Shut up and take my money!
Running a bike shop in 2021 definitely seems to take careful inventory planning and chucks it out the window! Before as a small shop we would spend a lot of time thinking about what would be good buys for inventory, how much to carry, making sure we can turn anything we stock quickly as we are a small shop with an even smaller budget but that's long gone.
The bike industries inventory levels continue to be questionable at best so many of us now are impulsively buying anything we see come into stock if there is even the tiniest potential we may need it in the next 6 months. Why are we being so impulsive, submitting multiple orders a day with the same supplier? Things go out of stock insanely fast on our end. I've seen a set of rims come into stock, have 30 available and in the time I click "add to card" and try to submit my order they are down to just 5. Those numbers are not even made up, that just happened a few days ago. Most suppliers have "item watch" that sends us an email automatically when a part comes into inventory and even that system is too slow. I've got an item watch email, saw it and followed the link within 5 minutes of it being sent and the product was already gone.
This isn't really a rant and I am sure I am not telling any of you anything new but we can call it an excuse to post a meme I made when I should have been doing something more constructive and I'll let it do double duty as a plea to wholesale suppliers, PLEASE ADD A "SORT BY IN STOCK" OPTION TO YOUR CATALOG. If JBI, who has the worst online catalog out there can figure it out, surely those of you with otherwise spot on websites like QBP can make it work. We waste so much time clicking through item categories that are not available and you would save us huge amounts of time in trying to quote customers or place orders.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the meme as that really was the motivation behind this post...
Obsession, or passion? Who am I to judge? Either way I simply love building wheels for those who appreciate quality!