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Bunnings 'beat it by 10%' guarantee


#42

Oh Oh. Now the Bunnings sausage sizzle has become an international incident.

Perhaps we need to get the UN involved.


#43

We had some sausage sizzle reviews happening on the Community many moons ago. With all this controversy, perhaps we need to get back in the game :rofl:


#44

So one slip and the world changes.

I wonder why we are still even eating the sausages as slipping is the least of ones concern.

If Bunnings took safety seriously and the welfare of their customers, they possibly should be looking at another food product other than sausages. How about fried tofu instead.

I also expect Bunnings will have new printed serviettes with something like this to protect its customers:

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My last comment, I wonder if the 10% guarantee includes the sausages or cans of soft drink (the policy is silent on these items) A supermarket sell the soft drink cheaper and our local Scouts had fundraising at the last election of $1 sausages on bread with onion (on top), plus complementary sauces.

I also wonder if the onion at the bottom is to say that others don’t have the same product as their competitors onion is on top, thus nullifying the ‘beat it by 10%’ guarantee.

Food for though.


#45

… future generations will regret we messed with Natural Selection …


#46

Put it on your calendars!


#47

No point in worrying about what the global equities markets are doing whilst the really big issue, the Bunnings sausage sizzle drama, rages on unabated.


#48

Once there were ‘bread and circuses’ but animal rights protestors demonstrated against persecution of the lions, the Christians started a boycott of all circus-related products because they weren’t adequately consulted, the gladiators union walked out over OH&S issues (something about cheap plastic armour) and the food police demanded gluten free bread be made available at separate stalls.

So instead now we have the Bunnings protest to amuse the masses. Give me strength.


#49

That would be with onions on the bottom?

(BTW, my post was in jest, but not at all obviously so. Amazing how the media or anyone can make this an issue.)


#50

Is it true that the big players, like Bunnings, have their own Model Number allocated to them for a particular common item(say, a cordless drill) by the manufacturer, and therefore you will not find a similar product anywhere else?..if so, they will not have to price-match.


#51

In one word, yes, and it has been so for many years, actually decades in some industries and not always limited to the big players.

Sometimes a manufacturer will make the same product with a few different part numbers and a smaller player can pick whichever part number they want to minimise ‘competition’. In some jurisdictions the suppliers will also agree not to sell the same part number to another shop within a certain radius to make it an exclusive.

Some shops such as Bunnings also have exclusive brands so they don’t even need to always resort to part numbers all the time. A double defence of their ‘price management.’


#52

It is a bit like the mattress industry which produces a limited number of models, but sell the same mattress to different retailers with different names.


#53

After explaining to someone that Bunnings will beat another’s price because the model number is slightly different for the same product, the Bunnings staff member agreed by saying 'technically this is correct". I took this to mean depending on my mood, I will beat that price!


#54

A sale is a sale, and if the only difference is the model number!

Who do we think got the best price at the factory door? Bunnings most likely because of how many they purchase! :hushed::wink:


#55

Ofcourse! Bunnings know they are the only hardware store that does. I imagine the small hardware stores are hanging by a thread.:pouting_cat:


#56

Not only in special circumstances, and Paddington Hardware in Brisbane?

We have two in nearby towns. Both have evolved under the ownership of the local Growers Coops. Hence the site and buildings are old capital. With only the site maintenance costs and no expensive leases both survive. They have stocking and staff only as major costs. As the major assets the properties, are likely stranded, there is little or no financial return selling. Or perhaps the Owners see the opportunity?

One trades effectively as a Mitre10 with all their usual sales. Just don’t expect too much if you need more than one of the same thing. The stocked lines are wide ranging, and once an item is sold it will be restocked next week!

The other still services the local agriculture sector and has more of a focus on their needs. Handy if you like to purchase your herbicide and pesticides as concentrate in 20l containers, Star pickets in bundles of ten, or wire in coils of 400m. With the nearest Bunnings or trade tool specialists a 60km return picnic away this business has expanded into more home gardener friendly lines.

The area has yet to reach critical mass for a big Bunnings, which would see more stock and perhaps a saving of 10% on products, like for like.

Yes, there are places still untouched by Bunnings. We don’t even have a KFC or Maccas within cooee either. More chance the NBN will arrive! (Fact we don’t have access to that either.)


#57

Thanks for your country insights, Mark_m. Stocking only what is needed by the locals is smart thinking and to get insights from the local staff that a monolith can never provide - I envy you! Unfortunately, it is only when a monolith comes to town that the NBN will be delivered.


#58

We have KFC, Maccas, HJ’s, Red Rooster, Subway, Wendys, Muffine Break and Gloria Jeans - then separately we have establishments that sell real food and real coffee, and the next place with all these is around 1500 km away … but I digress …

We had a couple of hardware stores, a Mitre 10 and a Home - both, to my perception, boned the local public mercilessly with high prices and short trading hours - then a lot of lobbying by locals. Enter Bunnings - Mitre went bust, admittedly just before Bunnings even arrived - Home is still going, I don’t know how - their hours and pricing still unbelievable for the average punter. Rumour has it they do a lot of trade sales - good luck to them. When I hear a radio ad at 1400 on a weekend to go to them for ‘my hardware needs’, it’s handy to have local knowledge that they closed at 1400 on a Saturday and 1300 on a Sunday.

Where I live is probably not ‘typical’ - the next ‘name brand’ hardware store is 500 km away and fairly basic, and the next nearest Bunnings is 1400 km away or so … good excuse for a ‘road trip’ :wink:

I suspect less transient and more community minded regional areas are different …


#59

Bunnings is the only people who are doing this. Officeworks does this as well. Most of their laptops, printers have a slight different model number. These model numbers are unique to Officeworks. So, you cant find them anywhere else.


#60

Mostly it is very typical of many other places that are not Sydney or Melb, etc. Although the drive to the next big town is certainly not one? Mt Isa perhaps comes close on the next nearest Bunnings test, but fails on the no water in river test.

For Choice perhaps the ultimate consumer guide to hardware should include a fit for purpose test based on the cargo space in a Cessna 202? If it passes, the fit in the back of a Hilux test is assured!

Is it cheaper to own and maintain a Cessna 202 to shop at Bunnings to save on the discounts? One more for the Choice team to take on.:rofl: