Buying mail order goods

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[?] What do you look for when buying mail order.

I have only got two items from mail order, my shimano reels.

I got them from a reputable firm, Chapmans.

First i looked at price,after sales and delivery.

What do you look for, and would you buy from a new mail order company [?][?][?]



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Price is an important factor, as well as customer service but my latest order has been placed with Bennetts of Sheffield.

They do 5 months interest free credit, which I like 'cos it doesnt't feel like you're spending 'real' money............until the bill comes, of course!!

I've ordered stuff thru Nimpopo and Swiftys and I've been impressed with both - the goods were delivered within a day or so as orderedand their prices are reasonable.

Bennetts have taken almost a fortnight and I still haven't got my order, but they have to do a credit check first, etc, first.

If they haven't delivered by tomorrow, I'm going to send them an email to enquire as to when I'll receive the goods.

So, in terms of customer service, I wouldn't recommend Bennetts but as I say I wanted the stuff now and don't have the cash at the minute.

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Are you talking just fishing stuff Toma?

Assuming you are, my two main reasons for using mail order are availability and price. Good service is also important.

Availability is key. Mail order spreads the search for what I want nationwide and normally some-one will be able to sell me what I am looking for, often with the added bonus of a cheaper price too.

Same thing applies to non fishing stuff. You can get a much better deal and find exactly what you are looking for.

I finds the down side is when something is not working as expected or not quite right. It's difficult to know whether there is a genuine fault with something if you haven't got other ones to compare it with.

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Now then me ol mucker....Well l get my gear from WMAC in the West Midlands...great gear, great deals, just waiting for my match rod and specialist rod to arrive....both Pro Performance...if its as good as the power feeder and avon rod.....l will be impressed....

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.... and yes I would buy from a new mail order company. I am quite comfortable that the recent Distance Selling Act protects me and my credit card companies are very good at freezing disputed transactions.

However normally I would ring them first so I could get a feel for the sort of people running the new company before just going ahead and ordering something.

See here for distance selling regs.

Are you thinking of starting up your own mail order company the Toma?

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When it comes to Mail Order it has to be Value For Money.

I have only ever used Mail Order for 1 pole and 2 rods,even with these i gave my local shop the opportunity to match or come close to the mail order price.
Had they offered a price within 20 they would have got the business on both occaisions.

Frankly i always try to buy from my local shop as i don't want to have a 20ml round trip in 5 years time just to get a pint of bait.[:D][;)]


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peter i agree with you what you are saying about driving 20 mile for your bait when your local tackle shop closes down

but when your local tackle shop tries to stick it up you all the time you have to draw he line and go else were

some of the prices for tackle in your local tackle shop compared to the prices to mail order shops is just so high that i don't know how some of them are still open today

eg=magnetic hook box-local shop =13
mail order=5

worm scissors local tackle shop = 7
mail order -= 2.99

maggot riddle local shop 8
mail order 3.00

i could go on for ever

but don't you think if the prices of the tackle shops come down then everyone would say
hold on i don't need to go mail order,, and in the long run tackle shops would make a lot more money

some times it is always a question of greed
and the greedy always loose

ps i know the tackle shops pays more in the first place for the goods

i would also bet a pound to a penny that they (tackle shops) make more profit per individual item than the mail order companies

so come tackle shops lower your prices by about 20% and get at-least 50% more custom

it makes sense to me






 
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I own a small tackle shop & if I lowered my prices by 20% then I couldn't pay the rent/rates!
Last year I averaged less than 2 per hour as wages for myself.
I have seen stuff advertised M/O at prices that are less than what it costs me to buy the stuff in at.
I don't object to competition & on a lot of things can get close on price but some of these big shops are using "loss leader" tactics[V]

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LoL Lid no mate i'm not, cannot afford it,i'm skint.Just wondered what makes people buy mail order [;)]




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do you think the mail order companies are trying to close down the small local shops?

and then when they have done ----put the prices right up






 

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Agree with Peter. Always try to get my tackle from the local tackle shop, unless for some reason he won't or can't move on price and the difference is too big. I don't mind spending a couple of quid more on side tackle and 10 or so quid on rods & reels.
I'd prefer them to stay in business. The atmosphere & advice is better on a one to one and he checks the goods with me so I know their O.K. Pity B.O.S. couldn't do the same.
If we don't support our local shops they'll become extinct as a lot of them in my area already have.

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And if we were to all close down and mail order had the monopoly on fishing tackle,what do you think would happen to prices then.
Your prices will go through the roof and if you have a problem with any of the tackle you will have a two to three week turn around which is cr*p.
Dont misunderstand me,I`m all in favour of getting tackle at a discount price,but at what cost to the fishing industry itself.
And anyway,I can insult you better than someone on the other end of the phone who has to be polite.[:D][:D]

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I see where you are coming from Tiny, in our tackle shop the custermer gets a better class of insult [;)][;)][;)].

Norm low prices from the mail order, easy mate buy direct and cut the middle man out.

Mike what tackle do you sell mate, up here its a seasonal, winter more sea gear summer coarse.

February and March seem to be the worst months for the tackle sales.

Seems as tho its a split between mail order and the local tackle shop.

I prfere the local tackle shop i must admit,but on that i'm biased,norm shut yer gob.

But on the other hand, some of the mail order people do have stuff what the local tackle shop cannot get.

Thanks lads [;)][;)]




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i dont know about you guys but i only have to go into my local tackle shop for a pint of bait i end up spending about 20 on terminal stuff shot,floats,hooks ect all the kind of stuff that the cost of P&P would make uneconomical from a mail order shop,so even if i do buy mail order the local tackle shop always ends up with the bulk of my money

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Well it seems i get the best of both worlds my local tackle shop is Fishermans Friend a major discount tackle supplier &as ad's in all the major angling mag's paper's everyweek.

I much prefer to see what i'm buying 1st if it's a major item like rod's reel's clothing etc. dont mind ordering from others for line hooks etc from WMAC,Humbersie Angling Centre,North West Angling Centre,Leslie's of Luton etc




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If I see anything that I fancy in one of the mail order adds I take the add to my local tackle shop (which is about 20 miles away) and he has always matched the price or given me better tackle for the same price

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That would be great if my tackle shop could do that. I find that they just can't get hold of the major items I want in the first place, so there isn't even an opportunity to price match. I still end up spending 10 - 20 quid on bait and bits each visit though.

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