time computers goes bust

Time Computers (aka Tiny, Computer Shop, Granville) based in Burnley has folded. All staff at the head office have just been made redundant and all
Computer Shop outlets are closed. Police have apparently been called to the head office.
What apparently triggered this was their defaulting on an HSBC loan, whereupon HSBC refused to process credit card payments. For some reason their web sites are still up and running and appear to be accepting orders.
There are two recent threads in uk.comp.vendors on this subject.
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Well good, because they were well known to be complete wasters .. e.g. sent my neighbour two totally dud PCs before she listened to me and bought one from Evesham. Doubtless they will re-emerge under a new name at some point, just as clueless as ever.
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Lets be honest, their products and service were utter tripe.
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... called time on them?
How big were their profits?
Ok, I'll stop now.
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Aztech wrote:

Time? Losing money hand over fist for ages.
HSBC: Arithmetic error - overflow :-)
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The News24 report quoted the current haemorrhage rate as £2m/month. Just goes to show that selling cr&p doesn't pay. I wonder what the deal is on all the 'compute now, pay later' customers. 8>.
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The profits were *cough* Tiny, then? ;)
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BrianW wrote:

I have had a TIME PC for 4 years with no problems whatsoever. Still as sweet as a nut.
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Pogue Mahone wrote:

OK I own up. I bought a printer from them once and it worked just fine. But that was before they overreached themselves.
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I bought a 386 from them in the early eighties. It's still running a DOS accounts package at a local restaurant.
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wrote:

Time had a good product then as did Tiny when they started out. I was torn between Time and Reeves when I bought a 386. Reeves went bust during my warranty period but it never gave me any problems and I still use it to run the DOS programs for my X10 programmer that controls our house lighting. Derek.
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My GF bought a Tiny PC in 2000 (win98); worked perfectly (in the daily usage of a giggly blonde girly who was capable of wrecking any piece of IT gear and frequently did :) till 2004; then I put win2000 on it and used it for a year, 24h/day, as a server, then I flogged it with an old 19" monitor for £250. All with the original CPU/PSU fans and HD.
It was very well made, extremely quiet and the build quality was better than a current-model Dell.
I suspect they dropped the ball on QA sometime later.
However, at all times, what let these people down were the total and complete clueless wankers and tossers in their Customer Service. Just like their sister company Supanet, actually.
The business was set up like so many these days: to take calls from stupid giggly blondes (and other non computer literate customers), fob them off until they give up, send out an engineer (or a new PC) to those very few who have the stamina to take it to the county court, and keep doing this, hopefully shifting new boxes faster than the daily volume of incoming customer service telephone traffic is building up....
Nowadays, I would either buy a PC from Dell, or buy it from some cowboy trader on Ebay. One can make a rational case for either.
Of course, for myself, I would build one from premium grade parts but that's irrelevant because nobody would pay for it.
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On Mon, 01 Aug 2005 15:14:18 +0100, snipped-for-privacy@somewhere.co.uk wrote:

Dell are not quite as cheap as their publicity makes out once you start make them into a worthwhile PC. I have a PC World very near so I either buy the cheapest for our tenants (we provide computers with internet access) or good parts and have them built.
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