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Community Level 5josarah

josarah

Focus, do they really Do It All??

AdvantagesLocal to me, Easily accessible

DisadvantagesLack of stock consistency between stores

"...Nearest to us however is Focus and that is where we have chosen to spend the bulk of our ‘do the house up’ cash. You can hardly fail to miss Focus if you are driving past with it’s garish Blue and Yellow corporate colour scheme, if I were you I would take the time to drop in and have a look (should that be your kind of thing) as you may be pleasantly surprised. Focus is the third largest DIY retailer in the UK by market share and you are able to ..." Read review
26.03.2005

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Community Level 2polarbear

polarbear

Serendipity

AdvantagesDiversification successfully abounds.

DisadvantagesGo for a shelf and come out with a rabbit.

"Let us imagine a wet and miserable afternoon. A visit to the Garden Centre was not a viable option nor was gardening in our little patch, come to that. A case of miserable lethargy set in. It looked as though HE would have to do THAT job which had awaited doing for some time. HE couldn’t find the nails we had bought. Did I want to go and get some more with him? Wow! Hold me back guys. However I was persuaded that the fresh air would do me good. ..." Read review
14.05.2001

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Community Level 4janehammill

janehammill

my ninety eight pound shed

Advantagescheap and cheerful, easy to erect

Disadvantagescostly delivery charge

"I've been looking for a cheap and cheerful garden shed costing under £100.00 for the past year and have at last taken delivery today of this much sought after item from the Do It All D.I.Y chain. It's a very basic six foot by four foot creation with a felt roof, panoramic window and nice little diamond shaped decoration on the front, perfect for the mower ,deck chairs,tools etc. The exact same item is available in most of the D.I.Y chains Homebase ..." Read review
16.03.2001

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Community Level 1garycallard

garycallard

FOCUS on Do it Yourself

AdvantagesFriendly Staff, Wide Range of Products

DisadvantagesCan be expensive

"...sort trip to our local Focus Do It All was in order, and their staff were very helpful in recommending a type of hutch, food for the babies, even having to seperate the parents and generally more information than we ever expected from their staff. They have a wide range of foods on offer for the Rabbits, and we now go their for our kittens needs also. At the weekend, we made some home security improvements (primarily to stop next doors little ..." Read review
04.10.2001

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Community Level 2bagpuss1980

bagpuss1980

Ordering Products that are out of Stock

AdvantagesFriendly Staff

DisadvantagesOrders not prioritized

"...I then visited my local Focus DIY store where to my surprise I found the same tiles for a fraction of the price. The only thing was they were out of stock. I enquired about when they would be receiving some more tiles, the staff checked the computer and told me that they should be receiving some that Friday, although they did point out that even if the computer has allocated their stock they may not get it, I came back on Friday to find that no ..." Read review
07.06.2008

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Community Level 4willsmj

willsmj

Do it all or not do it all

Advantagesoffers

Disadvantagesoffers ell out quickly

"Do it all, or Focus, which is the other name it trades under is a large DIY centre. My local one is at High Wycombe, but does it Do It All??? No. It does do quite a lot but there are occassions when it fails to stock it's offers. These offers can be good value, and I assume that they are loss leaders to entice you into the store, and when there you just may buy other items aswell, making them a handsome profit. However, as I say, the offers seem ..." Read review
19.04.2001

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Community Level 5matty0501

matty0501

Shop around

AdvantagesSome products are of better quality than rivals

DisadvantagesAlot more expensive than rivals

"...money. The other problem with focus is the lack of powertool accessories. Go into B&Q and they have racks upon racks of drill and router bits. Go into focus, and they have a 1meter square rack. That is not selection! The trouble with Focus is that they have turned from a DIY store into a sort of 'everything' shop. Although they have ceased selling epts, they sell furniture like beds, dining tables, chairs and computer desks. In order to improve ..." Read review
18.08.2007

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Community Level 1jinky

jinky

Focus on the Facts

AdvantagesWhat advantages? Its just another DIY store!

DisadvantagesThe staff need training, the stock needs replenishing and its a little on the grubby side, with all the competition around someone needs to take a good hard look at some of their branches and take stock.

"...stores were being bought by Focus DIY, a private company, at a bargain basement price. What has this done for the new merged company? Its turned a worse for wear has been and an up and coming cheap and cheerful chain into a so-so retail outlet, nothing special so why shop there? The staff aren't getting the product training and don't know plywood from MDF or eggshell from satin sheen! What is the world if DIY coming to? What with stores such as Wilkos ..." Read review
12.04.2001

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Community Level 2Panda

Panda

Banister Systems

AdvantagesLooks Good

DisadvantagesTime

"...a brochure from our local Focus Do It All store, but I noticed that B & Q stock parts as well. I found the brochure very informative and it enabled me to cost out the project, and decide on the wood and style. Still they assume you have a lower newel base, so I was still stuck. On the brochure there was a website address, I wrote an email to them and very quickly I received a big A4 sized Brochure, with the brochure was a very nice letter. The ..." Read review
08.10.2001

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Community Level 1clairecowley

clairecowley

DO IT ALL WRONG

AdvantagesFINNISHED MY BATHROOM EVENTUALLY

DisadvantagesHAD TO WAIT TOO LONG AND MAY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DO IT

"RECENTLY I MOVED INTO MY OWN HOME AND STARTED DOING IT UP TO MY PREFERENCE. DO IT ALL IS THE NEAREST D.I.Y. STORE TO ME SO I WENT THERE TO GET WHAT I NEEDED AS THEY HAVE A NEW HOME BUYERS SCHEME 10% OFF. I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE HANDY AS I WANTED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. I BOUGHT SOME TILES FOR THE BATHROOM. I HADN'T BOUGHT ENOUGH SO I WENT BACK TO GET SOME MORE ABOUT 3 DAYS LATER. I WAS TOLD THEY HAD STOPPED MAKING THEM AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY IN ..." Read review
06.10.2001

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Community Level 3Udo1

Udo1

Do not do it with Do it All

AdvantagesSome good offers, stores cover most of the UK

DisadvantagesChoice, Pricing

"I have been to Do-it-all several times and I think they are far more expensive then general suppliers like Jewsons or even other DIY-Stores like B&Q or Great Mills. Even Homebase who is still owned by Sainsbury is cheaper. I also find that Do-it-all has not got the choice as the other stores. However, I must say, that I have seen some good offers in there and we actually bought a bunk bed for £149 including matresses, but if you have to buy all your ..." Read review
01.04.2001

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Community Level 5CaptainKidd

CaptainKidd

Just another name for Harrods.....

AdvantagesHobby crafts

DisadvantagesCosts

"...sure to get it at Focus Dot It All . On the plus side though , they do sell items not available in places such as B & Q , eg artist materials , hobby kits etc. , and they do have limited pets / fish for sale and the usual assortment of food / cages etc. to suit . Staff wise , there are never enough about , and when found , often they are not very informative or knowledgeable to offer assistance when needed. Sadly I am not overimpressed by this ..." Read review
07.08.2001

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