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But what about the satisfaction of mentally awarding yourself 'Man Points' for being able to accomplish a minor technical challenge like changing wiper blades or headlamps?

I don't need 'man points' to establish that I'm an alpha. Halfords' "fit your windscreen wipers" is (just about) the only thing I want from Halfords... it's cheap (£1 extra, I think) and the wiper blades are only expensive, not absurdly expensive. So, it works for me - if I'm passing, and remember that my wipers are soon to fail (perhaps because it's raining and I'm using them) - I can get the problem eliminated there and then, hassle free - even if I'm smartly dressed - all without any risk having a 'wrong part' or snapping an essential clip.

Sure, it's my indulgence - an expensive convenience - but it works for me. On higher priced items, I'll shop around... but I'm willing to pay a premium for 'dirt cheap wholesale' parts that are both in-stock and fitted for me - immediately - even in the evening - to eliminate any possible complication. Essentially, I'm sad that every other aspect of their business is a preposterous shambles.

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I went to halfords a few weeks back for some headlight bulbs as both mine blew 2 days beforw the mot. They wanted 16.99 for the bulbs and 6.99 per bulb (per bulb ffs...) to fit. I told them to stuff it. It meant re-booking the mot so i cpuld get to my usual place, but bloody hell - £30 for headlight bulbs bought and fitted is waaaay beyond what i'd pay for convenience.

I'm sure there was a quote when the last mob took it over (good few years agoO that this was their ruse to make money - ABSOLUTELY NO FREE MAINTENENCE - even wiping a window, and make money off it.

At the time I remember reading the quote and thinking, that's me finished with them , then. My local garage will sell you a bulb for two fifty and he's happy to chuck it in (in 15 secs) for you.... the arrogance of Halfords is typical of the big businesses that now deserve to disappear.

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Ahem! :rolleyes:

Changed an alternator at the side of the road in the pouring rain before - will that do?

I suspect you've proved his point if you can't tell the difference between an alternator, a battery and a light bulb.

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.....and 'women points'....they are not incapable. ;)

You could also call them 'Clever Points' if you wanted. Maybe they're called Man Points because you get them for striking a blow against 'The Man'

Pro tip for wipers is is to give them a rub with a damp cloth every once in a while to remove the tree gum and other crud that collects there. You will get a lot more wear out of them then.

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For some stuff they are ok, the tools I've bought from them seem decent and were not outrageously priced, but there are plenty of items to steer clear of, oil is way overpriced.

Eurocarparts sells a bigger range for much less, and delivery is often very quick which allows you to avoid visiting the customer service free chav dens that are their (ecp) counters.

^This

I service all my own cars and Eurocarparts are inexpensive and the delivery is quick. If you create an account with them they will send you offers quite frequently, for example I had 50% off service parts for both my cars a couple of months ago.

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But what about the satisfaction of mentally awarding yourself 'Man Points' for being able to accomplish a minor technical challenge like changing wiper blades or headlamps?

I like to think that, at my age, I've reached the point where points for changing windscreen wipers would be lost in the noise of my accumulated "man points"!

I've fathered and raised children; I've climbed mountains; I've saved lives; I can handle a gun; I've sailed across oceans; I've led men (and been led); and I can bake bread and change a nappy. :) Windscreen wipers - pah!

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I like to think that, at my age, I've reached the point where points for changing windscreen wipers would be lost in the noise of my accumulated "man points"!

I've fathered and raised children; I've climbed mountains; I've saved lives; I can handle a gun; I've sailed across oceans; I've led men (and been led); and I can bake bread and change a nappy. :) Windscreen wipers - pah!

"About Me:Bearish on houses, bullish on equities - but hedging for the apocalypse. Avatar pinched from another forum - source unknown. Rides a bike, doesn't own a car. Grows own veg. Not rich enough to be a goldbug. What more do you want to know?"

I want to know about the lives you saved. Pledging to Live Aid don't count btw. :P

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You could also call them 'Clever Points' if you wanted. Maybe they're called Man Points because you get them for striking a blow against 'The Man'

Pro tip for wipers is is to give them a rub with a damp cloth every once in a while to remove the tree gum and other crud that collects there. You will get a lot more wear out of them then.

