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Sale at Richer Sounds starts 10am Boxing day

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9y, 11m agoFound 9 years, 11 months ago
Here is what is going to be on offer:

Wharfedale DVD3210DVX - Multiregion DVD player. For a mere tenner!

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Philips DTR200 graded Freeview box. Again, for tenner.

http://www.embgfx.co.uk/broadcasts/external/richer_sounds/2006_12_20/deal2.gif


32" Sharp LC32A8 LCD telly. Not sure if that's any good but price seems to be OK.

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Hitachi 42PD6A10 plasma screen:

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As per their T&C - these prices are only available instore!
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#1
Thanks Komm, gonna try and bag that DVD Player for the inlaws!!
We got them a box set of western films, and its a mix of R1 & R2!! from Play.com too!

Voted hot & rep left! :thumbsup:
#2
Dont seem too many bargains. Not even freeview on that lcd TV and the cheap items are refurbs/graded.

Richersounds lcd tv range looks quite expensive compared to some stores. Even Currys where a Samsung 26" can be purchased for the same price as a richersounds 23"
#3
2GDawes,

I am not sure about their LCD tellies tbh as I am not on a market for one. But DVD/Divx player is an absolute bargain. This is the one eBuyer were selling for 19.99 and people were raving about it (some reviews were negative though).

2birdyboyuk,

Thanks! :)
#4
Oh man, i'd rather skewer my own genitals then shop there!
I've been there with a friend, who knew exactly what he wanted, had cash and we still spent over an hour, yes, an hour getting stuff, cos of imo, poor staff, who just seem to not want to serve, have little if any product knowledge and just waste our time.
One store maybe, but two outta two stores? Prestwich and Leeds.
Never again, pass me the skewers please :-(
#5
I bought my first separates from Richer Sounds over 10 years ago, the staff in the Manchester store we went to were excellent and had very good product knowledge. Though all these years later I can now walk into most HiFi stores and baffle the staff :)
#6
Well, the only store I had experience with was one in Milton Keynes and they were quite good once I managed to talk to the right guy. The parking is a serious problem there, so I don't shop RS often.
As to ignorant staff, etc - isn't it the case with all electronics shops? I have yet to find one store where staff knew what they were selling. I know they are underpaid and such, but it doesn't seem they are interested in selling anything.

The most stupid answer I received was from guy at Tempo (anyone still remembers them?). I needed PC monitor quick, so had no time to buy it online. I went there and they had a couple of cheap monitors on sale. I asked sales guy about resolution on 17" monitor and he didn't knew the answer, so he brought me user guide. Then I asked him about 19" and his response was simply brilliant: "It must be the same because you can plug it to the same connector on your computer! And if it won't then picture would be distorted"
#7
Suppose you're both right, depends on the store, and the staff on the day but to me, it's hell on earth.

Gotta agree, parking is appaling, must be a country wide thing by sounds of it too :-(

Suppose you're right about staff in shops, never thought about it like that before; guess that makes me ignorant too :oops:

Just, based on 3 visits to 2 stores, and still being there for an hour each time, just put me off for life now.

Yeah, i remember Tempo :) That is an awful response, pardon the pun about reponse time
#8
I almost think I grew out of Richer Sounds, these days I tend to go to Superfi. I still always manage to scare them with my reference discs though :)
#9
I am a Richer sounds fan.
Before the web the were a god send , now they seem to have more competition and I think others are doing big deals with ditributors for eol products and richer sounds is loosing out.

Dont seem as competitive as they use to be.

I have never had a probelm with exchanging anything or demo's

Lucky I have a few branches near office.
Wish there was one near home.
#10
2biydent999

I don't mean that all sales reps are ignorant (maybe "ignorant" is too harsh) but I am tired of useless answers to simple questions. I am not asking them of what kind of ADC/DAC is used in digital sound amplifier and what is noise to signal ratio at 50% volume. But when I go to shop, I expect that sales rep would be able to tell me what kind of connectivity telly (or HiFi or whatever - I am not talking about computers) got.

