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#61 chimp

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:33 PM

interesting observation, is that based on anything inparticular (again no personal interest, other than we will be stocking half a dozen of their lines this year)



Nothing other than gut feeling, Stu.

Look at Panda and Men Shun; both had product here a while before they decided to come across and 'go it alone'. Then, after realising that this particular end of the rainbow is the one without a pot of gold, they simply up and off. The UK market remains attractive to Chinese manufacturers, but they fail to see the costs involved in running a venture here and, by comparison, the relatively limited market. In the long term without the volumes associated with supermarkets I can't see how a manufacturer of Brothers calibre can shift enough product to make a UK operation viable. As good as their product is, I suspect they would need to make significant strategic changes in order to capture that type of business.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:01 PM

Nothing other than gut feeling, Stu.

Look at Panda and Men Shun; both had product here a while before they decided to come across and 'go it alone'. Then, after realising that this particular end of the rainbow is the one without a pot of gold, they simply up and off.


I was under the impression that Men Shun didn't exactly choose to "up and off," I thought they ceased trading due to financial reasons beyond their control.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:34 PM

Nice enough firework. But I would feel like my pants had been pulled right down if I had paid £150 for that.

Too slow paced, not enough shots for the money.

It is becoming clear to me why I am losing faith in consumer fireworks.


Compared to Swedish fireworks the pace is pretty quick. We have as big cakes (or even bigger) but they're even slower and even more expensive...
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:52 PM

Compared to Swedish fireworks the pace is pretty quick.


Well, some British fireworks (at least, stuff for the British market - it's all Chinese fireworks these days) have 168, or even 200 tubes, nearly 2kg of powder, and fire off in less that 30 seconds! One from Planet was called Turbo Box (2006 spec, not the new version), 2kg of powder, 200 tubes- in about 10 seconds!!!

I love them!
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