Handy tip noted.....I make all my own clothes and furniture. ;)

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Yes, Amazon and Ebay and other Internet firms have done very well out of bicycle sales (and a whole host of other sales) on the back of Royal Mail and Ultimately the tax payers. The amount of small packets and lighter bigger packets sent out for peanuts is of a gigantic and epic proportion. Soon to be sold off though so no need to worry the prices will double. :)

I don't know if you work for RM but this sort of comment seems indicative of the wrong-headed thinking that permeates post office counter and sorting office staff, the upper management are realistic that the letters business is dead and the only hope of survival is packets but a lazy, unionised, reactionary workforce (that think they're all doing the country a massive favour) and enormous pension liability stand in their way.

RM do not represent value for money on small packets or anything approaching it. If the price they charge to send a 1st class packet standard untracked jiffy bag weighing 75g was doubled they would then be charging more than a private operator would charge to deliver an enormous box weighing 30,000g guaranteed nextday with a signed proof of delivery and online tracking.

I send huge volumes with them (but nowhere near what goes with private couriers) as there is on lighter orders a saving to be made over private couriers but you still do have to factor in lost items and slow delivery to the equation. I could move the whole lot to TNT and save 25% on top but as it stands there's too much of a risk of postman pat having a tantrum and not doing the final mile delivery for TNT stuff at present

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I would think they ought to have done very well out of bicycle sales given its current boom.

Most people on bike forums actively warn people about buying a bike at halfords as the quality of the way the bike is taken out of the box from the factory and assembled in the shop is so variable. Boardman bikes are sold virtually exclusively via halfords and are decent enough...but they need a good check over to make sure the forks haven't been put on back to front. Etc.

Wiggle and chain reaction have sewn up bike components..their only real competition now is coming from the German companies...rosé bikes and action sports.de.

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I don't know if you work for RM but this sort of comment seems indicative of the wrong-headed thinking that permeates post office counter and sorting office staff, the upper management are realistic that the letters business is dead and the only hope of survival is packets but a lazy, unionised, reactionary workforce (that think they're all doing the country a massive favour) and enormous pension liability stand in their way.

RM do not represent value for money on small packets or anything approaching it. If the price they charge to send a 1st class packet standard untracked jiffy bag weighing 75g was doubled they would then be charging more than a private operator would charge to deliver an enormous box weighing 30,000g guaranteed nextday with a signed proof of delivery and online tracking.

I send huge volumes with them (but nowhere near what goes with private couriers) as there is on lighter orders a saving to be made over private couriers but you still do have to factor in lost items and slow delivery to the equation. I could move the whole lot to TNT and save 25% on top but as it stands there's too much of a risk of postman pat having a tantrum and not doing the final mile delivery for TNT stuff at present

If you read my post again and think about what i've written it's all 100% correct. The only bit that might be not quite right is the last word "double" that might be a slight exageration but it's more to make a point.

Whereas some of what you've put is incorrect and misguided and doesn't represent most of Royal Mail i'm afraid.

Notice i referred to Small packets and lighter bigger packets, not 30 kilo parcels. Yes I know they are well overpriced for these, but there is a reason for this.

Your volumes sent through Royal Mail are quite probably sent with a Loss to Royal Mail (cheaper for you though, you are getting them sent at below the actual cost in sending them).

Please tell me what company can deliver a CD, DVD, Small Book, light items,ebay toot, and so on times a million, cheaper and quicker than Royal Mail? most of the postage on these are from 50p to a pound or two.

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I like to think that, at my age, I've reached the point where points for changing windscreen wipers would be lost in the noise of my accumulated "man points"!

I've fathered and raised children; I've climbed mountains; I've saved lives; I can handle a gun; I've sailed across oceans; I've led men (and been led); and I can bake bread and change a nappy. :) Windscreen wipers - pah!

Avoid big box stores wherever possible

When you get the man from Halfords to install your widget and you pay a quid or two extra at the till which goes straight to Mr. H

If you went to an indy local shop, they'd likely fit it for you free and if if you bunged the the guy there a quid for his trouble, he'd get to keep all of it (after having declared it to HMRC of course)

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I suspect you've proved his point if you can't tell the difference between an alternator, a battery and a light bulb.

Personally I don't care. I pay some oiky mechanic to worry about that sort of thing for me.

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Personally I don't care. I pay some oiky mechanic to worry about that sort of thing for me.

