We had them around to quote tonight. Wow - £22.2k for a 1.8 x 1.8m bathroom
with standard fittings and an electric shower!!! Standard 50% off that and
15% more for the Jan sale still brings it to £7.5k. B&Q and the like are
around £3-4k total. I'm sure independent craftsmen would take another
£1-1.5k off that price.
Has anyone had a bathroom designed by Dolphin? Any comments on
Nothing of course ... he's not a salesman, he's a *consultant* so
it's a fee <g>
When I used to draw plans for a conservatory company 15 years ago
the salesman got 10% (I got about 1.25% for doing the plans: you
can see who mattered to the firm) but this was assuming that they
sold the conservatory at the [official unpublished] list price. If
they could talk the customer into paying more than this or also
taking finance they got a share of the excess. So if the floor
price was £8K they got £800; if they could sell it for £10K they
might get £1300. Either way, not bad for an evening's work. The
better of the two salesman at the firm I did work for earned £86K
in one year - probably £150K in today's money.
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Probably. Equally, I suspect he was on commission only or a very
small base salary, so if he didn't sell he didn't eat and would
ultimately or shortly get fired.
I'm not condoning the methods employed, but there is a risk/return
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Yada yada, sign here, special deal, I'll have to phone my manager etc.
There is a notice up in the showroom near us along the lines of
"ever fitted a bathroom before? then become a dolphin installer, no training
required, earn £££ per week" which makes me believe that it may be a bit hit
OTOH my parents had Sharps wardrobes (Dolphin=Sharps=Moben=Homeform) and
were very happy with them, and the installation. The problem with Homeform
Group is that the full cost of supply & installation has to be paid up
front, and there is little recourse with the self-employed fitters.
Bargepoles and disinfectant come to mind. Their reputation isn't
exactly rose smelling, the work is often of poor quality and getting
them to rectify faults can be a nightmare. Apart from that, their
inflated prices and execrable sales technique they should be OK.
My god, are they still doing that racket!! Had a quote for a bathroom about
five years ago and like you, the first quote was completely daft. Instantly,
the huge % discount was offered and then when we umm'd and ahh'd, the price
came down again to about the price you mention.
We told them to take a running jump on the simple basis that we wouldn't do
business with a company that operates in this way.
Bartering is all part of business but maybe for 10%, not for 70%!
What annoyed me was that they *might* be visiting somebody like an old age
pensioner who might not realise that this is a complete rip off. And take
Probably wouldn't happen but I'm not sure if Dolphin wouldn't take it
anyway, if the purchaser didn't baulk.
I would never use that company!!
I walked into one of their showrooms just for a nosey, admittedly I was
wearing a tracksuit and probably not a designer one at that, the lady slowly
looked at me from my toes to my head, looked me in the eye and before I
could open my mouth said "You do realise that our bathrooms START at £5000!"
I turned and walked straight out!
It's a group disease. I did the same and had the same treatment at a
Moben place some while ago.
I arranged a wasted appointment for their rep. as a compensation.
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We did the same but the other way around - walked into a rather expensive
bathroom shop (well actually, not *that* bad) but in full evening gear (we
were going out straight afterwards) and got a lot of positive attention.
Clothes maketh the man? :-)
How about B&Q's £3200 for the work? To put this in perspective, this is
what we asked for:
New bath, sink & toilet - all in same locations
Electric shower to be fitted
Extractor fan to be fitted
Tile floor and walls (strip existing full tiling off)
With bathrooms suites seeming to average at about £400-500 there (is that
too little?), showers at about £150 and tiles about £15-20 per square meter,
I made it up to be about £4000 for the full job with them.
Travel may be an issue, but it depends if they are busy or not. Likelihood
is that they will always have time. Very few book more than 4 weeks ahead,
its just not practical.
Local independent guys. Sure that you can find the same in NW London.
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