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Opinions Wanted DOCUMOUNTS.COM PRICES???????

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by JAYENESS/SPOKANE, May 18, 2010.

  1. Kirstie

    Kirstie PFG, Picture Framing God

    Baer's post with regard to the "starting point" presents a chilling picture of a possible industry future. It is incumbent upon all small businesses that intend to survive in this sea change of consumer buying habits and consolidation of suppliers to find a way to stand out, be different, offer more than the hobby and framing chains and Internet competition, no matter who the big players are. This is a tall order considering the might of big advertising dollars. There is only one playing field that can help level the competition, a free and open Internet, and even that is currently being challenged by the likes of Facebook.

    I have repeatedly asked for an idea thread on this subject. I have started them, but they peter out without too many solid ideas. How can we as small retailers stand up to the might of the BBs, the chains, the Internet, and hopefully not, our suppliers? This will not be an easy road for those who survive. We need new, constructive ideas, and we need to start now, before Baer's vision becomes a reality.
     
  2. Pat Murphey

    Pat Murphey SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    So LJ made a move to carve out a larger wholesale presence with an arrangement to supply a large retail establishment. That is not the issue raised by the OP. The debate about wholesaler's tactics selling to large retailers is worthy of separate debate, but I might point out that LJ has certainly had setbacks, too, caused by entities becoming large enough to bring "distribution" in house.

    Competition opens doors and closes doors, but ultimately our customers will declare that schemes that lower prices will win in the end. There isn't much we can do to stop that train. We are all searching for solutions that allow us to stay in business, and maybe, thrive.

    :kaffeetrinker_2:
     
  3. danny boy

    danny boy PFG, Picture Framing God

    Kirstie and Baer have the answer. We can not control (to a part) what Large framing distributors do. But we can control what we do.
    I want to be proactive and build my business to survive.
    So... Where do I go from here?
     
  4. danny boy

    danny boy PFG, Picture Framing God

    3,540 views. This is a topic of concern none the less.
     
  5. Paul N

    Paul N In Corner

    Straight to Documounts website to order your supplies.....

    Word on the street, they're even cheaper than LJ......:p
     
  6. Paul N

    Paul N In Corner

    I remember reading that here too.
     
  7. RParrish

    RParrish PFG, Picture Framing God

    Jay you are correct, I believe it was John Ranes that was talking to LJ about it too, They had a major announcement and then postponed it, until we forgot about it. That was about 9 months ago.
     
  8. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer


    I've chose to buy from some suppliers, and not from other suppliers. Our dollars speak much louder than words. Just look at all the words on this thread... lol!
     
  9. JAYENESS/SPOKANE

    JAYENESS/SPOKANE True Grumbler

    Sticking up for LJ now....... I received an email from Michaels in response to my question of wether they carry LJ mouldings or not and here it is. No mention of mats, backing, or hardware though.
    Dear Damon,
    The glass used in our custom framing comes from Larson-Juhl, but the frames themselves are from a company called Artistree.

    Thank you for visiting Michaels.com

    Sincerely,
    Michaels Customer Care

    CCCallID: 02444105
     
  10. FramerDave

    FramerDave PFG, Picture Framing God

    Did you ask about mats backing and hardware?

    Seriously, let it die and work on your own business.
     
  11. JAYENESS/SPOKANE

    JAYENESS/SPOKANE True Grumbler

    Last edited: May 27, 2010
  12. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Rich, is my rep and I would be surprised if you get an answer from him on the Grumble. He and I talk about the G, but I don't think he even lurks here.
     
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