Dealing with dealers

Petra Joy

Believe it or not the distribution for “Feeling it!” is still not sorted. I have had a few small wholesellers placing orders only to promptly follow them with not-so-nice emails, suspecting me of selling the film to other dealers at a better price. But of course I charge everyone the same price. What has happened is that some of these small whole sellers offered the film to the women’s sex shops below my list price. This is a confusing practice spreading rumours and suspicion. I don’t know why they are selling the DVDs on for such low prices, often just earning 2 Euros per film (in contrast to the shop owners who are able to sell to retail). The only explanation that I have is that it’s a clever way of getting new customers who will buy also other products from them.

I never had any idea how bad the competition between the small wholesellers is and my ears are burning from all the bad mouthing about the competing companies I was told. It is so hard to know who to trust and which comments to believe in. At the end of the day I just want my films to be in the shops so that the retail customers have a choice to buy “Feeling it!” or other porn.

I really wish I did not have to deal with distribution side of production and could just focus all my energy into my creativity. That is my strength and I feel if I am the one wheeling and dealing I get easily disillusioned which dampens my spirit of excitement and optimism for future film projects.

I am still waiting to hear from a big wholeseller to see if they will take on “Feeling it!”. There was a meeting two weeks ago and now all I can do is wait. Please keep your fingers crossed for me as this deal could help to clear my loan for the last production. I need a big order to be able to continue on my path.

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