Originally Posted by drink8648
[ strongarming is what the retail business is all about?
As a retailer, I take great offence to these kind of statements. I have on many occassions since joining the forum observed a lack of regard for what the retailer brings to the table. We assume the position of applying the paint to the canvas, and believe me there is alot of paint out there. But we forge forward and bring collections to to the consumer. As to the economics of retailing, come spend a day with me and I'll show you the bottom line after everything is said and done. We do exist on this forum and only want the respect that we bring to you as providers of ideas, direction and added value.
I think the strongarming quote was a joke, also EG is the target here, not the retailer. Many here shop at retailers (online and B&M) and have established great relationships with them. I have also found many threads acknowledging good retailers here, which I know in at least my case, has led to more sales to the retailer. While I have not been here since the beginning, I find your statement to be offbase.
Edit: Gary, the quote was "Public strongarming is not going to win you any customers, which is what the retail business is all about." Winning customers is what the retail business is all about is the meaning that I take from it.