Originally Posted by A Harris
There is no inconsistency. As stated, they're samples. Which means I can sell them however I'd like. Standard industry practice. Nobody in their right mind would question that, unless they are trying to start trouble.
I looked at the listing and couldn't find any mention of these shoes being samples. The only significance of this observation is that the original poster in this thread would not have known that they were samples, and, in my opinion, was not trying to "start trouble." And nobody is suggesting that it is in any way contrary to standard industry practice for reps to sell their samples. You are missing the central point of this thread, and that is: Your actions seem to suggest that the only people who can undercut BG are the NA reps. Then undercutting BG is OK. But if anyone else undercuts BG pricewise, it's not OK, and that person must be brought into line. So, let's be clear on the issue.
I think you can understand why many forumers would conclude that the motives of Vass North America are not "the greatest good for the greatest number," but rather "the greatest good for Vass North America." Since your objectives as a Vass NA rep directly clash with those of many forumers, you can, I'm sure, see why this development has generated bad feeling. We are all governed by our own self-interest, and you can't expect SF and AAAC forumers to be cheerleaders for the growth and success of Vass North America if the steps towards that growth are hurting them financially.
I have a question for you, A Harris: Can you tell us what you think the consequences to Vass sales in the US will be from (a) your shutting-down of the German seller and (b) the response to this action from members of this and the AAAC forums? If you don't have a firm opinion on this, perhaps you could speculate.