I spent all day with a friend. I love this friend. We're becoming better friends all the time-it started out that she was just the girlfriend of my dh's best friend. But we're hanging out more than dh and HIS friend. Anyhow, we spent all day running around to boutiques in the city, trying to sell her jewelry wholesale. It's beautiful jewelry-she hand illustrates the designs and then cuts them out of wood on a laser cutter. The boutiques are perfect places to promote it. She, however, has NO PR sense. I want to just take over, but alas, it is not my business. I had to watch her slink into each boutique, revert to this airy baby talk and stutter her way through her speech. Every once in a while I would walk by and interject her success statistics, or mention other great pointers that she totally left out. On top of all that, she spent two weeks designing a beautiful brochure to pass out with all her designs and prices. When I went to pick her up this morning, she did not have ANY printed. She printed five while we waited, and ran out half-way through the day. So we stopped at a shady copy store in the heart of the Mission, and the guy spent a half hour making terrible copies, and then tried to scam her on the price (50 bucks for 10 copies? No.). She was about to pay it! I practically jumped over the counter. I argued with him for a good three minutes-waaaaay too long-before he saw I was serious. He kept trying to tell me he wasn't dealing with me, he was dealing with my friend, because she is such a pushover and was actually handing her credit card to him. I got him down to $30, but still! That's ridiculous! That's business money! Be prepared, think ahead and have confidence in yourself. I just feel like pulling aside the next person I see and giving them a pep talk about confidence and self-respect. If you are going to sell yourself and your products, SELL THEM! Walk in and say 'how many should I send over tomorrow?'. Don't kick at the ground with your toe while talking to the counter about how your website is under construction right now, and e-mail is the best way to reach you, but ok, if you insist I'll write my phone number down..... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!