Archive for the ‘Pearces Hardware’ Category

Battery Recycling

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Well at long last a system has arrived which makes the task of recycling batteries easier. We now accept all common batteries on an exchange basis (i.e. against a sale) and send them away for recycling. I just wonder why it took so long to get a system up and running.

We also do our best to make sure our own waste cardboard ends up being recycled rather than in landfill. Our normal waste contractor says he cannot offer a separate ‘recycling’ stream because he would have to take it all the way to Dartford and this is obviously uneconomical. What the government says to encourage recycling and what it does are not necessarily the same thing.

Worpdress Blog upgraded

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

A vulnerability which affects the blog (nothing that can harm you, the viewer!) has been found in the blog software. I have upgraded to the latest version and things seem to be ok apart from a funny colour on the border.

I have actually been meaning to upgrade for a long time: nothing like a scare to give you a kick in the butt!

Liquid Gold

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Well, it has taken longer than I expected but Liquid Gold is on the way back to the British market. We should have stock of both spray and liquid by the third week of September.

Latest update (24/9/9): There has been some slippage! Now only expected mid-October.

Real Kilner Jars!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Rayware acquired Ravenhead Glassware and the Kilner name some time ago. They tried to palm-off an inferior clip-top preserving jar as a Kilner jar for a few years. I suspect nobody was fooled.

This season they have produced the real thing again and we have received our first stock. 500ml at £2.50 and 1000ml at £2.95. They come with the metal screw lid and a metal sealing disc. We will be supplying the metal discs as spares but do not have stock yet.

Aladdin Loxon Mantles

Monday, February 9th, 2009

There has been a truly monumental price increase in the Lox-on mantle for the Aladdin 23 burner. I have been told that this is due to the sale of the manufacturer to a third party which has now created a monopoly situation. The agent is urgently looking at alternative suppliers. In the meantime, I guess, expensive emergency lighting is better than none! We are now selling the mantles at £12.95 each.

Price Increases

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

You wonder about the financial acumen of our political masters who did not foresee the current problems. Their claims that inflation will drop in the new year should be treated with equal caution. A collapsing currency and engineered reliance on imports means that this, quite simply, can not happen.

We have just had an email from one of our largest wholesalers who lists the proposed increases from 80-odd of their suppliers. I have turned this into the attached graph. The caveat is that while it lists percentages, it does not list relative importance. For example, the 8% increase proposed by Cuprinol will have far greater effect than the 15% increase by esteemed US hammer maker Estwing.

The fact is that the government will lie about anything, be it knife crime or inflation, in order to gain advantage.

With the amount of money we pay in taxes we deserve better.

Proposed increases

How we are responding to the reduction in VAT

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

The VAT rate changes tomorrow from 17.5% to 15%. Whilst we welcome any decrease in tax (heaven knows we deserve it), the muppets who think this scheme will revitalise the economy should return to cloud-cuckoo-land. We will do our honest best to pass on the full difference although we bet that many (if not most) small retailers will just pocket the difference. Some will do this as a calculated means of improving margins whilst others will simply not have the manpower, particularly at this time of year, to re-price their stock.

We have introduced an automatic discount on standard rated items of 2.1% to pass on the full effects of the change. This is calculated as follows. An item selling for £100 previously had a price tag including VAT of £117.50. From tomorrow this changes to £115.00. The saving is therefore £2.50. £2.50 as a percentage of the current price of £117.50 is 2.1% and that is what we will pass on. The discount is fully described on the till slip.

The reason we will do it this way is because we are wary of what happens when the VAT rate increases again in a year. If we had decided to undertake the mammoth task (probably 75,000 individual price tickets) of repricing each stock item then any errors (such as items remaining unchanged) would work in our favour. This will be reversed in a years time with possibly serious consequences. We have therefore decided to maintain our current pricing policy and offer a discount to allow for the reduced VAT.

The stupid thing about this election stunt by the government is that the true rate of inflation (by which I do not mean the ho-ho official 4.5%) will overshadow the effects of the VAT decrease in, at best, a couple of months.

Homebrew and winemaking equipment

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
We have been selling winemaking and home brewing supplies for some time now and trade has been growing steadily rather than spectacularly. We have recently noticed an increase in interest but cannot decide whether this is a result of economic conditions or not. A dedicated brewing shop in Pinner has recently closed down and I am sure this has something to do with it as well. Other customers tell us that there are now few suppliers in Buckinghamshire let alone Chiltern District. We stock the common requirements but if you require anything a bit unusual we can order it for you. Best to email or give us a ring.

Astonish Furniture Polish for wood, veneer and laminate

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
We have recommended this product as a replacement for the discontinued Liquid Gold Furniture Polish (Liquid Gold remains only as a spray now called Lord Sheraton Wood Restorer).Guess what? The Astonish product has now been discontinued so we appear to be back to square one.

Traditional Beeswax Polish

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Beeswax PolishWe have already mentioned the demise of Stephenson’s Olde English Furniture Cream and offered an alternative. We have now found a second alternative that even smells the same as Olde English! Traditional Beeswax Furniture Polish comes in two sizes: 283g (£7.45) and 142g (£4.25). It’s inflammable so can’t be sent through the post.