Apiculturist to the bones!
- Jul 30, 2019
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- Titterstone clee South Shropshire
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- Over 50
In general as long as you buy from the main suppliers in the UK and not from foreign places on the internet there should be little problem. It is true that sometimes equipment does get messed up but a call to the supplier usually solves all issues. As you are new to beekeeping it would be a good idea to go to a main supplier and look and touch and discuss before buying anything. No your standards are not too high.Hi All
As a new Beek, I have recently been purchasing lots of equipment, but have been appalled at the standard and quality of the kit. I know that there is a huge range in prices but some of the aspects I have found are just basic quality standards such as (i have not purchased any "seconds"):
1. parts that do not line up
2. parts that have been damaged as part of the "packaging"
3. delivery boxes too thin, and so parts and boxes have been damaged in transport
4. parts that have clearly been dropped
5. parts "from the manufacturing process" with scratches, marks and other manufacturing defects.
6. poorly packaged products
As someone who has worked in manufacturing for over 35 years I find the lack of respect to standards for the customer and product amazing. I hear comments like "Well it does not affect the function" systematic of the suppliers. I agree, but a scratch on a brand new car does not affect function, but no one would take that.
I find the worse parts to be poly products - is this common? Do poly part often come with dents, scratches, marks etc. Is this part of have a poly hive?
The big consolation is that the retailer have been fantastic in their response and provided exchanges and refunds as required, though one very large direct supplier was very reluctant.
Are my standards too high. Am I just going to have to accept this poor quality.
My problem was if you tried to really tighten them they went loose. Not a real problem for a customer once they had opened the jar but a pain to ensure they were tight enough for sale.Yes but your customers may not know the knack..
Spot on. Buying from China is participating in a game. Poor outcomes are generally our own fault however. The Chinese can make just as good stuff as anyone else can BUT we try to buy on price and not on specifications. They have identified there is always a market for those tempted by the cheapest price and manufacture to hit that spot. Their top grade stuff is also available and is a match for other provenances...just has less of a price advantage. After all...stainless steel is a commodity subject to a world market....so the only way to go REALLY cheap is to reduce the spec or amount of steel involved. Then you get flimsy extractors and smokers that crush when you sneeze at them....but they are functional for a while and can be as little as 15% of the price.....perfectly ok if you are happy to call them disposable.An acquaintance purchased an extractor this year, regrettably via an exotic sounding internet supplier. It look the part and arrived undamaged all the way from china. Frankly it is the worst example (or is that the best example) of buying cheaply and ending up with a pile of scrap metal I have seen. Every time they use it they end up with cuts on their hands, all the edges are like little razors. The drum couldn't be any thinner, if it were it would be tin foil. The bearing for the basket is a rusty ball bearing, not even of food grade steal. The basket dimensions are decidedly unusual and the supports for the frames are too small. In short its barely fit for purpose and as it came from china there is little to be done other than learn the lesson.