LOL at response pun :)
#11
I dunno if it is too strong a word really, i suppose whatever you do for a living, it's not only advantageous to know what you're doing, in this case, selling electrical products, but where possible, be enthusiastic too, that way the buyer buys with confidence and comes back, even seeks you out as a staff member. Maybe we sometimes expect too much at times
#12
Oooh I am liking the price of the Freeview box and that Hitachi plasma looks v nice
#13
I saw Richer Sounds adverts when I was building a surround sound AV system, I was amazed at their promises & prices.
When I went to a R.S. store in Liverpool,... different story, a complete shed, holes in the carpet, dvd's, cd players, amps stacked on top of each other on the floor, the "shelves" were just bare wood planks, staff not bothered & told me what I wanted, not the other way around. Went in with a big list, left with an AV cable.
That was just my experience, may just have been a rare duff shop, but I would suggest to be wary if the deal seems too cheap & avoid ex-display, I would not want anything from display in the store I went to!
Anyway, just my 2p's worth, I hope you all get what you want at a great price.
#14
Dont forget to obtain your free headphones when you purchase anything over £10 (may not be available in conjunction with the above promotional items)

http://www.richersounds.com/images/vouchers/phonesVoucher.gif
#15
Reserved DVD Player over the phone :thumbsup:
#16
Hmph I've never once managed to get anything vaguely resembly a good deal that's been in stock at Richer Sounds. I think they are con artists.
#17
that would be a good swap. I have met your in laws

:-D :-D :-D



birdyboyuk
Thanks Komm, gonna try and bag that DVD Player for the inlaws!!
We got them a box set of western films, and its a mix of R1 & R2!! from Play.com too!

Voted hot & rep left! :thumbsup:
#18
20 years ago Richers London Bridge was the place to go for your HiFi and their boast was that they only sold Hifi and no TVs/Fridges/Hairdryers etc. How times have changed. Now they seem to only want to sell old model Plasmas and the HiFi selection is limited.

I complained about the branch in Holborn because the staff just ignored you in there and carried on talking to their mates and got a letter back from Julian Richer apologising.

Hyper-Fi in Barking are the same. You look at the ads with tons of bargain stuff and get down there and they just want to sell you what they've got most of.
#19
You won't believe what I've bought from Richer Sounds last time! It was LG upright vacuum cleaner! :) For a tad less that 20 quid.
#20
I've known of Richer Sounds for more years than I care to remember. I first discovered them in their store in Newcastle (I think their first store outside London but I may be wrong)

Even then they operated on a shoestring, preferring to give the customer low prices rather than luxurious surroundings.

They have basically not changed their direction since although obviously have moved with the times. 20 years ago technology was completely different to today. There was no home cinema with 5.1 surround sound speakers. Richer Sounds do therefore now include TV screens in their stock as they often compliment sound systems in most modern setups, but they do not sell white goods or hairdryers.

Stores I've seen since those days way back in Newcastle have all resembled the same set-up, although I must admit I have never visited any London stores. The stores are cheap & cheerful located cheap places on the outskirts of town and often stacked to the rafters with cheap products, perhaps bankrupt stock or discontinued lines. The products themselves often vary as once they're gone, they're gone.

That seems to be the business policy which has proven so successful. If you want the very latest models presented to you in luxurious surroundings - don't bother with Richer Sounds. If you want good quality at cheap prices which are always brand new, boxed and guaranteed (unless specifically stated otherwise) together with salespeople who are generally enthusiastic and knowledgeable (yes, they will try to sell you something if you walk in their store - that's what they're paid for!) then try Richer Sounds. :)
#21
Staff in Newcastle store are v.friendly and give great service. One good point of RS is that they sell excellent aftersales warrantys that dont rip you off!
#22
I've bought a few things from the Brighton London Road branch. Being a Hifi geek I was always really impressed with the extensive staff knowledge and good deals. Didn't buy my latest system from them as it was a bit high-end, and wanted a good demo room trial, but other than being in a bit of a ropey part of town it a big :thumbsup: from me.

Oh and the guarentee is very good too!
#23
Welcome to HotUKDeals new members here and Thanks for the info guys :santa:
1 Like #24
I had a trial working at Richer Sounds - it was quite shocking, the managers openly admitted that some of the 'bargains' didn't actually exist - they're used to "upsell" to the "significantly superior" models for only £20 more. The sales team have items that give them high levels of commission for selling - so beware of any advice they give you! The best advice is to demo everything you're interested in and judge products yourself!
#25
I cant see the Phillips Freeview on the site for £9.99

Does that offer apply to all stores
#26
I am glad it's not just me.

A few years ago I spent a considerable amount of time planning my home cinema sound setup and seeing the prices at Richer Sounds I made several visits to the store only to find the items I had seen advertised were never in stock and they would try and convince me that another cheaper product was better. This was after waiting forever for an assitant to actually pay me any attention. I did manage to purchase one item which when I got it home was dented and it the remote did not work.

Shame as I had hoped for better......
#27
I have never had a problem with Richer Sounds and I have shopped both in the Romford Store and London Bridge.

I recently bought an Upscaling DVD player from there which was the same price as in Comet but they had the bits to make it Multi Region.
#28
I'm with the others. Richers used to be good when it mainly sold hifi with a selection of other things like home cinema amps, portable stereos and accessories. But since moving to home cinema it's got right down hill. It's not even the cheapest place to buy things any more. The internet has completely messed it's advantage that it had over competitors.

