4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News

4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

07 June 2012

CAIRNS TOURIST INDUSTRY VICTIM OF AUSSIE RETAIL COLLAPSE WITH TOURISTS FINDING OVERPRICED AND STUPID RETAILERS HERE

This advertisement for Myer's Big Mid-Year sale is exactly the reason Myer is in collapse, and the consumer is turning to the internet for quality, selection, and price.




With many tourists coming from new markets like China in search of "quality western products", what they're finding is a country full of imports and retailers who openly warn - If you don't get here soon enough, you'll have to wear whatever size we have left because we just don't care.   


Which explains why so many locals are going without shoes, we would guess. . .


And if you want a bigger "sale item"?  Forget about stock, the best they can do is ORDER IT for you.  Something we all know how to do ourselves now, without Myer taking a retail cut for bugger all. 


CEO Bernie Brookes is rapidly taking Myer downmarket.  Too hard to get "big brand" pricing in line, he instead wants to be the Coles of department stores offering us only shitty "house brands".  Another guy paid squillions to walk around with blinders on.  Retail should be a big draw card for Cairns tourism.  Instead it's another Aussie ripoff thanks to visionaries like Myer.





12 comments:

ruby red-dress said...

Myers is an utterly pathetic store. I scarcely ever shop there anyway.

quiltless said...

I went to Myers a few weeks ago looking for a quilt cover in a certain colour. When I asked if they had any I was told "no...we only stock what the buyers think will sell". Ok...maybe they do heaps of market research...and maybe my request was unusual...but how about "well let me take down you name and details and let's see what we can do for you". It wasn't the shop assistants fault. Unbelievable in this economic climate that a retailer like Myer does not want to take my money.

Anonymous said...

Last time I was in Myer Brisbane I tried to buy a new computer. I couldn't even make eye contact with any of the several sales people in the computer section and after 20 minutes standing around I left empty handed. I spent $ 2000 + elsewhere instead...

And buying one in Myer Cairns also requires an enormous amount of patience..

The only reason I tried was because of the 24 interest free credit offer. Although not actually "free" it is very cheap finance.

Anonymous said...

Getting desperate for stories Hillbilly?

Mick of Mooroobool said...

I'm sure there's no shortage of stories for this blog in this redneck town anonymous.

Anonymous said...

The local retail sector is indeed collapsing and can be put down to consumers buying cheaper products off the internet. Internet sellers don't have to pay sales staff, high retail rents, etc. Consumers whinge about not getting better service but their spending indicates otherwise as the majority of consumers will go for the cheaper product online or equivalent.
I'm guilty of this myself.
I used to do contract work to a high end serviced based shop who had been around for a long time but closed up because more and more customers were using him to try out a product then buying it at a price he couldn't compete with online.
Australians will whinge about Qantas jobs going overseas and wanting to fly on planes maintained in Australia but the truth is they will fly on a plane serviced by cheap labor overseas because it's cheaper. IE. Qantas international market share now about %20.
Does anyone here own an Australian made car.

ruby red dress said...

As a retail shop owner myself, I confirm that people are shopping more and more online and buying cheaper but inferior products. Please be more discerning when buying overseas goods. They don't have the QUALITY ASSURANCE standards that Western countries still have. I also am guilty of buying from the internet, and was appalled to see clothing leach out a cloudy white substance when I first washed them. I have seen cottons run badly, flannels lose their thickness and become almost threadbare after a few washes, and clothing which has shrunk at the very first wash. Cotton tea-towels and towels become thin and raggy after a short time. The quality is just not there. However, whatever the overseas textile manufacturers are putting on those items of cotton clothing to make them leach this milky substance is a worry. I would urge people to thoroughly wash your clothing and sun dry them, if made in China/Vietnam etc before wearing.

Anonymous said...

[Does anyone here own an Australian made car.]

Of course, every car I've owned in OZ for the last 30 years has been Australian made, Cairns is full of Australian made cars. And if Australia made the same small cars the public buy, then more people would buy Australian made. The OZ car industry saw the warning signs decades ago, and did nothing about it, just continued churning out gas guzzlers, whose fault is that? Not the buyer.

Anonymous said...

judging by the number of Holden Cruzes around town I would say a large number of people in Cairns are buying Australian made cars.

shangai said...

a large promblem with the chinese market is they are not allowed to shop in cairns agents direct them to shops down south so they get commission to threir guides at inflated prices the chinese say cairns is cheap and good and clean streets as a bus driver i get frustrated ...u cant get a green island t shirt in melbourne ? so what happened to the japanese market 15 years ago is happening now ... cmon cairns help me

Anon No. 4 said...

ha ha ha you guys! Australian made huh?
Support Australian retailers? What, so they can bring in more "inferior" overseas-made stuff?

I have an account at a small Australian-owned and run internet sales operation based in Melbourne. They gve excellent service, they sell excellent products and they are far easier to deal with than the bum-brained jerks who run retail stores like Myer, Harvey Norman, etc etc.

Now for a real-life story tat took place today at Sales Bar at Cairns Airport:

Stroll up to the coubnter. a Queue of perhaps 10 people, and another half dozen or so hanging around waiting for their coffe.

Saleswoman: Sorry, sir, there's a 10-minute wait for coffee.

Order anyway, at exactly 10.53am.

At precisely 11.10a, 17 minutes later, I get my coffee.

I ordered a chicken wrap and my coffee to eat at the table. My chicken wrap came in a paper bag and my coffee came in a paper cup.

It's hardly the staff to blame - even though they were under huge pressure and overworked, they were polite and friendly.

No - it's te usual rabble passing themselves off as owners and management.

No wonder this town is in strife.

I also note the other day some comments from the latest tool to run Advance Cairns.

He rabbitted on about his fresh new team, so I had a look at the names he cited: the same old LNP tossers and losers that have been running Cairns into the ground for aeons.

Good grief!

Anon No. 4 said...

ha ha ha you guys! Australian made huh?
Support Australian retailers? What, so they can bring in more "inferior" overseas-made stuff?

I have an account at a small Australian-owned and run internet sales operation based in Melbourne. They gve excellent service, they sell excellent products and they are far easier to deal with than the bum-brained jerks who run retail stores like Myer, Harvey Norman, etc etc.

Now for a real-life story tat took place today at Sales Bar at Cairns Airport:

Stroll up to the coubnter. a Queue of perhaps 10 people, and another half dozen or so hanging around waiting for their coffe.

Saleswoman: Sorry, sir, there's a 10-minute wait for coffee.

Order anyway, at exactly 10.53am.

At precisely 11.10a, 17 minutes later, I get my coffee.

I ordered a chicken wrap and my coffee to eat at the table. My chicken wrap came in a paper bag and my coffee came in a paper cup.

It's hardly the staff to blame - even though they were under huge pressure and overworked, they were polite and friendly.

No - it's te usual rabble passing themselves off as owners and management.

No wonder this town is in strife.

I also note the other day some comments from the latest tool to run Advance Cairns.

He rabbitted on about his fresh new team, so I had a look at the names he cited: the same old LNP tossers and losers that have been running Cairns into the ground for aeons.

Good grief!