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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by tryagain on Today at 12:00:00 AM »
I think it can vary a bit when it comes to the trade stores, the big ones like Reece and Tradelink are generally no better than Bunnings, ie just looked up the price for some 25mmx50m poly at both Reece and Bunnings and Bunnings is $59 and Reece is $79. If I go into Reece though and they give me trade prices due to my account, I'll get a cheaper price than Bunnings, and that is often the issue, it often comes down to how much the person behind the counter likes you if you don't already have an account, with Bunnings you know what you are up for. On the other hand, the local independent Nut and Bolt places beat Bunnings hands down in all price, service and availability.   
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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by rags on Yesterday at 10:50:41 PM »
Another thing that suprised me about the plumbing store staff here is the lack of knowledge of the copper n brass fittings range. From the 1st day of my apprenticeship I was taught to learn the identifiying numbers for fittings, we always had a Yorkshire book to learn from. When ordering you used fitting numbers and the merchant understood. A socket was a no1 an elbow  a no 12 , tee a 24 a reducing tee could be a 25,26 or 27 depending on where the reducing part was. The numbers went all the way to a no 69 (not sure of why a union was a 69).
I have walked into both Reece and Tradelink in SEQ and asked for a fitting by number and received blank stares.
Maybe I'm just an old timer nowadays.
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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by rags on Yesterday at 10:37:51 PM »
A 55m roll of 25mm poly pipe is $84 at Mitre 10, it’s $55 at Bunnings.
A 6m length of 90mm storm water pipe is just under $15 at Bunnings, exact same product (same brand) is just under $20 at mitre 10.

All wholesalers and “plumbing” stores are long closed by the time I’ve finished working my real job and gone to pickup the bits I need for my after hours jobs.
Shopping at Bunnings at 7:30pm on a Tuesday night is a pretty stress free experience... ;)

Agree Pete, as a "part time" plumber these days I usually end up at Bunnings. Just last weekend I went to Reece and got some press fit fittings and a roll of pex pipe. No real discount offered as I don't have an account. Went to Bunnings on Sunday and seen they have a new push fit range of fittings for pex pipe, the prices were comparable with Reece.
I have spent a few hundred thousand dollars at plumbing supplies in my day and know that they have tiered level pricing, the more you spend the bigger the discount. It always left me scratching my head about the nature of that model, big players could buy cheaper and the smaller operator no so cheap. Always made quoting competitively difficult.
These days when I walk into the plumbing shop I am treated no different to the handyman, unless I ask ( which I will). This is in part that I am a new by up in Qld whereas in NSW I frequented my preferred store and so was known to staff.
Part of the appeal with Bunnings is you can touch n feel the goods, not so at the plumbing or electrical store as you are assigned a position on the customer side of the counter.
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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by Rumpig on Yesterday at 10:28:22 PM »
A 55m roll of 25mm poly pipe is $84 at Mitre 10, it’s $55 at Bunnings.
A 6m length of 90mm storm water pipe is just under $15 at Bunnings, exact same product (same brand) is just under $20 at mitre 10.

All wholesalers and “plumbing” stores are long closed by the time I’ve finished working my real job and gone to pickup the bits I need for my after hours jobs.
Shopping at Bunnings at 7:30pm on a Tuesday night is a pretty stress free experience... ;)
Can't say I ever visit Mitre 10 stores for that very reason...if you are happy to pay Bunnings prices then more power to your hip pocket....plumbing stores usually open at 6.00 a.m and are open half days on Saturday, so easy enough for many people to get to.
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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by Pete79 on Yesterday at 09:42:51 PM »
personally I think thier range is not that good...yes they sell a lot of different items, but if it's plumbing gear I want I'll go to a plumbing supply store like Tradelink who has a bigger range, if it's electrical I go to an electrical supply store like CNW that has a bigger range, if it's timber I find Bretts has a better range overall or Finlaysons or even specialist sawmills like Enrights at Beaudesert. Bunnings used to have a bigger range, over the years they have culled what they sell down to thier biggest selling items...very smart business move, but rubbish if you want something other then certain items, they thrive on disorganised people dropping in regularly to buy stuff from them over planning ahead and getting gear much cheaper from elsewhere.
A 55m roll of 25mm poly pipe is $84 at Mitre 10, it’s $55 at Bunnings.
A 6m length of 90mm storm water pipe is just under $15 at Bunnings, exact same product (same brand) is just under $20 at mitre 10.

All wholesalers and “plumbing” stores are long closed by the time I’ve finished working my real job and gone to pickup the bits I need for my after hours jobs.
Shopping at Bunnings at 7:30pm on a Tuesday night is a pretty stress free experience... ;)
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General Discussion / Re: Whats making news - 2019 edition
« Last post by achjimmy on Yesterday at 09:27:06 PM »
Dozens of really large shopping complexes in america have also gone belly up over the last decade.  Unbelievable the sheer size of the complex and the car parks...now just a virtual wasteland.

Yep film sets for zombie movies 😂
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General Discussion / Re: AFL 2019...
« Last post by Kangaron on Yesterday at 09:09:57 PM »
Hahahahaha,
Yeah, well, looked the goods for a few minutes.
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2019 Myswag.org National Meet / Re: Pricing and Bookings!
« Last post by Rusty on Yesterday at 09:07:17 PM »
Folks I have emailed everyone their invoices for their camping fees, welcome BBQ dinner and pancake breakfast so check your emails.  Invoices need to be paid by no later than Tuesday 9th of April please.
all payed 👍

Rusty
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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by Pottsy on Yesterday at 08:55:48 PM »
but they don't really pass the savings onto customers...you can buy electrical and plumbing gear way cheaper at wholesalers, well worth the effort to go there over throwing hard earned dollars into Wesfarmers pockets.

Correct, having dealt with them for many, many years I know the type of margins they make and the below the bottom line costs involved with dealing with them.
Despite this I find myself in the stores from time to time.
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General Discussion / Re: "Daily Rant" thread 2019
« Last post by Rumpig on Yesterday at 08:49:06 PM »
Yep I agree, for specialist items dedicated trade centres are the go, but the average punter will go to the green shed because he can cover off pretty much most of what he needs to do in the one place, timber, paint, plumbing,electrical, hardware, gardening etc.
They have a very strong business model which has been incredibly successful over the years. They are strong negotiators with their suppliers, sometimes ruthless.
but they don't really pass the savings onto customers...you can buy electrical and plumbing gear way cheaper at wholesalers, well worth the effort to go there over throwing hard earned dollars into Wesfarmers pockets.
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