Transshipped At A Cost
Al Baker of Warren's World says, "Nowadays, the small guys are getting squeezed out. There are some legitimate distributors, but more and more of the companies are saying 'Who needs the warehouses in the middle?' Everything is just consolidation. 'Get rid of everything' is saving money. Most people in the big metropolitan areas—every one is a distributor."
Baker contends he is not able to sell a single unit of one major manufacturer's product wholesale, yet that same manufacturer was seemingly unable to track the serial numbers on 7,000 units of its product selling at a national warehouse club. "Seven thousand!" he repeats.
Baker also says he recently had a manufacturer recall eight flat panel displays, already en route to him by truck and already sold at a profit, because they shorted a national chain's order. "They don't care less about what I did," Baker says, adding, "The big dog that bites the hardest gets the most."