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We Will Not Buy, Sell & Support Talisman Tips
You Should Do The Same
What you are about to read took place during the weeks of February 11,
2003 through March 22, 2003.
Our complaint is with Tony Jones, owner of Talisman Billiards. You
would not believe the email communications that we have been having
these past few weeks. For those of you who are not aware of this
Tony's Talisman tips are manufactured in Thailand where he resides
with his family.
As many of you know, we endeavour to bring you the best prices on all
products available. We bring in thousands of Moori tips and decided to
be a major force with Talisman tips as well. Tony's wholesale pricing
for them are as follows:
100-1000 = $3.40 per
1000-5000 = $3.00 per
5000+ = $2.50
Ok, a very decent fee structure. We decided to take the plunge and buy
the over 5000 quantity to get the $2.50 rate. He will not sell to us
because we, and I quote, "sell on ebay" and he is worried about the
"reaction of his existing customers". Can you believe this statement!
Those were his actual words/excuses. This is America, home of free
enterprise. I am one American who is not going to support a foreigner
with his rules of price fixing; which is an illegal activity in this
country. If you want to sell in this country, then play by the rules.
Ok, after receiving those statements we emailed him again and asked
him to please reconsider his position as we believe we have legal
recourse. Since then, he stated that he had spoken to his attorney
(who he states, "has offices in the USA"). Now his newer excuse it
that he "signed an agreement with a local company that gives exclusive
rights of distribution in certain territories, included in these
territories are all Internet Auction web sites, including Ebay".
He further states that, "This agreement is fully pursuant of Thai law
and has been inspected and certified legal and binding by the Thai
Ministry of Commerce and the Thai Department of Foreign Affairs".
And then he further states, "If you wish to apply to be a dealer of
Talisman products in other non-exclusive territories, we ask that you
send us a letter stating your full agreement to not sell Talisman
products on any Internet Auction web sites and a copy of your business
Does he really think he's going to get away with this nonsense? We are
going to pursue this in the days ahead. Tony states that he has
consulted with his attorney who supposedly has offices in the USA. We
requested his attorney's name, address and phone on March 21, 2003. We
are awaiting his reply which we do not beleive will be forthcoming.
As an interesting aside and an important one at that a few months
back when our friend Tony needed to (and I quote) "raise cash", he
gladly sold to us at the $2.50 level. Our money was good then but his
tub thumping about upsetting his "existing customers" does not hold
water. He wasn't concerned about his "existing customers" then. We
then reordered another quantity at the same $2.50 price and no mention
about his "existing customers".
Ok, now there are some of you who will take Tony's side and say that
he is entitled to sell to whomever he desires. Well, that may be true
but there are things called unfair competition' and price fixing'
involved here. And, let's not forget that he has sold to us on
numerous occasions. Let us not forget that he has sold to us at the
$2.50 price level. That's precedence. We have the emails which
basically state that he wants to control pricing and is afraid that we
may price cut as well as his desire to control where and how they are
sold. That's the bottom line.
If we were able to buy these tips at the $2.50 level, we would no
doubt be able to sell them at much more competitive pricing whereby
saving you (cue makers, repair guys and players) some money but Tony
won't allow us to do that. As a result, you'll be paying higher
fixed' prices and 'controlled' prices.
So, what we propose is that all us Americans band together and boycott
Talisman Tips. We really don't have much to loose and here's why
Talisman Tips were a somewhat good replacement for the Moori when
Moori's were hard to obtain and when their cost was much higher. They
were the perfect tip in their price range. That being said with Moori
so comparably priced on the retail level these days, one would have a
difficult time justifying using a Talisman. Additionally, there are
many other tips out there that are equally as good and better than the
Talisman. Please do not misunderstand us, the Talisman is an ok tip
but certainly not the best' and most certainly not comparable to a
Moori. And, we are not mentioning Moori because we are leading
suppliers of the Moori. Buy from someone else as we don't want your
business in this boycott. We just brought up the Moori as a good
We would also like to say (and we feel that it would not be fair if we
didn't) that Tony is a very nice sort of chap. He has always done the
right thing with us and has always been most gracious. Recently, his
business practices, decisions and ethics, in our opinion, are less
than honourable. If you want to sell in this country, then do so by
the rules of free enterprise and free marketing.
Join with us and boycott Talisman tips. Thank you for reading this and
we will not comment any further on this topic as time is precious.
Remember, why buy Talisman when you can buy the much more superior
Moori Tip for a couple dollars more per tip. There is no comparison
and the Moori are easier to install as they do not shred (when
shaping) as does the Talisman. This is one of the problems with the
Talisman tip as mentioned on the Talisman web site. Installation of a
Talisman requires practice or a professional to do the job correctly.
We have also withdrawn our support of the Talisman tip whereby not
allowing Tony to use our logo and statements as we have previously
allowed him to do.
Wishing all of you the very best.
Barringer Custom Cues
2514 NW Boca Raton Blvd.
Boca Raton, Fl 33431
Web Site: <http://www.BarringerCues.com>
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The Saudis are boycotting American goods. Let us return the favor. We
are boycotting mid-east oil imports. Everytime I fill my car or
Harley, it is frustrating to think that I am supporting the very
people who are trying to destroy us. Here are the culprits.
We are only purchasing gas at the following stations who import zero
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