I bought new appetizer plates this week. Actually, the color was a little off and I wanted to send them back. Was told I would still have to pay the original shipping charge of $30.00, the return shipping charge of $30.00 more dollars and a restocking fee of $25.00. Damn, they only cost $120.00 in the first place. Needless to say, the plates were put into service.
While looking at options, I had several salesmen come in to meet with me. I asked them what some of the other restaurants in the area were using. I got several options, and then a recap of how much such and such restaurant spent on their initial order. Several were close to $200,000.00. Yes, that’s two-hundred-thousand dollars.
I bought a restaurant (now Babette’s) for $80,000.00 in 1992. The salesmen got very quiet after hearing that.