a reply to: Timely
Regarding safes and "bloke" accessories, I understand where you are coming from, but there are environmental factors affecting us here, which do not
affect stores with a higher footfall, and a more central location.
This is an end of the line district, with end of the line people living in it. Those who have money, only have it because they are skinflints, and
most everyone else has barely got a pot to piss in, leave alone a nice pot, or the spare cash for fancy doodads and posh kit.
As a result of the low footfall, and the commensurate effect that has on business, we do not stock safes, although we can acquire them for our
customers readily enough. The simple fact is, it is not worth the cost of insuring a large stock of safes, unless we are going to sell one every week.
We will not sell one good safe a week here, we would be lucky to sell one good safe a YEAR here. The demography relating to financial status which is
most prevalent here, is not of a sort which would support the overwhelming need for highly secure safes.
We get asked for a good safe every couple of years, and order them when required, rather than stocking them. We service and repair locks, and we also
offer a fitting service for customers who want their locks replaced, or locks fitting to virgin doors. But we know where we are, and we would have to
be in a much better, much more affluent area, to start thinking about stocking the kind of sweet gear you refer to.
I would love to get into that, I would love a larger shop, and I would love to stock huge numbers of safes, I would love a workshop separate to the
premises we sell stock in, and I would love a forge and a blast furnace and a CNC machine and a quad extruder 3D printer. But those things will all
have to wait until there is much more money in the kitty than the current, moth ridden contents!