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Hi Lee brilliant idea

how you finding repairs?

they seem to have dipped nationally,  we get lots of "shitty" wee jobs to do stitching rivets buckles elastic and so on but all in all, not the same as it used to be.

we seem to be doing that many other things.

i feel we have priced ourselves out of a job.

for to put a pair of rubber soles and heels on a shoe now is £20 - 30 because of the materials being used

and most dont want to pay that

the idea of doing soles and heels for £10 using cheaper materials doesn't work as they come back and complain about wear quality.

whats everyone else thoughts on this

is this the start of the end?

carry on!

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20 minutes ago, Count Muppet said:

I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday.

ill be happy to see the days when our shops are opened without shoe machines and just take loads of money of keys and watches.

Just done a pair of ladies heels that was our second shoe repair job this week along with a pair of mens stick on soles and heels.

Got rid of all sewing machines and just do basic repairs anything else is not worth the time or effort to make any decent profit anymore.

If it would not mean dismantling half the shop and having to remove the front door to get rid then i would have done so years ago but saying that the finisher is in use every day just not for shoe repairs, we use it for finishing brass padlocks after re pinning and all sorts of other jobs.

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I am same here. My patcher is in the garage at home as I don't have space for it in the shop. Most of my work now is engraving, keys and watch repairs. All the shoe repairs I get in are the crappy moulded soles/heels. I too would get rid of the finisher if I did not have to dismantle the rest of the shop. 

 

 

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Our shoe repairs are up, especially quality shoes.  My biggest problem is that we don't have sufficient shoes coming through the door yet to justify the huge investment in a quality outsole stitcher so we contract out the stitching.  The quality is not the best unfortunately.  Would love my own machine, but it takes a lot of gents shoes to justify the price of one of those machines when there are some many other places we can invest that sort of money and be sure of a decent return in a relatively short space of time.  But Lee's repairs are something to aspire too.  In the meantime, our customers seem happy with our repairs and keep coming back so we much be doing ok.

What I would say is that I spend time with my customers educating them with regard to what a good quality pair of shoes is and make recommendations.  Now I'm getting customers coming in behore making a purchase of shoes to ask me what they think before they buy.  These will become lifelong customers I hope.  If we want to repair quality shoes then we can do something about it.  Just take some time with your customers.  They will keep talking about you and keep coming back.

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if i relied on shoe repairs i would have been gone a long time ago, most of the stuff now is not worth repairing, best thing i done was go into more related products inline with key cutting i.e locks padlocks etc

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My repairs dropped year on year from the mid 2000’s but plateaued about 5 years ago giving me half a loaf instead of a full one, that was when I left administration of this sit because I realised the rest of the day I was on here.

i focused on doing bike repairs and now find I’m doing 2 days work every day! I’m flat out again. I seem to spend half the day doing the shoes, watches engraving and the afternoon/early evening doing bikes.

 

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On 7/12/2019 at 9:43 AM, Simes said:

Our shoe repairs are up, especially quality shoes.  My biggest problem is that we don't have sufficient shoes coming through the door yet to justify the huge investment in a quality outsole stitcher so we contract out the stitching.  The quality is not the best unfortunately.  Would love my own machine, but it takes a lot of gents shoes to justify the price of one of those machines when there are some many other places we can invest that sort of money and be sure of a decent return in a relatively short space of time.  But Lee's repairs are something to aspire too.  In the meantime, our customers seem happy with our repairs and keep coming back so we much be doing ok.

What I would say is that I spend time with my customers educating them with regard to what a good quality pair of shoes is and make recommendations.  Now I'm getting customers coming in behore making a purchase of shoes to ask me what they think before they buy.  These will become lifelong customers I hope.  If we want to repair quality shoes then we can do something about it.  Just take some time with your customers.  They will keep talking about you and keep coming back.

I suggest you keep an eye out on our website for some second hand machines as we always have a good turnover in these, in fact we have one at present, extra 10% off for Forum members ;-)  It's not even on the Website yet but will be later today.  PM me if you wish to find out more ;-)

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Slightly off topic but not by much.  I have received a request from someone not involved with our trade who has asked if SOMSR can provide any information or statistics on the total revenue, number of shops, number of people employed specifically in the shoe repair sector.  The information is to be used to help individuals or small businesses looking for entry into our trade.

The onlyinfo I can find is from ibisworld (?) who reckon that the UK turnover in shoe repair shops is 83 million pounds.  I am assuming that this figure, if accurate, includes the shoe repair figures from both independents and multiples ( whoever they may be)  

Does anyone have any more detailed info they would care to divulge?

 

Robin

 

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