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Anyone bought from 2ndhandhifi.co.uk?
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I was looking on their site as saw it advertised in the new mag just wondering if anyone has bought from them before? Thanks

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Re: Anyone bought from 2ndhandhifi.co.uk?

To be quite frank I've never seen such a dodgy looking honest site. It's designers should be shot whilst listening to an Ogilvy recording. Other than that, looks good.ÿ

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Re: Anyone bought from 2ndhandhifi.co.uk?

Look quite pricy though. £200 for a CD-63KI? £800 for an LP12/Valhalla/Ittok? Unless they are warranteed, I reckon the same on ebay would be no more than 60% of the cost.

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I bought an amp from them a few years ago, Linn LK140 for a very reasonable price. Service was good, it was delivered in under 24 hours. However as previously stated some of their prices are not that cheap, I think that they provide a three-month warrantee, but can't be sure.

Why us page states:

Why Us?
We don't just 'work' from home, we're a real shop!

We offer a wide selection at prices to suit all pockets.

You get a proper guarantee!

Pay us a visit and you can listen before you buy.

We love what we do!

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Oops, guess I should read the whole page.

"The guarantee period for every separate item (or pair of speakers) over £100 is three months from date of despatch (so please don't leave it sat in a damp warehouse for a week - it wont do it any good!).

Items costing under £100 carry a one month warranty. The only exceptions to this rule are Phono cartridges and Audio valves. Our vintage items are also included under these terms"

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Just had a look at the website out of curiousity - all of their items are grossly overpriced. I concur with fatboyslim - you can save easily save a bundle buying on E-Bay.


 

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fatboyslimfast:Look quite pricy though. £200 for a CD-63KI? £800 for an LP12/Valhalla/Ittok? Unless they are warranteed, I reckon the same on ebay would be no more than 60% of the cost.


Hello all - hope you dont mind me sticking up for myself! Obviously our prices are likely to be a little more than ebay generally as we offer warranties as already picked up on by another forum member. I use ebay as a reference point for pricing so we shouldnt ever be too far out. Depends what you think its reasonable to pay extra over an ebay (or any private buy) for added peace of mind I guess. Our pricing is intended to be fair to both potential buyer and the seller we bought it from. We pay the maximum I think we can, so obviously we're not going to be the cheapest every time. As a punter (which I still am!) I wouldnt pay over 50% more either as the above post suggests, but it has to be a like for like comparison. On the 2 items mentioned...


Our LP12 at £799 is in the most sought after colour, is relatively recent compared with most and has a K18 fitted. An older deck in a less desirable colour has just sold for £850 on ebay with no warranty so I think we are in the right area. If the ebay price was 60% of ours, then ours would need to be advertised at over £1400! On the CD63KI, last one with a box on ebay sold for £120 and the seller notes one sold for £140 'last week' and ours has had a new lasermech, is boxed etc and is as good as you are likely to find. Maybe £199 is too much. we'll see.


Dont mind criticism (especially on our web design - hope it raised a smile) but sometimes I wish for a fairer crack of the whip!


 


Cheers!


 


Simon


 


 


 


 


 

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EvilWolf:

Just had a look at the website out of curiousity - all of their items are grossly overpriced. I concur with fatboyslim - you can save easily save a bundle buying on E-Bay.


 



Hi EvilWolf,


Guess who's not feeling respected, and probably a little insulted!


I'm not saying we get it right all of the time (who does?) but if your words were true, we simply wouldnt be in business. We pay fair prices and charge fair ones too - or so I thought!


The costs of running a business and offering warranties mean we are never going to be as cheap as a private sale, but equally we shouldn't be a million miles away. See my earlier reply to fatboyslim. I listed some items on ebay myself before Christmas to make some room in the store and 5 of them went for more than I'd been advertising them at! Things like Cyrus PSXRs regularly sell for more on ebay than we charge via our site with a warranty, and then what happens if the ebay purchase fails?


The thing is when you make comments like that its all too easy to generalise armed with a snapshot or half the story. We're here to sell things of course but if we operated as you say, nobody would buy and we would close very quickly. The fact that its 6 years old this year must say something I guess. Perhaps it might be worth talking to some of the other guys on the forum who have bought from us to see what they think? I think Thaiman and others have bought from us in the past...


I'm happy to take criticism when its justified, but I would appreciate a little more consideration and accuracy before you dis me in future!


Cheers!


 


Simon


 


 

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2ndhandhifi:

Hello all - hope you dont mind me sticking up for myself! Obviously our prices are likely to be a little more than ebay generally as we offer warranties as already picked up on by another forum member.



Apologies - missed the 3 month warranty bit. That does make a difference, and I do admit that I did only look at the headline prices, not the spec of the individual kit.

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Thanks for the reply... Love the PL12D btw!

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I ended up making a purchase from them great customer service very impressed and very quick delivery ordered 3 o clock and turned up 11 the next morning would definitely recommend! 

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This is a very old forum post I know, but it was the first hit I got on Google and is on the WHF forum, so I'm going to stick my two cents in here and defend 2ndhandhifi.co.uk.  I live just down the road from these guys!

 

[Skip this paragraph if you want, its just background info]

I've been looking to set up my first HiFi system - upgrading from a desperately poor 2.1 PC system.  I should point out quick I'd already read loads of forums, but everyone seems to have their own opinions on what HiFi setup to use.. and most seem as valid as the next.  I went down to Richer Sounds to get advice and the guy was good at answering yes/no questions, but anything beyond that and it all became very vague, and left a music enthusiast but HiFi Noob completely stumped as to where to begin with setting up my HiFi system.  The most help I got from him was which cable I needed to drive my music through my PC.  The impression I got was that the guy wanted to simply know a budget so he could hand me a piece of kit and get the sale through.

 

Anyway, I decided to go on a mission to get more information.  I ended up at HiFi Sound's door (the guys that also run 2nd Hand HiFi) and even though they were technically closed for the day, and looked very busy moving stock about, they politely invited me in for a chat.  I stepped into their shop - a very stylish place that's well integrated with technology; ipads linked to their stock and TVs, used quite efficiently to zip through various helpful sources of info - the shop also housed a wide array of gear, including bizarre amps and things I didn't even know existed.  A very good first impression.

 

The advice I got from these guys was a breath of fresh air; they quickly established what kind of a budget I was looking at, what information I'd already gathered, corrected any dodgy info I'd been fed, and then went on to give me a full, but to the point, run down of the kinds of gear I should be looking at and what my primary focus should really be when looking at a first build.  I really can't praise these guys enough, they didn't even try sell me anything and went so far as to give me advice on the kinds of things to look out for if I chose to go second hand i.e. not come back or render any services by payment from them.

 

The meeting ended with them inviting me to come back (or call) anytime if I needed any more help.  So if you were unsure before, rest assured, these guys have got their act together and demonstrate a genuine passion for HiFi and good customer service.  If you have any further doubts, being that this is coming from a self-confessed HiFi amateur, then contact them yourself!  I'm confident you won't be disappointed.  Thanks again!

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