Of course it's a scam. You don't even meet the most basic condition of qualifying for a Port Supply account, which is being engaged in a marine-related business full-time.not a scam...
i meet most of whats needed except the total money spent, of which i am about 500 short.
With respect, if you are a legitimate business you should have no trouble "qualifying for and keeping an account". The parameters for this appear to be clearly defined and if you comply, you comply. This is not taken away from you by someone else trying to score a discount.Well, you ain't the only average joe boater who has considered pulling the wool over Port Supply's eyes. Just makes qualifying for and keeping an account that much harder for legitimate marine businesses like mine.
While all of this was going on the owner of Marine maintenance Co. came in to the store. He asked the store guy what is my price on winter anti-freeze this year. When the store guy told him, I was thinking what the hell I just paid $3.99. But then he said OK, I need 8 pallets. I asked, there are 240 gallons to a pallet.
How many years would it take you to go through EIGHT pallets of anti-freeze???
BTW, my real objection to WM is more that their "retail" prices are often above the manufacturer's retail prices.
Dog, the guy goes to different boat yards to shrink wrap and winterize boats for his costumers. In the summers he does light mechanical work, sort of like a boat handy man. He has a good business going for him. The best thing about him is shows up when he says he will.
I don't own a pleasure boat (but I do own three work boats), so please save us your misguided and erroneous attempts at painting me as the bad guy.I'll bet that when you buy stuff for your own boat you don't offer to pay the retail price for it. Right?? So please save us the sanctimonious lesson.
Well, you make a good point, except that many marine businesses (mine included) don't buy any where near that much stuff wholesale. My wholesale purchases are primarily zincs (which I do not buy from Port Supply) and holding tank treatment for the pumpout service I own, which I do buy from Port Supply. My guess is that other marine businesses (boat washers, brightwork people etc.) who are doing it full-time also do not have to buy a lot of inventory or big ticket items.If they were really serious about accounts being for "full time marine business" then the purchasing requirement would be $1500 a month, not per year.
I guess I don't see what the big problem is. If PS thinks he qualifies for a card, then so be it. Fstbttms has a legitimate marine business, but it doesn't sound like he buys much from PS in the course of his normal business. PS is in the business of selling parts and supplies. Why would they care whether they sell a detailer 2K per year or someone else 2K per year? It sounds like they have tiered pricing based on volume anyway so it's unlikely that anyone we've been talking about is getting much of a discount.I think Fstbttms is right... unless you're primarily doing installations or commissioning boats, most marine business are more service rather than product related, and the amount of products they order are relatively minimal. A friend of mine does boat detailing, and he does a lot of business, but the materials he'd have to buy from West Marine, that he can't get anywhere else at a better price, are rather minor—yet he has a Port Supply account.