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    Default Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    Saw yesterday that Angling Direct have bought out Erics Angling.

    This adds to their acquisition of Climax, Chapmans, Fosters, Ted Carter, etc, thus scaling down the competition in the process.

    How many more are they going to buy??

    Don't get me wrong, I do buy from Angling Direct but I find this buying out the competition very unhealthy.

    What are your thoughts on it?

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    Angling Direct appear to be demonstrating all the 'qualities' associated with a . . . monopoly . . . . and while this can be good for prices, (buying in bulk to lower prices) it does create the posibility to corner a market.

    Personally I prefer to use my local tackle shop for everything I need and if it is not in stock then I am happy to wait until it is ordered.

    Only by using your local independent shop can you hope to not lose them to a conglomerate like AD.

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jacobs View Post
    Angling Direct appear to be demonstrating all the 'qualities' associated with a . . . monopoly . . . . and while this can be good for prices, (buying in bulk to lower prices) it does create the posibility to corner a market.
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    Yes, corner the market, no need to pass on their bulk buying costs to the customer, that’s what I normally find with a monopoly.

    Nothing wrong with shopping online if used diligently, I used Eric’s a few times with excellent service.
    Last edited by s63; 17-10-2019 at 13:11.

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    They're not the worst people in the world, but it's quite clear that if you want a wide choice of products from a wide range of manufacturers they're not the best. Their continuing growth seems sure to mean that we all end up with less variety.

    I'm very lucky to have a large independent shop within a couple of miles of where I live and I'll continue to make them my first stop for everything.

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    Fishing Republic tried this but seem to have failed with many of their shops closing 'due to relocating' but without any relocation details.
    I passed the closed Barnsley Fishing Republic shop this weekend and noticed a massive sign on their wall advertising the due to open new Angling Direct at Rotherham.... cheeky or what, unless they have bought these out as well.
    I must admit though that I have bought some items from AD both from a shop and online and been 100% satisfied with the pricing and stock. Most of my local tackle shops are now closed due to Fishing Republic setting up a few years ago, I feel that even more will suffer now due to AD but must admit that they don't stock much choice and only seem to deal with a few suppliers. Ultimately we are all to blame being tempted with cheap prices and fast deliveries, but I cant help feeling that this is the way the entire shopping experience in this country is going from clothes to food.
    Near to me are Billy Clarkes at Sheffield and Wickersley Angling at Rotherham, I'm hoping these don't fall foul of the trend as they are both excellent shops providing great service and advice as well as having a high stock level.
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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    If their acquisition of a shop stops it closing for good then it’s not a bad thing.
    I have noticed however, a vast amount of items on their online shop are out of stock.

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    I still frequent my local AD as the staff are largely the same as before, helpful and friendly. I have no complaints about service and who can refuse a bargain. Their stock is limited and carp oriented but if I buy on line and am unhappy I can take it back to them.

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    If their acquisition of a shop stops it closing for good then it’s not a bad thing.
    I have noticed however, a vast amount of items on their online shop are out of stock.
    That might be more of a function of the time of year.

    I know a lot of the manufacturers are holding their trade shows at the moment - Preston, Daiwa etc and that the new "2020 catalogue" stock is expected end of this month, early November with 2019 items running out in the retailers. That combined with a reduction of inventory during the quieter part of the coarse season.....
    Last edited by MikeyF; 17-10-2019 at 15:02. Reason: quote

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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    I used an Angling Direct shop in Crayford for the first time recently. I only wanted a few rod tubes which weren’t in stock. As no other company had them either it wasn’t surprising. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The service was good and friendly, I left a minimal deposit and they rang me when they were in. No complaints.


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    Default Re: Angling Direct buy out Erics Angling.

    The one that opened near me has a poor selection of rods - float rods conspicuously missing - mainly mid-range commercial-style stuff. Carp luggage, chairs, beds etc abound, as do bags of boillies and buckets to put them in. Items are segregated into brand displays and are often dwarfed by the plastic and coloured card of their packaging. Ready-made rigs, traces, hooklengths etc etc promote devolution into helplessness. The fishing equivalent of M&S peeled and chopped vegetables. The supplanting of independent tackle shops by this kind of thing represents, as do many other trends, the triumph of impersonal consumer values over the little corners of culture and community that local shops used to provide.

    On practical note, I asked for baitdroppers. All over there, mate, on the back wall. I came back and said the only thing I can find is this daft little item - encased in plastic packaging - that will hardly hold a chopped lobworm. That's all we've got mate. But you have lots of proper ones on your website? Ah, that's online mate. A tackle supermarket beside the Trent and all they have is a baitdropper the size of a thimble.
    Last edited by nottskev; 17-10-2019 at 16:37.

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