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Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:17 pm
by Till Eulenspiegel
The West Country privately owned British Linsar TV sales firm is in administration.
I thought the company was doing well but evidently not. John Lewis promoted sales of the brand.
Just goes to show there is no money to made out of selling TVs at all.
Read about Linsar's problems here: ... mpo-group/

So that's me out of selling TVs for good!

Till Eulenspiegel.

Re: Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:12 pm
by Michael Watterson
It's often a bad sign (for specialist retail) when things are both sold in Supermarkets and Amazon and are commodity items. It didn't auger well that Philips became a badge on an Asian make, and the only big name Asians making profits (but little per set) LG and Samsung.
Also the number of Japanese that have either stopped entirely or are only badges on Turkish or Chinese sets.

An ordinary 1950s radio THEN cost more in real terms than an HDTV does today. Also unlike iPhones and to a lesser extent, cars, people don't buy a new TV because their is a new model. I'd guess the short boost of HD terrestrial arrival and Analogue Switch off is over. A decent HD TV can be a 1/3rd off a years Pay TV sub, or 6 months of mobile phone bills.

Re: Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:36 pm
by nuvistor
Not TV but a radio. I went out to the shops yesterday, there are no shops like Linsar that I know of near me.Fifteen miles driving and a morning going to the shops that are available did not produce the item I wanted. I asked could it be obtained, no we don't carry that particular model.
Quite happy for them to order it and wait a few days but no, so arrived home, ordered online to be deliverd later this week.
I appreciate shops cannot have in stock every item from a company, but they were all agents for the make I wanted and had other models in stock. I presume the ordering of one £70 radio would not be financially beneficial to them.

The £70 is list, no discount, other sets from that make are discounted online and in the shops but not the one I want. If it had been in the shop at £70 and £60 online I would probably have bought it from the shop, but if they won't stock or order it, then it's no sale.

I don't know what the answer is, I do know that when i used to be in the retail trade and a customer wanted a particular item that we had the agency for but not in stock, we would be on the phone finding a delivery date and price for one. No doubt Till, you would have done the same, unless the item was that bad it would cause you too much grief, but that would have been explained to the customer.

Perhaps there are not enough like me who would pay a bit extra for good local service.

Another ramble, showing my age :bbd


Re: Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:51 pm
by niall
I think shops are dead, certainly for anything remotely specialist. I have tried to use them in order to retain the immediate availability only they can offer, but it has been a futile exercise. I can see why ordering in is no longer offered, as soon as they are in that situation you might as well order online and get it delivered to your door for less. I have ordered stuff and gone back on the appointed day to have them deny that anything had been ordered or that they even offered such a service.
Work out who might sell it, find out where they are located, drive there (fighting the traffic because the council have decided people shouldn't drive), find out they don't stock it or don't have it, repeat as necessary. Or just go online, find a site who which will tell you they have stock, order for delivery in a day or two. No contest.
Also, when the website tells you it's in stock, it very probably is, rather than getting some sort of indication from a vague youth that they might get it in in a couple of days, well maybe.
What I can see getting more common is something like ebay have started doing. I just ordered an item and it was delivered free to my specified Argos for collection. They emailed me to say it was available. This avoids the need to wait in for a delivery and they will hold it for a reasonable time.

Re: Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:16 pm
by Terrykc
When I was looking for a new Canon scanner a few years ago, I checked what was available on line and, having decided, found one of those pages that lists the price from several suppliers.

All were more or less the same by the time you'd factored in postage costs but I noticed that PC World had it in stock for collection in store at a price which favourable matched the others but, because there were no carriage costs, worked out the cheapest of all.

When I checked PC World's own web site it emphasised that this price was only available if I ordered on line. It was in stock at Romford, about 5 miles away, so I placed my order and drove to Romford.

I've always found PC World's prices to be excessively high in the past and wouldn't have dreamt of going near one unless I was desperate - just like Maplin! - and, sure enough, if I'd just walked in off the street, I noticed it would have cost me a hefty premium. I presented my order number and picked up my scanner and, needless to say, didn't give anything else even a fleeting glance on the way out!

The think about this that amazed me is why would anybody who owns a PC and wanting to buy a computer peripheral would just walk in off the street in this modern day and age without checking what is available on line and making their choice there first, so would know the target price anyway ...

Re: Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:46 pm
by Till Eulenspiegel
Linsar is a British brand but the sets are made by Vestel in Turkey. Last week I decided to give the firm a phone call as to make enquiries about buying sets for resale. Now the firm is admin it is unlikely I'll be receiving sets from them. Linsar are/were offering a full five year guarantee and excellent dealer support, its likely it's the end of all that.
Googled "John Lewis Linsar TV" and the answer is "Sorry we could find any results matching your filters"

Till eulenspiegel.

Re: Linsar TV firm in administration.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:50 pm
by Michael Watterson
I'm not convinced anyone now makes a decent portable consumer radio and possibly only FM built into bluRay Home theatre otherwise.