Lee H said:
Begs the question; 'why open a retail outlet when every one is at work' . . . 'whats the point in opening at 9am' . . . look at other countries, they open when the customers are more likely to be about. In the UK, why do you think Mr Gupta in the local corner shop opens until 11pm, its a 'family affair', they all chip in . . . and we are happy to make use of those opening hours.
We English need to rethink . . . I used to be in the public service industry, loved every minute, I worked from 6pm until 2am Wednesday and 6pm until 4 or 5am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday . . . my week amounted to 'three and a half days' . . . I made a very good living and had loads of time during daylight to myself, quality time! . . . made a mistake getting out of that one!
Because everyone is at work. Look how many retailers in the City of London open Monday to Friday - the customers aren't there at the weekends. High street stores get a lunch time rush. There are plenty of people not working on any given day, due to holiday, day off, raising kids, retired, unemployed and so on.
A lot of countries overseas have different hours becuase temperature dictates that they close in the middle of the day.
When I go shopping . . . for anything . . . I get out at around 9am plan on getting home by midday . . . the high street in my town startes to come alive about 11.30am, just when I'm off home. If I get my timings wrong . . . by 2pm its very unpleasant around the shops IMHO.
London heaving Monday/Friday . . . everyone at home weekends . . . no point in opening in the suburbs during the week, just Saturday and Sunday:quest: 'Tongue in cheek' . . .
They had a bit on radio 4 today about retail opening . . . the general feeling was confusion, tradition out of the window! . . . the whole population works, men and women, to keep body and soul together . . . retail staff suffer? Or, maybe in the case of the specialist shop, its the customer that suffers, with less than fully clued up assistants due to part time and shift working? Answer, be clued up yourself, but if you are new to hifi??? I had this hapen recently, not new to hifi, but very green to the 'new digital world within hifi'. Fortunately I kept my money in my pocket, asked a lot of frustrating and confusing questions on hear and have, I think, finally sorted myself out. I have a strong, if out of date(?) grounding in hifi, one feels for the newbie on the high street, who like me, does not live near a proper hifi shop.
Its a new, modern life style, as an oldie, I'm not so sure I like it? However, I do admit to appreciating the personal convenience when I can work it to my advantage . . . but dont forget, its all about 'parting you from your cash'! . . .
Going back to the good old day of hifi . . . we used to travel to listen and ask questions, no such thing as t'net 30 yeas ago . . . I need to do some listening for amp and CDp change in the next couple of weeks . . . I will drive 120 miles as a round trip, I know the dealer of old, I trust his judgment . . . he was actually my first encounter in the world of real hifi shops back in the late seventies. That has to be worth something. I could fill up my car then for less than a fiver, at that time, his shop was conveniently a few miles down the road, we have both don a bit of moving about since then . . .
Something I do notice these days, 'upgrading' is much more regular and appears a little haphazard? . . . in those golden years we used to stick with what we had and liked for years, tweaking a bit hear and there, cartridge, arm, a speaker change was a major event, and an amplifier, well that would take weeks??, months . . . and at least a couple of listening sessions at the shop:? Proper hifi shops did not open Sundays or generally before 10am, although personnel were often on site much earlier for staff training, auditioning new equipment and preparing for the days booked demos . . . how things have changed.