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Swiss Army Volcano Cooker

Discussion in 'Group Buys' started by Chris G, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Chris G

    Chris G Settler

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    Right, as I've not had any indication that the other members of the group want to forward their deposits. I'm going to close the group buy now. I will be returning the monies to those who sent them to me later this week.

    I'm sorry to those who sent the money in but frankly I'm glad that I didn't buy the cookers on spec hoping that those who had expressed an interest would come forward with their money.

    Mods, please now close this thread. Thanks
     
  2. BorderReiver

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    Thanks for trying Chris. Pity that you were mucked about.:(
     
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    What's happening?

    Refund?
     
  4. widu13

    widu13 Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I confess that after 3 months of waiting I completely missed the request for a deposit- sorry. There again I most certainly don't remember getting a PM. Check out the various other GBs I've been in. I'm one of the first to commit and to pay. I've no excuse other than the lack of momentum meant I missed it. My fault entirely, apologies.
     
  5. ged

    ged Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    So is anyone up for another group buy on kelly kettles instead?
     
  6. Chris G

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    Bah, completely slipped my mind (had to do a presentation to the exec & non-exec board of directors of British Waterways this week (gulp).) Not an excuse. Will sort it straight away.

    Chris
     
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    No rush Chris, just wondered where we had got to.:)
     
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    I have to echo the words of Widu13 and offer my apologies. I'm sorry that this didn't work out, but thanks for putting the work in Chris.

    Claudiasboris
     
  9. harryhaller

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    My position remains what it was - I'll be in if you need me.

    Let me explain somethings, because there have been some bitter remarks because of the understandable disappointment.

    First, I haven't posted on this thread because I thought it was locked - I remember distinctly seeing the padlock in the lower left-hand side of the screen as I read Chris' post in which he asked the mods to close this thread. I'm saying now what I wanted to say then, so we all understand the difficulties which Chris has been faced with.

    When the supplier which we had hoped would supply the stoves fell through, I had discovered a German supplier. So I bought three stoves from them. I also spoke to a man about the possibilities of a group buy, and he seemed opened minded about it and very easy going. Later on, the same or next day, I spotted something else on the site I wanted to buy, so I called them again to see if I could put that item on the same order as the stoves I had ordered and save postage. It was about 18:15 in the evening. A woman answered the telephone, and all I could say was "I have just ordered some stoves from you...", when she interrupted me and said "All orders will processed and mailed the next day, have a nice day and thank you" and then slammed down the telephone.

    The word "rude", among other words, comes to mind.

    So I was not surprised when Chris told us he was having problems getting a reply from them - an easy going guy with a wife who had a rather narrow attitude to business is the picture I have of the company.

    Hence after one delay, we were faced with another delay, and yes the GB lost momentum. So many people thought the GB had died a natural death.

    I don't think it is right to blame anyone for this, certainly not Chris who had hung in there and in the end delivered the goods, whereas I would have given up on the German suppliers - out of anger if not out of rational reasons.

    Nor the other group members who thought that the buy had died a natural death.

    My position after buying the stoves - I needed them quickly - was that if you need someone to make up the final numbers I'd be in - btw, these stoves make excellent presents:) ! But I wasn't part of the core group of buyers since I had already bought some - so I waited to see if the others send in their money and whether I would be needed to "top up" the numbers.

    So, I really do not think there is any need for bitterness - and this GB is only dead if you want it to be.
     
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    I'm a bit confused by this. Have any of these cookers been delivered? I still don't have either a cooker or a refund, so I'd be grateful if anyone can clarify the current position.
     
  11. Chris G

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    Tintock; PM sent.
     
  12. BorderReiver

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    Received the refund, cheers Chris.

    Pity it didn't work out.
     
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    Certainly is - the cooker is a gift at that price and it does the job.

    I gave one to a couple who spend their holidays camping all over Europe - not bushcrafting, but like normal campers. They found it fantastic, makes a cuppa in a jiffy without messing around, no heavy "**kettle" nor an exorbitant price - well, I gave it to them didn't I, but at that price I could afford to.
     
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    Refund received Chris You didn't need this hassle, but thanks for trying to help out.
     
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    me too ille have one if its ok and not a silly price on postage.
     
  16. Chris G

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    FishFish, the group buy is not going ahead. May I suggest that you contact Endicotts to purchase one of these cookers.

    Cheers

    Chris
     
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    No, it's a combined handle (for when the stove is hot), a stand/stop to prevent the bottle slipping too far down when heating it, and a retention clip when the whole thing is put together for storage.
     
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    Dead heather makes for good fuel. Time for a cuppa at 1,700 feet on Hamildown Tor.
     

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