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    Posted: 14 October 2014 at 5:08pm
I have just been told that Hansfords, Fareham is closing down or may even have already done so.

Very sad, great shop. Worth us all bearing in mind next time we buy our tackle on line.
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i think its up for let andy, someone said the present owner is not well,
not sure if thats true or as you say internet killing it, 
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Combination of things I think Mitch, times have been tough for a couple of years and the staff were cut back drastically. I also heard that Claire is poorly.

Real shame, I liked the shop, used it loads and the staff were great. I dont know if it will be reincarnated as a tackle shop, all the stock has been sold. Probably join the rest of the desert that was Fareham town centre. 

I wish them all the best and I hope Claire makes a full recovery soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote skillpot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2014 at 10:21pm
I got a text about a month ago saying they were selling all the gear, and closing, 50% off or summit like that. Tackle shops can't compete with online, it's a shame but some are stuck in the dark ages. It's the way of life, I've bought a new rods and reel so many times and gone in to local tackle shops to see if they could get near it, they didn't even try to match it, what you going to do? Times are hard and people want to save money. Shame as nothing better than talking about fishing etc over a cuppa.
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Handsfords has been in Fareham longer than I've lived here which is all my life. Shame about shops closing due to the rise of online selling, but as Hugh has said it's the sign of the times.

How many now buy online? I buy all my terminal tackle, line etc online but still buy reels and major equipment in the shop though.
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Hansfords always publicised that they would not be beaten on price by online retailers so there wa no excuse for not using them. Free parking virtually on the doorstep, good after sales service and all the baits stocked.

Guess it was the convenience of the internet.

I know the Portsmouth tackle shops will always try and beat the internet.
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i use paul at rovers in fareham, i always ask him to match the online price if he can
and most times he can, sometimes beats it. the way i look at it is i can see what I'm getting
that way and if theres any problems its easy to take it back that way,
plus hes handy for bait and they can not live on that alone,     
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Even though I used to own a tackle shop and appreciate all that goes with it, I tend to use online for 99% of my purchases.
 
A few reasons... I get what I want (No compromise) in that if I want 60lb Amnesia, I get 60lb amnesia and not 60lb Memorex because the shop has sold out or doesn't stock it.
 
It also fits my work life. (I can order online during the working day) instead of having to miss weekend fishing time. And get it the next day.
 
And that ignores a lot of what I consider chores and annoyances..
Parking, Traffic, and the trials and tribulations of driving...
 
(For instance: I have a tackle shop 3 miles and 4 miles from me... to drive to either is a good half hour each way... speed limits, traffic lights, and then the inability to park for less than a fiver if you can actually find a spot)
 
I do use them for bait, and generally buy 40 x 5lb frozen boxes of squid to fill a freezer.
(To ensure I do not have to keep making the trip).
 
Sad, because when I had the tackle shop I loved it.
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It takes me 15 mins to get to my tackle shop, I can park just round the corner for free and I get a nice cupper and a load abuse every time I go in lol.
god put me on this earth to acheve a certain amount of things in a given time right now i am so far behind i will never die
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dkstenson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2014 at 2:58pm
I would certainly never argue about supporting local shops, but these days it is a compromise bought about by choice.
 
I called into a tackle shop this weekend just gone.
 
I wanted 100 x 10/0 O'Shaughnessy Mustad hooks.
A few spools of 60lb Amnesia
A 20/30lb Salt Extreme Braid 8ft2 boat rod.
 
And a load of orange ashpole style booms and associated swivels etc (Pks of 100)
 
And I would doubtless have bought more stuff if it had caught my eye.
 
I left with 1 spool (Last one) of 60lb Amnesia.
 
I could have compromised, I could have used Cox and Rawle 6/0 meat hooks, I could have bought a different rod, I could have picked up x 20 pkts of swivels etc (packed in 5's)
 
Searched and purchased on ebay and had everything by Wednesday (Rod came from Alderney Angling).
 
We are spoilt for choice these days and I wonder how many of us actually compromise to support our shops?
 
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