Sometimes You Need To Be Content With Your Decisions

23 Aug

I have been going back and forth in my head debating on writing this post, but a situation today was kind of the straw that broke the camels back. I want to avoid making this such a negative blog. There are tons of amazing things going on in my life and I really want to focus more on those, but sometimes typing things out makes my anger/anxiety better.

I am a member of several forums and facebook groups that are related to my business. They are comprised of many sellers who usually have great tips and advice. The forums are almost a family of people who work from their homes. It’s a way to socialize and network and learn. The tips from these forums have saved me thousands of dollars and hundreds of mistakes.

Most of the people in these forums are good, honest, hard working people. I hate that a few bad apples can spoil such a good experience. There is one man who runs one of the groups. Hundreds of new sellers rely on him and several other people who have been selling for a long time for tips and advice. I just have a really hard time swallowing some of the garbage he spews all over the page.

Today he posted about how he found a futon at a thrift store for $15 and is selling it for $85. Great, right? Well, he posted the Craigslist ad that he created for the futon. It was a total lie. He said the futon came from his pet free, smoke free house and his son no longer wanted it. He got it at a thrift store. He had no clue where it came from. Tons of people out there are highly allergic to pet dander. If they bought this futon thinking it had never been around pets and it had been around pets they would have wasted $85.

I think the leaders of this industry and any industry should be focusing on running a morally sound business. I find it morally wrong to flat out lie about items, especially beds. It probably doesn’t matter much if you are selling a bowl or a coffee mug, but a bed?! Someone is buying that trusting that it did come from a pet free home like you stated.

I don’t want new people to think that’s ok. I would never want an extra $50 badly enough to lie as a means of getting it. Unfortunately that’s pretty common for many businesses. I never plan to make lying a part of my business. If it makes me lose the $50 sale then so be it. At least I will be able to sleep at night knowing I am morally sound.

Off my high horse now and on to another cup of coffee.

Later days blog world!

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