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  1. 9 points
    Lee

    How my lifes changed!

    How my life has changed in the past few years!' We've just published the first of 4 programs on YouTube (Sunday 6pm), featuring local cyclists (myself included week 4) Its amazing the response we've had at the local level, a great piece of marketing. Given the internet never existed when I started my journey as a cobbler, it still seems bizarre to me the growth I've achieved in the last 4 years by doing bike repairs during a quiet period. I'm now flat out morning noon & night! & bikes account for the majority of my turnover through the Spring/Summer & early Autumn period. Anyway we brought a load of lights (We, being my Son & I) a fancy camera & a macbook & a few thousand pound later we put this together!
  2. 8 points
    Maybe they will accept Sainsbury gift cards, try swiping it in the slot to see?
  3. 7 points
    x minit uk

    Let’s see your pictures

    Part re welt job.
  4. 7 points
    eimco

    Best key boards

    Here is ours these are Silca boards.
  5. 7 points
    Paul_

    Thank you Valerie

    Just wanted to say thank you to Valerie at Forest Cobbler for helping me out recently. and what makes it even better that rather than excepting any payment for her work she just asked for a donation to the Jimmy Mizden foundation. You are a star V, thank you very much (donation all done)
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    Happy Dude

    Three for a tenner? Really?

    people are idiots, a woman came in " how much for 3 Yale's", I'm £3.95 so I says £11.85, so with a smirk on her face she says "Asda 3 for a tenner." I said "so you're holding a multi national, multi billion pound company's cheap deal over my head for £1.85 when this shop is my only source of income"? "Well I never thought about it like that" They're £11.85 for three, do you want them or not?" "OK, here's £12.00 I'll go and wait out in my car" I cut the keys, waved at her to come in and she waved me to come out to the car, "here's your keys and here's your 15p change" "just keep the change" "No, take it, nice car by the way", (brand spanking new Audi TT £30K+ probably) "oh yes it's very nice" "and you tried to haggle with me for £1.85, see ya...!!" I have seen her several times since with shoes and keys, she admits that she never gave it a milliseconds thought that small shops should be more expensive than big shops but now shops in the high street as much as she can... I blame that wee mockney #### Dominic Littlewood, I saw him on TV recently telling everyone High Street shops are ripping you off and you should haggle for everything, he even boasted about haggling over a bottle of ketchup and was proud as punch he got 20p off of it claiming everyone was having a great time while he haggled, try that in my shop you dick. What a tosser...
  8. 6 points
    personally for a £2.50 padlock I would have sold him it again & here's why... the chances are someone is monitoring his money & giving him a budget & sending him out the door. its probably the only thing left as normal in his aging & deteriorating health. if you start saying no, it might end his pattern. there could be a good chance he comes to you because his comfortable around you & the habit its deep routed. if you was screwing him over the story would be different. if you was a sweet shop & he came in two days running for a £2.50 mix you wouldn't bat an eyelid. you to him could be a sweat shop & you might just have broke his mind one tiny piece more. I have a customer who never touches anything. including his own money. he wears two layers of gloves & we chat about football (something I have no clue about) or rather I listen to him when he comes in. A few years ago someone brought in some sticker books from him (because he couldn't touch them) for my children. they where flabbergasted he gave them away & even more shocked he new i had children the reason.......... no one ever talked to him because of the way he was.
  9. 6 points
    cowers lane 583

    The importance of keeping notes.

    When running a shop, it's important to keep concise, and professional, notes, in order to avoid any unnecessary reordering mistakes.
  10. 6 points
    If anyone buys something that is sold through the forum where a promise to is made to donate to the Forum Charity (Jimmy Mizen fund), would you please be good enough to inform me as I keep reading about donations to the Forum Charity but I rarely see any donations made when I check on the Virgin Money giving page. If people are capitalising on the forum and not donating when they say they will - shame on you. I'll be keeping an eye on any sales made in the future and anyone culpable will be named and shamed and will risk having their account suspended or deleted, including all known I.P. addresses. There are a few people on here who regularly sell through the forum - we don't mind the odd one or two sales but if you're going to treat the forum like your own cash cow then you're going to be in for a surprise. Rick.
  11. 6 points
  12. 6 points
    Note to any new members: Any post created for the purposes of selling will have to be approved by the Admin and Moderating Team. This is to stop people using the site purely for profit. Any new members or accounts created (i.e. members who have joined for less than 12 months and/or not contributed at least 20 times to forum threads) will be required to pay an up-front donation of £5 to the Jimmy Mizen Fund before your advertising post will be approved. A link to the forum charity is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROSomeoneSpecialPage?pageUrl=ShoeRepairerForum Any current members or accounts are allowed to advertise for free, as long as they have been a member for at least 12 months and contributed to forum threads at least 20 times. They must guarantee that they will donate to the fund once the sale is complete. Anyone contravening this will be warned once and then banned for any further infractions, on top of being named and shamed. Rick.
  13. 6 points
    Durban

