I cannot believe my eyes

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    Thanks for the response Mike.

    Obviously the pre-existing network of brick-and-mortar distributors suppling technical info and materials for landscapers is a great way to go for lighting manufacturers, to reach the green industry.

    The problem is that lv lighting is not irrigation and should have differences in it's model. Also, most of these distrib's approach the whole thing as specialty side jobs for their irrigation guys, and they don't invest in inventory and education. That results in uninformed purchases, misinformed technical info, expensive prices, delays in delivery, limited choices, and lack of colleagual street gossip for the illumination industry.

    I just figure let the free market do it's thing, the DYI go to Home Depot and the landscaper go to JDL, while the illuminator goes to an lv lighting specialist. If I have to do this by internet-phone-UPS, so be it. Now, I just want to make it clear, that I am extremeley pleased with my illuminator distributor for all reasons mentioned aboved.

    Do most irrigation guys go to electrical contractor suppliers? Plumbing suppliers? No, they go to irrigation suppliers.

    I hate governmant regulations, but after seeing what the DYI's and side-job guys are doing, I beg for lv licensing.
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    My main distributor is Longhorn irrigation supply here in Texas and Rich Swor is actually a CLVLT!! He has taken the time to understand this industry and it shows in the way that he takes care of his customers.
  3. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    Paul, you are very lucky. Is this your only distributor? I have made a descision to stick with just one. As my business picks up, I'm sure they will appreciate it.

    This will make orders so much easier and transactions faster, and paperwork/accounting a heck of a lot easier.
  4. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Distributor loyalty is a great way to get very good pricing. Just make sure you check in every once in a while to make sure you keep them in check. If you're giving them all of your business, then they darn well better be giving you some bottom of the barrell prices.
  5. ccfree

    ccfree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Ewing is a pretty good lighting distributor too! They are CLVLT's too!
  6. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I agree with ya Chris. I think I am finally on track with pricing with my dist but I check in when solicited by other distributors. Also make sure you look at the bottom line. Some offer discounts or free shipping while others have lower prices and inflated ship charges.

    Man I really miss having a well stocked local dist already and its only been 2 weeks!
  7. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    I also do business with Terradek (Gerry De La Vega CLVLT) and CLL. All of these distributors are top notch and know the industry well.

    It's very important that you do business with someone who really knows what they are doing.

    Craig, I know that you are a CLVLT but I would not say that "Ewing distributors" are CLVLTs. I also would not say that all of Longhorn, Terradek and CLLs employees are CLVLTs. Just making sure that there is no confusion.
  8. seolatlanta

    seolatlanta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Hey Billy

    What do you mean?

    "Man I really miss having a well stocked local dist already and its only been 2 weeks!"

    Did AJ close SOLD? I am sure that does hurt if that is the case.

    Hope you are doing well. I hope you can find a way to make it to the AOLP conference. A guy as eager as yourself who has totally immersed himself in the industry can really come from there with some useful knowledge.
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    AJ merged both FOLD and SOLD into a larger location which he will carry more stock. If you ever saw the FOLD warehouse you would know it was busting at the seams with product and was really cramped. From what I understand his new location is much much bigger. But now I need to stock stuff. Before if I had a trans problem or needed an off the wall lamp I could just call Jannet here and run and pick it up. Was super nice.

    Murphys law applied. As soon as buiness started jumping for me and another contractor here he closed up lol.
  10. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Welcome to my world Billy! My distributor is TerraDek (3-4 hours away). Actually its quite nice tho I can get quite a bit of product at my door step in 1-2 days. I also can get Unique locally at an irrigation distributor altho the stock can get limited at times.

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