Richer Sounds founder hands over control of hi-fi and TV firm to staff

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  1. seventh bullet

    seventh bullet red mullet

    What did I do to you this time?
     
  2. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    It's because of... something something structural wotsit! :mad:
     
  3. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Can't say I'm inclined to be very grateful for all the benefits capitalism showers on me. Always liked the attitude of the ancient pauper :
    However while I like the attitude his strategy is ridiculous. Waste perfectly good pud up the arse of some boss ? Fuck that. I'll have the pudding, and anything else that isn't nailed down. The only thing I'd want to see going up his arse is the toe of my boot. And I'd probably only soil that if I thought he deserved it.

    If I should find myself sitting next to someone too proud to eat their own portion of pudding I'd probably eat that as well. I would ask first though. Well unless they'd really really irritated me.
     
  4. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

    I 100% believe in worker action and strike action and in my industry we never go far enough. I don't believe it's 'pie in the sky' to defend workers rights or improve conditions. But I also believe that the new Richer sounds model should be encouraged and supported. There are many more companies that deserve not to be supported or encouraged.
    I don't believe it's a case of either or. I support both.
     
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  5. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

    I'd love to buy you a half!:D:thumbs:
     
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  6. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Thinking about it, Richer Sounds has done well to thrive over the years, because they have been difficult for many retailers.

    I expect staying out of town centres will have meant they weren't paying top rent and rates which must have been a positive, I only heard of them through word of mouth (years ago) and visited in Leeds IIRC but haven't made a purchase, does anyone know if they advertise?
     
  7. Rosemary Jest

    Rosemary Jest Wrong and Unstable

    They used to advertise in What Hifi and the like years ago which is where i originally saw them. I think hifi buffs like to use them as they sell all the best gear, but always offered good deals and warranties.

    They can also set up a room for you with different set ups and you can bring in your own records/cd's whatever and compare before you buy, or at least they used to do. A bit like a local shop, but on a national scale. Trying to think of a comparable chain, but struggling.
     
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  8. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    I'm still using one of their mugs from yonks ago when I used to be tempted by them on my way to work from the London Bridge shops on the walkway.
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  9. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    It's a sad state of affairs when people can't see just how far things have fallen in the last 40 yrs. Retail has always been full of exploitative fucks, big and small, but the erosion of unionisation, collective bargaining, terms and conditions and job security since 1979 are blatantly obvious, and most of all in the retail sector.
     
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  10. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    And don't forget to tug your forelock.
     
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  11. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Richer Sounds at one end, and the camera shop at the other. Bastards used to teleport money out of my wallet, I tells ye!!! :mad:
     
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  12. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

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    Snake oil sellers.
     
  13. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    Admiral Insurance is pretty damn good too.
    Although they admit their model was more accident than design.
     
  14. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    Nearly two grand for a cable?! Is it one of those rip-off cables that are used to extract the maximum amount of money out of gullible audiophiles?
     
  15. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    It's the cocaine of cables
     
  16. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    Fucking hell! :eek:

    I assumed that was a typo, and it was actually £17.60, but having googled it, there're other websites selling them at £1760.00!
     
  17. S☼I

    S☼I those funny little plans that never work out right

    "They break our legs and still expect applause when they offer us crutches"
     
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  18. billy_bob

    billy_bob contents may have settled during transit

    But no-one as far as I can see on this thread has denied any of this, have they? Or suggested that the actions of Mr Richer, or even 100 Mr Richers, make up for it?

    It's simply a matter of saying that while we wait for/work for structural change, here's one example that goes against some of those trends (without, I hope obviously, suggesting that it reverses any of them) - and that it would be a good thing in itself if we saw more examples like it.
     
  19. billy_bob

    billy_bob contents may have settled during transit

    Now that cunt Mr Sounds, on the other hand - he should be the first against the wall when the workers rise up.
     
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  20. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    Lol I forgot the camera shop was also there teasing my unearned wages from my pocket!
     
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  21. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree I care not for the wealth of Gyges

    They advertise in Private Eye. Did they advertise in Viz?
     
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  22. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Yeah. Anything over a couple of quid a meter is a con.

    Everyone I know who bought their hifi stuff from them in the 90s or 00s was spun a line of bullshit and upsold cable. Including me.
    Not 2 grands worth, mind!

    I remember having an argument about it with friends. Then one guy made us do a sound test with someone's ten quid cable and some 30p Bell wire...

    No difference.
     
  23. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    So they’re matching the lowest price available. See, good value! :thumbs:
     
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  24. pseudonarcissus

    pseudonarcissus fluttering and dancing

    I confess my first reaction was that next month we will have the “high street gloom -Richer Sounds calls in administrators”. I hope not. I bought a NAD CD player at the London Bridge shop in 1993 and (cheap speaker cables) and have never been back.
     
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  25. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    How many people here still have a pair of eltax speakers?
     
  26. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    nope, but I've still got a Cambridge Audio amp (listening to it now as it happens) which must be 15+ years old. iirc that was their brand. I remember them trying to upsell cables to me too.
     
  27. Gerry1time

    Gerry1time pities the neurotypical

    Ever the contrarian, I actually think they're quite good. I bought something from them a few months ago. I didn't initially intend to, but in these days of internet shopping, I knew what I wanted and shopped around for the best price. Turned out they did a 'we beat any price by x amount' deal, so I found the cheapest online price and gave them a call. They checked, and without any quibble offered to beat that price by a decent amount.

    The bigger thing though was the service. I got chatting to the guy on the phone, and eventually said I'd have to call back after chatting to the mrs about installation dates and so forth. I asked if I'd be able to speak to him again, and he laughed and said they were just a bunch of (iirc) 8 people in the same room, so just call the main number and ask to speak to him. I had no problem getting back through to him, and had various conversations about local installers, then ended up in email conversation for a while on which installers I'd had good experiences of speaking to and which I hadn't. A few months later I realised I hadn't received some of the paperwork I was meant to, so I just pinged him a line back on his direct email address and he sorted it for me straight away.

    I've genuinely not experienced personal service like this, from people who really cared and were enthusiastic about what they did, for a living for a long time now. I guess we have to ask which we care more about. Knowing that people at work are happy, enthusiatic and fulfilled in what they do, or strict adherence to the writings of a bearded man who died nearly 140 years ago.
     
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  28. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    Got some wharfedale speakers and a Cambridge audio amp in regular ish use still that I got over 15 + years (20 years :hmm: ) ago
     
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  29. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I replaced my Cambridge amp with a ten quid amp the size of a match box. It sounds just as fantastic.

    I had whittled down my sound requirements to just watching films on a projection screen.

    Music is now done by Google home devices spread around the house.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2019 at 12:09 PM
  30. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Me! Bloody excellent they are too.
     

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