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B&Q surprise
Jan 26th, 2006 at 5:23pm
 
Well my family and I were looking at kitchens (turns out we have the most awkward kitchen known to man so have to wait until we can afford bespoke) in B&Q the other day and the assistant chatted answered some questions and that and then wrote down the store's actual direct geographical number on a catalogue for us if we needed any more help.   Smiley  I was most surprised!
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Reply #1 - Jan 26th, 2006 at 6:51pm
 
Have you posted the number on this website so that we can all share it?
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Reply #2 - Jan 26th, 2006 at 8:04pm
 
Not all B&Qs have 0870 numbers. See this thread for how to work out the geographical number for a store with an 0870.  Wink
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B&Q 0845 850 0175 (calls charged at local rate)
Reply #3 - Apr 1st, 2006 at 6:14pm
 
I spotted today's Daily Express April Fool about the road made out of biscuits that the editor confessed to, but on page 6, "The real deal B&Q" †advert has "nearest store phone 0845 850 0175 (calls charged at local rate)" but with no confession of making April Fools! Bill
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Reply #4 - Apr 1st, 2006 at 9:34pm
 
Why not try their head office, courtesy of UK Info

B&q (bradford) Ltd
Templars Way
Hampshire Corporate Park
Chandler's Ford,Eastleigh,Hampshire
SO533YX

tel   02380256256
fax  02380256021
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Reply #5 - Apr 2nd, 2006 at 11:43am
 
Thank you for the alternative numbers but I put this in the chat forum due to the statement about 0845 being local rate and making April Fools of those who believe it! Bill
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B&Q Store numbers revert back to geographical
Reply #6 - May 12th, 2006 at 4:38pm
 
All the 0870 numbers for B&Q branches up and down the country now have network announcements giving the geographical number. The store locator on the B&Q website also gives the geographicals.
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Reply #7 - May 12th, 2006 at 9:56pm
 
Dave wrote on May 12th, 2006 at 4:38pm:
All the 0870 numbers for B&Q branches up and down the country now have network announcements giving the geographical number. The store locator on the B&Q website also gives the geographicals.
Wow. Well done B&Q. And thanks for the pointer, Dave.
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Reply #8 - May 12th, 2006 at 10:32pm
 
Tanllan wrote on May 12th, 2006 at 9:56pm:
Wow. Well done B&Q. And thanks for the pointer, Dave.


Nice one B&Q - way to go!  And thanks Dave too.

PS I read via MSE a good suggestion of having an award for companies who don't use NGNs (see below) and B&Q look like they'd be eligible!

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Here's one for Martin...

I hate 0870s with a PASSION - but rather than rant on about the offenders, who lets face it - don't give a stuff; why not launch a new award for the best companies who go out of their way to avoid them - a bit like the "Good English" award? It would help promote the issue - and if it received decent enough exposure might just encourage bad practicioners to tidy up their act to get on the list. Well - OK, maybe not given the amount of dosh they make - but it might help a bit Smiley

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=447&page=22
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There's more of us that them, stick together and challenge 0870/0845 etc etc
 
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Reply #9 - May 15th, 2006 at 2:59pm
 
gdh82 wrote on May 12th, 2006 at 10:32pm:
PS I read via MSE a good suggestion of having an award for companies who don't use NGNs (see below) and B&Q look like they'd be eligible!


I would rather give the award to companies who have never ever used them rather than those who belatedly change their mind.
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Reply #10 - May 15th, 2006 at 3:04pm
 
Ok, so we have one award for thge sinner that repenteth - and, of course, the continued increased business for the unsinner (sorry biblical words escape me - not sure that righteous is not a little pejorative?).
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Reply #11 - May 16th, 2006 at 1:44pm
 
Dave wrote on May 12th, 2006 at 4:38pm:
All the 0870 numbers for B&Q branches up and down the country now have network announcements giving the geographical number. The store locator on the B&Q website also gives the geographicals.
This may sound negative but why have they done this when they would have at least 2 years (probably more knowing ofcom) to continue to gain revenue from these numbers.  Is there another motive behind it all, ie changing to 084x numbers instead?
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Reply #12 - May 16th, 2006 at 2:04pm
 
bbb_uk wrote on May 16th, 2006 at 1:44pm:
This may sound negative but why have they done this when they would have at least 2 years (probably more knowing ofcom) to continue to gain revenue from these numbers. †Is there another motive behind it all, ie changing to 084x numbers instead?


How about them realising that this policy was hated by customers and was losing them business then? That sounds like a pretty good business reason to me. Roll Eyes

Also perhaps a passionate 0870 hater has ended up working at senior level in the part of B&Q that controls this decision so decided to put an end to the ripoff? Undecided
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Reply #13 - May 16th, 2006 at 2:15pm
 
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How about them realising that this policy was hated by customers and was losing them business then? That sounds like a pretty good business reason to me. Roll Eyes

Also perhaps a passionate 0870 hater has ended up working at senior level in the part of B&Q that controls this decision so decided to put an end to the ripoff? Undecided
Only time will tell, I guess  Wink  Cheesy  Grin
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Reply #14 - May 16th, 2006 at 2:57pm
 
bbb_uk wrote on May 16th, 2006 at 2:15pm:
Only time will tell, I guess †WinkCheesyGrin


I have never heard of any company eliminating its 084/7 numbers by accident and in my experience it is always a conscious decison.

I have personally been responsible for persuading www.lease-advice.org to replace their 0845 number with a geographic phone number and for getting www.public-i.info to add their geographic phone number alongside their 0870 phone number in the Contact Us area of their website.

But it is only small organisations that have made a decision to use 0845 or 0870 numbers in error that can be persuaded to make a change in this way. †Big organisations have always made such decisions deliberately and due to much more deliberate and high level deceit.
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