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Offline SgtRock

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2012, 12:50:53 pm »
Greetings EEVBees:

--Thanks to an Ozzie friend who has his mother send it to him, I have acquired a taste for the stuff, if you have some Fosters to wash er down with. Also it is good repacking wheel bearings, as it never breaks down.

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2012, 12:55:34 pm »
It's hilarious when the Yanks do that! and then wonder "how do you eat that shit?"
Using the right amount of Vegemite is an art...

It's amazing there's such a parallel between your Vegemite and our Marmite, and yet never the twain shall meet!  Afraid to say, despite being a huge Marmite fan I found Vegemite rather unpleasant when I tried it; for products that are conceptually so similar that surprised me.

My grandfather once, whilst having breakfast with a delegation of colleagues from France, answered the question "what is this 'Marmite'?" with "oh, it's a spread for your toast, a bit like jam".  Next thing he knew the unfortunate Frenchman who asked the question had slathered a quarter of an inch thick layer of the stuff on his toast and taken a bite...
 

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2012, 01:03:39 pm »
woolies still going in oz ?

It's a different company altogether.
Way back in the early part of the 20th century,some sharpie registered the name "Woolworths" in Australia,thus locking old
F.H Woolworth out! :)

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2012, 01:23:38 pm »
The really sad thing about what Woolworths has done to Dick Smith is that nearly every major regional town had a Dick Smith, and up to a few years ago, every one of them stocked electronic components.

Lately they have been turning all the stores into discount TV stores instead, and dumping all the hobbyist items except for a few very cheap-looking tools.

So now if you live west of Sydney, there is no place for kids who want to get into electronics to go to, and you can't duck out to the nearby shops to get a 5V regulator, or a 5W power resistor. Lots of shops sell Jaycar parts, but in regional areas, you often have to ask then to get in component-type stock for you from Jaycar.

Basically, Dick Smith over many decades had established themselves in a special niche in the community, especially in regional areas. In the last 5 years in particular, Woolworths has been systematically destroying that niche role. The only reason you would go to Dick Smith now in regional areas is that they have a cheaper price for the TV, digital camera or printer then the 4 or 5 other competing discount chains.

Dick Smith wouldn't be worth buying now if you wanted to return to the old business model, as they have been replacing their big, low rental located stores with high rental prime location stores. The stores now are addicted to high turnover items, and maximizing revenue. The stores can no longer afford to have half the store full of low priced, low turnover components, even though the components have a huge profit margin.

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2012, 03:46:16 pm »
IMO it's inevitable that we move to the online retail model, especially given the emergence of no-minimum-purchase-free-delivery-across-the-country-in-a-day establishments like RS and Farnell in NZ/Aus. You simply can't compete in terms of catalog, price and convenience. When I was in Brisbane I fixed my landlord's LCD TV with a pack of caps from RS for $5 total. Had I tried to get it from the likes of Jaycar the bus fare would have probably exceeded that, and that's assuming I can even find the suitable caps from Jaycar.
 

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2012, 10:00:58 pm »
IMO it's inevitable that we move to the online retail model, especially given the emergence of no-minimum-purchase-free-delivery-across-the-country-in-a-day establishments like RS and Farnell in NZ/Aus.

Yes, that simply can't be beat. They are making a loss on that service for the small orders, but they make up for it on the large orders.

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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2012, 03:39:58 am »
Last purchase I made from Dicky was a bag of 1kg electronics goodie. It was nice as a kid and for my parts box it was good memory, little that I know Dicky was folding. Many years later it was local electronics store to the rescue, Rockby. I always hit up the store for components before anywhere else. I know the people there and they are most helpful. I hope they are doing fine because these little stores(compared to digi mouser) don't survive well. I really hope for more stores like these.

I once saw an elderly customer at the store. He had a connector which shaped like one of those BNC connector. He needed a replacement but he didn't know what it was. He showed the person at the counter and within minutes (while I was browsing a large collection of 12v fans) he reappeared with a new part. You can't do that online or I have been a frog under the stone, I haven't seen such service before.

Stupid toys jaycar and altronics sells piss me off, it annoys me people are buying them to fill up that void of boredom with momentary sillyness. But its what that sells and the bosses wants to see quick profit.

If you think RS or element are making a loss for selling you AU$5 for some caps and shipping, fear not. Visit some Asian countries they are most likely to have TV & radio repair stores and probably little electronics shops. The caps go for less than a few cents each and these are premium Japanese made caps. Common caps and resistors are chicken feed to these online retailers. However, I am afraid that most of the $5 you paid go to the logistic.
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Re: Woolworths To Sell Australian Kit Maker Dick Smith
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2012, 04:46:08 am »
If you think RS or element are making a loss for selling you AU$5 for some caps and shipping, fear not. Visit some Asian countries they are most likely to have TV & radio repair stores and probably little electronics shops. The caps go for less than a few cents each and these are premium Japanese made caps. Common caps and resistors are chicken feed to these online retailers. However, I am afraid that most of the $5 you paid go to the logistic.

You're right, I live in one of the south east asia countries, these small shops actually carry alot more than just old boring tv & radio parts, now days they're also carrying more exotic high end parts. The reason is there are a lot of small to medium sized electronic factories & manufacturing facilities that are growing really fast since China is now considered quite congested and getting expensive to start. And the most important is the regulation around this regions still not as strict as in China and some even gearing up to support this high tech electronic industry, for example import tax for electronic component some are even at 0%, while finished goods like latest tv, tablet computer or cellphone and etc could be as high as few hundreds percents.  :P

For example high end organic japanese caps either through hole or smd version can be bought for just <$1/pcs, and they're genuine, not those fake knock off caps. Also it seems like they're starting to improve and expanding their smd components inventories even for latest product from well known big multinational manufacturers. Another interesting facts is tools like smd re-working station even for bga reballing are selling like hot cakes here.

Have to admit personally I'm happy to see this changes here. :)


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