Hornby catalogue

In case anyone is not yet aware - the new Hornby 2006 Catalogue was released this week. The GBP7.50 price tag is a 25% increase on that charged last
year, although I have to say it is a little larger than the 2005 issue.
John.
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On 13/01/2006 19:21, John Turner said,

7.50!!!!!!!!!! Flippin' 'eck. Is it personally delivered by Simon Kohler or something?
I must admit that I've never understood the logic of charging someone to see what they can buy from you. It seems particularly prevalent in the model world. In manufacturing, you can't stop people shoving catalogues at you - they want you to buy their goodies.
I'll pop back on here later on with my flame-proof suit :-)
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Maplins charge for their catalogues. Screwfix don't.
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Rapid Electronics don't charge for their huge catalogue either (in fact I had to give them a ring to tell them I had enough copies after the 3rd was delivered with my third order).
If anyone is unaware of this company their service and prices are excellant, free delivery (usually 48hr) on orders over 25 and the best of all really good prices. i.e. 1.5mm flat Leds at about 11p each plus vat.
No connection other than as a very satisfied customer.
Back to the subject matter though, I will not buy a catalogue regardless of who and what it's for unless there is a very good reason, such as if includes some additional benifits that cannot be purchased elsewhere.
7.50 is a disgrace for a product catalogue, regardless of how glossy and well photographed it may be. You can buy a decent book for little more.
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"Edward Bray" wrote

Hornby have already given a profits warning to the Stcok Exchange. Now to my way of thinking you don't redress a situation like that by increasing prices (it usually results in a fall in sales), unless of course you think the buying public are a set of mugs!

Not so sure about that. I don't seem able to buy any of the books I want these days much under 15.
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Hi John,
I have bought many books lately from both ebay and Amazon at considerably less than 7.50 including postage.
Some were secondhand I grant you but not all i.e. (Amazon.com product link shortened) See RH side of page, "some New from 4.99".
I accept that many books are over this sum, but there are bargains to be had, and a catalogue at 7 1/2 squid ain't one.
Eddie.

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"Edward Bray" wrote

Certainly agree on the latter point!
I do tend to buy specialist books, which might explain why I find it difficult to get them cheaply.
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John Turner wrote:

When did they do that? I can't see the details on their website, nor on the stock exchange site. Their interim results were published in early November, and profits were static on a slight decline of sales (ie increased margins, which is unusual in this sector).
The share price has declined over the last 12 months, which is against the market trend, so one could say that now is a good time to buy Hornby shares.

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"John Ruddy" wrote

I think it was on BBC New 24 Business Report, a couple or so months back. Must be true because our rep referred to it on his last visit as justification for an impending round of price increases.
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John Turner wrote:

I thought the price increases were due to increases from the manufacturing plant? The chinese revalued the Yuan late last year too.
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"John Ruddy" wrote

I'm only saying what I heard, although I suspect there is probably some truth in what you're saying too, in which case could we have the classic case of all their eggs being in one Chinese basket?
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7.50 is a disgrace for a product catalogue, regardless of how glossy and well photographed it may be. You can buy a decent book for little more.
Eddie
Yep, Go to Excel, buy a traders ticket to the International Toy fair at the end of the month and get. Oooohhhh, Hornby, Bachmann, Gaugemaster and Peco all for free in a complimentary carrier bag. ! (Sometimes even a free product like a intermodal container in sponsor colours which was of no use whatsoever unless you painted it.... Come on, lets have a Jinty each!)
No wonder we always used to see so many folk wondering around with "Student" on their badges !
Slightly tongue in cheek, but It were much more fun at Olympia !
Andy Sollis CVMRD http://www.cvmrd.freeserve.co.uk - Home of the Churnet Valley Model Railway Department Remove the 4F from E-mail to reply
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Andy Sollis- Churnet Valley model Railway Dept. wrote:

Unfortunately, neither Peco nor Gaugemaster are on the list of exhibitors. Nor is PPP as a distributor or model railway products.
MBQ
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Unfortunately, neither Peco nor Gaugemaster are on the list of exhibitors. Nor is PPP as a distributor or model railway products.
MBQ
:-? Shame. I remember the few years when Hornby stopped going, and all the fun was looking at what Rico International were bringing out (Lima). But then, it was at Olympia in those days.
Andy
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Edward Bray wrote:

Yes they do, strictly speaking, it's 3 unless you are a business or educational customer, just try ordering one from the website.
However, if you are placing a large order by 'phone its worth asking if they'll send one for free (they did for me). If you spend enough in a particular timeframe (no idea on the criteria) they seem to assume you are a "business" and send them out (I just received a free copy of the 2006 catalogue). Also, they sent out copies of the old 2005 catalogue to some existing customers just before the new 2006 one came out. It's also freely downloadable as PDFs froim their web site.
MBQ
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Apologies for that then,
I have placed 4 orders with Rapid Electronics over the last three months, largest for under 80 and the 3rd was only for 40. I received a free catalogue with each order (none of which were requested as I had placed my order on the website), culminating in me ringing to ask them not to send any more until there was a new version, so I assumed, obviously incorrectly, that the catalogues were free.
Eddie.
Edward Bray wrote:

Yes they do, strictly speaking, it's 3 unless you are a business or educational customer, just try ordering one from the website.
However, if you are placing a large order by 'phone its worth asking if they'll send one for free (they did for me). If you spend enough in a particular timeframe (no idea on the criteria) they seem to assume you are a "business" and send them out (I just received a free copy of the 2006 catalogue). Also, they sent out copies of the old 2005 catalogue to some existing customers just before the new 2006 one came out. It's also freely downloadable as PDFs froim their web site.
MBQ
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Edward Bray wrote:

Must be the "lets get rid of the old 2005 catalogues" policy. Does seem a bit daft, for an otherwise excellent company to deal with.
MBQ
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Squires don't - they ask me if I want a catalogue, every time I buy off them at a show!
Cheers, Mick
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off them

Indeed they didn't bat an eye lid when I removed three catalogues from the counter (legit reason for wanting three), just a smile from the girl behind the counter!
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Thinking buy toilet paper like the rest of us!!!!

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