lgn1 - 8:09 pm on Feb 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
On another note; finding a manufacturer that does not allow sales over the internet is probably a great find.
It creates virgin territory for a market segment (in this case ecommerce), and you either can
a) Develop a business plan, try to educate them on ecommerce, and offer a trial period.
b) If all else fails, and you think they have a great product that will sell online, find creative ways to get their goods, and sell them online.
I remembered recently, that there was a lady that worked in the luxury high end goods industry; and used her inside knowledge, contacts and reputation to convince these companies to sell their surplus high end goods, at discount prices to the unclean masses.
This was probably the last taboo in ecommerce penetration.
She is now rolling in cash.