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Rod Renshaw07/04/2020 20:39:15
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Hi all

At this difficult time many of our usual suppliers are not open for business for good reasons. But some are still open, and there are a lot of modellers and potential modellers who suddenly have more time on their hands.This situation could go on for months.

Might there be value in having a thread which contained an alphabetical list of suppliers with an "open or closed" note to give a handy reference for those needing materials or tools? Either forum users or the suppliers themselves could add information. It might save a lot of phone calls to suppliers who are open, and who could do without a lot of "Are you open?" calls.

It will probably need a moderator to give this idea shape, but as a starting point I am aware of :-

Arc Euro Tools - closed Opening again for mail order

Macc Models - open for mail order

There are dozens of other suppliers but I, for one, have no idea who is open and who is not.

Rod

 

Edited By JasonB on 09/04/2020 15:30:16

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Colin Heseltine07/04/2020 20:55:03
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EKP Supplies are open.

Colin

Emgee07/04/2020 21:12:08
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Tracy Tools doing postal as usual.

Henry Brown07/04/2020 21:24:03
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Chronos, RGD Tools and GWR Fasteners (ebay) certainly are.

John Hilton07/04/2020 21:27:59
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I have just received an order from GLR Kennions, arrived next day as usual.

John

RRMBK07/04/2020 22:13:50
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Not ME related but one of the major classic m/cycle suppliers was happy to take my order and my money over their website and then subsequently send me an e.mail to say the order is made up but wont be dispatched till after business returns to normal following the lifting of government restrictions. I feel they should have posted it on their website BEFORE you placed the order and made the payment. So I suggest you confirm with any supplier first.

Good luck all.

Mike Poole07/04/2020 22:19:55
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I am sure Myford were closed but they now appear to be trading.

Mike

magpie07/04/2020 22:48:38
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Mike Poole, Myford are owned by RDG and they are open for mail order.

Nigel Graham 207/04/2020 23:47:04
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Live Steam Models - I thanked them only a few days ago for prompt mail-order service.

Steviegtr08/04/2020 00:26:49
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Not that anyone wants anything to do at home. so probably not interested that Screwfix are open. Sort of click & collect in the doorway as is B & Q. Pay up front & collect next day. Park in a bay & items brought out to you.

Steve.

Bill Phinn08/04/2020 00:36:42
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It's a little academic for me which mailorder suppliers are open for business and which aren't because the postal service in my area is barely functioning; we haven't had any letters or parcels delivered for over a week though we are expecting several.

Steviegtr08/04/2020 00:45:15
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 00:36:42:

It's a little academic for me which mailorder suppliers are open for business and which aren't because the postal service in my area is barely functioning; we haven't had any letters or parcels delivered for over a week though we are expecting several.

Oh dear. I take it you are in a remote location. We are getting post ok in Leeds.

Steve.

Bill Phinn08/04/2020 01:21:56
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Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 00:45:15:
Oh dear. I take it you are in a remote location. We are getting post ok in Leeds.

We're remote from civilization, yes, and simultaneously less than two miles from the centre of a UK conurbation that has six times the population of Leeds.

Steviegtr08/04/2020 02:05:14
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 01:21:56:
Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 00:45:15:
Oh dear. I take it you are in a remote location. We are getting post ok in Leeds.

We're remote from civilization, yes, and simultaneously less than two miles from the centre of a UK conurbation that has six times the population of Leeds.

So I guess you are not in Scarborough then. Obviously a very secret location.

Steve.

Bill Phinn08/04/2020 02:41:58
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Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 02:05:So I guess you are not in Scarborough then. Obviously a very secret location.

Some strange ratiocination going on there, Steve. You speak as if you assumed I lived in Scarborough. Do you assume everyone on the forum lives in Scarborough until you see evidence suggesting otherwise? Perhaps I need to check the place out again after all these years to see what I'm missing.

Where is "obviously a very secret location"? Apart from Area 51 and Lord Lucan's hiding place, I mean.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 02:46:01

Hopper08/04/2020 03:03:55
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Trouble is, things are changing from day to day under current conditions and are likely to get more so as things progress. A lot of ME suppliers are small or even one-man operations so can shut down overnight if one gets sick, or has to tend to a sick loved one etc etc. Let alone changing rules, enforcement of and attitudes to social isolation. A fellow might be prepared to go to the post office and risk sending packages one day but that could change the next if his neighbour gets sick etc.

So no list is going to be reliably up to date. Better to check individually with suppliers before ordering perhaps? Or assume if their website is up and running, so is the business?

It seems to be impossible to plan for anything right now.

JasonB08/04/2020 07:08:11
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Yes I tend to agree with Hopper that any company listed here will only be trading on the day posted and could be closedor operating differently tomorrow.

Even the OP's mentions Macc being open yet from the other thread they are having difficulty soucing some items and possibly don't show what they actually have in stock when ordering so that part or tool you need urgently may not arrive for a week or two so you would have been better going elsewhere.

As for the likes of Screwfix, try to use them only for emergency repairs and stay indoors getting materials for a bit of DIY during the lockdown is not essential IMHO

J.

Edited By JasonB on 08/04/2020 07:14:03

David George 108/04/2020 07:10:28
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I had a delivery from M machine metals the middle of last week.

David

Michael Gilligan08/04/2020 08:34:32
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Posted by magpie on 07/04/2020 22:48:38:

__ Myford are owned by RDG __

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Sorry, magpie, but I’m pretty sure that part ^^^ is [still] not true.

Last time I looked at Companies House, it was clear that named individuals were involved in both companies

BUT there is [was] no subsidiary relationship between the two Companies.

MichaelG.

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Happy to be corrected if you can show the evidence

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