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My new business really sucks!! by mxfox
Started on: 04-30-2006 10:59 PM
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Opened a new store this past week and it really sucks, literally, Electrolux vacuum store. Have worked off and on in the business for 25 years finally decided to open my own store, my primary interest is in Central vacuum systems but sell the regular ones also as well as repairing all brands, I am also offering to list items on Ebay, first week went ok, it just takes a while for the word to get out, here are a few pictures.

My truck and store front, sign overhead coming.

Just inside the door.


Central vac display on back wall


Counter, I have added some items to the wall behind it so it doesn't look so bare.
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Report this Post04-30-2006 11:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 87GT_97114Click Here to visit 87GT_97114's HomePageSend a Private Message to 87GT_97114Direct Link to This Post
What a sucker! nyuk nyuk!
Seriously, good luck in your new venture. You're doing the right thing, picking a field you know.

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Report this Post04-30-2006 11:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maryjaneSend a Private Message to maryjaneDirect Link to This Post
North Carolina huh? If it's slow, maybe you would consider one of the other Electrolux lines?
They own McCollugh, Husquvarna, Echo, and Poulan now---and some others i can't recall right now. I tell everyone I own 2 Electrolux chainsaws and they think I'm nuts. Good luck in your business.

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Report this Post04-30-2006 11:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for AJ7Click Here to Email AJ7Send a Private Message to AJ7Direct Link to This Post
haha your business sucks! (just had to say it)
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Report this Post04-30-2006 11:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for lurkerClick Here to Email lurkerSend a Private Message to lurkerDirect Link to This Post
carpet looks nice and clean.

customer walks in.
"here, try out this new model"
customer vacs a swath
"how about this one!"
customer vacs another swath
"check out the super-sucker!"
customer cleans some more...
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Report this Post05-01-2006 07:44 AM Click Here to See the Profile for mxfoxClick Here to visit mxfox's HomePageSend a Private Message to mxfoxDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by maryjane:

North Carolina huh? If it's slow, maybe you would consider one of the other Electrolux lines?
They own McCollugh, Husquvarna, Echo, and Poulan now---and some others i can't recall right now. I tell everyone I own 2 Electrolux chainsaws and they think I'm nuts. Good luck in your business.



same name different company, the company your talking about is in Sweden and was the orginal Electrolux, they made Husquvarna saws, motorcycles, sewing machines, vacuums, sometime in the 20's or 30's I guess the vacumms were made in the USA and were eventually bought out by Sara Lee. A few years ago the original company from Sweden purchased the rights to the name Electrolux back and now market a line of vacuums under the Electrolux name made by another company they own Eureka.You will see these in Lowes's, don't be fooled these are not the same as the ones made here, they are Eureka's. The Swedes paid the USA Electrolux owner 50 million for the rights to the name and gave him 28 years to change, so it's right now Aerus/Electrolux to be Aerus eventually. The Aerus/Electrolux is the machine that has been sold here for years and is much more expensive and much better quailty than the Eureka/Electrolux,
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Congrats on starting your own business! One of the toughest things to do.

Don't ever give up - the hours may be long and hard --- but it WILL be worth it!!!!
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Report this Post05-01-2006 01:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TaijiguyClick Here to Email TaijiguySend a Private Message to TaijiguyDirect Link to This Post
I'm in the process of doing the same thing. Moving my computer shop from an office suite that's like a dungeon to a nice shiney bright store-front in the heart of the little downtown area where I live. Lots and lots to do. The move is bad enough, but the expense is enormous. Plus I'm planning a grand opening and all kinds of crap. A real pain, but should be worth it in the long run. Good luck with your new endeavor!
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Report this Post05-01-2006 02:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by lurker:
"check out the super-sucker!"
customer cleans some more...


 
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Originally said by my wife:
I think the super-sucker is the one holding the vacuum..


There is a Vacuum shop next door to me. He has the most traffic I have ever seen for a small shop.
Just last year that started selling specialty toys as well. Things like Thomas the tank engine,
Lemaze baby toys, brainy puzzles, slot cars.... A mix-mash of pricey toys.

But he makes most his money off the high end vacuums and service. Things will be tight and likely
slow going for a few months, but it always is with a new place. Just hang in there and you will do fine.

Best of luck,
Randy

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Report this Post05-01-2006 08:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for mxfoxClick Here to visit mxfox's HomePageSend a Private Message to mxfoxDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for the encouragement guys, am having a ribon cutting tomorrow, the chamber of commerce does this when you join, I am also meetiing with the local builders association for their monthly meeting and doing a short presentation on vacuum systems, I will start calling people from a database of past customers that have purchased Electrolux in the past 20 years to let them know where we are and offer them any service needed. This should help to get it rolling;
Again thanks
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Report this Post05-01-2006 10:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick's DadClick Here to visit Patrick's Dad's HomePageClick Here to Email Patrick's DadSend a Private Message to Patrick's DadDirect Link to This Post
I sell Electrolux too:



EDIT: Code Violation

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Report this Post05-01-2006 10:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Formula88Send a Private Message to Formula88Direct Link to This Post
Good luck with the biz.
So, how hard is it to install a central vacuum unit?
What kind of prices are you looking at?
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Originally posted by Formula88:

Good luck with the biz.
So, how hard is it to install a central vacuum unit?
What kind of prices are you looking at?

Thanks,
if you have the correct tools the installation is not bad, usually I can put one in new construction in a day, prices vary with the size of the home but around here average 1700.00 for a complete Electrolux system installed.

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Report this Post05-01-2006 11:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for mxfoxClick Here to visit mxfox's HomePageSend a Private Message to mxfoxDirect Link to This Post
This is another feature that is sorta new, its called a Vac Pan and is installed in the kitchen or bathroom under the cabinets as shown, this is piped to the vacuum system and instead of reaching for the dust pan when you sweep the kitchen or bathroom you just sweep to the vac pan and activate it with your toe, it turns on the suction and you sweep the debri into the vac pan and away it goes, I would set my sons high chair in front of ours and sweep the mess into it afterwards. These are really nice especially in the bathroom with all that hair making its way to the floor.
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