want to sell to your customers, we want your customers to buy from you and
for you to purchase from us! It’s all about scale and “matching” the volume of inventory
we manage with a “reasonable order” size. Bottom line: $5.00 orders are just a lot harder
to manage than larger orders, and we are not set up to deal with a large mass
of retail (smaller) orders.
So, the $50 minimum is really only there to “scare” away
retail customers and “hopefully” get them to click over to your site. (To this
point, I really need to build out the dealer listing on the Meyer-Import.com
website and pledge to do that in the next month!) Please let me know if you DO
NOT want to be listed on our site.
So, all of our pricing
really is “wholesale” pricing, or a
price which covers the cost of the goods, importation, etc, and still allows
for a hefty mark up for retail.
Here are some of the common questions we get:
1) 11) Do you really require a copy of my sales permit before
I can order:
If you are in California. Due to the tax laws we need to show that we are not
charging California tax because you are a reseller.
OK, 2) OK, but for California orders, do you really
demand a sales permit every time?
we should, but probably do not. And we need to fix that because if we do not have a copy of your Cal
State permit, we are on the hook for the sales tax.
3) What about, non-California sales, do you demand
a Sales Permit
not really. We ask for your number, but do not get upset if you do not provide
it. Again, it’s all about the California sales tax issue.
4) Does the $50 Minimum really scare away all your
We get a lot of request from customers who do not need $50.00 worth of product
and want to place a smaller order. Sometimes, if they have an slightly interesting
story, we help them out, otherwise we refer them to one of our dealers.
Now, just to be fair, we do run both a retail and wholesale
business. The Railroad Express (www.railpress.com)
is our retail site for model railroaders and we sell a fair amount on ebay. But
both of those of businesses are built on the same wholesale pricing model, with
mark up to keep the “playing field” very level for our loyal customers.