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jel

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icon_smile_sad.gif Tell me is it me, or are tackle shops very clicky. When you walk
in ,it all goes very quite.And if you ask if theres any casters !well
lets just say i dont often get any .If you are one of these guys that are allways in takle shops,no offence but make us all welcome !does anyone else have this problem ???

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Tony

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Hi jel,

I think I know what you mean its a bit like walking into one of those out of the way pubs and everyone shuts up and stares at you as though youve just got out of a shiny spaceshuttle from mars. icon_smile.gif

I dont get it often but I suppose its because I'm one the shops regulars the same as the pubs, it may just be the stranger in town syndrome icon_smile_big.gif
So c'mon everyone spare a thought for the stranger as he walks to the counter and give them the kind of welcome that they get here.

Sometimes with casters though I find that it is better to phone the shop a couple of days in advance and order them especially if you want a few pints for the weekend otherwise when you do get there they sometimes genuinely have run out.

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Ziptrev

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Yeah, I agree totally, I've spent loads in the last 3 months at my local shop, but very rarely get the odd pence knocked off a bill , even if its over 50!
Also, it's like an out of work, daytime drop in!
You'll have 6 guys sitting on chairs, chatting and smoking away (I'm a smoker, but rarely do you find a shop these days that allow smoking in the sales area) and they invariably sit in front of the display stands for hooks,accessories etc. and your craning round em looking for the right pattern. Feel uncomfortable when they sigh heavily and reluctantly move!
I'd be out doing it, not talking about it!
However,I'm most of the way up to the frozen North here! so I'll probably be well accepted when I'm 90 lol
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What a wonderful subject!! I used to work in what was loughton angling centre and what you say is all correct. Firstly casters. The team get the best, the regulars get the rest. If there are any spilt on the floor then new commers get them.

Tackle shop groupies, someone should do a thesis on this race - lol. To qualify you must:-

A - be able to smole 60 jps in an afternoon
B - be able to drink copeous amounts of tea from the dirtiest mug in the world.
C - snub any suggestion or comment made by anybody
D - know everything about everything, but nothing about anything
E - talk the best match ever, but have never even picked up a section.
F - and finally, spend all day in the shop, then spen 3 on rubbish and expect a 3.50 discount.

Tell me any of that isn't true?

Just on the subject of discount. We all know fishing tackle shops are having a hard time making money. Do you get money off in sainsbury's, boots, mothercare etc? no is the answer. I say 'don't go in expecting a discount as they need to make a living too'. If your offered a discount just accept it. Believe me, the most anoying thing from behind a counter of a tackle shop is a big miserable arse expecting money off even though he has spent 20 minutes telling you the shop is useless and void of tackle!! Sorry, but that's my thoughts.

Long live the groupies (some of the most famous are Jack Johnson from the london area who has done his stints in A1 angling, Trevs, Boyers etc. and the late jimmy chan from the leicester area. A good friend and true groupie.

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Hi jel,

I must agree with you some shops can be very clicky and often the owner is best mates with the ones in front of the counter but at the end of the day can they afford to turn away the trade?
Tonys got a valid point about the pubs, and I suppose if you dont like the atmosphere vote with your feet because at the end of the day someone will more than gladly take your money and make you feel happy to give it.

There should be an award for the 'friendliest tackle shop in GB' and I think I'll start a new thread on that <<inspired>>

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Hey cyp lol, you describe my local click perfectly!
But you missed the toilet!, After all that tea,they crowd into the back room, stepping over piles of discarded wrapping paper, cut off bits of pole tips and elastics etc, to the never any paper,cracked seat toilet and in demonstarting just how hard the strike was,
manage to swing their Pole all over the floor lol!
However, on discounts, youre Joking!
Can see the last time you went shopping!
Yes Sainsbutys etc. all offer discounts, Tescos (loyalty cards) Boots and Wh Smiths (purchase cards) even the local Garage gives Argos Points!!!
I'm not talking about 3p off 1/2 pint o maggots, Simply the way I was always treated in the old Marks and Marlow shopping days, when invariably a bill fo bait,accessories and like yesterday a 2nd Pole cup kit,'cos my new damn pole doesnt take the old 1, for 65.37. Charged in full!
'call it 65.00 mate', woulda been a gesture worth a lot more trade for that guy, Hell I took my sons in there at Xmas, and They've had over 500 in the last 2 months from me, but thats been half what I would have spent, if they were interested, 'cos I've just started back re-equipping.
Like Dave said, I voted with my feet and used the mail order guys,that I reported on in Awards.
Unfortunately the tackle trade is not noted for their professionalism and the internet,switched on mail order Companies, like AA or the one in Suffolk jel refers to elsewhere,Bennets, pushing their EMAP best award and the foreign giants like Askari are gonna see them off or reduce them to bait suppliers!
Twas ever thus,
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Trev,
Couldn't agree more except in you mentioning Bennetts. I have ordered from them 3 times and to be honest wice the service has been bad. 7 weeks after paying for two sets of top 3 sections for my pole the second set finally arrived Saturday last.
WMAC have been pretty good.

Geoff
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Terri

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I never had much trouble in the shops around Birmingham that ive been in. The best one was on holidat a few years back. I was fishing on the broads and went intothis big shop cant remember the name of now an dasked for a couple of pints of maggots. They wouldnt put them into a bag cos there were some law against it to do with a mini mart next door. Cos I didnt have a tub with me they gave me one free and spent 2 hours telling me where ot fish, how and when.

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Cyp,
That's spooky,have you ever been into LEE ANGLING?the only thing you missed was the importance of the office (the bookies next door)
On a more serious note,the obviouse thing is that the dealers tend to look after their regulars first & foremost,if you are into match fishing don't go to a shop that specialises in carp/speci tackle & visa versa.try and see if your local club has a tackle dealer amongst the members.
Once you find a dealer that suits you,stick with him,don't just use him for your pint of maggots/bag of groundbait.Thinking of buying that new rod or reel? Don't be so keen to go "Mail Order"just because it's a bit cheaper,don't forget the postage,will they want to help if you have a problem with your purchace? Give your local dealer a chance to do a deal,he may not be able to match the price of the Big Boys,but i'll wager that he will be grateful for the business,who knows it may even open the door to that elusive pint of casters in the future!
For a lot of the small tackle dealers it's quite a precarious way to earn a living.Support your local dealer,they may be a bit quirky and clicky but if they dissappear do you really fancy a thirty mile round trip to get your bait? it could turn into a very expensive pint of maggots!
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Ziptrev

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Geoff,
Sorry to give the wrong impression about Bennetts, 'cos I've had similar experience with them.
The Point I tried to make was that they are 'pushing' 'capitalising' or 'hyping' the recent 'Best mail order suppliers' and people take this sort of award seriously.
I was in the same position when I worked and went out of my way to fight that sort of competition with impact words like 'local' 'immediate''no delay' 'Post as bad with you as us Sir' lol
and for my money a good local supplier with the personal touch will always beat the far distant guys.
BUT I use em, because I respect professionalism and haven't got money to burn. I do mean long distance, cos after a problem with Askari, phoned Bromley and was diverted to Silke in Bremen ,Germany, the head Office! Couldn't have been more helpful by the way.
So its as it always was,provide the extra touch, the EDGE ,in local knowledge, helpfulness,price or service,or drift along in a low level existence, or close.
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Rico

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The problem i have is actually receiving the wanted items, for instance if i need Kamasans they throw Mustad at me, no Kamasans,if i ask for breakaway weights, i get gemini, i ask for tea, i get coffee, plenty of tea but i still get coffee, i think tackle shops have too much coffee.
 

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The main thing is ......................
Is it really paranioa if they are out to get you?




Ps here have a virus on me icon_smile_big.gif


Alan
You've just been moderated


Edited by - Trogg on 17 January 2002 11:59:39 PM
 

Peter

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Oi Trogg,
Have this one on me

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Peter hope you don't mind but i've edited your post to show the pic mate

Edited by - Trogg on 18 January 2002 12:22:49 AM
 

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Peter

Did you grab that one from AN after i put on there a while ago?
(I actually had an email from someone who posts on there having a go at me for trying to give them a virus LOL)

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Peter

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Hi Cyp,
Lewisham,its run by Tony Mayers

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Edited by - peter on 18 January 2002 07:40:14 AM
 
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