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I was always told by my Dad (in Business himself) always offer a rep a cuppa, it will keep them coming back. I have about 1/2 Dozen reps who call. Not to many but it helps keep my ear to the ground.

Its sometimes benefical for doing deals etc. if they like you they will often do the best they can for you (not many like me though! :lol: ) Usually reps are prearranged or expected. So I tend to arrange work around expecting them.

When you work on your own, its the chance to have a chat about trade.

 

Lee

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i got the usual calender :wink: and cheap bottle of wine.go back 5 or 6 years i used to get a decent bottle of malt whiskey.when you consider what we spend over the year with these companies a £2.99 bottle of plonk as a thank you is i think a bit of an insult.anyway at least thats the neighbours prezzie sorted! :D as for reps calling i only get a couple in these days,i mainly deal over the phone.

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In my case the best gift I ever had was a little tool for tightening the needle guide on my outsole machine... I remember ordering the tool... a small T bar tool like a small spark plug spanneonly with a square hole in the end. I was horrified when I received an invoice for the best part of £100 that was some 10 years or more ago.

 

I sent the tool back deciding that I could have one made for far less than that .

 

Oh his next trip round the rep that used to call casually placed one of these tools on the counter as he was about to leave and mentioned something about a ridiculous price..

 

I'm not going to say who he was or where he wrorked.. But it was definately a valuable gift to me in more ways than one.

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I would not mind betting that there are hundreds if not thousands of T-Bar spanners now sitting in retirement homes (personal toolboxes) without anyone knowing what it costs to replace them.!!! Just try to order one for the Needle bar or Awl nut, I had a shock 15 years ago and I've still not recovered.

I have a full set that one day will make a fine xmas present for some lucky guy or guyess.

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just had 10 bottles of stella from t.colledges but i do agree with the rest of you for how much we spend each year its disgusting we only get a bottle

of wine some dont even give anything.has anyone seen shoestrings free calender how bad is that,the best calender this year must be from colledges miss january,fake silocone nice :wink:

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