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]Says Leo Hamel: “I believe the customer is always right, except when they’re wrong, and when they’re wrong I will fire them.”

 

 

I had a customer who bought several fine watches from me — among them a Patek Philippe — but he could be miserable at times. On one deal he got bad enough that I was done with him. The next time he came in I handed him a check and said, “Jamison (not his real name), here is a check for $100.” (A lot of money to me back then).

“What’s this for?”

“You have been unreasonable lately and I am finished. That’s the first hundred dollars you are spending at your next jeweler because you are not shopping here anymore. You are not allowed in my store anymore. Bye, bye!”

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He looked kind of stunned, took the check and left. We didn’t see him for some months but then one day he called in on a Saturday and asked, “Is Leo in?” The person who answered the phone recognized his voice and turned to me covering the phone. “It’s Jamison, and he wants to know if you are in.”

Curiosity and dread were killing me.

“Tell him I am gone for the day.”

I waited in my office, one hand holding the blinds open just a crack. Maybe he had snapped and was gunning for me?

He dashed in to be helped by Lisa, and she played like it was totally OK that he was there. Like nothing was wrong at all. He quickly spent about $45,000, which was a fortune for us back then! After everything was wrapped up and paid for he leaned close to Lisa, smiled and whispered, “Hah! I just screwed Leo!”

 

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Jamison’s Revenge

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]Says Leo Hamel: “I believe the customer is always right, except when they’re wrong, and when they’re wrong I will fire them.”

 

 

I had a customer who bought several fine watches from me — among them a Patek Philippe — but he could be miserable at times. On one deal he got bad enough that I was done with him. The next time he came in I handed him a check and said, “Jamison (not his real name), here is a check for $100.” (A lot of money to me back then).

“What’s this for?”

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“You have been unreasonable lately and I am finished. That’s the first hundred dollars you are spending at your next jeweler because you are not shopping here anymore. You are not allowed in my store anymore. Bye, bye!”

He looked kind of stunned, took the check and left. We didn’t see him for some months but then one day he called in on a Saturday and asked, “Is Leo in?” The person who answered the phone recognized his voice and turned to me covering the phone. “It’s Jamison, and he wants to know if you are in.”

Curiosity and dread were killing me.

“Tell him I am gone for the day.”

I waited in my office, one hand holding the blinds open just a crack. Maybe he had snapped and was gunning for me?

He dashed in to be helped by Lisa, and she played like it was totally OK that he was there. Like nothing was wrong at all. He quickly spent about $45,000, which was a fortune for us back then! After everything was wrapped up and paid for he leaned close to Lisa, smiled and whispered, “Hah! I just screwed Leo!”

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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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