Behind the Counter 2
I am sure some of you are old enough to remember when pokemon the TCG came out from Wizards of the Coast. (I have always had a rule when I trade with people, if you are not old enough to have a drivers license I won't trade with you unless you have a parent with you.)
ok Guy comes in, (late 20s, early 30s) "Do you trade pokemon cards?", "Sure." I proceed to pull out my binder of pokemon rares and let the guy look thru it. "What would I have to trade you to get either the Venesaur or Blastoise?" he hands over a stack of 23 rares split between foils & non foils. Nothing of any real note, I have at least 5-6 of each of the cards he is offering and at the time those 2 were going for $40 each. "You have nothing I want, I have too many of those cards already." For the next 45 minutes the guy whines about how much he wants a Venesaur or Blastoise and I should trade with him. Finally I had enough and figured a way to shut him up or get him to leave. "Fine, I want all 23 cards for your pick of either Venesaur or Blastoise." I figured no one would take that deal since even at $2 per non foil rare & $4 per foil rare I would make my money and a nice profit over the log run. "I will take the Blastoise!"......"ok" We make the trade "Have a nice weekend" as he is leaving. "Ok see you next time. Oh, no wait I am never coming back here again!" and he storms out of my store. I really don't think I should be held accountable for people demanding to make bad trades. Five minutes after he left, I had a new sign behind the counter "#1 rule when trading: if you don't like the trade Say NO!" That sign is behind the counter and I point to it often.
alas another day of utter confusion.
a man walks into the store, "Hello are you looking for anything in particular?"... and surprise the routine is shattered. "Yes I am looking for a copy of an old anime Gal Force? I have been looking forever for it." Wow a request I can complete. "Let's see I have a new copy for $30 and a used copy for $10." "Can I see it?" I walk to where the used DVDs were and pull out the used case for him to check. "Man I can't believe you have this. I have been looking forever for this." "Would you like the new one or the used one, you can check out the disc if you want the used one."
Without a word he handed me the case back and left the store....NOTE: I have never seen him again.
ok, some interesting questions that have been uttered in my response to my very helpful, "if you have any questions feel free to ask." statement.
Do you have Elvis? (He has left the building)
Do you have film? (Did I mention I own an anime store)
Do you carry paper clips? (I don't carry stapes either)
I am looking for the stuff that cleans my pee for a piss test. Blink Blink.
Do you have rolling papers?
Does your dog bite? (Yes I find it very helpful for my dog to eat the customers.)
Ah the early days, when I started bring in merchandise to appeal to my current customer base. "What things should I order from Japan and carry?" a group of young guys chimed in "Get us some Dragon Ball Z artbooks." "Ok, you do realize that those will run around $40-$50 each right?". "Sure no problem!, We really want them!"... ok I track down some books order them I bought about 6 artbooks and after shipping and all I spent about $200. (at the same time I picked up 4 HB Sailor Moon artbooks at about $40-$50 each my cost) "Hey I got some DBZ artbooks in!" "Cool" They look through them and really are excited. "I want this one, how much?" "That one is $40 and this one is $50." "Hey man that is to expensive." "Which part of they would cost $40-$50 each did you not understand."
Note 1: it took me about 1 year to sell the 1st one and 3 years to get rid of the last one.
Note 2: I sold the Sailor Moon HB artbooks that week for $70-$80 each.
Lesson learned....I take deposits for special orders now, and the more I dislike a series the higher the deposit. If I know I can sell it or enjoy it myself I don't mind ordering something for the store.
a random thought:
One of my pet peeves when I go shopping in specialty shops for anime/comics/whatever is finding really cool items that I want only to be turned away with "That is not for sale" I am not sure how many times that phrase has been told to me over the years, but damn if you aren't going to sell it don't put it out.... I did not come into your store to see your collection, I am came here to add to mine..
ok that is enough for this entry into behind the counter, I may have to do a few entries titled "Behind the table" to designate events that occurred at conventions. Trust me those can be even stranger...