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Ah well. Just ordered a couple of packs of S wagons. Not that I can afford them, but can never have too many S wagons. Unfortunately I will not have them by first weekend in May, so mostly bogey wagons I will have to run at the Brisbane Train Show. Bummer. Perhaps try BobOrama for a few S wagons. Not sure if his slightly reworked S wagons are here yet.
Yeh okay, thanks mate,
I just wondered whether they would carry-over the philosophy they seem to have had with the likes of the GME, MLE and PMX etc, where these are flat trucks that can quite happily run along empty due to their basic inherent weight.
Has anybody had any success with conducting payments to Austrains via direct bank deposit?
I know that there are other importers out there who accept this form of transaction
Production problems. As most of you will be aware there have been major difficulties with some of the factories in China who produce model railway equipment. Unfortunately the factory making the 81/G /BL project is one of those. Three changes of ownership over the past eight years has resulted in many changes of policy. Where once we were able to have short runs of many different liveries this is no longer the case with two of our three suppliers. As a result the factory informed us in early January that they were limiting the number liveries and numbers they would do and asked us to nominate those liveries we wished to drop. A commercial decision had to be made and we nominated those liveries for which we had least orders. At the same time the factory told us that, for various reasons some numbers would be changed and some variations we still wanted would not be done. We have been requested to place a new order for a second production run very late 2014 but the factory will still not guarantee that we will get everything we want. So while we are still getting the same volume of stock the variants are now reduced. We apologise to those whose choice of models has been restricted. This was totally beyond our control and, like many things which are happening with Chinese manufacturers right now, completely unforeseen. The revised order form shows what locos will be available in the first shipments. If we need to change locos we will contact you. If a change is necessary you will be contacted.
Well I guess given that the "factory" treats its paying customers poorly one can only imagine how they treat the workers.
AFIK Maccas base rate in the USA is $7.50, not $6.00 Bit of a hide Austrains moaning about some one being paid $6 an hour to build their toy trains. The only lower rates I know about are illegal Mexicans receiving $5.00 per hour in the USA. If my family hire them in the US while I am there I insist they are paid Aussie rates. Cheap Skates.
I read in the Mag that Hornby have moved away from Sanda Kan ,even had to buy their own tooling back . Maybe all the Aussie stuff might be done quicker as SK work has now more than halved
I read in Model Railway Journal that Hornby have dropped their quality level heaps. Probably to make it cheaper back in the UK.
As a side note minimum wage in Australia is around $16.32. And people wonder why it is more expensive to buy anything in Australia.
I also doubt the practicalities of paying someone Australian wages in the US when they are more than double? Doesn't make good business sense. I'm sure employees would rather be paid $7.50 for a long term job than $16.32 for a short term job because the business goes under and can't compete with the opposition.
You have to understand that A Chinese worker does not have the same costs to meet as an Aussie Family. No phone, car and everything they do need is very much cheaper than we have to pay here.
That's why the Chinese Communists are lifting wages to allow prices to lift and their manufactures to make bigger profits and so taxes rise and makes for bigger Government.
Its all a giant con, really, and that's my opinion.
The "people" may not have the phones and cars, but they want the phones and cars along with everything else that we expect as part of our life. The usual rule is that people are communist or socialist if forced to be and capitalist if they get the choice.
China is proving no different and their wages will go up to give them access to the things we take for granted. If that means that we pay more for our toy trains then so be it. After all, nobody feels comfortable about living off sweat shop labour do they?
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