dpd1 - 8:12 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the info guys.
Looking at the wholesale thing from the other side of the fence... I'm sometimes amazed at the difficulty that some companies seem to actually prefer putting themselves through. I often have to search for parts and materials for our products. I run into places all the time, where I say that I would be happy to buy x amount of something right now over the phone, or send a MO/check.. only to be told that they will only sell to me on invoice, after going through the credit check process. When you manufacture dozens of items, comprised of hundreds of parts... things change constantly. Vendors drive you nuts by constantly changing their parts. I think there's companies I've dealt with where I haven't been able to order the same thing two times in a row. You make something to a certain spec with certain parts, then a supplier doesn't carry a part anymore, and it drives you crazy. You can't redesign your item every other month, so you have to start looking for the part somewhere else. Plus you have price to consider. So with all that, I don't have time to go through some credit check hassle everyplace I go. You would think in these times, companies would love having somebody call and say they want to pay right then for something. But many companies almost act like that's a nuisance.
And the ones that really blow me away are the buyers who won't buy anything from you until you fill out a bunch of stuff, and they do a credit check on YOU. First time I got one of those, I just about fell off the chair... So you want to buy thousands of dollars of stuff from me... but you won't do it until you run a credit check on ME? Uh... OK.