To Trade or not to Trade
We really do if possible at Top Banana Antiques to do decent Trade discount for genuine antiques trade. Visited a well know Berkshire centre today to collect goods from one of our Standholders as we have been busy for her.
Saw a blue and white drainer I liked for my collection £55 trade £3, now blue and white is rather out of fashion thank goodness as it means great value and I like it. The dealer who was selling on behalf of another dealer said "if I go lower than price on the ticket I have to pay the difference myself and they never answer the phone".
Whilst silly low offers are an irritation and occasionally insulting to give a trade discount to any regular buyer not only makes sense but is polite for regular business. We try to say yes whenever we can and if faced with a crazy low offer will try and still get sale for our dealers, and like wise our dealers will reciprocate by trying to work with buyer a truly symbiotic relationship.
The Trade and I mean the antiques trade account for at least 40 % of our business and actually are our mainstay in business, we need them, they need us. Once things are at there so called true value there is a tendency to stick as in reality we all like a decent buy.
Our dealers are constantly trawling the world for fresh stock and as such need cash flow and space, so generally keen to Trade.
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