Re: [Z_Scale] The good side of auction sites
I'm glad you realize I was just spoofing Rob a bit. I have the highest
respect for Rob. Yes, he is generous with editorial space and I will likely
do some advertising with him in the future. After all, I want to share some
of my vast wealth? We collectively need each other in this hobby.....the
serious, the committed, the dreamer, the manufacturer, the designer, the
risk taker, the slightly insane...(me) and even the guys like Rob Kluz who
will easily agree with me that he spends WAY too much time on Z scale for
the return he gets.
I'll wager my second to last nickel that Rob will say that it is also for
the love of the hobby that partly keeps his nose to the Z grindstone.
Love fest is now open for business,
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Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] The good side of auction sites
> Now, Loren, just to be fair, Z-track is quite generous with editorial
> for new product announcements, etc. So, from a manufacturer's standpoint,
> anyway, Z-Track does provide a good resource for promoting new items. You
> have to develop more new products to take advantage of it.
> And, yes, I know you were just having fun, but I figured that It was
> pointing out.
> Dan S.
Credit cards are a double edged sword. They are easy to use and make our
lives easier. I live by my credit cards since it is just plain simple to use and
easily rectified. But yes, we retailers must take this into account when we
sell merchandise. I would NEVER even consider not taking credit cards. So the
fees we pay are just part of business and our overhead.
But now we have come full circle. We bring it back to PayPal and what started
this long string of posts on eBay, pricing, shipping, etc. PayPal charges
much higher fees to retailers for the 'privilege' of using their service. For
small retailers and consumers, this is convenient. But for a company like Ztrack,
we have going through great pains to be an authorized Visa and Mastercard
merchant. Our fees are approximately 50% less than if we used Paypal. What this
means is that we can keep costs down and is the sole reason we do not accept
So, if anyone is even still reading these threads, I hope we all have learned
from them. I know I have come through this with some thoughts on improving
our websites to make some of these charges more clear. I hope anyone reading
this has more of an insight what retailers faces when trying to offer products at
the best price. Many retailers cannot get it right which is why we see so
many failures today in the hobby market. It is sad, and a trend I fear that will
Again, it is what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. I ask all of you to
support our Z scale retailers. They are the backbone of this hobby. Also, please
remember to tip your waitress...
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