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Have You Or Haven’t You: Ever Used an Outside Company To Run a Large Sale

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Yes, I Do

We used Marsden Brothers for our moving sale. We would highly recommend using a professional. We learned techniques and strategies that we still used today. — Natasha Henderson, Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, Bend, OR

We used Stephen Singer Estate jewelry sales events and it was very sucessful the first time, not so much the second time. Will do it again. It’s a unique event and brings a new crowd of customers. — Mark Kasuba, M. Edward Jewelers, Pittsfield, MA

Profit Plus, inventory reduction, remodeling sale. It went great, accomplished our goals, good company. — David Fiske, Gerald’s Jewelry, Oak Harbor, WA

We have used Silverman for a number of promotions including store closing and anniversary sales since 1992 and have been thrilled with their professionalism and expertise. — Rex Solomon, Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX

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I used The Gordon Company for a store closing four years ago. They were great. — Steven B. Goldfarb, Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, WA

Tried a few times. Never been happy, not even close to estimates. And it was expensive for what sales we did get. The sale company I think is the only one who made money and maybe my ad reps. — Tim Bodis, Diamond Designs by Bodis, Rice Lake, WI

We brought in a company to facilitate a huge inventory reduction event. The financial bottom line came out pretty good, but it just about killed my employees. I promised not to do another event this extreme again. — Kent Bagnall, Kent Jewelry, Rolla MO

I had an experience where we were buying a store and they ran a very successful retirement sale which was great for them, but crushed the deal as it too was viewed as a GOB and left us in a start-up position versus a change of management. — Dave Meadows, Art Jewelers, Woodstock, GA

It was a huge promo sale at a new location that was a lot of effort. I’d say it was probably worth it, but having a big-screen TV and other non-jewelry items as prizes is not something I’d recommend. We went far outside the boundaries of who we were to pull the sale off. — Shannon Murphey, Murphey the Jeweler, Tyler, TX

No, I Don’t

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I have felt that they come in for their benefit, not necessarily for mine. Also, a competitor tried it once, on a small scale and people thought they were going out of business. Not really the message I want to send. — Randy Martin, Martin’s Jewelry, Ada, OK

Why should I since we can do everything they can except supply extra staff? — Newton Starnes, Newtons Fine Jewelry, Flowood, MS

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of INSTORE.

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Have You Or Haven’t You: Ever Used an Outside Company To Run a Large Sale

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Yes, I Do

We used Marsden Brothers for our moving sale. We would highly recommend using a professional. We learned techniques and strategies that we still used today. — Natasha Henderson, Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, Bend, OR

We used Stephen Singer Estate jewelry sales events and it was very sucessful the first time, not so much the second time. Will do it again. It’s a unique event and brings a new crowd of customers. — Mark Kasuba, M. Edward Jewelers, Pittsfield, MA

Profit Plus, inventory reduction, remodeling sale. It went great, accomplished our goals, good company. — David Fiske, Gerald’s Jewelry, Oak Harbor, WA

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We have used Silverman for a number of promotions including store closing and anniversary sales since 1992 and have been thrilled with their professionalism and expertise. — Rex Solomon, Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX

I used The Gordon Company for a store closing four years ago. They were great. — Steven B. Goldfarb, Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, WA

Tried a few times. Never been happy, not even close to estimates. And it was expensive for what sales we did get. The sale company I think is the only one who made money and maybe my ad reps. — Tim Bodis, Diamond Designs by Bodis, Rice Lake, WI

We brought in a company to facilitate a huge inventory reduction event. The financial bottom line came out pretty good, but it just about killed my employees. I promised not to do another event this extreme again. — Kent Bagnall, Kent Jewelry, Rolla MO

I had an experience where we were buying a store and they ran a very successful retirement sale which was great for them, but crushed the deal as it too was viewed as a GOB and left us in a start-up position versus a change of management. — Dave Meadows, Art Jewelers, Woodstock, GA

It was a huge promo sale at a new location that was a lot of effort. I’d say it was probably worth it, but having a big-screen TV and other non-jewelry items as prizes is not something I’d recommend. We went far outside the boundaries of who we were to pull the sale off. — Shannon Murphey, Murphey the Jeweler, Tyler, TX

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No, I Don’t

I have felt that they come in for their benefit, not necessarily for mine. Also, a competitor tried it once, on a small scale and people thought they were going out of business. Not really the message I want to send. — Randy Martin, Martin’s Jewelry, Ada, OK

Why should I since we can do everything they can except supply extra staff? — Newton Starnes, Newtons Fine Jewelry, Flowood, MS

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of INSTORE.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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