BASIC FOR BUSINESS -- Examples
IV . TRANSPORT ; Examples 20-23 , page 46
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20 . TROUBLE ABOUT IMPORTING
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V . CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS ; Examples 24-30 page 52
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24 . EXPORT AND IMPORT OF FRUITS
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25 . SUGGESTION THAT GOODS MIGHT BE SENT FOR MAKER'S ACCOUNT
.We would be able to make more sales if it was possible to make quick deliveries from supplies on hand. Are you able to give approval to the suggestions that you might send us a certain amount of goods for the maker's account ? We would send in account sales frequently, for example every month and make payment straight away. We would get new supplies when necessary.
This suggestion is only made in connection with small amounts. Orders of a good size would as before be sent by you straight to clients, together with the accounts.
26 . INCREASE IN PRICES AND CHANGE OF ADDRESS
In view of the fact that the prices of work and materials is still going up, we are forced, much against our desire, to put up the prices (given in our price list of October last ) by 50%.
We are not increasing the prices, however, on orders which have been given, and are
still waiting to be put through.
Please take note of the fact that on and from . . . 10th, our office and works will be moved to . . . where we will be pleased to have orders from you as in the past.
VI . INSURANCE ; Examples 31-37, page 61
31 . QUESTION ABOUT INSURANCE
Will you kindly say if it is your desire for us to take out insurance on the consignments which come through our hands for your account, and if so, against what dangers ? We would be able to do so at very low rates.
32 . ANSWER
We take out insurance ourselves against danger of having the goods taken, broken, or damaged. We have an open cover and put every consignment on to the insurance agreement.
33 . CLAIM FOR DAMAGED GOODS
The goods from the steamer . . . seemed all right when we got them, but on looking at them with greater care, we made the discovery that five boxes had been broken open, and some goods had been taken from these :--
In addition, some of the goods still in the boxes were damaged.
You undertook delivery c.i.t., so will you take the value of these
damaged good and of those which we have not had the full amount off the amount of your account. We are keeping the damaged goods till we get your orders. Of the others, a smaller amount than was ordered seem to have been shipped.
34 . CLAIM NOT QUESTIONED
We are surprised at the complaint in your letter of the . . . about loss and damage in our consignment to you of . . . . The goods went from our store house in good order, after being looked over with care in the normal way, and the boxes had in them the full amounts name in the packing list.
Please give us more details about the condition of the boxes when you got them and we will go into the question with our sending agency.
We are making you the allowance named in your claim, and are sending the new account in two copies, under same cover.
35 . CLAIMS AGAINST PERSONS GIVING INSURANCE
The goods which came in the S.S. _____ were discovered to be damaged by water when they got here. We have had the damage valued by Lloyd's valuer here and send you his account of it under the same cover, so that you may get the amount from the persons who gave the insurance. The damage is fixed at a high per cent of the value, that is to say at 30%, as you will see from the account we send you.
36 . CLAIM SAID NOT TO BE GOOD
It seems that the goods in question were damaged through being kept on deck, and not in the goods hold. Goods taken on deck are only covered by the agreement when there is a special condition to that effect, and for this reason the persons who gave the insurance say to their regret they are unable to make themselves responsible for this loss.
Please let us have directions about what other steps, if any, we are to take for you.
VII . PAYMENT ; Examples 38-43, page 66
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IIX . OTHER QUESTIONS ; Examples 44-49, page 75
44 . THE SHOW
In answer to your request we are sending herewith a paper of the agreement which has to be signed by traders desiring to take a stand at our upcoming show.
It is our hope that you will see your way to take a stand, and get into touch with us about it early in view of the grat request for space.
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IX . BOOKS AND PAPERS ; Examples 50-58, page 84
50 . QUESTION ABOUT BOOK AGENCY
There are quite a number of English persons living here, and there is a market for books, specially cheap fiction. Will you let us have these on an agreement which lets us send back copies of which there has not been a sale?
51 . ANSWER
Our experience is that such a number of copies come back dirty and not in a condition for sale, that we have a great loss. We send a list of books with a wide public, but we are only able to take orders for which you make yourselves full responsible.
52 . QUESTION ABOUT BOOK RIGHTS
Are any works by Mr. . . . still free ? If so, please send a list of those still free, and if possible some copies for reading. Our market is a small one so we are only able to make an offer of a small payment of . . . on sales, or would make a purchase of the rights of putting the books into . . . .
53 . ANSWERS
Book rights only are free. It would be necessary to give us a payment of 10% of retail price, of books, paper covered, of which sale is made. Payment of . . . to be made when taking over the rights on account of the said amount of 10%. Rights to come back to us if not printed again inside one year after the sale of all copies of a printing. In your answer please give reference . . . .
