model railways direct?

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If you mean the one using the website
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although I've never actually used them, the website itself apears to be professionally run and meets all legal requirements. It's also a fairly busy website, by model railway standards, which is also a good sign.
The two things that would put me off buying from them are the lack of an email address on the "contact us" page - instead, they just supply a web form for email - and the requirement to register before making a purchase. But that's poor design rather than any indication of bad practice; if neither of those bother you then that's not a problem.
Mark
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Mark Goodge
Mark,
From my search on the net, Rails of Sheffield looks like it could be easier to buy from over the net? Do you know anything about them?
Ezra
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ezra kowadlo
I've not dealt with them, but I have dealt with Gaugemaster and Hattons, both of whom were satisfactory.
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I'm now off to have a look at model railways direct... Hm, they don't seem to offer anything not available elsewhere, so I guess it is just a price/instock choice.
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bobharvey
Rails of Sheffield have a very good reputation; I've bought from them in the past and would have no hesitation doing so again. If you're looking for second hand stuff then their eBay shop is also worth perusing, although you do need to bid sensibly as a lot of eBay auctions tend to end up at inflated prices.
Mark
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Mark Goodge
And many of the bits I would be looking for come up as 'not available' ... while historic information is useful, dropping items that are not available would allow one to find items that are easier ;)
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Lester Caine
They can be a bit slow in delivering and not very helpful when you enquire about your order, in my limited experience. I prefer to use hattons or support my local shopd wheer possible. Kernow are alos worth a look if you are buying on price.
MBQ
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manatbandq
I have not looked at the site, but if it does not provide a trading address and the names of the proprietors who are conducting the business, then it does NOT "meet all legal requirements" under EU law.
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Gareth
It does. It's got all the legally required information on it, including trading address and VAT number. it's just that these aren't really relevant from a customer services perspective - email is far more useful in this respect.
Mark
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Mark Goodge
It is important that those who would be the customers of Internet-based mail order know that they are dealing with a bona fide business and not a fly-by-night operation that will disapppear as soon as credit card details are revealed.
Why did you bother to post?
Stupid boy.
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Gareth
I did at least take a quick look at the site and was please to see a telephone number and proper details ... I can quite understand why the 'email' is not included and the contact page is a suitable secure replacement. I would expect to receive a reply with a usable email address if I wanted to contact them.
Posting a warning if you did NOT find the site met your requirements would have had a point, but not bothering to even check ........
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Lester Caine
Surely you, as well as others, would wish to be reassured that you would be dealing with a bona fide firm, and would welcome foreknowledge as how to identify such firms when trading over the Internet?
Reply to
Gareth
Had you bothered to simply glance at the site you would have seen that your coments were a waste of time. The reasurance would have been appropriate if you said 'I've dealt with them' rather than 'I can't be bothered to look' ;)
Had *I* found something that was suspect THEN I would have reported that ... As it is all I find is a site that is out of stock of anything that I might be interested in buying :)
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Lester Caine
Hattons and bargepole - although it is nearly 10 years since used them. If going on price then I like Rails, theyve always been quick at delivery for me as well.
However if you want reasonable price, quickest delivery and highest confidence in product and retailer then go for John at 53a models. he doesnt have website ordering, but answers emails very quick like. Phone him in the morning and if its in stock is usualy in the post by the afternoon to be delivered the next day. Thats just standard post as well.
Cheers, Simon
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simon
Both of the above are a pleasure to deal with. They are well used to dealing with overseas clients and automatically deduct VAT outside the EU. Hattons provides a personal touch by identifying the staff you deal with, as well as providing a range of ways of contacting them by phone, fax, email, snail mail or in person at their retail shop. Gaugemaster adds a £2.00 "small orders handling charge".
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MartinS
But at their retail shop won't let you use their toilets even though you carry a card explaining the medical reason why you need quick access to the loo. I will never purchase from them again.
Nigel
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Nigel Emery
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Perhaps if you had worded your message differently? As it was, quoting from the person who had checked and reported that it was OK, it just looked like you were trying to implying that poster didn't know what they were talking about.
MBQ
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manatbandq

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