We didn't come up with this, but we're putting it up all over our showroom as we feel it's a crucial tip. Here's a short list of what the internet doesn't do for you: 1) You can't type in your food service related problems on the internet and get a solution from an industry professional. 2) The internet doesn't tell you what you need, you have to tell it exactly what you need. 3) The internet can't design your kitchen, prep areas, hood systems, walk-in coolers & freezers, refrigeration systems or bars. 4) The internet can't specify manufacturers, model numbers, finishes, accessories, sizes or power requirements. 5) The internet can't confirm the above or take measurements at your job site to make sure that everything will fit properly. 6) The internet can't regularly answer the many questions from architects, general contractors, designers, plumbers, electricians and your food service staff. 7) The internet doesn't check your job site during construction for any issues that may conflict with the proper operation or installation of your equipment 8) The internet doesn't receive, check for damage, protect and store your equipment in its warehouse and then deliver it to your job site when it's ready to be installed. 9) The internet doesn't provide industry trained and insured professionals to deliver, unload, uncrate, assemble & set the equipment in place and protect it again at your job site. 10) The internet doesn't remove all of the packaging and waste materials. 11) The internet takes no responsibility for your mistake when you order something incorrectly. My best clients are those who now have a garage packed with items that they ordered incorrectly on the internet. 12) The internet doesn't do equipment start-ups, training or answer operational questions from your staff. 13) The internet doesn't take service calls days, nights, weekends and especially holidays. 14) The internet makes you pay in advance.
Or are they... The Internet is great for a lot of things but maybe not so much when you're looking for quality equipment and supplies for your restaurant. Here's a look at a short list of things to expect. 1) Allows you to play "Russian Roulette" unless your truly know what you're doing, and whom you're doing it with. 2) It may open you up to a sales tax investigation and/or audit. This is especially true of large interstate dollar purchases. FYI, all internet sales are reported to the tax collection agencies of each state that their orders ship to. And, if you’re not charged sales tax by your seller, you are legally obligated to report & pay sales tax to your state tax collection agency. Or... as I recently heard: 'In the absence of information, low price always wins.'