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  1. 6 points

    Brexit and Shoe Repairs

    How can we prepare for something we have no clue about, even the bloody politicians do not know what will happen they and the BBC (scaremonger in chief) all predict doom and gloom if we get a no deal but they are guessing. Personally i would like us to leave on the 29th with no deal and see what happens, i voted to leave like many others and just want it delivered without having to pay any more money to the EU.
  2. 5 points

    3D Group

    these days social media seems to be the 1st port of call . even to the point some threaten suppliers with social media if they dont get there way , though this is same with our customers , how did the world survive pre social media . its the new elite , those responding on ads on social media believe they are entitled these days and deserve a cheap or free job , i always read , " tradesman wanted for ............ must be top quality and must be cheap " cheap and quality rarely go together in reality. 1st port of call should always be with the supplier direct , more gets resolved this way in an amicable manner , after an online onslaught many will be offended and do as little as they can to resolve an issue , id be same with a customer . its a rare occasion mick , we are in agreement , lol
  3. 5 points

    Damaged Upper on Scouring Band

    He was very happy with the repair. Disappointed with the damage but reasonable. Had planned to darken the shoe colour so he's going to see what they look like after. Wanted to pay part of the repair but I insisted on him having it free. He assured me he will be returning with more shoes, so happy days
  4. 4 points

    hello everyone

    most forums would like more locksmith stuff shared as its easier and quicker than learning it yourself , but be careful what you wish for as it is a double edged sword that leads to everyone being able to do what you do and the result is rates drop faster than a tarts knickers as knowledge and info gained too cheaply seems to have no value once the price cutters get it, and many locksmiths are against sharing what may benefit their competition , something thats understandable especially as many will have worked hard to gain a skill or knowledge. i see it on many forums , 1 guy moans that sensitive info should not be shared as it kills trade , this guy normally gets flamed on the forum by those that want the info shared , using the addage a forum is for sharing and such info should be shared for the common good of forum members , some get quite aggresive in their flaming of the guy who doesnt want it shared , but then the hypocracy , a year or 2 down the line the guys that wanted the sharing moan on the same forum that their trade is being dented by new starts and beer brigade and such info should not be shared , they then get flamed by the new crop and the cycle begins again , its been a common never ending cycle for many years . in fairness to this forum it has a good balance , when ever someone asks for help and advice they more often than not get it quickly and freely , in many cases they only need to ask, if someone is happy to share they do , if not they dont . the info is readily available all over the net from forums , you tube and most manufacturer sites , just takes some leg work.
  5. 4 points

    Welsh Key Caps

  6. 4 points

    Tune of the Day

    Great loss to both music and motorcycling. Met him a few timers when we were both involved with BSB and Endurance racing running race Teams. Genuine nice guy, unlike a charecter he often played on stage. RIP chap
  7. 3 points
    Mick Friend

    3D Group

    I think all suppliers will make the odd oopsie - what counts is how they deal with it - If you sit and moan on social media that will only get their back up- Contact them by e-mail or letter and explain see what they do and then PRAISE them on social media.
  8. 3 points
    30 locks was all that was required for me 2 become a stockist. I am currently selling approx 250-300 Ultion cylinders a year and have full access to genuine blanks and codes. We are on course to cut approx 4-5000 keys this year as all new composite doors fitted locally are all being fitted with Ultion locks. Best investment i ever made.
  9. 3 points

    Brexit and Shoe Repairs

    Hmmm suppliers should have taken action as a lot of shoe materials are brought in from the EU, I know of at least one big supplier who has written to customers (wholesalers) telling them not to expect much in the way of deliveries in April and possibly May as their parcel companies have told them no guarantees on delivery. Trading wise I can't see there being any difference unless import duties start being applied which is unlikely as there will still be 2 way traffic. From my travels I know people outside the UK are talking a lot more about Brexit than we are and look at how much is being talked about here, it's almost like they are more worried than we are but that could just be the British attitude of "get on with it and see what happens" I very much hope now we just get the 29th March date final and over with or without a deal, we will survive. High Street (& shoe repair) trade is pretty shocking and has been for a while it's hard to see how much worse it can get.
  10. 3 points
    Mick Friend

    Jury Service

    I wont stop you stop the brain stops, the bowel and urine control go and you end up smelling of piss and shit and have no idea why. so work until you drop
  11. 2 points

    Key blank help

    In this case i do not think the KYMCO blank will be wide enough.
  12. 2 points

    Brexit and Shoe Repairs

    I would rather sell all my equipment and stop doing shoe repairs than deal with them. Luckily shoe repairs only accounts for about 2-3% of our total turnover now so it won't have an adverse effect on our business.
  13. 2 points

    3D Group

    All I can say is that in the almost 10 years that I have used 3D I have not had any serious issues. In fact, I would say that customer service and reasonableness have been their strong point and the reason I use them regularly. In particular, communication in my experience is excellent. Of course, no company is perfect, but I have had very little cause for complaint. 3D do offer a lot of "Free" & in my experience reliable information on their website. To use that information and then purchase from a company unable or unwilling to give such information in order to save a few quid would seem a little unfair to me.
  14. 2 points

    3D Group

    plenty me included will log in to check cost prior to quoting some jobs without buying daily , i dont think they expect you to buy every time just some of the time , i doubt they require £500 a month , more likely just a regular order once a month or so , which doesnt sound an unfair expectation . consumer rights differ greatly business to business as opposed to business to end consumer , so im unsure and doubt it affects anyones rights . the answer is simple in reality , if you want access to their free reference info , buy something now and then and i suspect there will be no issues. or vote with your feet and get the info from alternate suppliers sites if you feel unfairly treated , this is a choice we all have at end of day .
  15. 2 points

    Brexit and Shoe Repairs

    I think there's no doubt that it will have some effect on anything purchased from the EU and potentially outside of it, price wise. Thank God we're a British Company
  16. 2 points

    Welsh Key Caps

    Never seen them mate is there a sheep on them ?
  17. 2 points

    Tune of the Day

    I escorted him through the crowd at a concert back in the 90s after he jumped off stage. He was screaming and spraying water over the crowd and doing his thing. When he stepped back on my foot he apologised immediately. One of the nicest "celebs" I ever protected. R.I.P.
  18. 2 points

    Tune of the Day

    RIP Keith Flint.
  19. 2 points

    Odd cam locks

    This photo comes from the website of keysplease in Finchley. It seems to be a Herman Miller lock.
  20. 2 points
  21. 1 point

    Zeni R1787

    Zeni use a DL 62N key if it's any help? Rick.
  22. 1 point

    Squire P5 blank

    Tautology alert! Rick.
  23. 1 point
    Auto Key Wizard

    Best day ever. ..

    Don't forget to reserve £8500.00 in the bank for VAT return
  24. 1 point
    cowers lane 583

    Quiet today

    Alright start to the year, but for my wife's birthday, paid for her to take two weeks abroad visiting family, with our eldest for company. Did not think that through. Realized I'd have to do the school runs for our two youngest. Instead of doing 7am-5pm, can only do 9.30am-2pm, this week and next week. Financially disastrous.
  25. 1 point

    2803 key

    Pretty sure we have done these using either Silca ALP4R or DAT7 think the ALP is the most likely.