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General Discussion / Re: Welt
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:57:42 PM »
I always hated using foam welt. I did a lot of outdoor cushions at one time so used it but hated every minute of it.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:50:43 PM »
We have a mobile RV Tech company that we use for repair work on customer coaches. They only accept checks and cash.
I often wonder just how much business they leave on the table.

We have some customers when they are in for plate installs pay cash, one this week wrote a check but most prefer using a CC.
We would have went bankrupt if we only accepted cash or checks and not CC's. It is just to hard when you are dealing with customers all over the USA.

Green stamps ? Geeesh. You guys are old....:)


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:28:55 PM »
We keep very close tabs on our overhead and costs. Each product price is calculated with material costs, admin costs, manufacturing costs, shop overhead costs and yes CC costs.

Our shipping costs are calculated at the time of shipment and we charge the customer only for the price of shipping. We do not mark that price up. I ordered some new company T-shirts and hats the other day and I know the actual shipping costs are $ 15. But they charged me $ 25 so they are making money off the back end. I refuse to do this and only bill our customers for the actual cost.

Nothing pisses me off more then a company gouging you on shipping.


I do not know the furniture end of our trade but I do believe that in today's market we all need to diversify if sales become stagnant. For some diversification is needed to maintain annual sales numbers. For others such as us diversification is done solely for market and revenue growth. We are always looking for ways to grow revenue and while we have not hit the full market penetration point we are close.

I set a goal of 20 % growth in sales per year. Thankfully we have been blessed and always hit that target and then some. But I am a realist and know that sooner or later our market penetration will hit a limit and growth will come much slower. This is where I am counting on diversified products and services to maintain our growth targets.

We could have diversified even more and expanded into new markets but I adhere to my own policy of 1.) We need to be able to handle the new product or service with current staff.  2.) the new product or service must have good margins. 3.) The training and learning curve is short. If it meets all of this criteria then away we go.

This is just the way I operate. Many of you are different and go in different directions which is fine. Some are happy with where they are while pothers want more. We all have to pave our own way with our businesses and just because I do things one way doesn't mean it will work for others. Vice Versa. Just because I do things one way sure as hell doesn't mean it is right. There are too many variables for each of our own companies to apply a fixed formula for growth. JMHO. :)


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:31:43 AM »
I have found Square to be a very powerful program/service. You can do payroll, run sales reports, dissect sales by day, time of day, by item, etc.
It works awesome for us because I take it on the road with me when I do events and run sales out of our booth. Last year we invested in a square station with register, printer and an Ipad.

I built our inventory list on square and it now helps us with inventory control. I am happy with it but hate paying fee's for anything. Hell I hate paying taxes too. :)


The Business Of Upholstery / Credit Card Payments
« on: November 03, 2018, 06:22:39 PM »
I hate banks and credit card companies. I was going over our accounts and these damn transaction fees are a killer. I would love to do cash or check orders but it would bankrupt us because no one would do business with us. It is pretty crazy how we have went from a check/cash society to a debit / credit card company.

3 % fees are a killer. I have looked for ways to cut the fee's and have found some companies that are cheaper but they get you in other fee's. They advertise small transaction fees but then tack on other fees. We use Square exclusively and their services are top notch. Our parts company uses their inventory management system and it is integrated with our website store. Works slicker then snot on a door knob.

But those damn fees. :( Do all of you accept CC transactions and who do you use ?


General Discussion / Re: velcro a cushion to the wall
« on: November 03, 2018, 06:11:09 PM »

I have used a lot of velcro in the past and Paul has the right idea. I used commercial grade 2 inch velcro and had great luck with it.
I would sew the velcro onto the cushion and then use the glue backed hook with staples on the wood. The only time the glue back doesn't work well is on outdoor applications in Florida. June and I both had problems with the glue melting in the summer time heat.


General Discussion / Re: Customer won't pay.
« on: October 30, 2018, 01:13:48 PM »
Had this happen with one of our dealers. They got into us for almost $ 2 K. The wife cut them off from all future orders until that bill was paid. They paid it immediately and we no longer do 30 day net terms. Instead we require all of our dealers to submit a credit card number to keep on file and we bill that way.

In  other words it is paid before the awning is made and goes out the door.


General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 27, 2018, 09:11:58 AM »

It is pressed cane with that weird honeycomb like design.

It looks just like this:



General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:40:19 PM »
I was just going to order the cane ready made from E-Bay, install it and trim it. Is this the correct way ?
I sure as hell am not going to weave it.


General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 26, 2018, 08:05:21 AM »
I love these old rockers. I bought several antique rockers years ago and we give them away as gifts when one of my former football players that I coached has their first baby. We are down to our last one.

I have one right now that needs to have the seat re-caned. Should be interesting as I have never re-caned before. I have been hit by a cane but never applied caning. :)


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Couch Cushion Repair
« on: October 24, 2018, 07:57:24 PM »
I am letting Dennis handle this one. Those Texans know how to shut them down. :)

General Discussion / Re: Anyone here work on Pfaff/have parts?
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:04:32 AM »
Give Bob Kovar a call at Toledo Sewing Machine. He is our resident parts supplier.



General Discussion / Re: Van Mileage
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:04:59 PM »
My new Ram has the 5.7 Hemi. If you really want sticker shock, check out the price if a diesel truck. YIKES .....


General Discussion / Re: Van Mileage
« on: October 22, 2018, 07:11:06 AM »
For us old guys, seeing that mileage is pretty amazing. We grew up with some tough and powerful engines but at a 100 K miles you
would maybe start experiencing the engine being down a little on power, maybe smoke a little and use oil. At 150 K miles they were worn out. Now days they will go 250 - 300 K miles with nothing more then a simple tune up. I chalk that up to the advances in metallurgy ( rings, valves, etc ) and the oil we use today.

I just got rid of my Chevy HHR and my old Dodge pickup last week and bought a new Ram 2500 4x4. It will be the last new vehicle I will ever buy in my lifetime. The prices are crazy. They had a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was a supercharger edition sitting on the showroom floor. The sticker price was $ 91,000. Are you freaking kidding me ? For a Grand Cherokee ? I looked at dozens of trucks all priced in the $ 70 K range. My truck stickered at almost $ 50 K. Thank God for rebates and dealer incentives that brought the price down to just under $ 40 K. Even then I was pissed I spent that much. Gorgeous truck and can tow anything but the price ? Really ?

It is pretty bad when vehicle prices are hitting the mark of what many of us paid for our homes. Makes you wonder how high these prices can go before the auto industry tanks.


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