Well I read all the posts here and honestly don't know what to say. I'll start by saying I will soon be graduating with a business degree and criminal justice degree and started my business 1.5 months ago so i'm very new at this.
I think the proposed rules are great, my only concern is that sales (limited time) shouldn't have a min. price set. Sponsors should be able to beat ebay prices, froogle, and other cheap places out there. Not for full time prices, but for one or two week specials. I started a galfer wave rotor sale and said I would beat the lowest price members can find online. I looked at 520 shipped is the lowest so I believe my price will be 510. This will only go for 2 weeks max, but isn't it helping the members and good for the site to have specials at times that beat other prices by a tad? I read all in the vendor section and if anyone has a problem, just pm me. I'm very easy going...
As for a business? I'm small and thus have noticed things. If I set the same price as larger businesses w/ a customer base and never low them at times why would anyone buy from me? As for this map or manufacturers lowest advertised price rule go, it's crap and here is why...
1. It only goes for advertised prices as they can't enforce private deals. tobefast.com prices matches EVERYTHING to keep their customers. Now if you can't enforce a rule, it shouldn't be a rule. If people can get away with it, they will.
2. I've contacted crg and afam and other places about big businesses selling under their min price and they said they would PROMPTLY take care of it. 1.5 mo later nothing has changed and I can't get one sale unless it's in private and i drop my price. I think that shows the manufacturers are giving me a big hunk of bull and not enforcing this "min price". they are setting these to keep their dealers happy but don't enforce it because they don't want to lose the big business sales. So with it like this why should myself (small business) follow the rules? I follow them I make no sales and if i don't I make sales until they drop me, which they don't seem to do, but maybe they will since i'm a small fry.
I've learned business is dirty. I'm not dirty and I hate this about it, but it's a fact of business that i'm learning. I set my crg and afam prices to follow the rules and i'm proudly paying for it by making no sales.
I don't have a storefront so my product line is small, but I will say if anyone has a problem w/ a sale of mine or anything just contact me and we can discuss it. I try to stay out of the politics side of business. I know longer will complain about people selling under map or anything as it does nothing. This is the manufacturers problem, not the dealers and the dealers can't fix this problem...just the manufacturers. Our economy is based on capitalism and wal mart proved it and if you don't think it's only a matter of time before the "wal mart" model hits performance parts and other areas of the economy you are heavily ignorant. It will come...and the internet is making it happen quicker and quicker.
As for the rules I think they are a good idea.
Brian I truly think you have a class act operation going on here by taking care of your sponsors and members at the same time.
Well I just wanted to introduce myself mostly...that is all