Ok where to go from here and a warning to some

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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 11-13-2013 12:38 AM 1605 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am open to any suggestions Lets be creative

Good evening fellow Lumberjocks,

Today I was out and about running errands and came across the sign above I had started seeing these pop up all over the higher end neighborhoods but now I am seeing these or a variation of them in the ordinary neighborhoods like mine. I ran this across a local council person and he had informed me that the city had passed a ordinance to stop so called fly by night operations and house flippers from basically flooding or as he so abruptly put it littering the neighborhood with flyers for business I know in the past 2 years it has gotten out of hand and seems the others have ruined it for us woodworkers due to the nature that this includes leaving or handing out business cards on the street even fortunately I have a vendors license and can get away with this at public events with some creativity (aka a table or booth but that also has some cost) how I first found out about this was about a year ago I was marketing my chairs in the higher end neighborhood that when I was stopped by a cop and was informed of the ordinance (I was glad he was in a good mood as he could have had a arrest and ticket but chose to cut me a break and let me off with a warning) my question to you guys is how do you market your stuff without any paper form Ie: brochures, cards, postcards, and flyers in a day and age when most handcrafted woodworking is downplayed in a market by big box stores with massive budgets and deep pockets to flood local markets with postcards and ridiculously cheap furniture how are we to survive as a business also with the Higher end flea markets turning to allowing just about anybody to sell there ( I was there two years ago and was surrounded by sellers of used baby furniture and junk fished from the curb) and municipalities cracking down on paper literature. one thing that remains is online presence but to get results you have to sometimes pay steep fees or structures or pay to send bids or proposals to clients. What I am putting up to you guys is how can we be creative in getting business in without paying steep fees or being illegal.

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 12:55 AM

I think the KEY word here is “Private Property”
I could be wrong but I would think you could on public property, falls under freedom of speech.
Just go to Vegas and look at all the people on the strip handing out escort (porn) cards. IDK

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 01:00 AM

I will get a pic of the signs when I go back out but it seems to be a effort targeted toward eliminating Riff- Raff businesses and fly by nights and keeping the city clean I guess

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 01:46 AM

I am all for it because I don’t want all that junk mail and junk flyers on my property…it is a nuisance.

When I want or need something I can find it on my own and don’t need anyone trying to sell me something I didn’t know I couldn’t live without…

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 06:55 AM

Unfortunately if you can reach towards without entering private property like you letter box for example
there lies the law. No Junk mail is also effective.

Otherwise with the rising cost of ammo don’t expect a warning shot!!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 11:19 AM

Marketing and advertising in America is a pita. I’m glad to be away from it. We do get telemarketing calls here though and I feel that it is a gross invasion of privacy. It’s nice to drive through cities and and towns here in Norway without a lot of billboards, neon signs, messy business fronts, etc. This in no way hampers retail or any other kind of business here. We do get fliers in the post, but you can opt out of that if you want. I’m not at all anti business, but I find the blatant in-your-face hyper advertising stressful and irritating. Believe it or not, it really is not necessary.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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