If you know me and know the way I conduct my business you know that being the #1 Retailer in the United States is not all that important to me but if by claiming this position I am saying thank you to every customer who has ordered from me then I raise my hand! I have all of you to thank for it and for this purpose alone I will announce it and feel all the gratitude for you, the collectors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart as everyone at Trollbeads Gallery does.
If you know me you also know I work on my website and on spreading the word of Trollbeads 7 days a week and between 8 hours to 12 hours a day. It's been my life for 8 years and it's my life by choice because I truly love Trollbeads. It was 5 years ago at the first Trollbeads Fest we held, that the director from the then Trollbeads distributor announced I was the top retailer in the U.S. and to this day I can remember the cheers that broke out and I remember feeling the pride coming from my dedication to the brand and not from my ego.
Sometime last year, after 4 years at the top, I lost my position as the top retailer by another retailer who purchased more inventory than they needed. Apparently just to become number one and once they did they had this posted everywhere. On their site, their Facebook page and everywhere in between. It didn't bother me as I knew by the way I conduct my business and by the way I support Trollbeads, I was still doing my best. Best for myself, best by my customers and best by Trollbeads. If you are wondering how I figured they over bought inventory to become #1 I know because just recently they had a 40% unauthorized sale on their Trollbeads because as they said themselves "to reduce inventory." Now I have nothing against a retailer doing what they must to stay in business but when it hurts the brand I have been supporting with years of my time, when it hurts the value of all of our collections and when it gives them a large step up above all other retailers who play by the rules...than I do hold it against them. I am only human.
In my mind I am happy Trollbeads Gallery is #1 again but it means nothing if being #1 is only based on the quantity purchased from Trollbeads. So much more goes into it and the grace with which a retailer conducts their business which in turn reflects the best on Trollbeads is what I feel is the most important.
Here's to looking forward to the next large release which is coming out very soon!! Yeah!Don't forget that Mother's Day is quickly coming up and there is no better way to tell your mother how you feel than through Trollbeads. The Mother's Day 2014 Trollbeads collection.
* I took this photo quite a few years back when these beads came out. From left to right they are the Violet Flower, Golden Quartz and the Azure Bubbles.