Well, after bringing lots and lots of folks to Mr. Smith for free business through my many blogs and weekly emails, I THOUGHT he and I had agreed to begin working together.
I have an e*mail string here that I’m reading, trying to make heads or tails of Mr. Smith’s latest knee-jerk reaction, but alas, I’m completely at a loss.
After several phone calls and emails to confirm same, Mr. Smith of French Country Wines sent to me a price list, complete with a salesman’s commission offer, and a welcome note, seemingly, per all we had agreed to, welcoming me to his company.
He offered to pay me a commission to sell his wines and told me he looked forward to our working together.
Yesterday, the 21st, I phoned once more, to clarify that I would be emailing all of you with an invitation to join Smith and I for a private tasting at French Country Wines this evening.
He concurred, was quite enthused at the prospect of having dozens and dozens of my former clients showing up at his place of business for this wine tasting and told me to feel free to invite as many of you good folks as I wanted to.
I expressed to Mr. Smith that I would word the invite as a private invitation, that my clients would need to respond directly to me to secure a seat and that I would tell my recipients that they could expect discussions of the wines from both Mr. Smith AND me, if they’d like to hear tales of the wines. After all, as I made mention, not only had I sent many of you in to meet the man and buy his wines (with never a thought of commissions nor any sort of reciprocity in my mind) but I was a paying client too. I had bought some wine from Smith for my weekly blogs and having done some research, I felt that my talk on the wines tonight may add to the flavor of the evening.
Yesterday’s conversation between Smith and I, and the jovial nature between us, gave way to the invite all of you received.
And then, as if someone threatened him with knee-breaking for being “affiliated” with me, Mr. Smith sent this out today:
“Some of you may have recently received an email indicating that tonight’s tasting was being co-hosted by the sender of that email. It further implied that there might be a new partnership between ourselves and the sender of that email.
Let us stress to you that there is no such partnership in the works and tonight’s tasting is 100% sponsored by French Country Wines, Phyllis and myself. Had the sender of the email had the courtesy to copy us on what he sent out we would have alerted you sooner.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it for tonight’s tasting!”
Phyllis & Tim
French Country Wines”
So, I’m rescinding my invitation from yesterday, as I’m obviously NOT going to be in attendance at this event.
AND, seeing as I’m pretty sure that Mr. Smith won’t be keeping his word and paying any commissions on the wines my former clients may buy tonight – or ever – any of you that felt even an inkling of loyalty to ol’ yours truly may want to consider discontinuing your ties to Mr. Smith (but that’s YOUR call to make…).
I truly thought that Smith and I had an arrangement. Never a partnership (and I NEVER used that word), but an arrangement for sure. These emails between us and the many conversations and phone calls certainly pointed that direction.
I guess it’s my fault. I should have asked more clearly what his definition of a commissioned salesman was.
Any of you wishing to discuss your opinions with me may email me back.
And if you have thoughts for Mr. Smith, he is available at: tms @ frenchcountrywines.com
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