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    Smile How Much Do You Expect to Pay ?

    Ok,in between everything else I still have to keep this research trundling along with the Dog Store so another question for you asthe last thread was fantastic

    So,walking into a 'boutique or maybe 'specialist' store is a better word, dog place,what type of prices do you have in mind ?
    Are you expecting to pay a little more ?
    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ?
    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ?
    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise ?

    Oh,would you expect food ?
    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food ?

    Thanks guys
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    So,walking into a 'boutique or maybe 'specialist' store is a better word, dog place,what type of prices do you have in mind ?
    Maybe a little more than the average pet store if it is 'boutique'

    Are you expecting to pay a little more ?
    Yes

    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ?
    That depends really, if I am after a plain/cheap leather collar or leash I wouldn't expect that to be there, I would expect something a little more fancy (ie: better quality or colorful leather collars)
    In most things though I would expect a bit of variety and not something the average pet store would have (ie: organic dog treats, hand-made individual dog coats, ya know, things no-one else has)

    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ?

    The words boutique and discount rarely go together unless you have customer loyalty cards offering regulars a 10% discount.

    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise ?
    Cheap doesn't always mean bad. I buy all my dog toys from the $2 shop. But as I said if you are going into a boutique store you expect to pay more... unless you have a "reasonably priced" section... hmmmm

    Oh,would you expect food ?
    Depends on what kind of store you want really.
    Some boutiques only deal in accessories, others deal with food.
    I buy my food from a pet store so for convenience I would say it's a good idea to attract more customers - Just don't sell nasty brands.

    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food ?
    It would be fine, as I said it's more convenient for some people getting their supplies and food from the same place though.

    Hope that helped.

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    Friendly personal service and good advice is what I would expect in such a store.. That would more than make up for the expected higher pricing.
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    So,walking into a 'boutique or maybe 'specialist' store is a better word, dog place,what type of prices do you have in mind ?
    The word specialist or enthusiast store sits better with me, I always picture the word boutique as in one of the snobby clothes stores with very little variety and prices are a whole months pay for a scarf lol iykwim, so 'silly high have to have a think if i really need this' prices if the word boutique was part of the name, and reasonable and varying prices if it was a speciality store.


    Are you expecting to pay a little more ?I would expect to pay more for quality, but would laugh if I saw something with its price marked up just because of the store.


    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ?I would yes

    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ? everyone loves to think they are getting a bargain, I like the idea mentioned of a loyality card. Plus sales would always pull customers.


    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise?No, im a more visual person...If the stock looked dodgey I wouldn't bother.


    Oh,would you expect food ? Yes, treats, dried and fresh...or at least staff with good recs for quality butchers etc

    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food?People can be pushed for time alot so a place that is kind of 'all in one' is appealing to me.

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    Are you expecting to pay a little more ? Just from the names, yes i would expect to have to pay a little more, but if the place had good word of mouth for quality I would be willing to have a look.

    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ? I would expect that the more comman items be in stock. Something not so comman, order would be ok.

    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ? I always love a discount, even just down to the $5 I got off when I got Sam a new collar on Saturday!!

    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise ? Nop. I always check and base it on my knowledge, if it looked good and had a discount, BARGIN!!!

    Oh,would you expect food ? Usually, even if it is only those rediculasly expencive tiny bags of supercoat... or those breed specific ones

    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food ? I do not often buy my dog food from pet stores, so it really wouldnt have any effect on me

    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Ok,in between everything else I still have to keep this research trundling along with the Dog Store so another question for you asthe last thread was fantastic

    So,walking into a 'boutique or maybe 'specialist' store is a better word, dog place,what type of prices do you have in mind ?
    Are you expecting to pay a little more ?
    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ?
    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ?
    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise ?

    Oh,would you expect food ?
    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food ?

    Thanks guys
    A price that reflects quality is one thing, prices way over the top are another thing. I don't mind paying top dollar if it truly is superior quality, but it want to look like it too.
    I would be very pleased with a discount if I was a regular customer purchasing over a certain amount each time, that is a great incentive. It would then not make me suss of the merchandise at all. Would make me feel like a VIP instead. (Gotta feel like that somehow. Lol.)
    I would prefer food. I would prefer only the top quality premium foods however, and possibly those superior brands that other stores may not carry IYKWIM.
    I wouldn't like a shop that didn't sell the food as well. Two trips, different shops. If one has it all I would only ever shop there with no need to run around, so to speak. Saves time and money that I would then be inclined to spend in the one shop. Hope that makes sense.

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    So,walking into a 'boutique or maybe 'specialist' store is a better word, dog place,what type of prices do you have in mind ? Reasonable prices, but with a focus on quality


    Are you expecting to pay a little more ?
    Yes

    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ?
    Usually i am not looking for anything in particular so i would be expecting a nice range but not necessarily everything in a range, samples are always good then come back when it comes in

    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ? discount is always good but i dont expect it


    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise ?
    A mix is always good, the store i used to go to at Unley had a $2 toy box but they also had expensive toys

    Oh,would you expect food ?
    I think food is good to draw people in, stock good brands and if you can offer low cost samples. The unley store used to offer $2 sample bags, they were great i have a fussy eater and if she didn't like it, it wasn't a large bag of food wasted

    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food ?
    I think it would limit your market but i would have no issue with there not being food

    some of my favourite pet shops have had a barkery and a place to bring the dog along to, i know this is not always possible but i am more likely to spend money if i can bring the dog along, try things on her and get her a small treat for being a co-operative model. I also love it when shops are associated with a groomer or dog wash, it is great to have some where to look while waiting for her to be finished. Just my opinion!