54 . SALE OF RIGHTS OF PUTTING A BOOK INTO ANOTHER LANGUAGE
- AGREEMENT -
Between the business-house of . . . on the one side and the . . . on the other, the agreement here given has been made and signed by the two persons in question in two copies having the same words, to make clear their approval.
- Messrs. . . . say that they have the right of sale f the book, and of printing the story in parts.
- the business-house of . . . gives the business-house of . . . the right, which no other person has, of putting this work into the German language.
- The . . . will make a payment to the business -house of . . . for the . . . book-rights, of an amount down of . . . when the book comes out in . . . .
- A division of the . . . rights of printing the story in parts will be make between Messrs. . . . and . . . in such a way that the first-named get . . . per cent. and the second-named . . . per cent.
- Messrs. . . . say that the work has not so far come out in . . .
- The business-house of . . . undertake to send three (3) copies in covers, of the first printing to Messrs. . . . for their records.
- The place where the agreement has defect in law for the rights and undertaking of the two sides is the office from time to time of the . . . , at the present time . . . . . . the . . . .
55 . PAYMENT TO HAVE A PAPER REGULARLY
Desiring to take in your very interesting paper, I am sending herewith international money order for the amount of . . . being a payment for one year of the paper. Will you please send it to me regularly at this address . . .
56 . TWO COPIES OF THE SAME ORDER
Your order for a year's payment for . . . is the same as another order in your name which came through the book store . . .
Are we to send back one of those payments or send you the paper for two years?
57 . NUMBERS OF WHICH DELIVERY HAS NOT BEEN MADE
The numbers of . . . of your paper have not come to hand, so will you please send second copies of these, because it is my special desire to have all the numbers complete. I am hoping you will see your way to do this without charge.
I send an international ticket for stamps for your answer.
58 . STOPPING ORDER FOR A PAPER
In the interests of my banking-account it is necessary for me to put a stop to my order for certain papers printed outside this country.
Please take note that when the payment I have made up to the end of this month comes to an end, I will not be sending you another order.
X . REQUEST FOR A POSITION ; Examples 59-60
59 . REQUEST FOR A POSITION
I am writing to see if there is any position open in your business which I might be able to take.
I am 30 years old, and have had wide business experience. I had a position for two years with Messrs. . . . and Co., exporters of wood, as accounts assistance, and doing book-keeping work generally. I was later with the business of I. G., exporters of wood for 3 years, and here I did the letter-writing, at first under someone's control, but later acting only under the orders of the heads of the business. After that I took up my position in the business I am now in, and having quickly got into the way of the office work in connection with the business. Messrs. . . . gave me complete control of the letters to and from other countries, most of which were in Basic English, of which I have a good knowledge.
I am still with Messrs. . . . , and have every reason for the belief that they are pleased with my work, but I have a desire to make a change, for the purpose of getting a better position, into some business where there is more chance of doing responsible and interesting work. It would, however, be only right for me not to go from the business I am at present with (whose name I will give you if there is any chance that you may be able to give me a position) for at least one month after they have knowledge of my decision.
I am quick at accounts, and used to office work and organization. I am able to make an adjustment to new work and conditions very quickly. I am certain that I would be able to undertake responsible work.
I may say in addition that I am married, with a family of one, and there is nothing at all against me in my record. I send under same cover copies of the references given to me by the businesses I was with before and will let you see the references themselves at your request.
I would be pleased to give answers to any questions on other points which it might be your desire to put to me.
Hoping that you may be interested in my letter,
60 . ANSWER TO AN ADVERTISEMENT
In answer to your advertisement in the . . . for a stenographer and writing-machine expert, I am interested in the position offered.
I am 25 years old, and have had office experience for 7 years.
I am free at present, the business I was with last having been shut down because of the bad condition of trade. I have very good references.
My rates are : shorthand 120, machine-writing 80. I am in addition experienced in record-systems and office work generally.
I would be pleased to come to you for . . . at the start.
Hoping to have an answer from you,
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Special Word-list for Business : (50) (frontispiece)
acceptance, address, agency, allowance, assets, assistant, average,
bale, bankrupt, barrel, bill, broker,
certificate, charge, claim, client, code, complaint, consignment, cost, court, customs,
debit, deck, defect, delivery, export, gross, guarantee, hire, hold,
import, investment, liability, license, load, loan,
packing, pair, partner, purchase, reference, retail,
sale, sample, show, sight, strike, supply, wholesale.
Business Words Put Into Basic