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 Dulux sold to Japan and Wattyl went to the states.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 2:27:47 PM on 17 April 2019.
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We'll both have been good products for many years although Wattyl has been very hard to get for years with limited stock in shops and having a war with Bunnings made it hard ...but now Dulux has been sold to Japanese and although I feel that's not a good thing ,The Japanese will keep it at a good quality much better than if it had been sold off to some other countries.
Not much here in oz that's not for sale these days.
Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 3:30:50 PM on 17 April 2019.
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Makes a change from the usual 'sold to China'.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 6:36:53 PM on 17 April 2019.
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This will be at least the second time Dulux has been sold. Some years ago it was owned by ICI, which had a huge presence in Australia making explosives and other chemicals. When I've bought paint in years gone by I usually get British Paints, which Dulux owns. Same paint, better price.

When Bunnings was allowed by the ACCC to buy out BBC Hardware, that was the day competition in the hardware sector ceased to exist. BBC pioneered the big box shop in Australia. There were two and now there's one, so Bunnings can effectively send any company it likes broke. Such market power should have been stomped on years ago.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:59:40 PM on 17 April 2019.
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Yep that's correct....but Bunnings sent the local hardwares to the wall.
Dulux has a huge hardware at mona vale which is as big as a Bunnings . But it's actually run by Dulux..... It's a good place and I go there alot.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 1:30:24 PM on 18 April 2019.
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Bunnings has some questionable trading practices.
For instance their AEG product range has model numbers which are unique to Bunnings which means you can't price match with other retailers.
They claim that they will beat any one else on price if you can produce evidence of an item being cheaper elsewhere.
Problem is you can't because the same AEG item elsewhere will have a slightly different model number.
Bunnings aren't the only ones doing this either.
You would think the ACCC would step in but it seems they are powerless in this instance.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 5:34:14 PM on 18 April 2019.
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For instance their AEG product range has model numbers which are unique to Bunnings

I've struck that before with Bunnings. At one time I recall particular AEG tool battery packs and chargers were unique to Bunnings. I was put off AEG by that. An associated issue is that parts for those tie-in products can only be ordered trough Bunnings Special Orders desk, with the associated delay that involves.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 6:32:32 PM on 18 April 2019.
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I heard a story once about boxes of screws and nails - all common brands like Zenith (no relation to radio) but the quantities and weights are different to those available at Mitre10, Home Hardware and the independents like Hardware and General. It's cheating on a grand scale.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 7:08:14 PM on 18 April 2019.
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I am convinced that the ACCC was merely set up as a front, to make out consumers were being protected, when nothing could be further from the truth. There have been Senate enquires & The "Banking Royal Commission" which have clearly evidenced them as being asleep at the wheel. We mortals are in no position to challenge the "Royal Commissions" view: It sticks.


 
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