Is this the biggest threat to local tackle shops

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Dogsbody

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This weeks Angling Times has an article on Roger Surgay (Used Tackle boss)

Now we all know of Dragon Carp, Avanti and Carp Kinetics, but Roger has tied down a deals with Milo, Boss and Image. There are many Anglers who rate the Milo and Boss brands quite highly and now it appears they will be available at more reasonable cost from Rogers' Used Tackle Chain.

Add to that the 4 new stores Roger intends to open this year taking him to ten, and we have the beginning of an Angling chain store empire. Tescos, Asda Sainsbury, they all started small but now they set the rules for their suppliers.

Will the bigger brand names be able to ignore the exposure that Roger can give them?
How long before Shakespeare see the need to be in this, followed by Preston and Drennan.

Any other thoughts on this?
 

woolavy

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Fair play to him, it is business and he is obviously making good money.
I dont see a problem with it at all, people will keep going to their local shop (some of these 'superstores' are their local), and if they continue to get a good deal and decent friendly service and can get hooks/bait/terminal tackle then they'll keep going back.

The biggest killer would be the prices on bigger items, luggage, rods and reels, bivvies, beds and maybe clothing. Most smaller shops will sell less and less of these, unless they can compete with the likes of Erics, Climax and Fosters.

Also the likes of avanti, dragon, badger etc is that they are seen as starter kit, so once people see others using 'better' brands like daiwa, shimano and preston etc then they'll want to upgrade, as we all do. So will scour the interweb and look for the best deal. The locals may pass on discount, but you need to ask. They need to become more pro-active, comparing prices, putting prices physically on the items and keeping more popular kit in stock.

Another thing that doesnt help......fishery shops that sell kit (bait mostly) or insist on using their pellets, as you can sometimes go fishing early or on a sunday, and get your bait and maybe some hooks etc when you are there. Most/all of my local shops close on sundays, where as 10 or so years ago they used to open 7 til 12, but with the commercial match scene coming in, match attendances on drains/rivers/canals have dropped along with maggot based sales. Corn/meat/bread/hemp and even pellets are sourced away from tackle shops.

Oh and what gets on my nerves is shops that are not well laid out, look too jumbled and dont seem to have 'flow'....spend ages looking for bits then give up.....often the workers dont have a clue if/where their stock is.
 

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i bought all new milo new era rods from him at a very reasonable price a few years back but . he told us he buys massive container loads from abroad this is why he can be so competitve.
 

phat elvis

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maybe the bigger brands maver preston and so on may look at this and take note and also lower their prices
 
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