For many years Dabs have been one of my first stops for ordering computer gear. Even when I was getting full trade discounts from wholesalers like Ingram Micro, Dabs retail prices had a tendency to be cheaper (let alone their trade prices). I spent a load with them earlier this month too. Now, when I went to order one or two more items, the prices I had in my ‘wishlist’ shot up. Had to fire an email at them to see if something was wrong!
“Ummm, why has your price for Epson Perfection V700 Photo
(quicklinx:47X8WS) shot up nearly 20% recently?
On my (personal) wishlist I had you selling it for £351.33 (was quicklinx: 3KZPWS), now, as I’m about to order it, has leapt to a staggering £418.25 – at a time when the price with many other retailers – including Dixons – has dropped to £345 or less!
If this is a mistake please let me know sometime today – before I order it elsewhere at a more reasonable price (e.g. Pixmania sell it for £339 inc vat, nearly £100 cheaper!)”
They never did answer.
It retrospect, BT (the telco) bought out the company. The price jump was probably related. Don’t think I’ve bought from Dabs since, preferring Overclockers (.co.uk), and Amazon.
Out of curiosity, I Googled, like you do. BT paid £24 million for the company and brand in 2006, then ruined it (‘cos corporate mindset, I guess). Then killed it off, shoving it inside the BT shop.
TheRegister (2016): BT: We’re killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?