Should I give up on a sale?

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Dear Norm,
I am a fledgling neckwear designer, and I’ve finally gotten all my ducks in a row. I contacted a local menswear chain and persuaded the buyer to take a look. I sent him tie samples, fabric swatches, photos, everything. Two months ago he assured me he was going to place an order. Since then I’ve called him repeatedly, and he always tells me he’s about to fax the order, but he never does. I’m having second thoughts about doing business with someone whose word doesn’t mean anything. Should I keep pestering him?

Dear Pam,
I’d bill him for the ties with a tongue-in-cheek note. Say something like, “I’m sure you loved my ties so much, you’re probably wearing them, but as a small-business person, I have to get paid for my services. If you are not satisfied with the ties for any reason, you can always return them. Otherwise please send me a check.”
Yours truly, Norm

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