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    Thanks guys Brilliant!

    Now....
    The idea of a barkery , if there was one what would you expect from it ?
    Size and enclosure materials ?
    Supervised or owner carer so to speak ?
    Small dog/big dog area ?
    Or all in one ?
    Just with this idea....would you be offended if there was a sign or similar asking for your dogs to be well mannered/friendly or please consider leaving them at home sort of thing?

    And location......
    Do you expect it to be in your main st ?
    How far away from the main st is too far ? 1 block,5/6 blocks etc ?
    If it had its own 'wash yourself' hydrobath or similar dog wash,would you rather it inside or outside the shop?
    Would in the car park for example bother you? (fully fenced off course)

    Would you prefer to do it yourself or have staff do it for you?
    If it was strictly do it yourself would that bother/turn you off ?

    Do you prefer to be able to have a relaxing browse around without being approached by staff?
    Or would you prefer to be approached,asked and then left in peace ?
    Do you mind when a staff member stays with you suggesting items/ranges?

    What about size?
    When is small too small?
    When is large too large?

    Would a section denoted to Rescue detract from the 'specialist' aspect from this place or would you feel it added to it?


    Thanks again guys,you've been fantastic
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    So,walking into a 'boutique or maybe 'specialist' store is a better word, dog place,what type of prices do you have in mind ?

    I would expect it to be a little more expensive, but for this, I would also expect - Someone that is willing to talk to me about the product/s for as long as needed - Someone that knew what they were talking about or able to get someone else that knew what they were talking about - Good quality items.

    Are you expecting to pay a little more ?

    Yes but I wouldn't go back if I wasn't happy with the service or the item/s

    Are you expecting what you want to be in stock ?

    Not necessarily, but I would like the salesperson to offer that they can order it in for me and to have a knowledge of how long it would take to be in stock.

    Would you be pleased with a large discount on the price you would expect to pay ?

    I would be pleased but I wouldn't expect it, however it is nice when offered when you spend over a certain amount.

    Or would that make you feel suspicious of merchandise ?

    No it wouldn't make me suspicious, but I would like an explanation of some sort - for example "As you are a regular customer here INSERT NAME OF CUSTOMER we would like to say thank you for your patronage by offering you a discount" or "As you have bought X amount of items we would like to thank you by offering you a discount."

    Oh,would you expect food ?

    I wouldn't EXPECT food but I would go there more if there was.

    Would you be happy with a store that didn't sell food ?

    Yes but again I wouldn't go there as much.



    I hope this helps!
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    The idea of a barkery , if there was one what would you expect from it ?
    Size and enclosure materials ?
    Supervised or owner carer so to speak ?
    Small dog/big dog area ?
    Or all in one ?

    I honestly have no knowledge of this, so I will leave it for the people that do.

    Just with this idea....would you be offended if there was a sign or similar asking for your dogs to be well mannered/friendly or please consider leaving them at home sort of thing?

    No I would not be offended I would expect it.

    And location......
    Do you expect it to be in your main st ?

    My local pet stores are no where near the main street and I have no problems going to them

    How far away from the main st is too far ? 1 block,5/6 blocks etc ?

    My main street is about 6 blocks away from my pet stores.

    If it had its own 'wash yourself' hydrobath or similar dog wash,would you rather it inside or outside the shop?

    Outside

    Would in the car park for example bother you? (fully fenced off course)

    Wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

    Would you prefer to do it yourself or have staff do it for you?

    The staff but that's only because I am lazy!

    If it was strictly do it yourself would that bother/turn you off ?

    We have a hydrobath here that I have never used, but that again is because I am too lazy!!

    Do you prefer to be able to have a relaxing browse around without being approached by staff?

    I think there is a skill to the staff that leave you alone but as soon as you look like you need some help they seem to appear out of nowhere, these are the type I like.

    Or would you prefer to be approached,asked and then left in peace ?

    This also works well.

    Do you mind when a staff member stays with you suggesting items/ranges?

    Only when I ask. For example I was looking for a martingale collar yesterday, I asked where they were and the sales lady, replied with where they were and then proceeded to explain the ones they had and the different ways in which they worked.

    What about size?

    Of the shop?
    I go to a large chain pet store and a small family owned store, both have different things and both have a different type of service but I am happy in both.
    When is small too small?

    When it is so small you can't move and you feel like you have to suck in the gut to get down the aisle.

    When is large too large?

    When you get lost just trying to find the staff.

    Would a section denoted to Rescue detract from the 'specialist' aspect from this place or would you feel it added to it?

    No I think this is a good idea, you could change the rescue every 3??? months to keep the money spread around and you might link up with someone prefered rescue so then they will spend more.

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