O.K. so imagine this....... You create a one of a kind product (6 ft round yoga mat). It has taken you forever to source the material, figure out how to cut it, create a logo, have many classes on prototypes that you made and then find out from students what they would like to have on the mat to delineate the quadrants. So you start making them for your students, then others want them. you create a website, make a DVD, start selling them on a website. A large online yoga props supply company comes along and says "hey we would love to carry your mats" hmmmmmmm O.K. they seem like good guys. You get a good relationship going, start talking about drop shipping so they can spend more on promoting your product.... 8 months later after they have sold about 100 of your mats, no phone call, no e-mail, they take your idea and start to make another round mat like yours and are able to sell it for less because they can get the material for less, have more advertising, more money to advertise, need I say more...........
Mandalayogamat.com is the original 6 ft round yoga mat. Created by a dedicated yogi and her brother, each mat made with love and care. A grass roots company wanting to bring yoga to more people and help them create a more expressive practice.
The other company, in my opinion, has no morals and no respect for the people that they do business with. That is my opinion from my experience with them. All they would have needed to do would be to answer my e-mail or phone and say thanks for supplying us with your mats but we have now decided to make our own. But there was no communication.
Do any of those people even practice yoga? Do they treat each other the way they treat their suppliers????? Is it that important to make those extra dollars on a mat sale to treat another person with such disrespect?
I knew that another round mat would come out on the market, it is all good, I just didn't expect it to be with the company we were supplying to.
You decide...... Big business - small business..... who do you want to support?