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    I can't believe how difficult it is for the small/new tackle shop to actually buy tackle! I have started using a new local shop, "The Rod Rest" in Heywood near Rochdale. [I will post details on the shop list]. It's run by two brothers, they're top chaps, the shop has certainly got that old style, "wanna brew n a fag mate?" feel to it. Over the last six months or so the lads have been trying to give their customers a good range of tackle, I'm not talking about specialised gear or hand built cane here, just your normal stuff like line, leads and groundbait. The trouble is, the neighbouring tackle shop that's situated in the next town about six miles away wont let the reps sell to them, they will pull their order if the rep stocks them! I could name names but i will just name makes. Van den eynde, Sensas, Maver, Nash, the list does go on. The gangster attitude of this much bigger shop that has already pushed a very old and much loved shop under in the last few weeks, [surely they are hell bent on world domination!] has certainly lost them a customer or two over here. The deceased shop I mention is on the list on this site, sadly it serves as an epitaph to a friendly family business of fifty years that my grandad first took me to. I dont mean to bang on but it really is a poor do when one shop in one town can tell the kids in another town that they're not allowed to use these very popular brands of tackle,it's these brands that the kids of Heywood are reading about. Anyway it ticks me off and i had to say something. Before i forget, i do want to thank a few manufacturers and reps for not letting another fine shop die before my eyes, Dynamite Baits, Middy, Octoplus and Shakespeare have all been cool therefore I am now buying the said brands, as for The Gangster Angling centre they should be arrested!

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    Mel Crighton Guest

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    BR your comments surprised me , I have a tackle shop near me that has 4 outlets, but whennI ask a few months back for a Korum rod they did not have one but phoned all the local tackle dealers within 25 miles to locate one for me, and I got it at a discount, they are not all the same, when I visit the store it's always a brew and a chat, good service means loyal customers,bet that shop dosen't have that kind of service.

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    Unfortunately BR, this type of 'underhand' method of business affects all smaller outlets, I'm in the nursery trade, (shrubs/conifers etc, and we have our own experience of it. When my wife had her own shop, it was quite common for reps to tell her that certain lines were 'unavailable' to her because of threats from other 'like' businesses.
    Some people are so poor, that all they have is money

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    Sorry, meant to say that with a bit of searching around, it is usually possible to source a supply.
    Some people are so poor, that all they have is money

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    It's that same all over and many in the tackle trade thinks this is how it should be. Eg, there's a store near me sells a well known Japanese reel and a store 10 miles away can sell the same reel, but a guy in the middle who would probably sell just as many can't. So he sold a different make of reel when it was first announced and now it is very, very popular. Store A also wanted to sell it after a while alongside his other reels and was told no! Justice is served.

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    Merv, my mate in said smaller outlet can go to third party wholesalers but feels like he doesnt want to do this. The problem seems to be self employed reps one or two of which are big name anglers, one in particular who actually coaches kids is allegedly the worst offender as he reps for about five major companies. This guy was apparently in the anglers mail in some sort of bother with the european ground bait people, a very well known ex england international match angler? i didnt read it... yet. Anyway reps from the likes of shakespeare who are actually employed by the company and on a wage rather than a commision based earner are more than willing to help these smaller shops. Once again its down to the dollar.

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    By the way I think Bob Church is one of the good guys who helped em out with stock too.

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    I had a friend who was looking to buy into a tackle shop. When it comes to certain makes or products, there was some kind of agreement where shop A could not stock the same products as shop B, if the shops were less than five miles appart. I think this was some kind of unwritten agrement, which could easily start tackle shop wars.

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    The fact is, the reps of these big companies Van den eynde in particular, should encourage the tackle trade not stifle it. There is a large free to fish park lake just behind The Rod Rest tackle shop, there are also a lot of kids who fish there and can walk to the lake via the shop, thats ok as long as they dont want any V.D.E groundbait. Considering the V.D.E rep is the Team England Juniors coach you would have thought he'd let the kids have some bait!

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    How did you catch the one you're holding BR, that's what comes of leaving your terminal tackle in too long.
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