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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 28 Sep 2006, 10:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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.

Neil,

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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Brian
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 29 Sep 2006, 00:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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%).

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.

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

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Brian
 
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