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Dale Thompson believes that trust is everything.

Go overboard to earn trust. Trust is not just important, it’s everything. Every shop makes errors, but when you do have one, be up front with the customer. Contacting customers about the problem immediately and doing whatever they deem necessary to make it right may cost you in the short term, but it will cement your image as the go-to place for service work. Case in point: We damaged a natural blue sapphire while performing prong work. We called the customer, informing them of the mishap. They arrived, appreciative of the manner in which we handled it and handed us an appraisal with a drastically overstated value, requesting payment for the sapphire. Unflinchingly, we wrote the check. The entire family has been loyal ever since. — Dale Thompson, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, Bemidji, MN


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

 

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Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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Trust is Everything, Says This Minnesota Jeweler

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Dale Thompson of Ken K. thompson Jewelry

Dale Thompson believes that trust is everything.

Go overboard to earn trust. Trust is not just important, it’s everything. Every shop makes errors, but when you do have one, be up front with the customer. Contacting customers about the problem immediately and doing whatever they deem necessary to make it right may cost you in the short term, but it will cement your image as the go-to place for service work. Case in point: We damaged a natural blue sapphire while performing prong work. We called the customer, informing them of the mishap. They arrived, appreciative of the manner in which we handled it and handed us an appraisal with a drastically overstated value, requesting payment for the sapphire. Unflinchingly, we wrote the check. The entire family has been loyal ever since. — Dale Thompson, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, Bemidji, MN


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

 

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Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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