There is a long story. The story starts when we asked our customers their advice and what to do. Should we be listing these exorbitantly priced products or not?
Here is how it started, with an email Brooklyn Textiles and Equipment sent to all our customers:
Our customers voted in the survey and here are the survey results as of June 6th:
So what did we decide?
So here is what we decided to do:
1. We decided to keep the products on the website for now.
2. We are going to provide a discount code. This code will give anybody who needs help a 10% off (we will be losing a little bit of money on each order using this code) on all Lysol and Clorox products. Please, if you have to have these products and can afford to pay for them go ahead. If you still want these products but can't afford to pay for them please use code "help". We will be selling them at a slight loss to you. We hope this helps.
And here are a few (anonymized) comments we received in the "other" category of our survey by email directly :
My mom Sheryl is immune compromised and I can't thank you enough for making lysol spray and your handwipes available for purchase. She lives in PA and I've had the products shipped to her there. It is in short supply. Nonexistant really.
I answered the one question survey for her because she's not tech saavy. She lives one state over, in PA. It was a YES.
My thought: the clorox spray with bleach could probably go because it's something that can be made at home with regular bleach.
Also I imagine you guys are competing against yourselves selling lysol wipes versus your own brand.
Why not sell lysol wipes to drive traffic to your site. When people arrive point out on the site you offer your own brand as a cheaper alternative. You can reduce your inventory on the lysol wipes and it will say "sold out" but people may not care if they see your wipes are available.
But lysol disinfectant spray is gold- no one has had it for months. I bought a can for myself, one for my elderly dad and two for my disabled mom all on your site. If you are buying it off ebay for resale that might not make sense. I would report the price gouging at the wholesale level to the state attorney general's office. If you can sell more cans individually it might make more sense but I'm not sure.
Also include a brief disclaimer on your site that your team apologizes for the high prices but you are reselling at a very low margin because you want to do the right thing. I think you'll get plenty of people who will understand.
Sorry for the long email. I'm very grateful you had the lysol disinfectant spray and we bought your handwipes and regular disinfecting wipes. Mom says she's using it all. And I've told dozens of people about your site already.
Open up sale of lysol disinfectant spray to the world, not just select customers. Your business will probably explode. Amazon, Walmart and Target are consistently, completely out.
Just my thoughts."
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