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Trying To Support Your Local RFD

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Tan, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Tan

    Tan Donator

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    Hello.

    I try and do this as much as I can. I may not be a big spender, but I'll happily drive for miles if I have to, just so I can put some money into the pocket of a local RFD, instead of buying off the Internet.

    Normally I go to Sandwell Field Sports, and they are fantastic, but today I had a number of errands to run and time was an issue. So, I went to one that is closer -- all I needed was some swivel studs.

    Now for most of us who know, swivel studs usually retail for around £2.95. However, this RFD wanted £5.90, which I wasn't too pleased about but I paid, nevertheless. I did tell him that these are normally £3.00 everywhere else, and in the age of the Internet, he would have to examine his prices if he wants to hold onto customers. He didn't respond, other than smile in an awkward manner.

    Then I noticed that the packet didn't have the washers that normally come with the item. I mentioned this and the RFD went into the back and brought me a pair -- and then asked for an extra pound. I paid (bringing the total to £6.90), went back to my car and looked at what I had just bought. When I noticed that the washers were worn and yellow-ish in colour, I wasn't too pleased. I returned to the shop and asked for a refund (which they gave).

    Maybe the Internet is a better option these days...

    T.
     
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  2. Meteor62

    Meteor62 Major Poster

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    Well sounds like he had your pants down there mate but he won't do it again will he? Good of you to resist naming and shaming him, personally I would have done (show him the real power of the internet) I'll bet you regret shelling out now? I had my pants ripped off and was viciously buggered in a gun shop in Coventry ( no need to name, there's only one) he charged me I think a smidge under £200 for a hatsan 60 (think it was the 60 the .22 model anyway) second hand , I gets home and find they are cheaper brand new!


    Anyway if it helps your sore bum any, if you need some swivels I have some uncle mike qd jobs you can have for free.
     
  3. eagle1980

    eagle1980 Engaging Member

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    Unfortunately this is the same across the board, The internet is generally able to offer a better deal due to lower overheads on the business
    I think with everything myself and the wife purchase these days we always find ourselves checking online for a price comparison.
     
  4. rabbitraider1

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    I must admit the gun shop near me (Livens) in Burton is better than the internet, I bought a BSA ultra off the internet and they sent it there, which I'm glad they did because I didn't know it existed. Its usually the same price as the cheapest I could get online and otherwise cheaper, plus the main guy that works there is very helpful.

    On the other hand one of my mates dragged me to check one out in Derby where first of all they tried to tell me the bear minimum a scope for a centrefire will cost is £1000 and that they will be the only ones that will work and then tried to sell me a cabinet corrosion inhibitor as a wipe down cloth :p
     
  5. leaky5

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    Yeah I had the same thing yesterday, but was plesently suprised at the price I paid in the end. I needed a pair of swivels quickly (waiting for a bulk order at the moment from the US), so rang round 3 shops about 15 miles away. I normally use Riflesports in Grays if I need them urgently, they charge £8.50 a pair.
    First shop said they had them for £10 for the swivels.
    Second had Jack Pyke swivels and studs (and washers) for £10
    Third did not really know what he had.

    Went to the first shop which I wanted to have a nose around any way as I had not been there before, turns out their ones were 1.25" and not 1", so were no good to me anyway. So got them from the 2nd shop anyway.
     
  6. Tan

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    Yes, please. That will certainly help with the soreness!

    T.
     
  7. NorfolkDave

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    Being a shop owner, I always try and do this as well. Last week I went in for some split barrel bands for a sling. He told me he had some coming in, so I asked him to phone me when they came in. On the off chance I popped in yesterday and there they were on the shelf. You can't help some people.

    Dave
     
  8. Tatts

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    I don't bother anymore. The last time i went to BAR I came out wondering how they're still in business and if any of the staff actually know anything, what a joke that was.
    My local RFD's are either tackle shops too so stock very little, the others don't stock much either unless you want cheap springers and it can take a month to order something in.
     
  9. Cymru-Dave

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    Living where I do there aren't a great amount of choice on where to go to get stuff so I buy from the internet because they are cheaper and provide good service and can get the items quickly. My local doesn't look at me when I go in, isn't very enthused when I ask him about a rifle it's just one word answers which really mean buy it or get out I wanted to buy local so I had a place to go to if I had issues but I don't think I would get much help, he didn't give me a chance so I won't give him one, his loss as I had a wad of cash in my back pocket ready to spend, also his prices are a lot higher, I understand they have overheads but so do the mainstream shops like BAR and Solware they just have the business minds to use the internet as another source to provide goods.
     
  10. stevemandm

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    i'm lucky in that my local shop, redbeck shooting supplies, is less than 2 miles away, and is a good a price as the interweb on all they sell ...... eg new hatsan mod 55/60 for £100 !
     
  11. Garf

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    Well, that's disappointing. I had hoped "new sport, new attitude" but it appears the air gun world is precisely the same as the diving world.

    There are exceptions in the diving world, the odd LDS (local dive shop) where you are made to feel welcome, rather than patronised, and you don't care about the fact you are paying a big more because they know you and give you a cup of tea and chat about diving all the time you are there.

    I'm praying the same is true in the shooting world and there is the odd shop like this.
     
  12. Meteor62

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    Pm me your address mate
     
  13. reaper6

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    Let me name and shame then for ya matey........Livens in Burton are ok ..............Countryman of Derby bunch of miserable twisters
     
  14. mmamonster

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    Countryman of derby couldnt do enough for me when i brought my new browning 12 g .
    It was the cheapest in a 60 mile radius aswel.
     
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    There are RFD's closer to me but Redbeck in my view are worth the drive. Really helpful, great customer service and as you say prices are competitive. :up:
     
  16. Spireiteboy

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    About 10 miles from me is NM Products (Sheffield Air Rifles). Their prices are very good especially at the budget end of the market). Got my XS19 from there for £99.95. Friendly helpful staff too. Recommend to anyone local although I think their postage prices are a bit high for internet orders.
     
  17. Bemused

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    I'm extremely lucky in that I live a mile from Dave Brayford of Staffordshire Custom Rifles.
    Its not a shop stocked to the hilts with bits and bobs as he knows what he can sell and compete with but what he does stock is good quality and backed up by good advice.
    If anything he sells his services too cheaply for sure.
    I call in every week for air, pellets and a chat.

    Nice to see the steady progress on his rifle the Exile.
     
  18. Bemused

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    Just to contrast SCR with another local RFD
    The 'other' RFD sold me a clamp on bipod for a floating barrel back when I knew nothing.
    Today SCR printed me off a shot string from a 1K chrono free off charge along with the thumbs up on my new FT scope set up plans.
     
  19. Stevie Darling

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    My local which is now closed, assured me a good quality air rifle will print tight groups with all pellets! It was accupel or nothing.

    didn't use him much after that
     
  20. darklord

    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    There was the only places around here where AE clarks when it was run by Simon and Co and test Valley sporting guns. Ive known Dave for thirty years. he's a bloody good gunsmith not just a shop. but he doesn't really cater for air guns but is an avid collector.

    Clarkes closed earlier this year which is a shame. I Knew they were struggling though. as the stock was dwindling.

    not many around now.
     

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