I received their tool hire guide today. Hiring a sack truck for one day
costs almost exactly the same as buying one from Screwfix. Why does
anyone hire from them? Are there huge trade discounts I don't know about?
On 08/01/2018 20:48, email@example.com wrote:
Went there once, around 10 years ago, looking for a specific fire door.
Was quoted £240. Sent my friend who is a joiner, and speaks the "special
deal just for you" language, and he came back with it after paying £40...
Never been back there since - can't be bothered with this attitude.
I'm on their mailing list. The trouble is that I ask them for a discount
and either get nothing or very little at all. Then I go elsewhere, which
is annoying as Jewson is the local place. Your friend the joiner could
make a fortune giving 'special deal' language lessons.
I have spend a large proportion of my working life doing exactly that,
negotiating, and I'd like to think that I am pretty good at it too. I
just cannot be bothered having to do it every time I want a box of
screws, a length of pipe or a few sheets of plasterboard.
I understand the concept of discounting when dealing with large orders,
but for everything else a fair and fixed price is the way in my opinion.
This is why I prefer to go to Screwfix/Toolstation and/or online
My neighbour operates like this.
He is a car mechanic, ex-MOT tester but sold his business in
2008. Since then he has carried on doing work for many of his
older ex-clients on his drive.
Everytime I talk to him he has a pile of parts and invoices from
the local motor factor that show the trade price and the 'list'
price, which is anything from 80% to 150% more than the trade
Even though he works for cash and doesn't tell HMRC, he still
thinks he can charge the client 'list' price. I pointed out to
him that the client never sees his invoice, so there is no
need to charge the list price markup. He could simply charge a
realistic price for his labour, and a handling fee on top of the
part price, but it's like talking to brick wall dealing with
I wouldn't mind, but he makes a point of getting free aspirins
on prescription, which being 65+ costs him nothing !.
Yes. There are quite a few "virtual builder's merchants" on Ebay who offer stuff very cheaply, and they order it from Jewson for delivery to you.
The drawback is my 125kg of plaster arrived on a pallet by hi-ab, whereas I was hoping the little old lady who brings my Hermes parcels was going to carry it up the stairs for me.
I get heavy discounts on anything I buy through my trade account. I
recently bought some PVC welding solvent and got 45% off the list price.
This is normal for most trade suppliers. Newey & Eyre used to give me
65% off electrical cable, when I had a trade account with them.
You were being robbed as iirc we got 93% from Newey & Eyre back in the 1980's on
cable. Sockets, switches, isolators and distribution boards were also something
daft like 55%
Spending a few hundred thousand quid a year helped :)
My brother got it just right.
Bought one from somewhere, suitably crap.
Used it to fetch a washing machine he bought on ebay.
Wheel fell off when machine was almost in place (although
it did nearly do a nasty injury to his father-in-law).
Took it back for a refund.
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