I've stayed away from having Larson in my shop for all the Big Box support, and other reasons. If this is true, it'll be another reason. I'm sure they've got a great product, but there's tons of great moulding companies out there that don't do this...If the rumor is true that LJ is now the proud owner of Documounts what does that mean to us NW Framing businesses? Since NW Framers is the owners of our competition, Museum Quality Framing, Beards, and Frame Central...."Documounts and it parent organization Northwest Framing which owns and operates the largest group of retail and commercial frame shops in the Pacific Northwest. These include Northwest Framing Commercial, Museum Quality Framing, Beards Framing and Frame Central...." are doing business against ourselves? If we continue with LJ are we feeding the competition and dooming ourselves? OR will they continue to be really nice guys? I like LJ and their products and will continue to buy from them for now, but looking at their web site (Documounts.com) they buy supplies from Framers Inventory, at least I recognize some frames they have readymade for real cheap-$27 for a 16x20 and that includes backing board and acrlyic and flexipoints -frame #900035 black matte -I'm fairly sure.
It's like Xerox selling you copiers and then opening a Xerox Doc Center copying around the corner from you, ethical? I guess we all have to bite the bullet and see it all evolve. If the rumor is true.
All good things....
Doug, Paul, don't get all logical on me! After johhny's post I was gtting ready to find my hammer and help tap in some nails into LJ's coffinGood point Doug, that's sounds very plausible. My guess is that this was a negotiated debt settlement.
They just don't always stay that way. Twice Nardelli has entered the Kingdom of BH. :kaffeetrinker_2:Warren Buffet buys profitable operations,with top knotch management teams. He
never purchases a business that is losing money. That is the Buffet way. When larson bought bendix, they bought the inventory not the business.They also aquired the customer list---the valuable part of the organization.
Well I don't know how sofisticatered (sic) we are, but maybe just enough that the word of a random unidentified person is not enough to qualify as an "answer".Nothing like the sofisticatered east coast..... but enough to know that question was asked and answered already.
So, I guess that means that my word is right up there with "some random drive-by poster"? OK.And your "confirmed" gave no indication as to where/how.
Hardly "wholesale" ... this is from Documounts website:My LJ sales rep sent me an email stating that starting May 11 LJ will be opening up a New Portland Warehouse where we can go to pick up mats, glass and foam. The next paragraph is directly from her email:
I'm sure you're wondering how we made this happen. Larson Juhl has acquired Documounts.com(founded in 1984)which is an on-line wholesalebusiness offering framing solutions for large volumeartists and photographers located in Portland. By acquiring Documounts we will have a local warehouse up and running by May 11th.
So I guess it's "confirmed" now.
Lord Vader, I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this death star...I didn't expect to see that ever again . . . and then they jumped in bed with JoAnne's. I guess I still haven't seen everything yet. So here I wait. :
LJ has not purchased Museum Quality Framing. Just a division of NW Framing. This gives LJ the opportunity to open a satellite WH in the Portland area. My guess is anybody that currently orders from LJ should see a faster turn time on receiving materials. This would put them in direct competition with Framers Inventory.So I am to assume that (from the email by LJ rep) Museum Quality Framing is part of LJ. :