[TheThinkTank] Thethinktank Digest, Vol 185, Issue 3

MARK mhoffman0 at snet.net
Wed Mar 23 06:29:29 PDT 2022








On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 04:04:22 PM EDT, thethinktank-request at lists.bikecollectives.org <thethinktank-request at lists.bikecollectives.org> wrote: 





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Today's Topics:

  1. Wholesale account (BikeConcord)
  2. Re: Wholesale account (Stephen Andruski)
  3. Re: Wholesale account (Gregory Ferguson)


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Message: 1
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2022 11:38:02 -0700
From: BikeConcord <Smitty at bikeconcord.org>
To: thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
Subject: [TheThinkTank] Wholesale account
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Hello everyone,
We operate a small community bike shop out of a shipping container.  We would like to get a wholesale account to buy parts.  Since we do not have a showroom and don?t fit the norm for a bike shop, it is difficult. Any suggestions.

One of the wholesalers is asking for a occupational license for sale or repair of bicycles. What the heck is dat. I think it is a DMV License.  
Thanks for any help y?all can provide.
?
Best regards and Happy pedaling!
?Smitty?    (S. M. Ardrey)
Community Outreach & Bike Kitchen Coordinator
a.k.a. The Instigator    
BikeConcord.org    Facebook: BikeConcord
Bike Concord's nonprofit 501(c) 3 sponsor is Bike East Bay
BikeEastBay.org
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Message: 2
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2022 14:46:28 -0400
From: Stephen Andruski <swandruski at gmail.com>
To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>
Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Wholesale account
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Hi,

Until recently, the Rockville Bike Hub in Rockville Md has been operating
as a pop up shop with some storage from the City of Rockville. We were able
to get an account with JBI.
The big concern most distributors have is with community shops buying stuff
at wholesale and then selling stuff well below what
commercial shops are selling stuff at. That undercuts their other
customers. We only buy tools and consumable parts and almost all parts are
for
fixing bikes, not direct sale to our customers. We will sell things on
occasion, but we make sure we are charging what commercial shops are
charging.
We also want to maintain good relations with the commercial shops in our
area because the donate bikes to us.

Hope this helps.

Steve Andruski
RBH President

On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 2:38 PM BikeConcord <Smitty at bikeconcord.org> wrote:

> ?
> Hello everyone,
> We operate a small community bike shop out of a shipping container.  We
> would like to get a wholesale account to buy parts.  Since we do not have a
> showroom and don?t fit the norm for a bike shop, it is difficult. Any
> suggestions.
>
> One of the wholesalers is asking for a occupational license for sale or
> repair of bicycles. What the heck is dat. I think it is a DMV License.
> Thanks for any help y?all can provide.
> ?
> Best regards and Happy pedaling!
> ?Smitty?    (S. M. Ardrey)
> Community Outreach & Bike Kitchen Coordinator
> a.k.a. The Instigator    [image: image1.png]
> BikeConcord.org <https://bikeconcord.wordpress.com/>    Facebook:
> BikeConcord <https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikeconcord/>
> Bike Concord's nonprofit 501(c) 3 sponsor is Bike East Bay
> BikeEastBay.org <https://bikeeastbay.org/>
> ??
>
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Message: 3
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2022 14:48:19 -0400
From: Gregory Ferguson <gregferg2 at gmail.com>
To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>
Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Wholesale account
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Hi Smitty

We have had a good relationship with Midway Bicycle supply in St. Paul, MN
for some time
https://midwaybike.com/

Also cyclone
http://www.cyclonebicycle.com/

The wholesalers want you to have a storefront to make sure you aren?t just
buying stuff to sell on eBay.

Hope this helps.

Best,
Greg
Brookhaven Bike Co-op



On Mar 22, 2022, at 2:38 PM, BikeConcord <Smitty at bikeconcord.org> wrote:

?
Hello everyone,
We operate a small community bike shop out of a shipping container.  We
would like to get a wholesale account to buy parts.  Since we do not have a
showroom and don?t fit the norm for a bike shop, it is difficult. Any
suggestions.

One of the wholesalers is asking for a occupational license for sale or
repair of bicycles. What the heck is dat. I think it is a DMV License.
Thanks for any help y?all can provide.
?
Best regards and Happy pedaling!
?Smitty?    (S. M. Ardrey)
Community Outreach & Bike Kitchen Coordinator
a.k.a. The Instigator    <image1.png>
BikeConcord.org <https://bikeconcord.wordpress.com/>    Facebook:
BikeConcord <https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikeconcord/>
Bike Concord's nonprofit 501(c) 3 sponsor is Bike East Bay
BikeEastBay.org <https://bikeeastbay.org/>
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Having run a community shop in a couple of locations, a storefront is what most distributors require.
J and B is our go-to source, with quick delivery, (IF they have what we want).  They up their flat-rate shipping minimum from $300 to $400 recently, and $500 to $600 for free freight.  Orders below $400
can carry prohibitive shipping costs at times.  We've been forced to go to Amazon for some item that are always out of stock.

Mark Hoffman
Bike New Britain (CT)


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