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Article | January 31, 2001
New Bagging Machine Sourced Online
Shipwreck Beads, Olympia, WA, a major supplier of beads and associated products to the jewelry and clothing accessories industries, needed a new bagging machine.
In the past it would search in phone books or directories to find a supplier. In September 2000 Shipwreck Beads owner Glenn Vincent typed in the keywords bagging and/or packaging on Apple Computers Internet search engine Sherlock. Vincent found Sharp Packaging Systems Web site (www.sharppackaging.com) and researched its bagging machinery. Sharp (Sussex WI) includes a photo and video of its machinery explanations of standard features specifications and options and lists the base retail price. I really spent quite a bit of time on the site Vincent told Net Sourcing. He then contacted Sharp over the telephone for specific information on its products. [After researching online] I was more informed and able to make a purchasing decision a lot faster than if I had to wait for information via the mail or even fax he says. Shipwreck Beads bought a BPS-2 bagging machine with a thermal-transfer imprinter. The purchase was made offline. I spent $27 before I even saw the machine says Vincent. I had to wait 40 days for the equipment because Sharp builds each machine to order. When asked why he decided to purchase offline Vincent replied This is new territory. I am much more familiar now but there are specific questions that come up that I would not know how to ask online. You need someone who is an expert and who is live . . . and I hate to type! Nevertheless Vincent estimates that researching the equipment purchase via the Web saved about a weeks worth of sourcing time. E.F.
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