I like the concept. Makes sense. Pretty good idea if it works. I ran a check with the Better BUsiness Bureau. They have an A+ rating. That's a good sign. Just might do this.
IntoStores appears to be a scam. I gave in to their sales tactics last fall and have not only received 0 sales, but also the only hits I got were from me or probably them. Don't waste your money, this is all hyped up advertising that does nothing more than deplete your bank account.
Thanks Hortense. I have 15 products on their site. I've had zeros sales with some of the products, but with a few I've done pretty well. In the 3 months I've been with them I've picked up 9 new accounts. No big retailers (mine wouldn't fit in WalMart), mostly specialty shops. One store from the UK. Worth the money for me.
I don;t usually jump on these things but I thought I'd join this one since I was considering their site. Hortense, just because your products didn't sell doesn't mean they're a scam. I know their not a sure thing, but what is. If every product moved it'd be a miracle. I checked with the BBB and they do haev an A+rating,
Then again, for their site to work I think you have to be competitive with pricing and you have to know what you're doing. It can't be as easy as post products and open the floodgates, I've been wholesaling for over 10 years and have done the tradeshow thing. It's a grind so any little think that can help is a good thing, provided it works. I don't see much of a risk other than the set-up fee. I like that it is a month to month agreement so I'll probably do this before the new year.
Here's their link to the BBB http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Into-Stores-100088152
5753 East Santa Ana Canyon Road Suite 249
Anaheim, CA 92807
Phone: (866) 788-5799
Fax: (866) 904-9358
Contact: Morgan Ancheta -
Business Start Date: 1/1/2001
Company ID: 100088152
Nature of Business:
This company's business is providing an internet marketplace where stores comes to find products and where wholesalers showcase their items.
|Licensing and Bonding Information|
We know of no licensing or registration requirement for companies engaged in this company's stated type of business.
|BBB Comments and Analysis|
|The Federal Trade Commission's Mail Order Rule allows the seller 30 days to ship ordered products to the buyer unless otherwise specified at the time of purchase. If the seller cannot ship within the 30 day period, they are required to notify the buyer in writing of the delay, and give the option of waiting, or having their money returned within seven days. Credit card payments must be credited within one billing cycle.|
|Complaint Closing Statistics|
|The following grid displays the number and responses to complaints over the last 36 months:|
|We have received no complaints against this company.|
|We know of no government action taken against this company.|
|No questions about the truth of this company's advertising has come to our attention.|
|We know of no other matter or practice relating to this company that may assist you in your consideration of this company.|
I was asked by our GM to look into this and determine if it was a scam or legit, and if it was legit, would it be worth a couple hundred dollars to join.
Based upon what I've found, I believe they have found a great way to make money for themselves and doubt my company would reap any benefit.
Of note: Monthly traffic to intostores.com is only 8500/month per Quantcast - Considering that they are spamming every "sales@......" address, I'm guessing that the majority, if not all, of the traffic does not come from my target audience, but from folks like you and me.
There is another forum on startupnation with only one posting (topic id: intostores) - check it out as it is quite interesting.
I seriously question a few of the positive remarks made in this thread - "write-ups" without a source lead me to believe someone at Intostores has joined Startupnation.com just as I did a few moments ago.
Additionally its a little silly to tout a BBB rating for a company that has only been around for a short while. (note that BBB report shows a business start date of 2001, but an accreditation date of 10/19/09... also web traffic was nil until 2 months ago )