Small right angle bracket in painted steel.......approx 1.5 inches x 1.5
inches ( and interesting mix of metric and imperial )
Local hardware shop 18p
but holes in the cheaper ones were too big for my project..so I bought the
B&Q ones...maybe smaller holes are more expensive?????
Now factor in convenience. One simply isn't only paying for the product,
but other factors as well, of course. Quality, advertising and expertise
are other factors which all add to product costs.
For me Sainsbury's Homebase is literally close enough that it's rarely worth
using a car to get there. That affects my buying choices every bit as much
Well, to me, the Wickes price differential indicate that the true cost of a
bolt to Wickes is £0.10 and they're having a laugh at the small customer's
expense. Being grumpy, I'm delaying the job until I get to a cheaper shop.
If everybody did that they would reduce the prices like a shot (IMHO).
Bloated prices are often an early indication of financial problems in a
company. So searching on Yahoo/finance I find Wickes was bought from Focus
by Travis Perkins in Feb. this year so perhaps they have a new jobsworth
accountant who believes profits can be boosted in the stores this way.
Might be OK in the short term, but if Wickes continue charging more for bits
and pieces than regular DIY shops like Homebase and Focus, they are in
'Trading at Wickes, acquired by the group on Feb 11, 2005, is gradually
recovering from the slow start and adverse weather impact experienced in
February and early March,'
So maybe I won't be investing in Travis Perkin's stock this year.
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