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    Default Masters Vs Bunnings Vs the others - which is your fav store?

    I was in the Mornington Masters store and thought, wow. There's just something about it that makes it look more impressive than Bunnings. I've been becoming a little disillusioned with Bunning of late with things being more expensive and the quality of goods not being as good as they used to be. It's not quite like a cheap $2 shop but some products are.
    Up here in Albury/Wodonga there pretty much now is only Bunnings and Dalsens with Home Hardware and Mitre 10 closing some time ago.

    I had to buy an aluminium extension ladder and Bunnings had them for $329. Masters had 2 models. They had a cheaper one for $198 which looked the same as the Bunnings one but Masters had an even better model with better more comfortable rungs for $219!!
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    have yet to go into a Masters store so no idea what they're like, Bunnings I find is ok if you're buying a brand name product, their generic stuff has always been a bit hit and miss but seems to be getting more miss than hit recently

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    Masters????

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanboy View Post
    Masters????
    In cahoots with Woolies, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xnavyman View Post
    In cahoots with Woolies, I think.
    no cahoots, owned by Woolies

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    Quote Originally Posted by jok11n View Post
    no cahoots, owned by Woolies
    and also Lowes in the USA I believe.

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    I have a masters not far from me.

    Its all smoke and mirrors, once Bunnings notice a masters nearby the prices are adjusted accordingly.

    I noted my local masters carries quality German spanners, they are expensive however they are also similarly priced to Sidchrome, id rather stay with the brand i can get anywhere anytime thanks from any Bunnings or Repco store.

    After a while the novelty wears out, they each carry their own brand lines that compete against each other, at the end of the day things start to look the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyPatrol View Post
    and also Lowes in the USA I believe.

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    not familiar with Lowes, a friend of mine is a buyer for Masters though, employed by Woollies

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    Yep.... Masters (owned by Woolies) are expanding in Australia and Bunnings are their main competitive target.

    There's some planning wars happening with where Masters want to build some of their stores.

    Bunnings have a con with their 'beat competitors advertised prices by 10%' because Bunnings often have power tools that are exclusive to them.

    Eg: a drill may have a slightly different model number by say one digit, which apart from that, would make it identical to models sold in other stores, but because it's not exactly identical... Bunnings don't honour the price guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    Yep.... Masters (owned by Woolies) are expanding in Australia and Bunnings are their main competitive target.


    Bunnings have a con with their 'beat competitors advertised prices by 10%' because Bunnings often have power tools that are exclusive to them.

    Eg: a drill may have a slightly different model number by say one digit, which apart from that, would make it identical to models sold in other stores, but because it's not exactly identical... Bunnings don't honour the price guarantee.
    Wasn't there something on shock tv shows about the different model/serial numbers and warranties by the manufacturer?

    The item was the same as the true blue model in all details except for the numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xnavyman View Post
    Wasn't there something on shock tv shows about the different model/serial numbers and warranties by the manufacturer?

    The item was the same as the true blue model in all details except for the numbers.
    Quite possibly.

    If not, there should be!

    My 'informant' worked for Bunnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xnavyman View Post
    Wasn't there something on shock tv shows about the different model/serial numbers and warranties by the manufacturer?

    The item was the same as the true blue model in all details except for the numbers.
    Dunno about Masters. In Canberra last year I was after a new 4 stroke mower. Both Magnet Mart and Bunnings had identical Victa mowers, but with slightly different numbers and colours. No need for price matching.
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    My biggest gripe with Masters are that they only have unmanned checkouts where you have to scan your own stuff then either do your own eftpos or credit card or shove money into a slot and get change from a shute below...bought a $830 stove from masters with cash...Fark...what a pain

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    Don't they also have "Maccas" in Masters stores

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfella08 View Post
    Don't they also have "Maccas" in Masters stores
    Yep...they do at my local one which they built 300m from the existing Bunnings which is opposite another Maccas.... LOL

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    Not my one in Meadow heights (that i have noticed)

    There is a Maccas 400m down the road at another intersection though.

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    They are coming to Perth soon, apparently since they sell whitegoods they weren't allowed to open sunday, At the end of this month all retail shops will be able to open sundays. Coincidence? Maybe.

    Also the model numbers/ being different is a bit of a scam, it's so they don't have to price match, I could order a container of lawnmowers and name them HughDMan and then put any price on them, I want.

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    I am in the trade and it is cheapest for me to buy from the 2 dogs as i get a 10% discount on top of the supposed trade price from Bunnings
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    Masters appears to be predominantly for Vic and Qld.
    I find only 2 stores in whole NSW and one new one opening, while 7 new ones will open in Vic/Qld.
    Bunnings have the monopoly in NSW and Woolies don't seem to have the guts to do much about it.
    I was very angry when Bunnings bought out our local Hardware House and shut it down 8-9 years ago, where I could negotiate prices and get special orders.
    Since then almost every source of hardware and timber has disappeared here
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    In my experience its a case of:
    Magnet Mart: ACT and nearby
    Bunnings: Strong in NSW/ACT, but has a presence in most places.
    Masters: Weak in NSW, but more popular in most other places
    Mitre10/Home Hardware/etc.: No particular locational preference
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