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I have yet to visit any model shop in the UK seriously into model railways and with a high street presence that does not have material in the front window promoting the brands that it offers. It would be a poor shopkeeper who does not do this. I might be wrong but it is normal for trade customers to pay for this material. Certainly when I was an ice cream salesman Walls used to charge for their promotional stuff. Walls did have a points system whereby sales earnt you points and you could spend points rather than money on promotional material.

And Bachmann would be crazy to request the removal of the Hornby material as the Kernow Model Centre would look a bit naked without it and it might put potential new vistors off from visiting! Bachmann are not stupid and they know that in Joe Publics mind Hornby are the brand that gets the wanabees through the door. Once through the door the hobby shop can then introduce wanabees to the world of Bachmann!

I guess its the same with Marklin in Germany and the major brand in the USA whichever that happens to be (Lionel perhaps?)

Happy modelling
Gary

PS well done to Kernow! They must be one of the most isolated outlets in the UK. A lighthouse in the middle of a large ocean.
 

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QUOTE What a lovely thought - Gary on his stop me and buy one tricycle!

But seriously Gary is that when they were still based at Barnwood?

We are talking Walls Ice Cream based in Aberystwyth and serving North Wales late 1960's/early 1970's and now closed. Do you remember Sky Rays and 3D's and the brand new Walls Cornish Ice Cream that came in at that time that was extremely popular! Even Funny Faces when introduced were a best seller! My personal favourite was the 77 which was a strawberry and vanilla ice cream lolly with a toffee centre coated with broken biscuits and chocolate. It was introduced to compete with the Lyons Maid Fab and sadly was very short lived as it was not a success. This was all pre Magnum and Cornetto.

Talk of Cornish Ice Cream is appropriate given the subject of this discussion!


Any one for a cream tea?


I bet you that Kernows has a Cornish Clotted Cream Tea House within 50 yards of the shop and that Tony Lowe and David Haarhaus of Bachmann went there on their visit!

Happy modelling
Gary
 
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