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Nobody in their right mind would buy Trix from Gaugemaster. If you buy it from Germany it would be much cheaper.

Unfortunately a lot of the Trix kits are now out of production and Gaugemaster are probably the last shops in Europe to stock these kits due to their outrageous prices. I'd do a search on Ebay If I was you.
 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 29 Sep 2006, 08:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Do I sence that most people think that Gaugemaster over charge the punter ?


I've found them to be higher priced than most. They certainly aren't in the same range as Hattons or Rails.

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With all due respect, Gaugemaster (AKA The Engine Shed) simply have to keep their prices at the recommended retail. If they started discounting they would upset the retailers who purchase Trix (& many other ranges) that they import.

This goes, to a certain extent to other retailers who also import & wholesale.

These companies could discount to retail, but they would lose trade sales. Believe me, retailers in the UK struggle to make a sustainable profit margin. It may very well be different for reatilers in Germany, but that's the way it is in the UK.

I would agree that some prices do seem high - I also find other trades/professions/products expensive - it would (to me at least) be interesting to know what business people who critisise UK retailers are in !

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The reason prices are high here is that there is an extra link in the chain. For every extra link there is someone who has to get a cut and the price goes up accordingly.

As a consumer I look for the best possible price regardless of where or who it is. Retailers in Germany can buy direct from Trix or whoever at a more reasonable price than a dealer here could.

The only UK retailers I criticise are those selling overpriced goods. I can see why they are overpriced but I prefer to buy my German outline from lower priced German stores. Similarly I buy all my UK outline from British stores who have the best prices on British outline.

Oh, and I work in Insurance.
 

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QUOTE Retailers in Germany can buy direct from Trix or whoever at a more reasonable price than a dealer here could.
Retailers in the UK can buy direct from Trix (& many other manufacurs as well) if they can achieve the turnover.

Personally, I'm sure the German retailers get a better deal direct or otherwise. The other factor is the discount structure - everytime the turn over increases the dealer gets another 1% or so off (& this is 1% off then 1% off which works out at more than 2%).
That explains a lot. As German outline here is only a niche, it will never get the volume sales to reduce the prices.

QUOTE Oh, and I work in Insurance.
Lets cut the brokers out then ! (Seriously though my last van renewal from N****** U**** Direct was for about £850 - through a Broker with guess who - N****** U**** Direct around £550 for exactly the same policy/cover. Brokers add on a hefty whack but they do get preferential treatment for their customers. Their clients get paid out on things that would normally get knocked back due to their buying power. So their are advantages to being with a broker. It's unusual for a broker to be cheaper than going to the insurer direct though. Sound like you got a good deal.

QUOTE It' just a great pity that the playing field is not level !

It never is though, is it Brian? Can you think of any area of life that is really fair? I can't
 
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