Bought 46" LCD TV today - Curry's margin?

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  1. smillion

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    Saw a fantastic TV is Currys today. Great salesman. Knew his stuff and convinced us was what we needed for the PS3 etc. 1080p TV for those that are in the know.

    Store price £1,599
    Curry's web price £1,599

    Went home to "think about it." - in truth they were in stock - I just couldn't envisage getting it in the E class

    Amazon price £1,099

    Its coming Monday am!

    Now thats service.

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    They are getting cheaper - Just bought a Sony Bravia 26" 1080p with the bit and bobs for £450 , somewhat depressing after having purchased it's big brother 32" in Indonesia for £289.
     
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    Although £500 is a great saving, the store you went to has high overheads and, as you admit, knowledgeable staff that took the time to explain everything you wanted to know. I think it's slightly off to then go and order it from an online warehouse. I would have haggled a bit with the store but accepted that they provided a service that I should pay for.








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    Hard as it may be , it will make up for all the time when the staff don't know whether they are blown up or stuffed.

    I'll start another one off - I went to a Sainsury's superstore where they have now instituted Self Service checkouts . Notwithstanding the total chaos when someone double swipes an item or requires approval for alcohol - I was asked if I would care to try it - I reply that no, I was quite happy to wait for a "normal" checkout -

    I was asked "why?" - as I said , If I buy a George Michael CD , I don't expect to have to sing on it.
     
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    Regarding Curry`s I think they do some good deals now and again but they magically are out of stock until the sale is finished. Happened to me with this Olympus E410 that I saw an advert on Friday. Went to buy it and they never had any stock. I have checked the website, there is none for home delivery, and none in stores in Bristol, Swindon, Reading, London -wtf, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool basically nowhere. I called them and they told me that they have none anywhere. Sale started Friday and Saturday morning there was none. The store in Swindon never had one to start with. The cheeky git had the nerve to tell me that they will get stock on Monday (when the price doubles again).
     
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    I quite agree. Normally I try to support retailers, especially the independants in my local town. We had gone to Curry's in Swindon (1/2 an hour away) because they do have a big demonstration set up.

    We saw, we liked, and I enquired whether I would find the TV on the web any cheaper and perhaps there might be a deal to be done? He called up Curry's website and said it was the same price. If I had bought it, got it home, and then realised that the very same TV was available for £500 less, I would have been very disappointed (to say the least).

    I wrote this post as much out of releif, as well as surprise, as the post suggests, the margins Curry's work to. Do we expect that Amazon sell at less than cost? I think not. The advice in Currys for once was excellent, but not £500 worth. ;)
     
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    I would agree if the staff in these "shops" had the faintest idea about the products they are selling. Unfortunately, they don't. As far as Comet, Currys, PC World etc. are concerned, their operations are all about shifting large quantities of stock and the calibre of sales staff is very low indeed.

    The best quality information is almost always to be found online. Doing your own research is the best way to proceed, then buy on the basis of best price.

    There are some specialised retailers (such as high end hi-fi) where you do get expert advice, and I agree that this advice is worth paying for. But the products that those retailers sell are unlikely to be available much more cheaply elsewhere.
     
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    One of the best places to start your hunt for the cheapest is http://www.robertwhyteltd.co.uk/index.asp most if not all come with a 5 year warranty bought a 46" Sony from them about 6 weeks ago worked out £1K cheaper than comet and with the 5 year warranty.

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    I walked into that....

    Strange that we may consider to pay £500 over the top for a TV but we blanch at paying 20p a bottle more for wine from our local guy - no wonder the big boys run the local retailers out of town . I always try to give the local offy the chance to get a bit closer with price , and mostly , given the chance , they can.
     
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    I worked at currys for 4 years... at the time, the stock system was rubbish... almost everything had to be ordered from main warehouse and customers would have to wait up to 2 weeks for anything non standard..
    They do charge more, thats because of the costs of running these expensive retail units and the staff they have.
    unfortunately it is very very difficult to get decent staff to work for £5.35 plus only 1% commission (after the first £1000 they sell on any day)....

    I was the best salesman in the west midlands area for 3 years running and went back to work for them over xmas's even when i was an investment banker... i used to make a lot of commision there, but the other staff secretly hated me as "i took all their sales"....
    I used to sell a lot of their warranties which is what they loved...

    its not a nice environment to work in if you are good at your job...
     
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