I thought long and hard before posting this but decided to go ahead as it might prove useful to anyone currently considering whether to proceed with this type of arrangement.
I took out an agreement to rent some wall space at a venue. This took the form of me paying a rent each month and then being free to display my pictures and revolve them as appropriate. It’s different from sale or return, as with sale or return there is a documented process i.e. you leave x goods and at the end of a period, you take back x goods and any that are sold, you receive the money for.
At the end of the period of renting, I collected my pictures. Since the last end of month period (all sales are tallied and paid at the end of each month) two were missing. I received payment for one, but not the other as the owner claimed they could not trace a transaction for the missing picture. She concluded it must have been stolen (the first time this had ever happened to her) and therefore it was my responsibility.
My purpose in this post is not to look for comments about whether this was true or not - personally, I believe it to be untrue because a person walking out of the shop with a big picture under their arm (too big to hide under a coat) is an impossibility. I believe what has happened is the transaction has been made and then, for whatever reason, the sale has not be attributed to me.
My purpose in posting is to say that if you are considering this type of arrangement, you need to be prepared that whatever stock you leave, if that stock goes missing, there is nothing you can do to get your rightful money back. This puts you at risk from at worst, dishonest traders and at best, accounting errors by well meaning but incompetent people. So I would say to anyone considering renting a shelf, do so only if you are prepared to lose the stock that you leave. Yes such incidents are hopefully few and far between, but it is a risk. It’s not worth claiming insurance for such a small amount either, so the fact that my stock is insured is irrelevant…
My way forward for selling for me is only wholesale or direct sale as anything else is just weighed too heavily in favour of the shop owner.
Sorry for a miserable/ negative type post but hopefully it’ll be useful for people thinking about committing themselves to such an agreement.