Reader to Reader: What’s your salon’s policy on booth renters retailing?

Says one reader:  "We are very lucky to be able to retail in our salon. It pays my rent!"

We are very lucky to be able to retail in our salon. In fact, that is what pays my rent. The manicurist next to me competes with me to see who sells the most.

Jan White, Genesis Salon and Spa, Reno, Nev.

I follow the IRS guidelines. The majority of salons here in my city ignore the rights that booth renters have. I not only allow booth renters to retail, I encourage it I have a better salon for it and all my renters are pretty content.

Ethel Kraus, Showoffs Beauty Salon, Claremore, Okla.

In our salon, booth renters can sell whatever products we want that are not sold by the salon.

Adrianne Lewis, Expressions Salon & Spa, Lansing, Mich.

I am the only nail technician in the salon and am allowed to retail out of my own room. I take care of everything, keep my own records, pay for everything, and I have my own seller’s permit. The salon owner does not get involved. I sell about 15 nail-related items.

Joyce Wholf, Cut-N-Loose, Woodland, Calif.

The atmosphere that I work in is that of a professional salon and beauty supply that retails professional styling aids. We, as booth renters, are allowed to retail whatever products we choose as long as we have a sales tax ID, and display it. For the most part, I have only sold nail items such as glue, buffers, and a brand of polish not offered by the shop so as not to interfere with the salon’s sales.

Janice Reams, Nails, Please!, Houston

We can retail in our own space and we have a common space for retailing that we all have access to. We have a small boutique where we sell products — and not all of them are hair or nail related. We have gift items, greeting cards, and teas. Retailing is up to each- individual technician.

Charley Graham, Final Cut Salon, Oklahoma City

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