You Can Get Away with Using the Minimum, but Is It Worth It?
The lock was broken. The bag just would not shut properly anymore. Granted, this fine specimen of a leather bag was 10 years old. But it had done me great service carrying my laptop through numerous travels and countries, and I was having a hard time letting go.
I knew there was little chance of finding a replacement lock after all this time. (I was residing in Australia at the time, but had purchased the bag prior to that while living in Germany.)
I am nothing if not persistent…if you haven’t noticed yet So I called up the company and boldly asked if there was anything they could do to help.
Long story short, they actually sent a replacement lock all the way from Germany to Australia. And on top of it…free of charge. Wow! This company had really gone the extra step, and as a result, had gained my enduring trust and loyalty.
Now, I understand it’s not that easy to create loyal customers these days. But one way, to my mind, is always taking that infamous extra step. Its the way you show you care and that your customer or potential customer is worth it.
Case in point (size).
I get a lot of extra-large postcards in the mail these days—a trend you’ve probably noticed as well. The larger size garners more attention.
Of the nine cards I collected in one week to test for this post, most had at least a 10-pt. caliper, likely because of their size (up to 6×11˝). The U.S. Postal Service asks for a minimum 7-pt. caliper for regular-sized postcards and a 9-pt. caliper for letter-sized cards.
But because of their larger size, the 10-pt. postcards still felt rather floppy. Sadly, the most flimsy of the cards—a bare-minimum, 9-pt. caliper—was from a printing industry association. (Don’t get me started.)