Seems to be broken. I wonder if they could use a hand fixing it?
(It's a pity because I wanted to see if they did a specific hard-to-find
item before setting off: 15mm 45-degree solder elbows. None of my local
places even have the old-fashioned solder-them the hard-way ones, and
while I can normally do that I've run out of solder too, and don't
really want to buy any more just to make the final couple of joints in
Referred to above.
Now that B&Q's back from his afternoon nap, I see they have it for
£2.68, and before anyone says "it's the price of copper, guv" you can
get 60cm of plain tubing for that amount of money. Right-angle ones are
generally about 60p in packs of 10.
 FSVO, my nearest is out of stock. How hard can it be to keep
something like that in stock??
There's one just opened in Cambridge, FWIW...
(and SF/TS too)
Wilkinson is also worth a look occasionally (every time I go in they've
reorganised, so I'm never sure if they've given up stocking some things)
It's B&Q. They do that.
I suspect B&Q is a bit like Argos - they list everything, but the smaller
ones don't actually carry much stock. At least Argos have a working search.
Our local one being one of the non-warehouse branches, despite being a
fair size and having had a mezzanine added, this "only in warehouse"
issue is a major pain. That their site is so bad prevents me even
bothering to check them at all 99% of the time.
It wouldn't matter if they had a decent website and a real-time stock
checker, but it is incredibly difficult to find what you want on their
website and the stock-check is only updated at intervals, so they can
run out yet still say they've got stock. It doesn't help that they've
got some very thick or can't be bothered staff. Our local store had only
two 22mm/10mm maifolds in, both with all the nuts and olives missing for
18 months or more. Presumably no more were ordered because they had
stock and that stock wasn't going to sell because of the missing parts -
yet they'd done at least two stock-takes in that time and hadn't noticed
the (very obviously) open bags!
You could have bought them and returned them later after new stock had come
Toolstation had a similar problem: two shelf uprights in stock, I wanted
three. So I bought the two in the hope of triggering a restock. Didn't
work, because distribution centre was OOS too. Ended up ordering 3 from the
online folks (different warehouse, £10 minimum order = 3 uprights) and
collecting from the store - returned 2x uprights, collected 3x identical
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