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
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.
Bitstring , from the wonderful
person BrianW said
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.
Bitstring , from the
wonderful person BrianW said
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>.
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.
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
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
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.
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.