Archive for the ‘marquee sales’ Category

‘Sale ends soon – 99% off!’ (not really..)

Monday, November 26th, 2012

I was amazed recently when a quote for some kitchen parts we were shopping round for was quoted at a 66% discount. A week later and their offer was changed so we then qualified for a 75% discount.  I think at that point my wife and I were supposed to be dancing round the room so excited at this bargain offer that we could barely read out our credit card number fast enough. We didn’t, we just went to another supplier who priced their goods honestly.

But there’s no denying that this method works so is it something you should consider? There are two things to think about: target market and the moral dilemma.

Target market: If you have or would like to get a lot of repeat marquee business then someone who inspects your prices regularly at different times of the year is likely to notice your 12 month sale technique. If your target market is one-off events then customers are only likely to view your prices once so will think the sale is genuine.

The moral dilemma: You are essentially being dishonest, you will gain direct business from this technique but then do you lose business from a loss of credibility and/or trust?

It’s your choice, we didn’t use the technique as a hire company and don’t as a marquee sales company but I can tell you we lose business to competitors who do have 12 month sales on inflated RRP’s so can you afford not to?

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Cheap marquee for sale

Monday, August 20th, 2012

We are selling a marquee on eBay, the whole kit is worth just over £2,400 and we started the listing at 99p with no reserve. It’s now gone up a bit but is still very cheap so go over and grab yourself a bargain:

6x12m DIY Marquee for sale on eBay

We put this marquee up brand new last week complete with red carpet, flat ivory roof lining, curtain linings and wall linings – something we’ll be introducing next year. It was for a wedding but we used the opportunity to make some long overdue  new erecting videos that should be ready to publish in the next week or two. No doubt they will then be copied or imitated, I sometimes wonder if I posted my shopping list whether that would be copied (sales of Corona beer & Minstrels chocolate would certainly go up!) but I guess we just have to accept that’s where we are in the industry and take it as a compliment.

Happy bidding – remember this marquees has only been used once.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Cheap marquees for sale

Monday, February 27th, 2012

In preparation for the new season we’re clearing our stocks of a few marquees left over from last year, these will be going on eBay with no reserve starting at 99p so grab yourself a bargain:

6x12m Deluxe DIY Marquee for sale on eBay

To be honest if it sells for 99p then we may reconsider listing the others we have!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Eave Braces

Monday, February 6th, 2012

All of our 6m wide marquees now include eave braces. These are metal braces that connect the number 2 pole at the eaves with the number 2 pole halfway up the roof. Shown in red on an overhead diagram of a 6x16m marquee here:

This extra bracing makes the structure stronger and more resistant to strong winds and water pooling without adding considerably to the weight. Keeping in mind the weather currently outside I should mention that although these braces add to the structure’s strength no marquee in the UK is designed for snow loading so always make sure you don’t allow snow to settle on a marquee roof.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

White ratchet straps for marquees

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Isn’t it annoying when you buy something only to see a newer improved version available soon after?

Well we’re just introducing white ratchet straps to go in our tie down kits, the standard for the whole industry is to use orange (which we still have available) but we are repeatedly asked for white to blend in with the marquee so we have now produced them.

Not only that but if you’ve purchased orange ratchet straps from us in the last month then we’re happy to exchange them (free of charge) for white ones even if the orange ones are used. Just send them back to our factory (obviously including a copy of the invoice).

We do try to look after our customers even after they’ve purchased a DIY Marquee 🙂

Thanks for reading

Spencer

6x12m Marquee for sale

Monday, February 21st, 2011

In the main we’re careful and cautious people however there are occasions when we’re a bit too heavy handed stacking a box and the packaging rips. Usually accompanied by some colourful language.

So what do we do with a perfectly good marquee that has damaged packaging?

Stick it on an ebay auction starting at 99p! 6m x 12m DIY Marquee on eBay

Happy bidding 🙂

Spencer

New Marquees for sale

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I hope you had a nice Xmas & New Year, now it’s time to get back to work.

As mentioned previously this blog is mainly about offering advice any way I can but occasionally I have to mention some salesy stuff as, well, that pays the bills!

So we’ve introduced some new sizes of marquees for sale: 4x6m and 4x12m to add to our 4x8m and 4x10m marquees. The end panels are made up of two 2m wide panels which means they are completely interchangeable with the windows – nice huh? You can just ask the customer where they would like windows/walls and accommodate them.

We’ll also be introducing some other new products over the next few months all aimed at helping you and your customers.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Strong framework, old stock and melting gables

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Strong marquee framework

We often get asked exactly how strong is the framework on our marquees? We don’t often get asked what we get up to when we’re bored, but the answer to both is shown below:

Strong marquee framework, slow day

That’s the middle section of one bay of a DIY Marquee

Old stock

We’re getting rid of some old stock where the boxes have been damaged or the roofs have been repaired, they’re listed on Curlews second hand marquees website. If you’re not already on their mailing list sign up now! It’s the place to go for second hand kit.

