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[Sep. 24th, 2002|10:25 pm]
Nite Mirror
I'm sitting here tired and wondering if I really want to write about the last couple of days. Not that they were bad, just ... busy. Plus I started thinking again. Dangerous for me because when I start thinking I usually don't like where my train of thought goes. Plus the dinning car on the train doesn't have very good food either.

Anyway, I decided I am going to try tearing my toilet to pieces on my own again instead of finding the money for a plumber. I wanted that to be my weekend project, but I didn't have the car I share to get another wax ring.

On Monday, J.P. and his dad were back. My folks and I have reached an agreement with him about the old cars we have. Mom's already made arrangements to have the garage door on the garage replaced on the same day as J.P. takes that Buick. Strange, I just realized that for longer than I have been alive that Buick has been sitting in the garage. It will be strange to see the size of the garage suddenly double when that car goes.

I got a rush order from someone with my business. I haven't had a rush job since last December, and I was surprised to see that like all other shipping costs rush shipping has skyrocketed in price too. For the first time ever my business will not be able to give rush shipping for the cost of normal to all orders in December. I'm not happy about that. I did some rough number crunching in my head and because I don't want to stop that tradition completely I won't lose too much if I give rush shipping to orders over $30.

Although, even for those who pay for rush shipping I'm only going to do little better than break even. I just don't have it in my heart to charge more than $15 for rush shipping (that is the new flat fee effective as of today for rush orders my business receives), but that does not cover my actual shipping cost. So bye-bye profit margin for rush orders.

Today, half the day was spent driving my mom to a doctor (and sitting in the waiting room), and the other half finalizing that rush order.

Tomorrow, I get to get the new catalogs mailed out along with some windchimes that finally came back in stock after being MIA all summer. Then if I have time maybe I'll take a sledge hammer to my toilet. Hmm, or maybe just try fixing it again.

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update: rethinking the $30 for rush at the price of normal might not be affordable either. I don't know, I may have to do some real number crunching rather than rough estimates in my head.
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From: joyofmacs
2002-09-25 04:38 am (UTC)
Shipping costs are shipping costs. I gladly pay extra for rush shipping. I am fussy and I know I would not balk at the price. You wait too long you pay. Any time I need a rush shipment I am just so greatful that it is OFFERED. Nothing worse than not being able to give that special someone/friend a gift because one waited too long to order.
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2002-09-25 11:41 am (UTC)
Well, most of the sales I get are for single items under $25 dollars right now, so adding a $15 charge would more than double most people's costs. In some cases it would be more than their order even.

Plus, it's been a tradition to give rush shipping for the holidays in December at the normal shipping cost going back right to the start of my business, but this year I can't see how I can afford to do that and I feel a little bad about it.
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[User Picture]From: the_iron_lady
2002-09-25 04:40 am (UTC)

Question

Would you ever consider getting into the type of mail order that offers furniture, household items, linens and small electronics?

Such as Seventh Avenue offers?
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2002-09-25 11:49 am (UTC)

Re: Question

I'm not familiar with Seventh Avenue, but if I could find a supplier that meets certain requirements I have, and I could find a market willing to buy those items, sure.

BTW, my current supplies does have a small selection of household items.

One of my personal favorites is the buckwheat hull pillows. I have been using one for a few years now. More support than feathers and more malleable then foam.H
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