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Running a small business is no walk in the park, especially in the automotive industry where supply chain issues and customer expectations can create significant challenges. As a new business owner, I’ve experienced these hurdles firsthand. You don’t know what you don’t know, and learning on the job can be a steep curve.

I even had to stop taking orders for a period to get things in order and to undergo training on managing the business more efficiently. This process took longer than anticipated, but it was a necessary step to ensure that all backordered paid orders that didn’t result in chargebacks would be fulfilled before the next month is over. Additionally, these customers will receive a thank you gift card toward their next purchase, where they can experience how our new process allows us to ship orders the same day if placed by 11am.

The reality is that anyone outside of me and those close to me doesn’t truly understand the reasons behind the delays. Speculating and forming opinions without knowing the full story only aims to paint me in a negative light. This kind of judgment is not only unfair but also damaging to the hard work and effort put into overcoming these challenges.

A friend of mine who owns a Jeep Wrangler shared similar frustrations seen on their forums, where multiple companies are criticized for not shipping orders promptly. Another member commented that this has been an issue in the off-road community for 20 years, not just a recent problem. This shows that these challenges are widespread and not unique to my business.

When someone says, ‘Bottom line, you’re probably in over your head,’ without knowing the full story, it’s clear they are targeting me unfairly. How can an entire parts industry for off-road vehicles be judged so harshly, yet I get ridiculed? For all you know, I could’ve hired help and have been working hard to get ahead, only to be met with chargebacks and negative comments from those who don’t receive their orders within 30 days.

The massive number of supportive messages I receive lets me know that many others think similarly but don’t speak up to avoid dealing with individuals who are intent on damaging my brand. I blame the internet and the legacy of scammers for creating a distrustful environment. It’s unfortunate, but understandable, that people are wary.

No worries, good people. Soon, I’ll be able to say that everyone who didn’t do a chargeback has received their part as of a specific date. Over my head? Not at all. It’s about learning the proper way to navigate these challenges.

In conclusion, the automotive parts industry, especially for small businesses, is fraught with complexities. Unlike some companies on Amazon that order parts outside of the USA and make it appear easy, the reality is far different. It requires patience, dedication, and a willingness to learn and adapt. So, next time you see a small business struggling, consider the bigger picture and understand that there’s more to the story than meets the eye.


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