Originally Posted by SchmoozerJoe
Not every business/sponsor has savvy marketing skills... or branding skills.
"For those that are unfamiliar with us, we used to be Static Nine in the bay area, until we changed up the ownership. Many (some?) of us are still here and moving towards new and exciting directions."
Or something like that.
I wonder if they still sell Miata products for more than it would cost you to order directly from the manufacturer (even after factoring in shipping costs)?
That never seemed like a viable business model to me, but what do I know. I'm just a lowly consumer.
So this is an issue we've been running into recently... and I'm not sure how to fix it at this point. The shop "SBGarage" is a completely different business than us "SakeBomb Garage LLC". Our website is sakebombgarage.com their website is sbgperformance.com . "SBGarage" used to be "Static Nine Garage"
SakeBomb Garage LLC (us) has been in business for 7 years, in the FD community only so far but have been working to expand into the Miata arena. Since we're not a repair shop, only a R/D and internet sales, last year we tried to team up with Static Nine keeping the two companies separate but having them do local sales and installations. I had a sales office in their shop for a couple months, and we were trying to team up under one unified name and they wanted to get away from their previous name Static Nine... so I suggested we operate together and under the SakeBomb Garage name.
Suffice to say, in short order the relationship went sour for reasons I won't get into... and we've been dealing with the aftermath ever since. We're still trying to regain inventory that went over there, so far with little luck, and it may end up just being a loss. Since we're both located in California (we're in Santa Clara, they are in SF) it's been even more confusing trying to separate ourselves from them. Lesson learned, but it's been affecting our business now for months and it's an unfortunate situation.
To make matters worse, on certain forums they are using the established forum name we've had for years on various forums which was 'SBGarage'. We've been a paying vendor on RX7Club for years, and were a supporting vendor for a couple years before that. We've been in business 7+ years... and I'm really not sure how to prevent the company reputations from bleeding over into each other at this point. It's a bad situation, and if anyone's got suggestions to help differentiate the two I'm all ears. We've got an outstanding reputation on the RX7Club forum and have for many years. Please see our "join date" below on RX&Club... we're quite established, and have been for a long time. Unfortunately all I can say is, look us up, we don't have anything negative associated with us (aside from being a bit slow on headlight Group Buy deliveries
Again our website SAKEBOMB GARAGE LLC
is NOT in any way connected to or associated with sbgarage / sbgarage performance / sbgperformance.com
Suffice to say we've been in business for quite some time and have many upcoming Miata products in the works to add to our growing list.