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Postby daffy » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:07 pm

Just completed a two day course in home maintenance for beginners, such as changing a washer or painting a wall etc. Our instructor told us to get all materials from specialist trade shops eg XYZ paint from a paint shop, not from a big diy and builder warehouse. He is convinced that the bigger diy and builder warehouses only sell second rate stuff.

So for instance even if the XYZ trade paint is sold in identical buckets in a specialist decorator supply shop and the bigger diy and builders warehouses, the one bought in the latter will be inferior; likewise the prepared timber is much better bought in timber yards, because the diy and builder warehouses only sell poor quality timbers that the yards would not have for sale in the first place. I have made this experience with the timber (and been forced to buy some overspecified floorboards) but can this be true for a product like paint and other branded items?

thanks for any feedback on this
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Re: home maintenance training

Postby dls » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:44 pm

I doubt it.

This is not the same but may be indicative . .
Years ago there was an investigation into falsely branded jeans. It turned out that they were being made by the same company who had lost the contract with the brand, and that the ones now being supplied were in fact of higher quality than those supplied under the brand.
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Re: home maintenance training

Postby shootist » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:59 am

dls wrote:I doubt it.

This is not the same but may be indicative . .
Years ago there was an investigation into falsely branded jeans. It turned out that they were being made by the same company who had lost the contract with the brand, and that the ones now being supplied were in fact of higher quality than those supplied under the brand.


It is apparently common practice for consumer goods made in certain countries that when the official batch run is completed, say 10,000 pairs of jeans, another five thousand will be knocked out and sold elsewhere. This applies to just about any marketable branded goods, from jeans to cigarette papers.

There is also the pricing and availability of certain generic goods. They market down to the cheapest bidder. One day a bucket of paint will be an over-production from a decent company, another day the only available quantity purchase will be from Jack The Ripoff, but the outlet needs to have a constant supply of that particular type of paint, so that is what's bought. Most people accept this because we have been taught to buy the price label.
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