    Have a nose around my shop

    I got the keys to my new shop 11 months ago, moved in the middle of December. It's been slow, frustrating and expensive. Did almost all the work myself, the counter is 3 scaffold boards, wood in the window is from my old infant's school, Glass partition from ebay, shelving units and glass shelves from ebay. fitted the ceiling myself. Had a gas explosion when the gas man soldered off the end of a live gas pipe (pipes had been routed from my shop to next doors flat) Glue and spray booth all ducted out of the roof. The glass is 10mm thick and seals floor to ceiling, no dust going through to the retail part Massive catering steel sink for scrubbing and steam cleaning. Full new electrics. Full new central heating. And most importantly a 3 seat sofa, coffee machine & microwave. Almost there now though just can't find any bloody thing. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Durban's+Shoes+-+Repairs,+Sales+%26+Accesories/@51.7996107,-3.175739,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipMrldYlVHrpKvcsPbCSrsvu699Uiu-J3qmdjw4!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipMrldYlVHrpKvcsPbCSrsvu699Uiu-J3qmdjw4%3Dw129-h106-k-no-pi-0-ya189-ro0-fo100!7i10752!8i3628!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x486e27d26c442661:0xed6f2e7912ac67f0!2s58+Beaufort+St,+Brynmawr,+Ebbw+Vale+NP23+4AE!3b1!8m2!3d51.799641!4d-3.1756935!3m4!1s0x486e27d2748d38fb:0x4669b39f50f586ef!8m2!3d51.799641!4d-3.175694
  14. 6 points
    From now on, any post created for the purposes of selling will have to be approved by the Admin and Moderating Team. This is to stop people using the site purely for profit. Any new members or accounts created (i.e. members who have joined for less than 12 months and/or not contributed at least 20 times to forum threads) will be required to pay an up-front donation of £5 to the Jimmy Mizen Fund before your advertising post will be approved. A link to the forum charity is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROSomeoneSpecialPage?pageUrl=ShoeRepairerForum Any current members or accounts are allowed to advertise for free, as long as they have been a member for at least 12 months and contributed to forum threads at least 20 times. They must guarantee that they will donate to the fund once the sale is complete. Anyone contravening this will be warned once and then banned for any further infractions, on top of being named and shamed. Rick.
  15. 6 points
    Gray

    Spot the Mistake?

    He's got no heels on his shoes. Must have had a shit repair at Timpsons.
  16. 5 points
    chrisorros

    Rats!

    Make a poster with this image taken from you CCTV asking if anyone has seen this thief that broke into your house yesterday coursing you to close early. Job done
  17. 5 points
    My last night time call out ever. 2.30am Saturday after a night out a pissed up bloke rings lost his keys to a yale nightlatch, it was about 1 1/2 miles away so i quoted £65.00 (this was about 15 years ago). He said great as long as you can get me in. I turned up got out a Mica and the door was opened within 30 seconds. For the next 10 minutes he called me every name under the sun for robbing him for 30 seconds work not appreciating my time at all. I said "ok mate, no charge" slammed the door shut and went leaving him stranded outside. That was my last ever call out after hours.
  18. 5 points
    keithm

    new income stream

    No, but he always told me to tread carefully, had a great grip on life, was always in the groove and had a rubbery personality!
  19. 5 points
    keithm

    Level of service at SKS

    All I will say to some of the comments here is the following: It takes years to gain knowledge on key cutting and it's more difficult now due to electronic keys etc dominating the car market, along with a massive increase in types of key sections and designs now available. Judging by the many posts on Key ID on here, you're all still learning, so any salesman will wait a long time till he catches up with you guys. In addition, most Companies cannot afford to have too many 'on the road reps' as there has been in the past and as such, there is a shortfall of good advice to hand, most advice is now given by companies via phone or e-mail. This is the only way for Wholesalers/Manufacturers to stay competitive in a very competitive market, that's just the way it is. As for the 'Reps' left on the road, I think many will do 5-7 years with a Company, if that long, then move on to other industries thus leaving a dearth of knowledgeable people to rely on, it's a difficult problem to solve.
  20. 5 points
    keithm

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Here is a pic and description of the item above.
  21. 5 points
    Flash

    Range cutter blades

    Always the same in this trade, we buy a piece of equipment and 72 years later no parts available.
  22. 4 points
    Michael

    CUTTER OR DIAMOND

    I've started using a diamond rotated but cut the feed rate down to 0.2 or 0.3. Seems to dig a little deeper.
  23. 4 points
    Gray

    BIRCH TRADE SHOW

    Will there be demonstrations on how to pack parcels?
  24. 4 points
    Simes

    Need to get a bloody life.

    Here is my toy Mark 1 MX5 number 100 of 250, 1st Anniversary Edition. Love an MX5
  25. 4 points
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