If you insist on paying somebody else's mortgage to get a light bulb changed then all I can say is that it's a free country. ;)

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For some stuff they are ok, the tools I've bought from them seem decent and were not outrageously priced, but there are plenty of items to steer clear of, oil is way overpriced.

Eurocarparts sells a bigger range for much less, and delivery is often very quick which allows you to avoid visiting the customer service free chav dens that are their (ecp) counters.

Tools are good quality. I recommend, actually. Their lifetime guarantee is useful and when I got the beast big socket set it was half price.

Don't know how useful the tool guarantee will be if they don't somehow become a credible company again, though.

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If you insist on paying somebody else's mortgage to get a light bulb changed then all I can say is that it's a free country. ;)

Well yes, but changing bulbs at the front of many newer cars seems to require the assistance of a garage or even body shop

from HOWTO: New Octavia - Headlight Bulb Change

http://www.briskoda.net/forums/topic/64315-howto-new-octavia-headlight-bulb-change/

The Skoda Owners Manual that came with my car states "Changing certain bulbs is not something which you can do yourself, but requires to be done by a specialist. Other parts of the vehicle must be removed in order to change the light bulbs. This applies, in particular, to bulbs which can only be reached from the engine compartment.

(just grabbed this quickly and I'm sure there are even more complex examples)

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It's possible that it's only people I know and the area I live in .. But there seems to be a bit of bicycling "Craze" going on at the moment .. and other than the Boardman bikes Halfords has totally missed out on it. There are plenty of people who will happily spend £1000 on a frame, and have a number of bikes "fixed wheel" and "Coggers", There is whole range of these people from the "Occasional weekender" to the obsessive who thinks a decent holiday is doing over 100K a day in the alps ..

My experience (I have no data i can quote) is these guys and girls tend to be high earners and happy to spend, but they require some knowledgeable service. Halfords does not have the expertise to exploit this ..

Most people on bike forums actively warn people about buying a bike at halfords as the quality of the way the bike is taken out of the box from the factory and assembled in the shop is so variable. Boardman bikes are sold virtually exclusively via halfords and are decent enough...but they need a good check over to make sure the forks haven't been put on back to front. Etc.

Wiggle and chain reaction have sewn up bike components..their only real competition now is coming from the German companies...rosé bikes and action sports.de.

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A firiend is a traffic policeman and " I have the bulb and can't change it" is now the no1 Excuse for a dead headlight ..

Come back Lucas prince of gloom all is forgiven ..

Well yes, but changing bulbs at the front of many newer cars seems to require the assistance of a garage or even body shop

from HOWTO: New Octavia - Headlight Bulb Change

http://www.briskoda.net/forums/topic/64315-howto-new-octavia-headlight-bulb-change/

(just grabbed this quickly and I'm sure there are even more complex examples)

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A firiend is a traffic policeman and " I have the bulb and can't change it" is now the no1 Excuse for a dead headlight ..

Come back Lucas prince of gloom all is forgiven ..

To be honest I can believe that excuse. I have built and restored many a classic mini (hence the name) but when you have to take out the whole front headlight to access the bulbs in my old Fiat Punto I can understand why people get nervous about changing the bulbs

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I don't know if you work for RM but this sort of comment seems indicative of the wrong-headed thinking that permeates post office counter and sorting office staff, the upper management are realistic that the letters business is dead and the only hope of survival is packets but a lazy, unionised, reactionary workforce (that think they're all doing the country a massive favour) and enormous pension liability stand in their way.

RM do not represent value for money on small packets or anything approaching it. If the price they charge to send a 1st class packet standard untracked jiffy bag weighing 75g was doubled they would then be charging more than a private operator would charge to deliver an enormous box weighing 30,000g guaranteed nextday with a signed proof of delivery and online tracking.

I send huge volumes with them (but nowhere near what goes with private couriers) as there is on lighter orders a saving to be made over private couriers but you still do have to factor in lost items and slow delivery to the equation. I could move the whole lot to TNT and save 25% on top but as it stands there's too much of a risk of postman pat having a tantrum and not doing the final mile delivery for TNT stuff at present

I think you have missed one point about the RM. It's appallingly bad management. The way the business is run. The incompetent decisions. That is one of the main causes of their problems.

Don't just blame the staff at the coal face. And no, I do not work for the RM, nor ever have, nor does anyone I am associated with.

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