Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Getting Personal Care Items In An Electronic Store

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by

I must admit this was a little odd the other day when I went into an electronic store to purchase an item. After the transaction, the customer service rep handed this to me:

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As you can see, there were personal care and cleaning items such as the Axe body products and some Mr. Clean items. The lady gave me this for free and was saying how most people don’t know that on its online store they sell a lot more variety of products. Therefore, this sample was to show the type of things you can get to hopefully get people to think of them for more than just electronics.

While the free samples are nice, I was thinking how it probably takes a lot more to change a person’s shopping habit to not associate a business with certain types of items only. What does it take really? I think for myself the company has to have consistent big deals for me to even think about them. For example, a lot of electronic stores sell chocolate bars but I bet most people would still automatically think of a grocery or convenience store if they wanted to buy one.

I think it’s almost no different than how a lot of online retailers convinced me to shop online as opposed to a traditional retail store for many items. Funny enough, it’s probably easier the other way around such as if you were a grocery store that is now offering electronic items.

Operating As One Big Group or A Lot of Individuals

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by

I already had an idea that this would be the case yesterday where there were a lot of people who were either raising money under one group identity or multiple people fundraising for the same charity individually. Not too surprisingly, the groups that were operating as one identity seemed to have generated more awareness as a result of simple things such as having their entire audience focus on one source. This resulted in scenarios similar to how you would see everyone lined up at a store which would make you think there must be something going on.

Kind of really makes you think where if you and other people are constantly collaborating to create great things on whether or not it can be very beneficial to create like a specific brand identity for it. Even for recreational gatherings I notice that it’s usually the one’s that do this which tend to be the most successful too. Example, instead of just saying “This is a business club” with a bunch of people virtually everyone would say they are a part of club just as if they were a company.

I think we usually hold off on stuff like this until we feel the group is say big enough. But like in these examples I saw it sure can be an integral part of growing more productively in general.

News Report On 1-888-JUNK-VAN

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by

I was surprised to read on my twitter feed recently that there was apparently an undercover investigation done on a local Vancouver junk removal company called 1-888-junk-van. Why did this company name ring a bell? It happened to be the exact junk removal company I blogged about awhile back where my experience with them wasn’t exactly ideal.

The investigation was done by a local consumer reporter named Lynda Steele and you can read an article overview of the report at http://bc.ctvnews.ca/junk-removal-company-accused-of-overcharging-customers-1.2047776

Based on the report and some other research it seems like the company is owned by a Mohammad Sharif Begg. After watching the report on TV the main thing I was thinking was how I should have documented my experience better as it sounds like there are a ton of people who had similar negative experiences. Without the tangible proof of course it becomes a he said she said case. It can’t be a coincident on how so many points in this investigation was similar to my experience.

While I haven’t had much experience with junk and waste removal companies, there are sure a lot of sketchy operations I noticed. Example, one’s that have questionable billing practices like in this report or one’s that internally have questionable human resource practices. I am wondering if the reason for it is because the business itself seems fairly straight forward to setup.

I am really curious what is going to happen next to this company. For example, one possibility is that they can simply re-brand if they feel the current attention is too much where they can continue what they do. Sometimes having a ton of negative reviews isn’t good enough to change things for the better. Only time will tell. I do love it when everyone comes together and shares stories though to fill in pieces of a puzzle like for some of my other posts where the Internet essentially did the exposing together. :)

Investing In A Rich Kid’s Business

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by

I was watching that show Shark Tank today and the last pitch was interesting where apparently the people asking for an investor had a wealthy family who had already invested two million dollars into them. However, they still haven’t achieved the desired level of success. This then brought up a remark from one of the regular investors on how she never invests in a rich kid’s business as people who are dirt poor are more hungry and desperate to succeed. She was saying that she felt their biggest liability was their rich dad.

That was definitely a remark that was kind of surprising as generally speaking I don’t think you can stereotype everyone like that. If anything, I think there are probably just more odds that someone with a poor background has been through harder times in life where they are more likely to be able to persevere through many obstacles to succeed. On the flip-side, I think the main negative of never being extremely rich would create different obstacles such as you are more potentially more generous and hence more likely to be susceptible to people who just want your money in a disguised sympathy way. Example, like lottery winners who lose everything fast.

Ultimately, it all comes down to life experience. This was the first time I have heard a wealthy person talk down about others who start a business largely because they come from a financially fortunate background. It almost makes me think of like Paris Hilton types of debate too though. Example, if the ultimate end goal for everyone in her type of field is to get attention and notoriety to then make money couldn’t you say she did just that? Tricky conversation when we are talking purely from a business point of view huh?

Seeing A Company Being So Price Competitive

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by

This was a surprise as I was doing some research for a DSLR mic and one of my destinations was an online store that generally had the biggest selections but the worst prices. To my surprise though, it’s like the business did a 180 and decided to be extremely competitive all of a sudden. They even introduced options to compete with suppliers in other countries.

I was inclined to shop with them at least once now where even if its prices are the same as others while providing similar services it’s almost like I want to reward the business for the effort. Maybe they got a new management or that their internal shoppers are doing a better job in shopping the competition. I don’t think I am the only one who appreciates it when they see a business trying to compete for your dollar. Something to think about too as a business where sometimes it’s good to flaunt the things you are doing to earn a customer’s purchase.