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Anyone here in the UK bothering this year?

A few weeks ago I bought 2x 7''and 2x 8'' AGFA digi frames from Swains, for, iirc, £42 and £57 respectively. Plus vat of course.

Just before they turned up WH Smith's advertised 7'' digi frames for £34.99  >:(

-starting to get a bad feeling now....

Then, a couple of days ago Argos had an ad in the Daily Mail selling 7'' ones for £29.99  >:( >:(

The Swains rep is coming in to see me tomorrow, and although he doesn't know it yet he's leaving with with 4 digi frames  ;D

No way will these sell. They should be priced at £15- £18 to buy in. Any one know where you can buy these for this price? They must be available at that.

Rant over.

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Tudor do some 7" which retail @ £39.99 .. not bad I thought so bought a couple just to test the waters.  There definately has been interest shown, could have sold four within the first two days of displaying them, only after mentioning the particular card types that these take ie SD,MMC & MS.  My customers required anything but these so I have only sold one as aresult.

Shan't be ordering anymore as in my haste I failed to notice the trade price @£29.70 plus vat so absolutely not worth the cupboard space or the risk of being stuck with them!!!

Tesco are also doing a cheaper version although it is smaller and the resolution is not so good, thats the line i'm using when my customers mention it, you know how they like to compare us to the supermarket, drives me bonkers!

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OK guys- thanks for all those- great if you are a consumer but a total waste of time for a retailer.

These products should be available to us retailers at NO MORE than £15- 18 max. I'm still convinced that they are available at that price to the trade- so who is going to put their head above the parapet and offer them to us at that price??

Let's be honest they are a really naff item that I would not have in my house so let's be realistic and insist on cheap prices to bring in.

If we can't buy at the right price we can't sell them on or make a profit. In either case we are out of it.

What do our overseas members think? Do you sell these things and if so what do they cost you?? What sort of mark-up do you get.?

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Yet to stock any digital frames as there is no real margin to be made.  Rather stock some binoculars that I know will make me a proffit.  Unlike digital frames the price will be more after Christmas (due to them being imports and the pound falling in value), so any unsold items won't need to be discounted.  Digital frames will cost less as the next batch comes through with a new feature etc. meaning old stock will be worth less.

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Tony, your comments are about the most negative I've read and I'm afraid I can't understand why you would return digital frames at this time of year. We have taken in 200 at various prices mainly the 8" Sony from Swains to sell at £129.99, and they are already selling like hot cakes despite Tesco's £29.99 ones. You don't say if the two frames you baught from Swains were the same make as the ones you saw for sell cheaper. Do you sell your prints at the same price as the supermarkets? Yesterday a customer was delighted with the 60 instant prints I did for her at 49p each which she could have got for half that price a few yards along the road at Boots. I did spend a bit of time with her and did a sample for her first.  If people only baught the cheapest things then why is everyone not driving about in the cheapest car on the market?  I think it may be time for you to phone the Samaritans!

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Point taken Cecil, but I have an argos 50 yds from me and a Smith's the same distance in the other direction. 2 miles down the road is a tesco superstore.

I'm not being negative, just realistic. I have a horrible feeling that I'll still have these frames in stock in a year's time.

Incidentally they are 'AGFA' branded, similar spec to most mid range I've seen. I bought these because we used to be AGFA branded and people still refer to us as the AGFA shop.

Now, where's the phone number for the Samaritan's ? ;)

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  • 2 weeks later...

Tony  I don't think you will ever sell frames if you only have 4 in stock and all that opposition nerby. We would sell no caeras if we only had 4 in stock or for that matter any product. You either have to have a pile of one or lots of differand models in stock. We have 8 differant ones and it is easy to see that the £129.99 8" Sony is the best one. In one Tesco store, they only had 1 cheap 7" in stock but they had a huge pile of them. Just stick to what you are good at and anything that you are trying to sell, keep as many in  stock as you can afford. All the best for the festive season Cecil Hughson

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The main differance this year is we actually have managed to get supplies, Our main sellers are the Kodak 7" at £54.99 with a free 512mb card which we got for 99p. The 8" Sony is a great seller.  We have sold 5 Sony frames today along with the Nikon Coolpix. If the frame and camera are on the some invoice, the customer gets £50 cashback from Nikon. I can't understand how Nikon do it but who cares.

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