I have a dealer signed up to carry sheds and furniture but he really wants to push sheds.
There is a dealer for another manufacturer of sheds a few miles away from him, my dealer told me how he tried to get this guy to partner with him to sell sheds (he is in an awesome traffic location) as sheds go well with his core business. The other guy turned him down several times, so when I started advertising the "econo shed" he called and wanted to be a dealer, we made a deal and there we go. Well initially the established guy calls the town pointing out my dealer did not get a building permit for the sample, knowing full well it`s a portable building and does not need a permit, but it tied my dealer up for a few weeks just before Christmas. So finally my dealer gets right with the town and building department and hangs some signs to offer sheds for sale. the same guy again calls the town and complains about the signs, so the town again ties up my dealer for another few weeks, finally compromising with changing the word "sheds" on his signs to "outbuildings", go figure (no idea). so My dealer now has to re-do his signage, it`s been a week or so since we talked but he was expecting the new signs this week.
Well I just got a phone call from the guy that has been causing all the hoopla, with no apparent reason other than to just chat. After a few minutes I realize who this is and the conversation is going nowhere, and I have a project that has to be done today, I excuse myself from the call, so he invites me up to his place next week to have a look around and see what I think. Now I am totally confused, so I agreed to go visit him next week just to see what is on his mind.
I am setting dealers up in territories so they don`t step on each others toes, most are at least 20 miles apart, so I can`t realistically get involved with this guy.
this guy is "in bed" with the owners of the shed market in the area, and has been doing business with them for years, I doubt he is leaving them for me.
I am thinking its a fishing trip, but I can`t reconcile why. any thoughts?