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Old 15-03-07, 01:30 AM   #1
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I have always held Sinclair Bagpipes in high regard. As do most pipers, always looking down the road to that next set, perhaps hallmarked silver, etc. Really like the sound of Sinclairs. Downside is you have to order them direct from Sinclair and experience a rather long wait in many cases. Why doesn't Sinclair have Stocklist/dealers around the world? This is further confusing when Sinclair seems to regularly offer their Bagpipes for auction on ebay? Wouldn't it be more business wise to have some select dealers around the world? Sort of almost accepted their policy, but the selling on ebay really baffles me. Anyone have an explanation? I am further baffled by this after hearing or seeing all of the bagpipe scams on ebay? Hoping some members from that side of the 'pond' might have an insight.....
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Old 15-03-07, 03:21 AM   #2
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Just a thought....why don't you post the same thing on BDF ?

One of the Sinclair family occasionally comes on the forum.

On the subject of silver & ivory Sinclairs.....one person who plays a set is Maj. Gavin Stoddart MBE, BEM.
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Just a thought....why don't you post the same thing on BDF ?
Because it will probably be locked or deleted for insulting the sponsors for not carrying that brand....
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Perhaps they just don't want to deal with other stockists/dealers and are well pleased to depend on experience and word of mouth....
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That's what I think too...
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I cant really explain why they dont have authorised stockists ....but from my limited experience with them they like to give you "The Customer" the personal touch.

Our band have a stock of matching Sinclair chanters....top notch....but we had to wait several months for them to arrive. definately better than the polypenco we used to play!
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I have always held Sinclair Bagpipes in high regard. As do most pipers, always looking down the road to that next set, perhaps hallmarked silver, etc. Really like the sound of Sinclairs. Downside is you have to order them direct from Sinclair and experience a rather long wait in many cases. Why doesn't Sinclair have Stocklist/dealers around the world? This is further confusing when Sinclair seems to regularly offer their Bagpipes for auction on ebay? Wouldn't it be more business wise to have some select dealers around the world? Sort of almost accepted their policy, but the selling on ebay really baffles me. Anyone have an explanation? I am further baffled by this after hearing or seeing all of the bagpipe scams on ebay? Hoping some members from that side of the 'pond' might have an insight.....
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There are some really good points listed in the posts above.

On the ebay thing. Many dealers of all things even outside the bagpipe world deal through ebay as well as their regular businesses. Sometimes it's a way to clear overstock, and sometimes (IMHO) it might be a marketing thing, with the buyer thinking he's getting a better deal 'cuz its "ebay"

This kind of selling could maybe work to a sellers favour, as the auction price can actually exceed the original asking price. It might not always though, and maybe that's a chance they take.

If it is Sinclair dealing through ebay, it still cuts out the middle man for them.

When I bought my first set of brogues, I checked out all the retailers online, and then went to ebay. I found a set at an awesome price, and then later found out the seller was one of the retailers I had looked at earlier!
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When I first looked for a set of brogues, I looked at all of the available retailers online, and then found a better deal thru ebay....then found out that the seller on ebay was one of the retailers whose sites I had been on......

If it is Sinclair dealing through ebay, it still cuts out the middle man for them.

When I bought my first set of brogues, I checked out all the retailers online, and then went to ebay. I found a set at an awesome price, and then later found out the seller was one of the retailers I had looked at earlier!

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Thanks for all of the input, found out that Jimmy MacIntosh at least used to stock them, he lives nearby, think I shall ask him, Thanks
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I'm quite happy that Sinclair work this way.
I've been to the shop / workshop several times and know what I am getting.
I'm also very fortunate that I can just jump in my car and go if I need to.

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