Originally Posted by AdrianneIsabel
My boss said Acanas doesn't allow sales nor at-cost sales of their food and she got in trouble selling at cost to a customer. Have you run into that with other companies?
Yes. Well...we get the lowest pricing on our foods because of the volume we do with the distributors. And then our markup is extremely low, to stay competitive. We don't offer sales or quantity/case discounts. For the longest time we were a good $10-15 UNDER other store's pricing for a certain very popular food, and those other stores called the distributor and complained a lot. The company called and threatened to cut us off from it if we didn't raise our prices.
Manager said fine, pull it if you want, we'll find something else. Nothing happened. We have remained at the same markup but have had to raise the price due to cost increases. Recently though that company was offering some pretty good deals (due to it's recall, if you want to figure out what company I'm talking about
), and we got a bunch, put it on sale, and got complained about again.
I don't like the politics of pricing and stuff through these companies. Some companies enforce 'minimum advertised price', meaning you cannot sell their product below xx. A certain popular electronic dog collar company enforces this in their mom and pop shops but lets big box stores do what they want, AND offers them lower pricing.
There are also brands that snub us because we are a 'feed store' and they don't want their products in...'feed stores'. And then they find out how big we are and they beg us to take the product...nope.