TRUNK NUMBER 8

                                          HANDCUFFS AND ESCAPE EQUIPMENT
                                                                           by

                                                               IAN McCOLL

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                                                 The end of a dream hobby 1980 - 2011

 

Unfortunately my business is longer running and here is the reason why..

 

2009 Cannon’s starting being subtly deceitful. (Long story)

When they discounted prices for some people heavily I asked them “Is this coming out of their profit or my costs?” It seems that to clinch a sale they discounted but the cost was born by me. I told them that it was immoral to do it without consulting me.

As they are patriotic republican USA Christians and so-called righteous people and Mark was also a cop, I thought they might have been honest. Being reminded that their actions and dealings were immoral by anyone’s standards mustn’t have gone over well. The revengeful nature of patriotic Americans meant my name and business would suffer and it did.

 

Within a month they said they were going to close at the end of the year.

I said for my part of the business, six months would be fine (Jan 2011 to Jun 2011)

Mark never emailed or responded. I only heard from Sheila and that was only belief statement, like ‘where do you want your stuff sent?’ and ‘pay us postage costs to get your stuff sent back to you’.

 

A friend phoned Mark in Jan 2011 and asked what was going on, Mark said he wouldn’t help me or even pass on my names if asked.

 

I thought they would keep trading for the next 6 month and still take orders for me to make stuff, they didn’t! All they did was sell off what they had in stock.

As I didn’t know what was happening, I just thought business was slow and I waited, and waited. (no point emailing them as I knew they wouldn’t reply)

 

They showed no respect for any of their former or potential future customers. Even people needed anything fixed as a warrantee wouldn’t have been told who or where to go to.

 

Over the years Mark pleaded with me not have any other distributors so the business would be just ours and sell unique items. When they sold off everything, they sold many of my unique items to other competitor magic shops, so I couldn’t compete with my own products. They still have a website and are probably selling items made with the knowledge and intellectual property of mine, without my consent

 

I don’t even have my books to sell as they have kept my only master copy of the books when my computer failed in 2011. I consider it stolen after all these years.

 

My cash flow dried up while waiting and my trust in Americans, ( in the six months of 2011 I got three inquires from Americans who wanted to be my distributors and two of them were just as distrustful)

 

I started with Joe Tanner of Wheeler Tanner escapes and it ended as he was distrustful. After about 5 years on my own, I tried again with Mark and Sheila Cannon, after 11 years they turned out to be just as bad. I’d have to be foolish to try another if a Christian cop and his wife don’t cut the grade.

 

In the end all the fun was gone and I was left with nothing.

I have thousands of dollars of parts and no desire to do anything with them.

 

to all those professional escape artists and amateurs I have assisted over all those years, thank you and sorry I cannot help you in the future.

imccoll@dcsi.net.au