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VERY IMPORTANT: Please help save Choicesuk from going under

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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Hi everyone,

We're all aware that Choicesuk are in Administration but what some of you may not be aware of is that they're continueing business as usual and still completing orders while delivering great customer service.

The company itself has offered us some amazing deals in the past, some of the best dvd and gaming deals on this forum have actually come from this company itself but I don't think we want to lose them and the good news is, some potential investors are linked to save them if you believe some of the reports but since the news of the companies administration problems came about, many customers have been sceptical to use them, which sends out the wrong impression to these potential investors.

We NEED to keep buying from them to keep them afloat, we NEED to make the figures look good for when investors are considering buying them out and we NEED to look after the companies that look after us and with your help, i believe we could make the difference.

Please don't be sceptical when considering dealing with Choicesuk and I know i've had a lot to drink tonight but with your help, we can hopefully keep them ticking but if we don't..... then i fear we'll be losing out on one of the few companies that always went out of there way to help customers when they were unhappy about a product, unlike so many out there just looking at there profit margin.

Thank you for reading and i hope you CHOOSE to make a difference. :)
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
I'm so sorry for you, I bought shares in choices too.
#2
I haven't actually bought shares in Choicesuk but if people decide to see if we can buy them out or something, i'd be more than happy to invest in them.

Can you imagine, we can all buy them and we can even make out own deals, we're all experts at getting deals anyway, so we could even turn them into a co-op or something..... I am sorry..... i have had a lot to drink tonight. :)
#3
Damn you Fidel for not drinking Cola Cola! Damn you to hell I say!
[mod]#4
Local rag was saying last night that the chances of the Administrator's finding a buyer was very high and there has been some interest.

Personally i don't use them much. I get things delivered from Play, etc. in Jersey a lot quicker than a place that's based 3 miles from my house. :roll:
#5
it seems this is a gradual thing with most entertainment retailers nowadays and its going to be alot more prominent in the next few years. Unless landlords on the high street cut leasing prices the high street will die. Online prices are killing everything and when little stores are paying 16+ Grand a month rent. it aint worth it, choices has some MASSIVE units and probably pays double this
1 Like #6
I placed an order with them for a Wii docking station :)
#7
I think this post is a little OTT, but it's a nice sentiment.

Maybe we should all browse the site and get some deals from the site posted up. People always like a good deal!
#8
highguyuk
I think this post is a little OTT, but it's a nice sentiment.

Maybe we should all browse the site and get some deals from the site posted up. People always like a good deal!


LOL, you can tell i had too much to drink last night but i basically feel like that (kinda) about Choicesuk..... i'm glad to see that i didn't start proclaiming my love to everyone on the forums though. :giggle:

I've listed a deal last night, so i hope others can follow suit: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92161
#9
ChrisUK
I placed an order with them for a Wii docking station :)


Well done Chris, have some rep for playing a part in keeping them going. :thumbsup:

I've kept my pre-order for Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii, so hopefully the potential investors see the earning potential as well. :)
#10
Will take a look and see if there is anything for dad/brother for christmas :)
#11
I hope you all realise that if there isn't a buyer, you could lose your money, or at best get involved in a lot of hassle chasing up your Credit Card suppliers.

I certainly never deal with any company in administration, however good they may have been.
#12
Inactive
I hope you all realise that if there isn't a buyer, you could lose your money, or at best get involved in a lot of hassle chasing up your Credit Card suppliers.

I certainly never deal with any company in administration, however good they may have been.


But the thing is, they only debit your card when the item is ready for dispatch, so the funds remain in your account until they're about to complete your order and in that case, you're guaranteed to receive it. :)
#13
realfriendlyman
But the thing is, they only debit your card when the item is ready for dispatch, so the funds remain in your account until they're about to complete your order and in that case, you're guaranteed to receive it. :)


They may well do, but you have no guarantee that they will continue to do that, why risk your money on a company that has gone belly up, there are plenty of solvent and far safer alternatives.


My loyalty to any company ends at my wallet.
#14
Inactive
They may well do, but you have no guarantee that they will continue to do that, why risk your money on a company that has gone belly up, there are plenty of solvent and far safer alternatives.


My loyalty to any company ends at my wallet.


I hear you mate but the only reason i'm remaining loyal to them is because they are definitely one of the better companies out there, they've been the cheapest on a lot of products and on top of that, i've seen them appear on loads of different forums personally answering customers queries/problems and if a customer wasn't happy with something, they really went out of there way to give them more than they should of.
In every case that i've witnessed, the customer has always come out smiling, even though it's normally a nightmare dealing with most companies when something goes wrong.

Most companies out there won't care about losing a customer but Choicesuk realise the business essentials, which is to keep a customer happy, means they'll keep coming back and that's probably what played a major role in what's happened to them.

To be honest, we need companies like this and i hope others follow there lead and treat customers in the same manner.
#15
I understand all of that and agree with your comments about the company and their dedication to customer service, however, for a company to go belly up, there has to be something fundamentally wrong with a company.

If you are happy to deal with a company in Administration that is fine, I was just saying that I would not be.

Remember though, you and I are just another faceless number to the Receivers, your loyalty will not count one jot if they do not find a buyer.

Also, the actual company is no longer in control of it's destiny, once the Receivers are in control.

You are extending your loyalty to a company that legally no longer exists.;-)
#16
remember losing a £150 deposit from landmark( leather sofa) when they went bust so i doubt i would take a risk with choices uk now ( have bought a few things from them in the past good service )
#17
They better not go I use them all the time!
#18
Interestingly enough, if some of us did decide that we wanted to (depending on how much it'd cost obviously), how would you go about getting shares in them (or isn't it possible until they get a buyer)? :?
#19
Mattitude
Interestingly enough, if some of us did decide that we wanted to (depending on how much it'd cost obviously), how would you go about getting shares in them (or isn't it possible until they get a buyer)? :?



