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Karasu_Hidesuke #101 Posted 05 September 2018 - 12:29 PM

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View PostErwin_Von_Braun, on 04 September 2018 - 05:48 PM, said:

 

Decent customer service seems to be a dying art (at least here in the UK).

Retailers generally pay their staff rather poorly and, as such, they have little interest in providing anything approaching good service.

It's one of the reasons I go out of my way to support independent retailers.

 

Don't live in the UK, but my home town has 200k+ and we are now seeing the demise of specialized retail stores. Most of the book shops etc. are long gone or have sharply reduced stock to offer. Hardly any place to buy stuff like buttons or thread, and the last shop selling stuff like scale models and other handicraft/hobby related items closed it doors this summer. There are more people here now than ever with less goods and services available as well. Feels like living in the middle of backwater.

jabster #102 Posted 05 September 2018 - 01:23 PM

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View PostErwin_Von_Braun, on 04 September 2018 - 05:48 PM, said:

 

Decent customer service seems to be a dying art (at least here in the UK).

Retailers generally pay their staff rather poorly and, as such, they have little interest in providing anything approaching good service.

It's one of the reasons I go out of my way to support independent retailers.

 

To be honest I can’t say I agree. Yes you may not get that more ‘personal service’ that some, not all, independent stores offer but besides that all I want is someone to know where things are and not be miserable. I find the biggest difference with independent stores is as they tend to be more specialised they know a lot about the products they sell.

 

If you want an example of independent shops gone wrong, there’s a model kit shop where the owner is know to complain loudly if you spend too much time without buying something and also chuck people out of the shop if your mobile phone happens to ring.



Erwin_Von_Braun #103 Posted 05 September 2018 - 06:58 PM

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View PostBrowarszky, on 05 September 2018 - 11:29 AM, said:

 

Don't live in the UK, but my home town has 200k+ and we are now seeing the demise of specialized retail stores. Most of the book shops etc. are long gone or have sharply reduced stock to offer. Hardly any place to buy stuff like buttons or thread, and the last shop selling stuff like scale models and other handicraft/hobby related items closed it doors this summer. There are more people here now than ever with less goods and services available as well. Feels like living in the middle of backwater.

 

Pretty much the same here, at least where I live - most major high streets have become nothing more than coffee shops, betting shops & charity shops:(

Erwin_Von_Braun #104 Posted 05 September 2018 - 07:15 PM

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View Postjabster, on 05 September 2018 - 12:23 PM, said:

 

To be honest I can’t say I agree. Yes you may not get that more ‘personal service’ that some, not all, independent stores offer but besides that all I want is someone to know where things are and not be miserable. I find the biggest difference with independent stores is as they tend to be more specialised they know a lot about the products they sell.

 

If you want an example of independent shops gone wrong, there’s a model kit shop where the owner is know to complain loudly if you spend too much time without buying something and also chuck people out of the shop if your mobile phone happens to ring.

 

I can confirm, with a degree of certainty, that here in Portsmouth most sales assistants act as if it's a chore to take your money from you and god have mercy on your soul if you ask for help!

Maybe it's a Pompey thing?:unsure:

 

I have a fairly decent butcher near me and, upon my first ever visit to his shop, he tried to rip me off - passing off rump as sirloin - not a great start to a shopping relationship & I haven't been back there since.



Cuck0osNest #105 Posted 06 September 2018 - 02:20 AM

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View PostErwin_Von_Braun, on 02 September 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

 

Looks nice.

May I ask where it is?

1km away from the Volga river

View PostKiller711, on 02 September 2018 - 09:43 PM, said:

 

no wait hang on, it could very well be a forest, or a wild part of a park..

Pretty wild, just foxes and wild hog tokens, bears on the other bank


Edited by Cuck0osNest, 06 September 2018 - 02:29 AM.


Erwin_Von_Braun #106 Posted 06 September 2018 - 06:44 PM

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View PostCuck0osNest, on 06 September 2018 - 01:20 AM, said:

1km away from the Volga river

Pretty wild, just foxes and wild hog tokens, bears on the other bank

 

Very nice indeed.

We don't really have much of  that kind of thing here in the UK.

In fact, the closest thing we have to true wilderness are the Scottish Highlands - no things like bears though - which is nice as I enjoy my status of Top Predator.

Having said that, Wild Boar bacon is one of natures finest gifts.:)



Cuck0osNest #107 Posted 06 September 2018 - 11:32 PM

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View PostErwin_Von_Braun, on 06 September 2018 - 06:44 PM, said:

 

 

We don't really have much of  that kind of thing here in the UK.

 

Well, real civilization is better than our corrupted swamp anyway. And you can move freely inside euro union, don't you.



Erwin_Von_Braun #108 Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:07 AM

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View PostCuck0osNest, on 06 September 2018 - 10:32 PM, said:

Well, real civilization is better than our corrupted swamp anyway. And you can move freely inside euro union, don't you.

 

Well, I'm not sure how much longer that free movement is going to last ;)


 






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