I got 8 new customers for my pet food over the weekend!

@writersedge (22579)
United States
September 29, 2008 6:53am CST
That's the best I've done in a long, long time! 8 new customers in 12 hours plus 3 old customers. We have a line of shampoo, also sold 3 bottles of dog shampoo and 1 of cat foam. A few people bought cans of cat food, pretty much on their own. People looked at lots of things and didn't buy this past weekend. I think if the ecomony was better or at least the price of gas, they would have bought. So how are you doing at making money for yourself or your employer? Have the economy or gas prices hurt your business or income? Most people know that my hours have been cut from 20 to 16 and then to 12. My strong showing at the end of the month, helped me to not get cut again, but I wonder for how long. My boss was talking about cutting me to 10 or 8 hours. The company my husband is working for is doing better. He works building mass transit subway cars. Most cities are ordering more cars because they can't handle the increase in commuters or their old cars are being run so much more, they're guarantee for so many thousands of miles is running out sooner. The city he works in just got a new company in for mass transit buses. So some sectors of our area are improving. Some are getting worse. Do you see some areas of business doing better and some doing worse in your area? Which ones and why do you think that is so?
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Congrats on picking up some new customers for your cat food line. I know that has to be exciting. I think the only big companies who are profiting right now are the oil companies. This is pretty obvious by their increases. I see restaurants, department stores and other stores suffering to some extent. The general public can't afford to buy clothing or spend on unnecessary items. The economy is in a bad way right now. My work hours were cut from 10 hrs. a week to zero. Am still employed but have no hours. I work for a golf course and although business has been good, they cut about 4 employee's hours. Am waiting to see if our pregnant daughter needs help after the baby is born before I make a decision if I will quit the job, look for another p/t job or help out with the baby. I might be able to handle all of the above.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Getting new customers for the dog food isn't as hard as for the cat food, so I really appreciate the thanks. I think you lost me. How do you work for someone when you have no hours? I schedule whatever number they tell me I have. So they are going to call you in or what? Sounds like you could go from almost no job to quite a few, paid and unpaid. Good luck and I hope you make the correct decisions for you. Thanks and take care
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I have no hours but am still employed. They didn't fire me and I didn't quit. If I want to remain an employee the choice is mine. Have been with them for 7 years. I can work special events and next Spring again. I will decide once our daughter has the baby. I'm not happy about this because I would like to work but am very hesitant about taking a new job anywhere. So I'll remain at home for now.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Interesting, but strange situation for you, must feel weird, it would for me anyway. Until you see what happens next, I guess that is probably the best course of action, for now. Take care.
@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
29 Sep 08
great! Glad to hear you did so well with your sales! The tech companies aren't doing too great - tho the one my roomie works for is doing okay. Dell is a major deal here in Austin and they are suffering.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Yes, that's right, Dell is in Texas. My computer is a Dell. They have some great new stuff coming out, but I can't afford my bills to say nothing about a new computer! Thanks and take care.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
30 Sep 08
hey - like I said - Dell is a big deal here There's the Dell Jewish center, Dell children's hospital. Michael Dell and his wife have done a lot of charity stuff for town.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Sep 08
We had the Miners way back when that were like that. They created Miner Farm and Agricultural Institute, built Chazy Central School, Miner Damn, and even a hospital (name has been changed) so I know what you mean. The Miner Family has a museum to them, too, here. I would like to buy a new computer and give this one to my brother and sister-n-law. That's what we did when we got rid of the last computer we had. Had to get a new one because that one didn't have internet capabilities. I'm getting so I need more memory and more abilities than this one has, but I can't afford to upgrade. They really need an online computer, but they couldn't even afford the one they play games on that we gave them. So I'm hoping the economy turns around or I at least find a full-time job soon. Thanks for your response and take care.
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Congrats on the new customers. My work has gradually declined over the last couple of months as I provide a service that is covered by most insurances, yet requires a co-pay from most patients. Therefore, patients aren't coming in as often right now, due to the economy. My hours vary--if I have appointments, I work. If I don't, I don't go to the office. Right now, all our restaurants are pretty empty most days. The grocery stores are more crowded. The gas stations aren't as packed. I think people are staying home more.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I see the same. The past couple weekends haven't been like this 8 customers one. I'm lucky if I get one or two. The only thing saving our economy is the Canadians are coming down and stocking up for winter.
@MeganK (88)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Congratulations on the sales! I can definitely imagine how hard it must be to work in a shop where you have to put work into making sales. Not as many people have extra spending money these days. I just work part time in a grocery store, and everyone needs food so I haven't personally been experiencing customer shortages at work. But we did hire a bunch of new people so everyone's hours got cut and everyone is a little upset. I'm spending a lot of my time on websites now earning money. Not particularly mylot, as it doesn't pay a whole lot as you know lol. But on GPT websites. Have you tried those? I get at least 50 bucks a month which can pay my phone bill. I made a website about earning money online if you want to check it out www.freewebs.com/moneymakin
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Yes, I didn't do as well this weekend. Thanks for the congrats. Yes, it's hard because I sell high end dog food. I will try to check that out when I have more time. Thanks and take care.
29 Sep 08
my employers are always making money lol i work as a cm for an online bingo company so the gamblers keep me in a job! im not doing too bad at the moment struggling a little to save for christmas as i have 2 children that want everything they see lol im pleased you have new customers tho hun and that you are doing well congratulations and i hope your sucsess continues good luck lucy
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Online bingo company, how does that work, if you don't mind me asking? Yes, gamblers keep a part of my area in business, too. We have bingo and gambling up here. Bingo at non-profits and gambling at one designated gambling area at Akwesasne.