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Offline stevewalker

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2020, 07:02:00 PM »
Lots of decisions have knock-on effects. I used to drop in to Hattons frequently, as it's only half an hour from work. However, they closed the shop for "refurbishment" and it stayed shut for months. On re-opening, they'd done away with the second-hand bargains bin, where I had previously picked up a fair few wagons at four for a tenner; as new points at a fiver; as new or nearly new flexitrack at a pound a length - whatever they happened to have. Removing that simply meant that I mainly drop into another shop when I am in the area and avoid the extra drive.

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2020, 07:53:02 PM »
Like @exmouthcraig, I used to visit the Hattons website quite often when they stocked Graham Farish.  This has reduced significantly since Hattons fell out with Bachmann.  I suspect N gauge may not account for a large slice of their turnover but are OO customers doing the same thing?

If it was me, I would repair my relationship with Bachmann toot sweet.

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2020, 07:58:18 PM »

This is not an early tomorows day spoof is it? Certainly seems like it. A bit of a joke.

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2020, 08:07:56 PM »
@Paddy theyve made their bed and if Bachmann have got anything about them theyll force Hattons to lie in it.

Whilst the "discussions" were on going both parties made it clear that Hattons allocated stock was being held and once the outcome was determined it would be released for them to sell.

Now as we know, the outcome resulted in EVERYTHING GF branded was pulled off their site with immediate effect.

I very much doubt all of Hattons 2019 stock is still sat in Barwell, if it is I wouldnt mind getting my hands on a pallet or 2. But Bachmann have been able to offload all of Hattons allocation with no hassle so they dont need to go cap in hand to a bunch who believe they are as good as them.

Bachmann can sit quite comfy with their feet on the table laughing at their mediocre attempts to get enough numbers to buy an N gauge Garrett safe in the knowledge their wages are still going to get paid.

Theres surely a few sat round a table in Runcorn who must be desperately scratching their heads as to where they go from here. Sitting on your laurels isnt an option in today's society.

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2020, 08:14:34 PM »
Hi @exmouthcraig,

You are right I am sure.  There are plenty of other options for Bachmann to sell their product to.  At one time, Hattons was sort of unique, a model railway version of Amazon but this is no longer the case.  There are plenty of other online retailers who can shift a large quantity of stock.  Hattons are not even the cheapest these days.

Personally, I still do not understand what they are trying to achieve that made losing Bachmann worthwhile?

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2020, 08:16:55 PM »
@Paddy

A greedy board of directors who had had it too good for too long!!

Strange how most decisions made like that have a habit of going the total opposite way to what the 'educated few' suggest!!

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2020, 08:58:29 PM »
They continue to want to defend their market position with increasingly desperate measures it seems. Why would you ever use their ‘trunk’ feature in the future? They’re not going to want to allocate stock for a totally indeterminate period of time, and if they require payment upfront why wouldn’t you just get the items immediately?
Slightly missing the point I feel... It makes sense as a temporary arrangement for a possible forthcoming period when you CAN'T have it immediately from any retailer.
It works for Hattons because it generates cash-flow.
It will work for (some) customers because they have the assurance they will get the product eventually rather than hoping that whatever it is doesn't immediately sell out when retail & dispatch come back on line.

I agree though, I don't see much in it for the customer as a permanent option. The only advantage I can see is if you want a few items that are due for release over a few months. The first can be held and all posted together on release of the last item, presumably saving on postage.

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2020, 09:13:43 PM »
They explicitly say they hope to continue it after the present situation, ie they’re trying to suggest there’s value in it long term. I disagree.

You still have other retailers to buy from presently anyway, despite their best efforts. Ignoring that yes I can see a tiny bit of value, but actually most e-commerce sites effectively do that anyway - they’ll allocate the stock upon completion of the sale and they’ll be shipped once the retailer are up and running again.

I’m another one who used to default to Hatton’s, but they’re a way down my list of places to look now. I think the Bachmann thing will be catastrophic for them long term.

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Re: Hattons shop temporarily closed
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2020, 04:14:57 AM »
The trunk service will allow foreign buyers like me to aggregate small purchases to save on postage costs, especially for pre-orders and pre-owned where there may not be the option to wait or go elsewhere.
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