I am not sure if I should say amazed or amused..
I suppose I find it a little funny but am also opened mouthed gaffawing at some things I read so amazed has to come in there.. at what? at people..
There are 3 culprits..... the pompous ones, the slaggers and the abusers
We have created Down that Little Lane as a place to support unique, handcrafted and not widely available pieces (you are not going to find our sellers in David Jones) and we also are very keen to be quality not quantity so if we already have someone representing a certain area and another applies that covers the same I have to turn them down, even if I love what they do.. Sad but it is so we keep the site fresh and easy for our customers to find what they want not pages and pages of identical items. As such the site is by invite only so anyone can apply but they need to be accepted by moi
So what am I amazed by here.. the amount of declines that actually write back to me, not asking for polite feedback, more than happy to give that but the ones that say " do you know who I am?" " Do you know how many stores I sell in?" "You should WANT me on your site just so you can say I am there" .. It makes me so glad I said no as they clearly don't get what we are about
But there are more....Facebook slagging
I promote our sellers items on FB... they are gorgeous, some are handmade, some are expensive and some are one offs and completely unique.
Most of the time you get lovely messages but once in a while you get the negative nancys.. " It's too expensive" "Where would I put that?" "Why would I pay that for a hat when I can get one from ... for less" " but it is just cut paper?".. ok so don't buy it, put it where it is intended for use, go to... and buy it there as it is not the same item and I like ours more, so go cut the paper and create it yourself.. I dare ya....
Or better than that, keep your comments to yourself and think about the feelings of the person who made it that you just stabbed in the heart with your cruel writing.
And the last one.....Using and abusing
I spend endless hours promoting our sellers as do our PR team, we get them coverage they would never have had the time or reach to manage themselves then what do they do? Message the contact with their private link? Ask the mag to use only their name not DTLL.. OMG the total audacity.. well needless to say I take note and find I don't work so hard to get them out there next time around
I needed to write it to understand it I suppose.. I will just put it down to being a different breed, not thinking first or just not understanding what they have actually done..
Have you come across them in your personal life? Business too? How do you deal with them?