A more accurate statement would be "Any business that doesn't have a webshop - this will be the end result!".All those that buy everything on line - this is the end result.
Agree to a certain extent. I know in Cornwall the remaining tackle shops are struggling to compete with internet sales even though they have jumped on board themselves. Even bait is becoming a problem as bait diggers are selling themselves through social media rather than supply the shops which used to pull the customers in.A more accurate statement would be "Any business that doesn't have a webshop - this will be the end result!".
And why shouldn't they sell direct ... I did 30 years ago. Tackle shops do not have some god given right to expect to be the only ones to sell bait - a bait digger cutting out the middle man is not some sort of low-life ... he is showing some good business sense! Its also worth noting (and I have been in the business for years) that bait customers do not necessarily equate to tackle customers at all ... they never did.Even bait is becoming a problem as bait diggers are selling themselves through social media rather than supply the shops which used to pull the customers in.
The companies that trade online sponsor people as well. And in actual fact the biggest load of twaddle is this notion that websites are run by invisible companies that have no physical entitiy. Its rubbish. The bulk of online sellers are just normal tackle shops with a website so this bit about them all disappearing is utter guff ... I hasten to add that there are a good few very successful West country ones on the web too. I constantly hear this rubbish about you getting better service off the "local" dealer all the time ... that's guff as well ... some of the best customer service is from companies that have a presence online. Its worth noting that consumers have much better consumer protection with online purchases as well ... and everything is in writing of course so therre is no argument about what was promised/said.Shop owners sponsor competitions, donate prizes, provide sign on facilities and starting points for comps, yes it can be done elsewhere, but a local tackle shop is more than just a place to buy kit, its part of the local fishing community a bit like the clubs that are quickly disappearing.
Once all the tackle shops are gone, what's left of clubs will follow and before you know it the ageing population of anglers will be gone - then what?
You obviously missed the bit where I said I wouldn't wish it on anybody .... but your crap about it all being the internet's fault is just that ... its like complaining that you can't sell a horse and cart anymore thirty years after the car has taken over the roads. Online shopping has been around since the mid nineties ... it is no longer something business can choose to ignore. Its particularly true if you don't have much footfall.OK. so using your arguments then my response should have been - oh well another one gone, should have moved with the times, own fault his business has folded. Nothing to see here move on, don't deserve any sympathy.
Any more tackle shops close, please don't bother posting up you'll get F all sympathy from here.
Your comments @blakdog sum up the way people are these days, selfish, self absorbed, don't give a toss for anyone other than yourself.
I'll check with my local tackle shop when I go in Monday, but I think he will take a very dim view of your selfish attitude.if anybody runs a fishing tackle business right now and you can't make a go of things then you need to take a serious look at what your doing because there must be something very awry with what you are doing!
I'm not really sure why you would think I would care about that? Is this some sort of bizarre threat that I'm supposed to worry about?I'll check with my local tackle shop when I go in Monday, but I think he will take a very dim view of your selfish attitude.
It sounds more like he killed his own business unfortunately ...Ian is a really nice guy i live in dawlish so used to try to use him as much as possible but his short opening times were hard for me to get in to get fresh bait he was saying Internet shopping has killed him
I won’t name names but I’ve known a couple of shops that open and close when they feel like it.I think the key is to have fresh crab lug and rag that draws in the anglers consistency is also key no good being a hit and miss shop long early starts late finishes 7 days a week opening its not for everyone but i think that's what it takes to be sussufall also a good web page and stock good gear
Used to have a brilliant shop. He sold the kind of gear I wanted, plus it was an Aladdin’s cave of bits and bobs.The same thing has happened to camera shops, independent electrical retailers, toy shops, and it's going to continue to happen, and happen to more and more 'local shop' sectors. The ones that are run as hobbies (usually in premises owned by the business) will continue until the current management retires. Those that are run as businesses will engage with the modern world and the necessity of an online presence, whilst also offering the face-to-face experience that's the last hope for the High Street.
I'm new to angling, and I have already made a few observations on tackle shops. I tried my local tackle shop when looking for a spinning rig, and was made to feel rather unwelcome by the owner - who'd just spent quite some time kitting up a lad with his mum for carp fishing. Sea fishing is very much the poor relation within angling, and this was a tackle shop just behind the coast. I've since bought two rods and reels online (one from Veales and one from GAC) and a variety of tackle/bits. I could see what they had, I could order it in comfort.
I've since found a better local tackle shop in town, which I will use. But like a lot of tackle shops it has an incredibly poor website and minimal internet presence. Any tackle shop with a website based on 1990s hand-knitted HTML and no active social media presence probably doesn't want to survive in the modern High Street. I do acknowledge though that the industry itself doesn't always help. Many of the popular rods at the lower-middle end of the market are wholesaled with large minimum order quantities, but that's where having an online presence to back-up the bricks-and-mortar presence helps.
Because of the way it was run it probably wasn't worth very much on paper as a business. The property value would be appreciating, but the turnover and profit on the tackle business was likely quite low relative to the capital tied up in stock.Sadly he wanted to retire and no one wanted to buy it as a going concern, so eventually it was sold and became a curio shop.
Yes, it was very traditional and as you say, most of the assets would be tied up in stock.Because of the way it was run it probably wasn't worth very much on paper as a business. The property value would be appreciating, but the turnover and profit on the tackle business was likely quite low relative to the capital tied up in stock.