You actually want to buy shares in a company that is in receivership, are you serious?:? :?
[mod]#20
You can't buy shares anyway. Now it's in receivership it is removed from the stock exchange. :thumbsup:
#21
I think Choicesuk would be a great investment in the near future once an expert is brought in to make sure the business is run efficiently in terms of finances and i think they have to reconsider some of the investments they've made, in regard to the products that are being sold.

To be honest, if i owned Choicesuk, the first thing i'd probably do (i would have to see the figures though to make the decision) is get rid of dvd's because the market is completely oversaturated and more and more people download films now.
I really don't see the point in investing so much in films when the profit margin is tiny anyway and there's always going to be a considerable amount of stock remaining and then they'll have to cut the price to make a loss, in order to get sales or risk keeping hold of unselling products and wasting valuable warehouse space.

I do think a website can't just rely on selling games, so i would recommend selling other products as well but it's best to do this on products that are not sold by 1000's of other companies fighting for pennies.
#22
realfriendlyman
I really don't see the point in investing so much in films when the profit margin is tiny anyway and there's always going to be a considerable amount of stock remaining and then they'll have to cut the price to make a loss, in order to get sales or risk keeping hold of unselling products and wasting valuable warehouse space.


Same could be said for games though, Tons of people (more than ever before!) now download the games illegally.
#23
Iom-RF
Same could be said for games though, Tons of people (more than ever before!) now download the games illegally.


Not as much as films though and it's more hassle to download games and be able to play them on a console, whereas i download a lot of films and then connect my laptop to the plasma tv and watch it directly from there, so i don't even have to burn it on to discs or alter any machines, like you would have to with consoles.

Microsoft is also going out of there way to stop people from playing copied games by banning chipped consoles online.
#24
Choices is built on Dvds.. most of their business instore is through dvd rental
#25
Titchimp
Choices is built on Dvds.. most of their business instore is through dvd rental


Sorry, i forgot to mention that i meant for the online division.

By the way, how did the dvd rentals do, as i heard this was one of the aspects that lost Choicesuk a lot of money?
#26
Inactive
You actually want to buy shares in a company that is in receivership, are you serious?:? :?

I don't know, I guess it was more curiousity as to whether it was possible more than anything.

Still, assuming that somebody does buy it, it might then be worth investing in (though like I've alluded to, I haven't got a clue how you go about doing that anyway).
#27
realfriendlyman
By the way, how did the dvd rentals do, as i heard this was one of the aspects that lost Choicesuk a lot of money?


DVD rental is ChoicesUK Core Business, and as well as suppling the small independants with their rental DVDs.

The problem is that the film companies charge upto £30 for a rental DVD, they aren't the £12.99 that the public purchases. Therefore, to have a large stock of a latest release alot of investment has to be put into it ... and that is a very very long term thing. £4 rental, you need to rent each copy over 7 times just to get your money back on the DVD, never mind the overheads.
#28
highguyuk
DVD rental is ChoicesUK Core Business, and as well as suppling the small independants with their rental DVDs.

The problem is that the film companies charge upto £30 for a rental DVD, they aren't the £12.99 that the public purchases. Therefore, to have a large stock of a latest release alot of investment has to be put into it ... and that is a very very long term thing. £4 rental, you need to rent each copy over 7 times just to get your money back on the DVD, never mind the overheads.


Exactly, you'd have to pay VAT on top of that as well, so you'd have to rent out each copy of the film around 10 times just to break even, whereas a lot of people see renting out a film as inconvenient when you have to go and collect the film, find parking etc and then do the same the very next night or risk paying a higher fee.

That's why i would only rent a film online, so i could post it back whenever i'm ready, as a lot of the time, i can't be bothered to take the film back, as i can be busy and end up paying nearly the whole cost of buying the film anyway.
#29
why does it cost 30 pounds for a rental copy?
#30
ALICOM007
why does it cost 30 pounds for a rental copy?


I think it's because they have to buy the rights to rent it and they get to have it a little earlier than the sales release date.
#31
realfriendlyman
I think it's because they have to buy the rights to rent it and they get to have it a little earlier than the sales release date.


Not really. Only a very small handful of films are actually released for rental before they are able to be purchased.

That's another issue. £4 rental, or £10 new DVD from Tesco. Some people would just prefer to buy the title.

Or ... £2 rental for an older title. You could probably pick the DVD up online for <£5.
#32
O.K This is only my personal experience of Choices.
The only Quidco that has failed to be paid in May 2007 is Choices.
My order for a box set that has been "on order with supplier" has now been delayed enough for me to cancel and yes I was fair! & is now marked as "dispatched" with Play.Com.
Price, Waterhouse are like all liquidators, there fees, before the likes of HDUK users take priorority as that is how they remain a profitable organisation!
Just my personal opinion.
Sorry Realfriendlyman this was not me having ago, just my personal opinion! :thumbsup:
#33
Turned up for work yest and the landlord has stuck a For sale/ To let sign up. :?

I believe Rental Discs actually cost as much as £60. Currently we dont rent Wii games in our store because the cost to buy one is like £90+
#34
OMG Pass the sick bucket RFM!!
#35
[SIZE=2]:w00t: :thumbsup: IMO it would be quite foolish to buy at Choices now, unless you are going to spend over £100 and use your credit card - even then you will still have a few months hassle getting your money back.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]However good the company, liquidation changes everything. It is the reality of business, sentiment does not come into it. People may lose a lot of money here. It is out of customers hands, delusional if you think we can make any difference to their situation :roll: [/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]The only time to buy is in the liquidation sale :whistling: [/SIZE]

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