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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:47 pm 
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Ran out of bedec gloss, and Toolstation have to order it in. Only Brewers stock it locally.

It was £24+ compared to £18.50 at Toolstation, which I mentioned, and to be fair the guy that served me got it down to just over £19.

He suggested I opened an account, but I told him I wasn't really looking to buy much from them as johnstones are really good with me.

He then told me about a cash card account that they do. I would pay as I go but get discount off shelf edge.

Sounds OK as I don't intend to use them very often, but it also suggests that the dreaded rep will want to come out and see me to see which stuff I'm likely to use etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:11 pm 
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I have a cash account with them, no card i guess that is a new idea I just give my company name (even though I have retired now shhh!) if the guy doesn't know me and get a small discount which varies, it is more on their own products. Never been hassled by them, they send a magazine once in a while with a few offers in and that's it.


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Pretty much the same. Unless they have a decent offer on they are well overpriced. Normally Dulux trade is on offer for about a month at this time of year.

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Crown dec centre in Bath is right opposite Screwfix, and will happily match their prices.

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Not got any Brewers outlets up here in the land Beyond The Wall. Provided the rep comes during working hours and isn't a pushy git, it might be OK. That said, the negative comments I've read about Brewers (pricing mostly) on forums over the years, I wouldn't be falling over my feet to sign up either. :salute:

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Not got any Brewers outlets up here in the land Beyond The Wall. Provided the rep comes during working hours and isn't a pushy git, it might be OK. That said, the negative comments I've read about Brewers (pricing mostly) on forums over the years, I wouldn't be falling over my feet to sign up either. :salute:
Yeah, similar story re prices, although the member of staff was very helpful in dropping the shelf edge price. He was quite surprised when I told him how much cheaper Toolstation were, and no doubt he will have checked when I left lol.

When I first opened my Crown and YDM (later bought out by Dulux) accounts the reps used to come and see me, It would stop me working and they always tried to get me to bulk buy to save money. Being young and green I didn't realise that the best way to really save money was to dump them and move to cheaper suppliers. Lol

I suppose the reps just like to come and meet us to determine whether we're just one man bands spending a small amount or a big hitter buying by the pallet.

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I find Brewers utterly shite, and that's putting it politely.
Shelf edge prices are ridiculously overpriced. After trade discount prices are ok, but their stock in my local branch is disgraceful.
If I go in for, say a 5L tin of Dulux gloss, they say 'oh we haven't got it in stock but can get it in tomorrow'. BUT, they have about 50 tins of 1 litre tins of gloss sitting behind the tills gathering dust! Who the hell buys gloss in 1 litre tins!!??
Crap! Never use them.


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when i was about 20 in about 1974 being a nieve person paid about £27 for a black and £33.50 for an orange sheet off 8x4' formica then it was a fortune but didnt know any better :lol:

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I use them often, luckily we have a switched on manager in Exeter.

They are good on some things and rubbish on others. Every now and then there are some good prices on their offers and the Albany paint is a good budget brand if needed.


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