Should be Interesting

Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by clubshot, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. clubshot

    clubshot Member

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    Seems many Shooter believe that many remaining Air Gun Dealers
    Are ripping them off after years of using
    Mail Order Houses and knock Down prices ;)

    Should be interesting if Credit Crunch really bit's
    As believe that many more Air Gun Shops will be closing in the Next 12 months

    As many are aware I am part involved in the Trade as assist Hugh @ Pax Gun's

    All I can say is Glad that I do not depend on the Trade for a Living

    Many have moans about the lack of Stock in the Shop
    But aware that it is not viable to Stock the Shop with Stock
    As the return's do not warrent the time and Effort and outlay

    Lucky Hugh has the Pellet side operating out of the same premises ;)

    I also visit retail Air Gun Shops - Marketing Phoenix Air Guns and Pax Pellets
    And really wonder how some survive within the trade ;)

    But well remember visiting the Gun Shot in East Barnet - which was my Local Gun Shop
    Which did have a good selection of Air Gun's and accessories
    When I guy come in a spent half a morning trying out several outfits
    To inform Joe - Owner that He would be returning later to buy a Outfit - Before VCR Bill
    To return with outfit in Boxes - brought from then Mail Order House and then asking Joe if he would
    Set it up for him -

    Wonder why He and Boxes was Shown the Door

    Has since reduced Air Gun Range as to many time Wasters ;)

    BOB/R
     
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  2. mpr

    mpr might not remember

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    It's a show room
    People like to see before they buy.
    Choise.
    Pick up .
    Feel see. Compair.
    I my self bought a gun mail order.
    Big mistake on me
     
  3. RobF

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    11 year old thread
     
  4. Conor

    Conor Never been banned from sales Staff Member

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    With 4yr old spelling, punctuation and grammar. :)
     
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  5. Roger Pardy

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    & probably more relevant now than when it was written? I wonder how many have closed in those 11 yrs?
    There are 2 reasons I try to buy locally. .. 1. I like to see what I'm getting, 2. I like to support local business.
    The demise of the high Street is quite sad, I'd rather pay a few quid more & have the opportunity to walk into a shop & get advice from someone who knows what they're selling tbh.
     
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  6. mpr

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    But it's on this web site .so 11yrs old out dated
     
  7. hmangphilly

    hmangphilly Floppy Quick Phil

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    Where do you go Roger
     
  8. Roger Pardy

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    It was a generalisation about shopping not just shooting because I've only been doing this for a few months. However, the scope I bought from John Marsh (
    ?) in Wimborne. I'll be looking for a new jacket soon though so who knows
     
  9. cloverleaf

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    I'd suggest this post is very timely and relevant.

    As predicted I suspect many gun shops have gone under since it was written - I know of at least four local to me that have gone under in the past 5yrs.
     
  10. RobF

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    Sure, but I'd say that's probably bucking the trend in some high streets. Bournemouth high street has been decimated. Yet others are fine.

    A long time ago I said that the things you'd visit a shop for are for things you need to check size and feel of, other items not so. The VCR act has probably helped some shops, however those that have failed to grasp the opportunity the internet has offered for non VCR items I suspect have struggled. Shops per se are less relevant for known quantity items. And these days online media does a pretty good job of supplying reviews and feedback. Certainly ones that just existed because they filled a geographical hole have struggled.

    I'll admit the only time I visit a gunshop is for a fill these days. I might pop into one for a browse if close by but my purchasing is almost entirely done online and has been for years. Outside of guns it's no different. Cash has gone the same way. There's only two things I need cash for now, one is going to competitions & the club and the other is the barbers who currently don't take card/phone.

    If I could sort a decent compressor I think my gunshop visits would probably cease. That's not to say I wouldn't order from them, it's just I wouldn't bother visiting them. Like many places these days they could be in an out of town warehouse park paying a lot less rates.

    The joke of it is that mail order has been around since the 80's when my Saturday job was working in a gunshop packaging up mail order items. You only have to look at a mag from the 80's/90's to see huge listings of stock covering double pages... reason being was that it was a huge channel even then. It is nothing new and Bob's post shows there was plenty of warning, even if somehow mail order seemed like a novelty even 10 years back.
     
  11. hmangphilly

    hmangphilly Floppy Quick Phil

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    Hard for retailers Nowadays mate .

    Plenty of overheads , and money tied up in stock .

    Margins are tight .

    I remember my old boss cheesed off because 'customers would come in , use up the sales staff time , try on £ 100s worth of clothing and helmets....
    Then scan the bar codes and leave .
     
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  12. mpr

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    It s because we all shop on line.
    Don't sound so surprised.
    It's cheaper more because they don't have to pay the concil tax as much as the town trader. They close down .And in move the charity shop. Into the the same shop and pay next to nothing
     

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