It was the perfect day! The car yard was a waste of time! Hogs Breath was awesome as always. And the afternoon was great - though busy. We went through Amart Allsports (nothing there - they're getting out of camping gear
), Bunnings (that one doesn't have camping gear), Camping World, BCF, and Aussie Disposals. Having gone through them taking notes, we went back to buy the best deals from the best shops.
We bought self-inflating mattresses from Aussie Disposals. From BCF, we bought a Chescold RC1180 fridge/freezer, metal kitchen sink/bench, two single stretchers, stove and stand. Having checked out many tenting options, came back to our original idea and bought a 12' x 15 cabin tent off eBay (one of the Grangers liquidation tents along with sunroom attachment). Just the trailer to go.
Salespeople are interesting. Most were good. But some weren't. One very loud and continuously-talking salesman instantly critisized two other competing shop owners and bagged out their brands. Then promptly forgot what he said as he pointed out (and recommended) those same brands in his showroom!
At another, a 22-year-old salesman was excellent. Invested heaps of time and very helpful. When we returned, we wanted two items totalling $60 and said, we also want to buy your tent (around $1000). But, I explained the liquidation one on eBay, that to be honest, I preferred the online one and it was $60 less. But if they would simply match the price - not beat it - we'd buy from them because of being treated so well (even though it's not the exact tent we wanted).
This woman (the "boss") comes screaming from behind an aisle - evidently listening in - and goes off! "We can't/don't compete with online businesses, we give you service like showing you how to put the tent up if you [drive 1 hour north] on Saturday." (We really need that
) On she went. The young salesman just sank his head. We bought the small items because they were far cheaper than anywhere else. We left and she missed out on over $1000 worth of goods being sold because we wanted other items too.
It may well be that they can't compete - we face that in our printing work, but there's a way of saying it!
Addition the next day:
We've secured a trailer in Newcastle (Cardiff) with a gas strut roof giving 590mm height inside for equipment. 7' x 4'. Brand new. About $920.00. We just have to wait for about two weeks while it's being built.