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Post  Ironman on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 7:43 am

if you found out about a business that supplies just purely motorcycle service items like oils, oil filters, brake pads, chains and sprockets, air filters and light bulbs but thats it, would you support it?

my idea is we need a shop like the big red coloured one in oz, that sold service bits for bikes but without all the other cheap shit you really dont need. been disappointed of late of many shops around the place.
they dont have the oil you need but they do have a ship load of smelly things that dangle from the rear view mirror or playboy bunny seatcovers in hot pink.
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Post  Bosco15 on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 2:23 pm

Unfortunately a business model selling only very specific items, although great if you want those items, is doomed to fail. Hence the plethora of useless crap that people impulse buy, that helps boost the bottom line. 
A business that has to compete with online shopping has to diversify in order to cover the extra outlay required such as rent, rates, wages, insurance etc. 
I too, kick myself every time I go to Supercheap Auto and walk out without the parts that I wanted as they don't seem to be an auto parts store any longer more an auto accessories store.

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Post  paul on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 7:14 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:Unfortunately a business model selling only very specific items, although great if you want those items, is doomed to fail. Hence the plethora of useless crap that people impulse buy, that helps boost the bottom line. 
A business that has to compete with online shopping has to diversify in order to cover the extra outlay required such as rent, rates, wages, insurance etc. 
I too, kick myself every time I go to Supercheap Auto and walk out without the parts that I wanted as they don't seem to be an auto parts store any longer more an auto accessories store.
Sign of the times I'm afraid , same as the petrol station complete with mechanic , spare parts & driveway service are long gone ......................it's all about the bottom line of making money to stay float .Plus most people ( & with today's complex vehicles )  no longer service and repair their own vehicles ............it's easier to leave it to someone else & pay them to do it  .
I agree , it would have to be a very special type of business to be able to limit their sales by specialising in only one area .


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Post  Kiwisteve on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 8:23 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:I go to Supercheap Auto and walk out without the parts that I wanted as they don't seem to be an auto parts store any longer more an auto accessories store.
To be honest, were they ever an auto parts store?
I used to work in an auto parts store. As far as I'm concerned, supercheap is as the name applies

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Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 9:05 pm

I don't mind Super Cheap and I reckon the quality of their gear is much better now than a few years ago. 
The only thing I can't get locally are oil filters. 

I usually wander the isles looking for that must have "bargin".

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Post  barry_mcki on Sat 03 Oct 2015, 12:12 am

I agree with 2WA, IMO SuperCheap is a "get-what-you-paid-for" store, you are not going to get life-time lasting equipment for the prices they charge, but as long as you are wary of their limitations and use their stuff accordingly you shouldn't be too disappointed.  

If you can wait for their specials you can pick up some pretty good bargains, from oil to tool cabinets.  My garage has a fairly good sprinkling of SC roll-round toolboxes and benches, and whilst I can't do heavy duty manufacturing on the benches, for the light stuff I now find I'm working on they are more than enough.  For all the tool boxes and benches (with another large bench with upper and lower cupboards that is out of camera view) shown below I would have spent less about $1500) and that includes a set of 4 hydraulic wheel dollies (I use three of them to spin the bike into that open area on the right).

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My latest purchase was a 12v air compressor for $168 - marked down from over $300 - specs 160 lpm, 150 psi with a 45 minute duty cycle at 40 psi., and it heavy enough to make a good counterweight for the sidecar tongue

If you're after good quality, long lasting tools, then the better name big boys toys (and their corresponding prices) are the way to go.  However, I see nothing wrong in buying a $30 chinese no-name brand angle-grinder and some diamond discs to cut up concrete knowing full well the tool will be completely wrecked at the end of the job because of the cement dust, but it saves ruining my expensive Milwaukee grinder.

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