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20 hours ago, abababa said:

If we as independents had a little bit of savvy, we would maybe start a shoe repair material consortium...  

That's been mentioned before on here and it was pointed out that if our suppliers started to lose sales on repair materials, they would increase their prices on everything else to make up the shortfall in profits so we wouldn't gain in the long term.

Rick.

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40 minutes ago, kobblers said:

That's been mentioned before on here and it was pointed out that if our suppliers started to lose sales on repair materials, they would increase their prices on everything else to make up the shortfall in profits so we wouldn't gain in the long term.

Rick.

And since we said that they have put the prices up anyway. 

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22 hours ago, abababa said:

If we as independents had a little bit of savvy, we would maybe start a shoe repair material consortium...  

Sounds easy, in fact very difficult. First you would have to define who the "we" is,( you can count me out) a few people would do a lot of work only to see it collapse after a few months,

I've seen it tried so many times and never seen it come to anything worthwhile. Why don't you give it a go?

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20 hours ago, windycity said:

odd time to be setting up a new  materials wholesale business considering where most of the materials are made and the £ being a bit weak for the last numerous years., will be interesting to see who and where though.

As it turns out my keys wholesaler Andy AKS has started bringing in certain shoe repair stuff from Belgium. Colemans I think he said. I went there for an open day once. Very impressive. Seems to be ok price and quality defo there. Last time he was in he sold me some Palc shoe shine which I hadnt seen for a few years. Used to be a big seller for me.

Brave move from him but kind of get it as he tells me that over half his customers are shoe repairers. If Andy plays it right and he gets new customers for shoe stuff he can start selling them keys as well. If its anything like the service he gives me on the key cutting side from his van then he may do ok

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23 minutes ago, Party Marmalade said:

 

As it turns out my keys wholesaler Andy AKS has started bringing in certain shoe repair stuff from Belgium. Colemans I think he said. I went there for an open day once. Very impressive. Seems to be ok price and quality defo there. Last time he was in he sold me some Palc shoe shine which I hadnt seen for a few years. Used to be a big seller for me.

Brave move from him but kind of get it as he tells me that over half his customers are shoe repairers. If Andy plays it right and he gets new customers for shoe stuff he can start selling them keys as well. If its anything like the service he gives me on the key cutting side from his van then he may do ok

Belgium is a country  in the European Union
I understand that after Brexit customs fees will have to be paid for the import of all goods from the union
Let's be prepared for the price increase of all imported goods
If some British companies produces something and will export to EU, the buyer will pay customs duty
And that will make British goods less competitive in price
Unfortunately, we will pay for this mess because politicians, as usual, are not responsible for anything

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6 minutes ago, simon1 said:

Belgium is a country  in the European Union
I understand that after Brexit customs fees will have to be paid for the import of all goods from the union
Let's be prepared for the price increase of all imported goods
If some British companies produces something and will export to EU, the buyer will pay customs duty
And that will make British goods less competitive in price
Unfortunately, we will pay for this mess because politicians, as usual, are not responsible for anything

That really depends on whether a deal or no Deal is done, taxes work both ways so in no one's interest to add them.

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49 minutes ago, petercoulson said:

That really depends on whether a deal or no Deal is done, taxes work both ways so in no one's interest to add them.

Which doesn't mean that some Companies won't;-)

 

I'm sure the blue chip Corporate's out there will want or need or even have to put tariffs on, but small bespoke industries may fall under the radar, here's hoping!

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2 hours ago, Party Marmalade said:

 

As it turns out my keys wholesaler Andy AKS has started bringing in certain shoe repair stuff from Belgium. Colemans I think he said. I went there for an open day once. Very impressive. Seems to be ok price and quality defo there. Last time he was in he sold me some Palc shoe shine which I hadnt seen for a few years. Used to be a big seller for me.

Brave move from him but kind of get it as he tells me that over half his customers are shoe repairers. If Andy plays it right and he gets new customers for shoe stuff he can start selling them keys as well. If its anything like the service he gives me on the key cutting side from his van then he may do ok

 

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