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another RFD closes

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by highland chief, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. highland chief

    highland chief Donator

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    sad news,

    Gows in Dundee has closed its doors, this company has been going since 1860. I think the internet has a lot to do with these companies closing, now we don't have a RFD in Dundee. sad, I used to do the game fairs with gows and I am good friends with the previous owners. I do hope someone takes on this business.


    cheers

    gus
     
  2. CharlieFarlie

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    Gus with the talk of a ban on air rifles in Scotland is it likely anyone would want to enter into that line of business ? That said I haven't heard much about the ban subject for some time..
     
  3. highland chief

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    hi mate, gows never really stocked many air rifles, mainly shotguns/rifles and they did sell well. just heard that the shop will not open again as a gun/tackle shop. now the nearest one to me is in perth, and very expensive.

    cheers

    gus
     
  4. The Robin

    The Robin Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Sad news, we all have to support our local gun shops. I know I can get stuff cheaper online but if only a few quid cheaper I always use local shop and pay more but if he went I would have to travel more which is more cost etc etc
     
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    we used to have 2 in oxford yrs back both sadly long gone now it half hours drive now to nearest there will be a lot more to go yet i hate to say
     
  6. Chinnymonster81

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    RFD'S are never going to be high turnover businesses. The problem for them is always going to be their overheads and business rents seem to exist these days for the purpose of driving businesses out. Shame as it also means harder to get access to gunsmiths when you have a problem.
     
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    Sad sad news
     
  8. CharlieFarlie

    CharlieFarlie Busy Member

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    It is sad news... I lived north of the border for a while Gus and realise there are not many shops selling air rifle kit up there...

    I always shoped local here in the Midlands as I enjoyed visits to the gun shops and the craic when doing so.. I say did as the time has come for me to sell up as I no longer have the time or inclination to shoot these days.....
     
  9. Whistler1

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    You wont here much just now mate.....not with the referendum not far off:rolleyes:..Salmon wont want to upset any potential airgun enthusiast,into voting no:rolleyes::D
     
  10. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    The rumors were true then!

    Very sad, online and supermarkets have hit us also!!
     
  11. highland chief

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    hi mate

    I think the idiot who ran the shop for the latters stages did not have a clue what he was doing. should have left it to people who knew how to run a tackle/gun shop.

    cheers

    gus
     
  12. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    thats what I though, the original owner was brilliant when I bought my first air rifle. A fair few people said the current owner didn't have a scoobie!!
     
  13. highland chief

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    hi mate

    correct, doug masson and sandy forgan knew there stuff. but . knows where this other guy came from.

    cheers

    gus.
     
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    Gows have gone... and so has my Theoben..

    Just found out today that my Theoben Evolution that was in for repair with them has 'gone missing'!!!

    To say I'm not happy is an understatement..

    No-one can tell me who the administrator is.. or where my gun might be. Apparently a few customer guns have been 'accidently sold'.

    Looks like I have no way of recovering it as Gows Ltd are in liquidation... and I need to pursue the directors through a civil action!!!

    FUMING!!!:mad:
     
  15. Dag

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    Good point, however in times like these we can't ignore the significant difference between internet price and that shown on goods in an RFD. Sooooo.... as I feel the same as The Robin each time I have bought a rifle (twice in 6months) I have called the local RFD and told him the price I could buy it at but stated that I would prefer he had the business. Each time without hesitation he has said he would gladly match it! So he got to sell me two rifles!
    Dag
     
  16. highland chief

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    Thats bad news mate, I dont think you will see that rifle or your cash again.

    Sad times.

    Gus
     

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