Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
I very much enjoyed working with Jim on my Montreal project. He really gets the value of keeping customers happy, and word of mouth references in building a business.
Regrettably, the owners of AH seem to have a less modern view of such things. They have not only stopped taking PayPal, they have also stopped taking American Express. They refer to using bank transfers, which is common in Europe, but hugely difficult and expensive in the US.
I am surprised when a business stops taking Amex, claiming the fees are too high, or other issues. Generally, people who use Amex are more affluent, and better able to afford upmarket products. Thus, a business is potentially shunning their most profitable customers!
Smarter businesses accommodate whatever method of payment the customer prefers. Simply price ones products to support the costs.
It may be helpful to embrace the #1 rule held by our most successful businesses in Nevada.
"Do nothing to impede the flow of money from the customer to the house"
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...