I have to say that the staff in Edinburgh are pretty knowledgeable compared to places like Comet and Currys.

Back in the day (late 90's) I bought numerous bargains there that when I came round to selling them I got more than I paid for them. That's 2 cd players, two amps and a set of speakers all sold for a profit!!! So they did used to stock amazing bargains. They just don't any more.
#29
Gavin1980
I have never had a problem with Richer Sounds and I have shopped both in the Romford Store and London Bridge.

I recently bought an Upscaling DVD player from there which was the same price as in Comet but they had the bits to make it Multi Region.


Me also, swiss cottege is also very helpful and they are all happy to exchange. RE: multi region, they stick instructions onto the box so all the leg work is done for you.

HTH
#30
In my student days Richers were OK, but I have had some appalling experiences in the Bristol branch - the service is so bad you have to queue up just to get ignored. The Holborn branch isn't great either, in fact cheltenham was the only place where they treat you like a human & that was 3+ yrs ago.

Save your money for the quality shops.
#31
RS are absolutely fine as long as you realise they're a box-shifter. if you know what you are after and have good knowledge of the product you want then they're great, but not always cheapest.
#32
Stefy
I cant see the Phillips Freeview on the site for £9.99

Does that offer apply to all stores

Their advert says:

Instore only and sale starts 26/12/2006.
#33
The Governor
RS are absolutely fine as long as you realise they're a box-shifter. if you know what you are after and have good knowledge of the product you want then they're great, but not always cheapest.


They're not the most honest either, selling dodge & returns as new - I have returned more than I ever kept.
#34
Last time I went to a richer sounds sale, they had a list online of stuff at each store. I had one thing I wanted in mind. People queued up, and at one point a store employee walked along the queue allowing people to check if they still had what they were looking for. She said they had a subwoofer I was looking for. I kept my eyes forward, there was maybe 50 people in front of me. I could not see anyone leaving the store with a subwoofer, yet when I got to the front, surprise, no subwoofers whatsoever, no speakers (appart from some old worn ones for a reidiculous price). Got myself a DVD player which wasn't too bad but oh well. :)
#35
they also sell on ebay under

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if anyone wants to check them out there
#36
I can recommend the Reading branch. Highly knowledgeable, very polite, and helpful I was there today!! Also held true 2yrs ago, when I bought a DVD player from them.

:thumbsup:


A
#37
firey-dragon6666
I had a trial working at Richer Sounds - it was quite shocking, the managers openly admitted that some of the 'bargains' didn't actually exist - they're used to "upsell" to the "significantly superior" models for only £20 more. The sales team have items that give them high levels of commission for selling - so beware of any advice they give you! The best advice is to demo everything you're interested in and judge products yourself!


This is true, I have "contacts" at Richer Sounds who say the same thing.
#38
They were good before the advent of the web. My main problem is the nearest outlet to me is a 6 mile drive and they never seem have the few good deals they advertise when I go in.

For example to get that dvd player there is no way they will let you reserve one over the phone unless you know someone workng there, someone said they rang, no chance at my branch, its a loss leader to get you down there and shopping. The will get 30 odd per store and you can gurantee there will be 50 people waiting for the store to open.

It will mean a long line and waiting in the cold wet weather. Worth a 12 mile round trip and a wait in the rain over the christmas period probably not to get one and a saving of £10 on a below average dvd player.

Exercise in futility.
#39
If I was Julian Richer I would be rather concerned if indeed these opinions are shared with the rest of the UK's consumers. Although i've never had a problem, there are now far too many complaints registered here for their practices to be an isolated incident.
#40
I personally have never had any problems with Richer Sounds and have always found the staff to be very helpful at the stores I have used which over the years have mainly been Southampton, Brighton and Nottingham. Although I am an AV enthusiast and know the technical bits I always found the sales people knowledgeable of the products compared (especially so) to staff in places like Dixons, etc.

As already mentioned the extended warranties are very fairly priced and when I have had to claim on one it has often meant receiving a newer model as an upgrade rather than going for repair. The only thing I miss is that they used to do a buy back on old products. Whenever I used this in the past I always got the full 50% back which could then be used on updating my kit every 3 years.

I remember when Dolby Digital and DTS first came out the amp cost about £350 which was already a great price compared to competitors. When I did the buy back 3 years later I was able to upgrade to a much better Yamaha receiver for only a fiver. I admit I buy there less now because they have stopped this. Now having to pay the full price with no part exchange means Internet prices are often more competitive with the latest models available too.

As for parking it's not so great but I guess by being out of town it keeps the overheads down.

Dan.

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