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I got lucky - Somebody Returned a Chosera  

12/01/2009

People think that because I own a tool company I get to have all the tools. This is largely correct but there is a down side. Supposing we have a hot product like our Japanese "Chosera" Waterstones by Naniwa stones. They are flat out the best sharpening water stones I have ever used and by far the most expensive. We have one set that we use as a demo and I can't take them home, so what am I supposed to do?

I can of course buy a set with my employee discount but the problem with that is I always feel guilty. After all the stones are in high demand and it's more important that a paying customer gets their order than I get something. So my general policy is to wait for a defective product, a demo of a product we don't sell, or a return. With the defective product - why would I want it? With a discontinued product - I was able to snag a 5k Chosera on a base. We sell the ones without a base and I would prefer that but I can't use the one on a base for a demo any more and while not ideal I can live with the base. But what about a 10K? That 10K Chosera is the finest finishing stone I have ever seen, it's getting rave reviews, they fly out of here, and nobody has wanted to return theirs yet. Until last week!!! It happens. If you read our return policy we guarantee everything we sell and pay return postage on domestic orders. We don't do that because we like getting returns, we do it because not every product is right for everyone and we would much rather you not have something you don't really like staring you in the face every time you go into the shop. And if we pay the return postage it means you get a chance to test stuff you wouldn't normally take a chance at and you only have to keep the stuff you really want. Yeah, we get stuff back, but overall we have happier customers which is good for customers and good for repeat business.

So obviously the customer who returned that used once 10K didn't want it but I finally got a 10K for myself at a good discount and I am very happy. Most of the returned stuff ends up in the sale bin in the store so someone else will have a chance at the next Chosera 10K return.

Hopefully someone will send back a 1K sooner rather than later, but then again maybe not. After all we do have to sell stuff once in awhile to stay in business.

PS - the Chosera stones are on sale right now.
Tags:Product News, Sales, and Promotions
Comments: 1
12/01/2009Karen Mangold 
hi-I'm trying to track down a woodcarver by the name of Joel Conner. (I think that is the correct reading of his last name). I am helping my mom who overdid it a bit on Christmas decoration shopping and had quite a thing for anything handmade and hence, came by this piece (either at a show or on Ebay). I was hoping to find more about him-are you him? or could you refer me somewhere for help? thanks, Karen
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