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Old 25-05-18, 12:32
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I am well p***ed off! Last week I spent £18 on a tin of paint in there. Today they announce someone bought the entire company for a pound!

Whereís the justice, where are trading standards when you need them?
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Old 25-05-18, 15:45
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You should have put in a bid :LOL
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Old 25-05-18, 19:31
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This was discussed in the news earlier today. From BBC Business News:

Homebase sold for £1 as DIY disaster ends for Wesfarmers - BBC News
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The Australian owner of Homebase has sold the DIY chain for £1, ending its disastrous foray into the UK.

Wesfarmers paid £340m for the retailer two years ago, but losses and other costs will bring its total bill to about £1bn.

The Australian firm thought they could show the Brits how to do DIY. So confident, they immediately sacked Homebase's senior management team. That was a huge mistake.

They then began to strip out the soft furnishings that were popular at Homebase. Instead, Bunnings opted for no frills DIY sheds.

But it failed to understand the UK market and the losses soon started to mount. Deteriorating economic conditions certainly didn't help.
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Old 25-05-18, 20:43
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They have just opened a new Bunnings where I live, about as month ago. It's like a bloody warehouse, pile it high but don't sell it cheap!

When Homebase was owned by Sainsbury's it was a pleasant place to shop and you could get almost anything for DIY there at reasonable prices. Every owner since has made a hash of it, and Bunnings is the last straw.

I can get 90% of my DIY needs from Proper Job over the road, at much cheaper prices.

I believe that large DIY stores have had their day, and there will not be many of them left in five years time.
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Old 25-05-18, 21:29
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I have always found Homebase to be the most expensive DIY store (apart from when it was part of Sainsburys) Around here I find Wickes is about the best place price wise.
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Old 30-05-18, 22:30
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I have always found Homebase to be the most expensive DIY store (apart from when it was part of Sainsburys).
Having passed 60 Iíve held a B&Q card which gives me an extra 10% off on Wednesday (why canít it be any weekday? Wednesday isnít good for me!) and whilst you do have to be very careful what you buy (if you want a good price), they are pretty good.

Screwfix and Toolstation are an other store I always check out too. But, if you just need a few screws or a latch or hinge, the best (price-wise) place is often either Wilkinsonís or The Range.
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Old 31-05-18, 08:52
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Screwfix and Toolstation are an other store I always check out too. But, if you just need a few screws or a latch or hinge, the best (price-wise) place is often either Wilkinsonís or The Range.

FWIW Screwfix are part of the Kingfisher group who own B&Q whilst Toolstation are owned by Travis Perkins who own Wickes!


Strangely Toolstation are often cheaper than Screwfix although I use both.
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Old 31-05-18, 09:05
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Having passed 60 Iíve held a B&Q card which gives me an extra 10% off on Wednesday (why canít it be any weekday? Wednesday isnít good for me!) and whilst you do have to be very careful what you buy (if you want a good price), they are pretty good.

Screwfix and Toolstation are an other store I always check out too. But, if you just need a few screws or a latch or hinge, the best (price-wise) place is often either Wilkinsonís or The Range.
I didn't know B&Q did that.

I bought a bog seat from them last year but JFI - Asda also have 10% off for 60 and over in their cafeteria on a Wednesday - also don't know why a Wednesday but check on paying to mention the 10% otherwise they don't always apply it.
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Bunnings is the main player in OZ it hasnt got much competition there and i was there when they announced that they were going to set up in the UK and show us how its done i had my doubts that would work here.


Toolstation, Screwfix,Wickes, for me.
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Toolstation, Screwfix,Wickes, for me.

Agree.


Another interesting fact, Screwfix was started by the Goddard Watts family, they sold out to Kingfisher group (who own B&Q) a few years later the same Goddard Watts family started Toolstation which they eventually sold to Travis Perkins owners of Wickes.

Perhaps Goddard Watts will start a 3rd similar company!
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