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 Post subject: Vendoring Tips
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:06 am 
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Hey guys & gals, imagine you are a customer for a moment. You are looking for something and you want to find it as fast as possible. You don't care much about price as long as it's fair, so you are running from shop to shop looking for this item.

Now imagine your vendor setup. How long does it take this customer to find the item they want? Are your areas labeled properly? Do you have some kind of item marker to designate item areas? Are the items your selling easily accessible? Can customers click through your vendor organization and find it quickly? How many times do they have to click to find it, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 times???

If someone opens your vendor and see's what they want right away they're more likely to buy it. If they stick around to click inside a second bag, they'll probably still be interested. If they have to click 3 or 4 times to find an item chances are they've already moved onto another shop.

If you look at the most successful vendors in our shops or on UOSA in general they have their items in main vendor bag area, or in one of the first bags underneath (2 clicks max) these are the guys/gals who sell the most items. Chances are if you have items laid in 3 or 4+ levels deep this is too much and you're losing sales.

Just my opinion, feel free to chime in here guildies/otherwise.

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 Post subject: Re: vendoring tips (open discussion)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:53 am 
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so what exactly are you proposing Dren?


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 Post subject: Re: vendoring tips (open discussion)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:57 am 
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just a tip & request for comments

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 Post subject: Re: vendoring tips (open discussion)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:49 pm 
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Acquire a guildie, ask them to go to your vendor and locate a certain item, They need to find this item within 5 seconds of looking for the item or they give up and go.


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 Post subject: Re: vendoring tips (open discussion)
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:41 pm 
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Its a win win situation when you make things easiest to find. Keep your vendor organized and something to show whats for sale when possible. ( a dagger for fencing weps, or an ingot for smithed goods are just an example ) . I wont continue to shop somewhere if I have to open more than 3 bags to get what I need, or if its poorly stocked.
Very good advice dren :)

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 Post subject: Re: Vendoring Tips
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:33 am 
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A general rule of thumb, make sure to pay your vendors so you can take all the collected money off and they won't drop. I always collect 3-5k and drop it on the vendor, then collect the rest.


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 Post subject: Re: Vendoring Tips
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:37 pm 
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A few more:

Keep your vendor stocked
Check the stock levels of your vendor using a schedule that you can commit to. Personally, I do a check / restock on a daily basis (in the morning, before I go to work IRL).

Price reasonably
Too low - can be difficult to keep your vendor stocked.
Too high - slow (or no) sales.

Learn from the Greats
See Theograd's excellent article "Thoughts from a Merchant".

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