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Hein Gericke brand remains in the UK

The successful bid of the German Hein Gericke Group has seen the company come out of administration as of Saturday September 8, with a commitment to retaining 16 of the original UK stores in the following locations:Manchester, Stockwell, Southampton, Edinburgh, Farnborough, Gants Hill, Glasgow, Belfast, Maidstone, Preston, Leicester, Braintree, Aberdeen, Hanger Lane, Oxford and Chiswick. UK Managing Director, Christoph Hansen, said:...

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piroflip

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piroflip says:

good news but...............

they need to lower their prices before I even start to look at their kit.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

For some context

Recall that when HG moved in to the UK, they put a lot of local stores out of business by aggressively undercutting them.  Well, turn about is fair play.  In the end, that's all it is: business.

Chap over at another forum noted that it's cheaper for him to ride to Belgium to try and buy some HG gear than to buy the same gear at UK prices.  That's not a "Ha ha, ain't it funny" story, he's literally jumping on the bike and going to Belgium rather than down to his local HG shop.

And if you don't need to try for fit, then there are plenty of places in Europe that will sell you gear online for a lot less than rip-off Britain prices.  If you think you're putting Local Shops for Local People out of business, then bear in mind that if you're chasing cost then the cheapest online "UK" supplier will be called Muhammed Lee, and he won't be paying any taxes.

HG's strategy of chasing the high end might need some looking at, especially if the rumours of them doing initial runs of high quality gear to get good reviews and then outsouring it to Ling Long Protective Clothing, Seafood and Lightbulb Heavy Industries have any substance.

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Hyabusa1340

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Hyabusa1340 says:

Hein gerricke

I agree with Rogerborg. It's just business.

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jimbo8098

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jimbo8098 says:

Rogerborg

+1 there

Britain aint exactly cheap to buy from lately...

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billysollocks

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You can only hope that the lessons of overpricing have been learnt, but I'm not holding my breath........

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hairyMuppet

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hairyMuppet says:

Prices

Excellent news, but why are people so hung-up about HG's prices?  Comparing like-for-like, their prices are on a par with the others (remember HG do a wide-range, not just high-end).  There's little point in comparing, say, their Master jacket to some no-name one and then moaning about the price.  If you don't feel the price is fair for the quality you are getting, don't pay it.  No one is forcing you to buy their top-end products.

Do I hear people complainging that Arai are far too expensive and they prefer a £40 no-name lid?  Or that BMW/Honda are too expensive and that some fledging Korean is better because it's cheaper.  You more often than not get what you pay for.

As to prices being higher here than elsewhere; that's true for just about everything and not just HG.  It's actually about 33% cheaper for me to import parts from the USA (inc duty and air freight) than it is to source them here. Thank our MPs for that one.

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