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Old 07-29-2008, 07:49 AM   #41  
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I also make jewelry and sold some to the local Christian bookstore. Immediately after they bought about $300, a bracelet was stolen. I asked the manager what would have happened had it been on consignment, and she told me it would have been at my own risk. As it was, it was the STORE's loss since they had purchased the jewelry. Had I had things on consignment, I would have lost a $30+ sterling silver bracelet. It made me think that next I ever consider consignment, I'll include something in the contract about stealing and the store's liablity. Currently, the store continues to BUY from me, and I like it that way!
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:57 PM   #42  
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Sorry for your loss. Some people have a lot of nerve!! A couple of weeks ago my friend was at a stampfest with a table. She had a large sample board and I had made 15 card fronts for her. Funny thing was someone lifted a card that she had sent to someone else and borrowed back for the show. It already had writting in it and everything!! Not really much use to anyone. I guess people just steal to steal. Wierd world!!
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Oh I am so sorry this happened to you... I have been very hesitant in placing my cards in stores for that very reason.. I hope something wonderful happens in return that makes you smile.
Look at it this way, someone really admires your work to the point they would resort to thievery to own it...twisted but fact.
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I also make jewelry and sold some to the local Christian bookstore. Immediately after they bought about $300, a bracelet was stolen. I asked the manager what would have happened had it been on consignment, and she told me it would have been at my own risk. As it was, it was the STORE's loss since they had purchased the jewelry. Had I had things on consignment, I would have lost a $30+ sterling silver bracelet. It made me think that next I ever consider consignment, I'll include something in the contract about stealing and the store's liablity. Currently, the store continues to BUY from me, and I like it that way!
wow, stealing from a Christian bookstore. that's admirable...
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I sold jewelry I made in the late 60's and early 70's. I had this happen with a consignment shop where they had the women crafters selling their things there, working a day occassionally to get a lower discount on the stuff they sold there. I had about 70% of my inventory gone suddenly. There was absolutely no incentive for them to care about the inventory. I did meet with the owner about this but I don't think they did anything about it. I would never sell on consignment again. Sell your things outright to them wholesale. That's how they buy the rest of the things they sell. YOU get your money and it's up to them to take care of the inventory.

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The more I think about this the more I think you should file a police report.

I know it would probably be a misdemeanor even IF they found the culprit but it may be that you would be covered by the owner's insurance for your loss but they would need a police report. Given the amount I think it would be worth considering.
She can't put in for a loss on the store's insurance. Also putting in $100 claims is NOT a good idea. Good way to get your policy cancelled.
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She can't put in for a loss on the store's insurance. Also putting in $100 claims is NOT a good idea. Good way to get your policy cancelled.
I've never had a shop so I don't know the ins and outs of the store's insurance I was just thinking about liabilities as this "crime" happened on the store's property - I know the law can be an pain however to me this isn't any different than someone injurying themselves on the property and the shop being liable. By stocking the merchandise the shop owner has tacitly accepted liability for the safety of the product. Just like by opening her doors for the public to browse she has accepted liability for the safety of the public that come into her shop. If you leave something/anything in someone's care there is a reasonable expectation for them to keep it safe.
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"however to me this isn't any different than someone injurying themselves on the property and the shop being liable. By stocking the merchandise the shop owner has tacitly accepted liability for the safety of the product." River Isis

It is different from a person falling on the property. It would depend on what was written in an agreement. I took it to the owner of the shop when I realized they were sitting chatting and not caring that the high school students coming in were stealing my jewelry.

I was a personal lines insurance agent for 15 years and the above was not personal opinion. No one can put in a claim against someone else's policy. Incidently I had a terrible fall at the Radisson Hilton two years ago while coordinating a continuing education class for mental health people. I returned books that had not sold the next day. I took them home as the stuff all had to be sorted through, and repackaged for Fed X. The bellhop had one of those luggage carts blocking the sidewalk. I had about a 30 pound box in my arms. I had to step off the sidewalk to go around the darn thing, and was wearing a new pair of clogs with a different heel than my other pairs. It didn't look like much of a drop down on the grass, but was deceiving. My ankle rolled as I began to step off and I went down hard on both knees on the concrete. I have no health insurance. I was in extreme pain, and for days. I finally went to an orthopedics dr who said I should have an MRI.
I put in a claim against Radisson for hurting myself on their property. The bellhop tried to say I was walking backwards. (???!!) Even though the sidewalk was blocked, the claim was denied. An attorney said I'd have to pay about $5000 out of pocket to even bring a case to them.
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:15 PM   #49  
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OH how very sad ~ Your cards are beautiful and very well done. It is a shame that people do this and have no respect for the work that others do in this day and age. What happened to the Golden Rule!?!!!
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After thinking about this, I totally agree.

And to have that much time to sift through and pick and choose and nobody noticing?! Baffles me.

AND who is to say it wasn't an employee that took the cards?
Hmm...i have to agree. Are you sure it wasn't HER who took them?? Or did she SELL them and told you they were stolen so as to not give you your fair cut? Either way, I don't blame you for removing them. I would be leary of a store owner who doesn't watch her store close enough to prevent such well-thought and blantant shoplifting!! And then to take her commission on top of it?? What a you-know-what!!
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:41 PM   #51  
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That is such a bummer! I am suspicious of that daughter too. I hope you try to sell your cards again...they must be good if someone is willing to steal them! Good luck!
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I want to thank all of those who have responded. I really appreciate it. After much thought, I've decided to just let it go. I'm going to chalk it up to life experience and a lesson learned the hard way. Next time I'll be wiser and do things different. Blessings to all.
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Honestly, I don't think I'd bother with the police report. You aren't the store owner and not to add insult to injury, but its not a significant dollar amount that was lost. The police aren't going to persue it, but what you can do is go into the shop when the owner and her daughter is there and say that you are filing a report. Mention again specifically which cards went MIA and maybe if the daughter was the guilty party, she'll have a hard time giving the cards away because her mother will know which ones they were.
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Is it possible that while she was away they were sold and no one kept track of them? How does she keep track of what she sells? Does she keep a log? Maybe the person running the store when they were sold just didn't bother writing it down. So someone purchsed them, but you didn't get your credit. Can you ask her if that was possible?
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All the cards were written on an invoice the same as the other merchandise. The owner went throught the invoices while I was there with her.
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I totally agree with the ones who say file a police report. It may have been a consignment shop, but part of the reason they charge a fee on sales is they are there to run the shop and be there on your behalf. Their job is to watch the goods in the shoppe and wait on customers. They should be responsible for any loss, unless you signed a contract stating the opposite. I wonder if there is a law pertaining to this kind of shoppes sales? In any event, I think your gut feeling could be right...it was an inside job. Someone in that shop felt comfortable enough (like they own the place) to go through your stuff and take them as if they were their own.... Its just so sad, and ironic. I would maybe adopt a cash up front policy to any future sales. Best of luck to you!~
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:48 PM   #57  
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We can speculate fourteen ways to Friday and still not know if it's the truth of the situation. I think OP is wise to use it as a live and learn lesson. I'm sorry that it was an expensive one.
(My spec is that possibly the kid is used to just taking/using stuff from her mom's shop, if perchance mom is not a super watchful business person, and doesn't insist on control of inventory. I think of when I was a kid, my parents had a small snack bar as part of their business. At first we kids thought we could just have a bottle of soda or a candy bar when we wanted, like at home, until Dad sat us down and told us how we had to sell 5 bars to make up for the loss of one. Kids can think that inventory is 'stuff that mom owns' without really realizing how it all works.)
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