If you Google "History of Padlocks," you'll receive over 998,000 site choices in a split second. Padlocks in some form have been around almost forever. One of the limitations that existed for years with any keyed padlock was the fact that it had to be on a different key from door locks in a...
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Your commercial customer will benefit from your ability to offer a wider range of products that will fit with their existing master key system. In addition, you have the option of creating a new restricted, high-security or patented keying system. These padlocks enable you to offer your customers the convenience of one key fits all.
Finally, it's up to you to let your customer know you offer this service. Most consumers still think of a padlock as a 'separate key only' choice.
Here are two suggestions. One, buy or make a display board for your counter to show everyone that walks in to get a key cut that you can offer something that the big-box home center can't. Show a knob or lever, a deadbolt and a padlock all working off the same key. Title it "Try Me!"
Two, make up a simple one-page flyer with your company information and a picture of a padlock. Insert a question such as "Do You Need a Padlock That Works on Your Home or Office Key?" Hand one of these out with each invoice or receipt. Do it on every job, even on a car opening. Offer a free or reduced set-up charge if they buy it during this service call.
Stop and think about it, if you don't promote – read sell – your company and its products and services to each and every customer, who else is going to do it?
For more information on American Lock Commercial Products, contact your favorite locksmith distributor or visit www.americanlock.com.