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(Betsy Puckett commented on this post. I have edited the original postto reflect points she made and I apologize for any errors in the original post. Independent retailers in the lawn and garden industry are going through tough times as well. Many of us had stood strong with distributors and manufacturers alike to get through these turbulent times. Many independents are beginning to fight back and are no longer devoting the space, inventory and advertising to brands that shift their emphasis to mass market and box store retailers. Scotts Miracle Gro, Monrovia, Proven Winners and more are excellent examples.)
Betsy Puckett Droll Yankees
Some include the Yankee Flipper, X1 Seed Saver, and a popular humming bird feeder. In fact Wal Mart .com lists 60 Droll Yankee products for sale. THIS IS MORE THAN SOME.......... LABELED DROLL YANKEES. Droll Yankee states that many of the models sold on walmart.com are from a company called Plum Struck and they do not know who they are or where they buy DY feeders from.
Droll Yankees offers to replace any feeder in your store that too closely resembles feeders in Wal Mart.
Droll Yankees claims the reason for selling to Wal-Mart was to keep their factory busy when sales fell at other dealers. They also issued a thinly veiled threat about possibly out sourcing their production.
Yet again another business built by independent garden centers, pet shops and birding stores has given in to the box stores, this time Wal-Mart.
To Droll Yankees I say this: had you the need to sell to another channel you could developed a private label for Wal-Mart, increased your sales, kept your factory busy and, protected your existing retailing network.
Any retailer and distributor would certainly understand the need to broaden your customer base
Garden advice you can dig!