OPINION: The real victims in the hardware war

WHILE we all got caught up in the news that Bunnings has delivered a knockout blow to Masters we have forgotten to look at just who the real victims are in the giant hardware war.

It has been the small hardware and tool centres that have been copping the full force of this battle for years.

You would have noticed them slowly disappearing from the local shopping centres and corner shops.

They had no way of competing against the massive buying power of Woolworths and Coles and as such have been destroyed in the Bunnings-Masters war.

Those who stayed open were bleeding every day and eventually had no option but to close their doors.

Even their loyal clients stopped calling in because they knew they could buy what they needed much cheaper at a Bunnings or Masters.

The truth is consumers now, more than ever, value price above all else.

In just the past month in Ipswich, we've had Town and Country put up their "final days" sign and now Glenfords Discount Tool Centre is calling it a day.

Their death warrant was virtually signed when Bunnings opened up one of the mega centres just 100 metres from their driveway last year.

Glenfords' few remaining staff is now selling off a showroom of stock at big discounts, trying to rescue some money for the owners before departing the building in just a few weeks time.

No doubt, many tradies will say in the coming months "you don't know what you've got, until it's gone",



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