Saw this in Marketplace.
I didn’t think there were any other dopers who buy from a truck, and maybe there aren’t, but it raised a question in my mind. Can the Franchise owners give cash discounts.
My Snap-On guy won’t give discounts for paying in full on purchase, the Mac guy won’t, the Matco guy does. A buddy in Sacramento says the Mac guy will but Snap-On and Matco won’t, but a Cornwall guy does, don’t have a Cornwall guy here.
So I end up paying full bore for the new stuff I need but stretch it out to the max and make the shop buy as much as I can. (If we can show the boss that one necessary specialized tool will take care of the whole shop - 3 techs - he will usually buy it.)
I really appreciate the business model by the way. Young guys starting out don’t have the means to buy a complete set up and the pay by the week deal is really good. But after 20 years or more in the business, if you don’t have the financial wherewithal to shell out $200 or $300 for a special tool or that new shiny butterfly, you ain’t doing it right. So paying out cash ought to get you a nice discount and that’s where the model breaks down.
I’ve never looked into buying a route so I don’t know what the deal is, but my Snap-On guy has been my Snap-on guy for at least 15 years and the Matco guy for at least 10 so the opportunity hasn’t really come up around here and I am not going to relocate.
Thanks for any input.
So – Does anyone know what the real deal is? Can the individual route owners give a cash discount or is that verboten? Will they loose their franchise? Other sanctions? Or are we just dumb puppies and they have us by the scrotum?