Di Francis

When will whinging retailers understand their business model is flawed?

A Devonport retailer is closing down and blaming online retail for her demise and the lack of GST on offshore purchases.

Devonport has always traded on its Englishness, with British street names and a quaint seaside village atmosphere.

But it’s the British-born residents that at least one retailer is blaming for the downturn in her business.

“One English lady came into the store bragging that she’d bought all her Christmas presents online at Marks & Spencer, which included free freight to New Zealand,” says Abigail’s owner, Di Francis, at her closing-down sale. “It pissed me off, really.”

It’s the latest case where increasing online sales are said to be forcing the demise of traditional stores.

This is utter bullshit. Even pommy bastard immigrants want a bargain and Devonport stores scalping their customers via massive margins isn’t a bargain. ? Read more »