Melting gables

I’ve mentioned before that if you’re connecting a marquee up to a house it’s a LOT easier if you can orientate the marquee so you have the flat gable end up against the doors opening inwards. This avoids the need for guttering and there aren’t any eaves rails along the gable to obstruct the door.
I was reminded of a possible problem with this while speaking to a marquee hirer last week (apologies, I forget who -I have a terrible memory).
People often fit floodlights above back doors. People often forget they have a marquee outside when turning on said floodlights (or don’t notice it’s been switched on). This is not good.
Whilst any good quality marquee will be flame retardant it doesn’t stop the floodlight melting a scorched hole in your gable meaning an expensive repair or replacement (and a nasty smelling marquee).

Check for floodlights, put a sticker on the light switch inside the house so the customer remembers.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.

Use marquee loading lists to avoid forgetting things

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

We used to limit ourselves to putting up marquees within an hours drive of our yard with a few exceptions – one was a wedding in St Albans (about 3 hours drive) which the bride insisted we do as we did such a good job for her sister local to us the previous year.

Imagine our absolute joy when we came to erect the marquee and found we were one vital part missing (an apex knuckle -10 years later I still remember it was an apex knuckle..).

Even if you’re doing a job 15 mins away if you forget something then it screws everything up, you have lads waiting round unable to get on and it can make the day drag on and on.

The solution? Loading lists. Write up exactly what you need for each size marquee and include things like: steps, sledgehammer, anything else you need on every job. Laminate it. Tick off every item with a whiteboard marker every time you have to load up. This also allows more than one person to load up without confusion over who should be loading what.

Remember to phone us urgently for any 9m wide marquee sales.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

9m wide modular marquees for sale – New for 2010!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

If you visited us at the Showmans Show you will know that we’re going to be supplying 9m wide modular marquees from March/April of next year.  Why is this so exciting? Why are we doing it? Why should you buy ours?

It’s exciting because it’s the culmination of a LOT of work and we’re confident it’s going to be well received.

We’re doing it because a lot of our customers are successful and expanding, at some time most expanding marquee hire companies have to offer larger structures so the sensible next step is 9m wide.

Why should you buy from us? Well we’ve worked very hard to ensure our marquees are compatible with the majority of kit already out there in the UK as well as making sure it’s the high quality and value for money people have come to expect from us.

We are taking pre-orders now for delivery in March/April 2010, if you don’t order by mid-December then we can’t guarantee availability. Prices are available by request (or look at your Showmans Show price list).

So what’s the spec of our new 9m marquees:

  • 4-channel aluminium profile with steel knuckles & apexes. The 4-channel aluminium allows greater flexibility with things like porches (see photo below) and catering areas.
  • Translucent PVC used for both walls and roofs – a lot of cheap modular marquees around the world use a ‘blackout’ layer in their roof PVC making the interior grey and gloomy (think of the light in an old canvas marquee). This might be suitable for deserts or the south of France but in the UK if it’s light outside you want it to be light inside. I think they may use the blackout layer just to increase the gsm of the fabric, certainly most of the PVC roofs already in use don’t use blackout.
  • 2.3m eaves – if you’re buying a modular marquee for use in the UK you want it to have 2.3m eaves. Why? Well nearly all the existing stock used in UK marquee hire companies uses 2.3m eaves, this means that all lining suppliers and theming companies have stock based on a 2.3m eave -so you can only use them if you’ve got the correct kit. Using 2.3m eaves also means the resale value of the marquee will be higher and you’re not tied to us if you want to buy more framework in the future.
  • choice of windows: georgian, arched or panoramic
  • choice of zips or dutch lacing (dutch lacing is by far the most popular choice)

Included with any marquee purchase we’re also offering:

  • A training session – when your marquee’s ready we’ll be arranging several training sessions for you to come along to so we can pass on all of our knowledge and tips (surprisingly that’s quite a lot!). We put these marquees up for 10 years and there’s lots of things to make your life easier.
  • A free single page website optimised for whatever keyphrase you want. A lot of companies have these single page satellites designed to get up the search rankings that link through to your main site. They can take a while to get there but we’re quite good at it and we’ll design one for you.

Below are lots of photos of 9m marquees that your marquee will look like:

Thanks for reading

Spencer

9m x 18m Marquee

Ivory pleated lining (with extra curtains over the walls)

9m x 18m roof only marquee

9m x 9m marquee with 3m porch

Two 9m marquees with panoramic windows (later ones have dutch lacing)

Two 9m marquees with panoramic windows (later ones have dutch lacing)

9m x 6m framework mid-assembly

9m x 6m framework mid-assembly

Aluminium profile (steel knuckle at the top of eaves)

Aluminium profile (steel knuckle at the top of eaves)

Gable uprights bolt securely on

Gable uprights bolt securely on

9m wide marquee with pleated lining & green swag

9m wide marquee with pleated lining & green swag

9m marquee with a walkway used as an entrance porch

9m marquee with a walkway used as an entrance porch