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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Richard Freeman, Nov 18, 2004.

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  1. Last night I received Junk Mail from Tandy and Junk Mail from Dick Smith.
    Now although I am hardly a rabid environmentalist ( I actually peruse some
    Junk mail - Although I never open Spam!) it did seem a waste especially when
    at least 80% of the products and Prices were exactly the same in both
    Flyers.
    I know DSE and Tandy are now owned by the same Company but there does seem
    to be something rathe ironic and wasteful about the whole exercise.

    Rearguards
    Richard Freeman
     
  2. It is a waste, why not tell them so?
    Not that they'd probably care, I'm sure each "company" has its own
    agenda, managers, marketing, profit/loss accountability etc.

    Dave :)
     
  3. Some people don't know that they are owned by the same company, including
    those that shop there regularly. The double advertising serves a purpose for
    those that are shopping around for a "good" deal. If they see two
    (apparently rival) stores offering the same price, they will assume that the
    price quoted is competitive.

    -H
     
  4. Dingo

    Dingo Guest

    When I buy electronics I used to look to the Dick Smith website, then I
    started realising Dick Smith seems to have very little stock of electronics
    these days.

    It is almost like they keep a shrine cabinet full of 1/4W Resistors to pay
    hommage to the previous owner of the chain (Dick himself) in the midst of a
    Harvey Norman or Retravision store. I mean my local DSE has more TVs and
    crappy RC cars and Computer games than anything else. Why did Woolies bother
    buying an electronics store chain? Just to fill it with consumer products?

    Personally I'm not in any great rush usually and so I order my stuff in from
    Thailand. Dirt cheap and decent stuff. Does take a week because I'm cheap on
    postage too :)
     
  5. Chas

    Chas Guest

    The local DS "Powerhouse" store has recently removed electronic components
    from its' inventory because according to the store manager, "they are no
    longer profitable & are taking up valuable space". He was unsure if the
    smaller DS stores would follow suit.

    Among my collegues, Dick Smith stores are referred to as "The Electric Toy
    Shops". While Jaycar, Alltronics & Farnell are in buisness, who needs them?
     
  6. Yes of Course that is a point I had not considered however the duplication
    of Items in both Flyers would probably counter that effect as even
    relatively uncynical folk are sure to raise an eyebrow at the number of
    Brands/Models etc that are the same and exactly the same price.
     
  7. Dingo

    Dingo Guest

    Since DSE is the only "electronics" shop near me it would be nice to have
    but I'm resigned to the fact if I want a part I order it from Thailand (via
    the Australian company www.futurlec.com.au) and getting much cheaper albeit
    slower.

    I don't mind Jaycar, Alltronics & Farnell but they almost as expensive as
    DSE on components that DSE does stock. I've also found Jaycar doesn't have
    the range I thought it would.

    BTW for anyone that wants it I have made a list (still growing) of
    Australian electronics parts suppliers here at
    http://www.users.on.net/~symes/links.htm
     
  8. | Richard Freeman wrote:
    |
    | It is a waste, why not tell them so?
    | Not that they'd probably care, I'm sure each "company" has its own
    | agenda, managers, marketing, profit/loss accountability etc.
    |
    | Dave :)
    |

    Well, if you want to tell them its wasteful - contact Woolworths, they have
    owned Dickies for ages, since about '84 if I remember... ...not that they
    liked to brag about it when I was a manager for Dickes about 6yrs ago!

    ;-)

    Richard
     
  9. The local DS "Powerhouse" store has recently removed electronic components
    from its' inventory because according to the store manager, "they are no
    longer profitable & are taking up valuable space". He was unsure if the
    smaller DS stores would follow suit.




    ---***** Which makes the distribution today of the new Dick Smith catalogue
    seem rather strange.The electronics section is still there and shows the
    great majority of components etc. that are on offer are available in
    Powerhouse stores.

    Brian Goldsmith.
     
  10. Chas

    Chas Guest

    Perhaps Left Hand & Right Hand are not on speaking terms in the DS
    organisation. My information came from the DS Powerhouse at "The Junction",
    Northmead NSW. I went there for some common components & left empty handed.
    Perhaps not all Powerhouse stores are affected.
     
  11. Charles L

    Charles L Guest

    To give you the illusion of choice and competition.
    I didn't know that they were owned by the same company. What's the bet it's
    not Australian?

    Charles L
     
  12. Andy Wood

    Andy Wood Guest

    .. . .
    According to the Woolworths annual reports, they also own David Reid
    Electronics, which is not a DSE / Tandy clone.



    Andy Wood
     
  13. KLR

    KLR Guest

    Woolworths. (the grocery people) Some years back they promoted
    themselves as "proudly australian" but whether they are australian
    owned or not these days is another matter. Does anyone here know ?
     
  14. KLR

    KLR Guest

    I find life to be strange at times, the way things turn out

    back in dick smith electronics heyday of the 1970's/early 80's who
    ever would have thought that a grocery company would end up owning DSE
    and other electronics retailers, and dick smith himself would end up
    not in the electronics business and instead making grocery products ?
    :).
     
  15. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Guest

    http://www.woolworthslimited.com.au/aboutus/ourcompany/index.asp

    All very confusing as there's Safeway and Woolworths in the UK (and I think
    South Africa also).

    Add Target and (maybe) K-mart in the US.

    All seem to pick the same names, even though they're seperate companies.

    Peter
     
  16. Mark Little

    Mark Little Guest

    From what I have seen, they are merging the stores in our area. Tandy stores
    are being replaced by new DSE stores.
     
  17. D MARSHALL

    D MARSHALL Guest

    i have got components from DSE before woolies
    took over, now dont have much what i want
    anymore.
    once upon a time i could get valves from there.
    now i just goto ebay or wes components even
    the electonic valve & tube compony.
    "i hope jaycar never gets taken by woolies"
     
  18. My local powerhouse at Brookvale has done the same thing. The kit section
    has been replaced by hairdryers and sandwich toasters.

    Regards,
    John.
     
  19. thegoons

    thegoons Guest

    Was after that.

    if I remember... ...not that they
     
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