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Aussie Junk at Mitchell

By Thumper - 29 September 2008 22

This is not a whinge, but moreso a heads up for prospective punters.

On the weekend Ms Thumper and myself went out to Aussie Junk at Mitchell to look for some cheap second hand building material. Sadly we could not find what we wanted.

However, Ms Thumper found a nice piece of stained glass wedged behind some other stuff. On the glass was a sticker proclaiming $15.

Beauty we say, that’s cool, let’s buy it and proceeded to the counter. In between I’d managed to pick up an old guitar case and some paddles as well.

At the counter we were greeted by a man who took a look at the $15 dollar sticker and then accused us of changing the price. To prove this, he then attempted to take the sticker off, which it steadfastly refused to do, all the time still accusing us of changing it.

He then suggested $20.

Not taking this lying down, Ms Thumper and myself decided to proclaim loudly that he could stick his glass where ever it fitted (in a nice calm way) and that we didn’t change the sticker, and that he (the man behind the counter) was blatently lying. This of course brought the attention of the punters onto his actions. So much so, that after all his protestations and accusations, he then offered it to us for, you guessed it, $15.

So, the moral of the story is, don’t take any sh*t from the tosser behind the counter at Aussie Junk Mitchell. He obviously thought he could bully us into paying more but out of principle, we were not going to. We would have happily walked out with out the glass just to prove a point.

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Aussie Junk at Mitchell
shopper66 12:06 pm 04 Oct 08

aussie junk is a good place to shop now it is under new managment at mitchell thay sell it all now as soon as it is droped off it is for sale and you get a good deal too.

Die Lefty Scum 10:01 am 30 Sep 08

Felix the Cat said :

Thumper said :

Apart from that, I like the fact I can buy stuff cheaply out there and i also like the fact that the place is clean and they don’t stock rubbish.

Umm…are you still talking about Aussie Junk here? Last time I was there 99% of it was rubbish IMO. I wouldn’t give them $5 for the whole yard, they’d have to pay me (a lot more than $5!) to take the rubbish away.

I’ve heard (one of these friend of a friend stories so can’t vouch for it’s accuracy) that the owner eBays all the fruity stuff that comes in and has an office full of people doing it for him. Under different eBay alias’ one person is responsible for say kitchenware, another for hardware and so on. Turnover is supposedly ~$1M per annum, allegedley tax free.

I can confirm this.

PBO 9:24 am 30 Sep 08

Felix the Cat said :

Thumper said :

Apart from that, I like the fact I can buy stuff cheaply out there and i also like the fact that the place is clean and they don’t stock rubbish.

Umm…are you still talking about Aussie Junk here? Last time I was there 99% of it was rubbish IMO. I wouldn’t give them $5 for the whole yard, they’d have to pay me (a lot more than $5!) to take the rubbish away.

I’ve heard (one of these friend of a friend stories so can’t vouch for it’s accuracy) that the owner eBays all the fruity stuff that comes in and has an office full of people doing it for him. Under different eBay alias’ one person is responsible for say kitchenware, another for hardware and so on. Turnover is supposedly ~$1M per annum, allegedley tax free.

I had heard that too, amongst all the other scams going on out there. KPMG had a field day going through all the tips records in 2006 and a few folk lost their jobs whilst others managed to hold onto theirs and their scams keep on making them rich.

rottweiler 10:28 pm 29 Sep 08

they had a very large clean out not long ago to make room for stuff coming from mugga who closed …..i’ve only had a issue very simmalar with one guy out there who i now avoid but the rest of them are good and are happy to barter with you …..most of the time

Felix the Cat 9:26 pm 29 Sep 08

Thumper said :

Apart from that, I like the fact I can buy stuff cheaply out there and i also like the fact that the place is clean and they don’t stock rubbish.

Umm…are you still talking about Aussie Junk here? Last time I was there 99% of it was rubbish IMO. I wouldn’t give them $5 for the whole yard, they’d have to pay me (a lot more than $5!) to take the rubbish away.

I’ve heard (one of these friend of a friend stories so can’t vouch for it’s accuracy) that the owner eBays all the fruity stuff that comes in and has an office full of people doing it for him. Under different eBay alias’ one person is responsible for say kitchenware, another for hardware and so on. Turnover is supposedly ~$1M per annum, allegedley tax free.

swamiOFswank 7:49 pm 29 Sep 08

I support Butch and the guys out at the Handymans Trading Post in Geelong St Fyshwick too – great to deal with, professional in every way.

I do miss the old 2-storey junk shop that was run by Dave and Mazzie across the driveway from the Handymans. Does anyone know what happened to Dave and Mazz?

Wide Boy Jake 5:45 pm 29 Sep 08

Aussie Junk is aptly named. Revolve was much better.

Madman 2:26 pm 29 Sep 08

Danman said :

You really are a madman then eh ?

Went across the road to Aussie Junk and found a meter of aquarium line that would do just as good a job and a dozen seedling starter pots – cost me 3 bucks.

or

I must say I have never had any trouble out there, but good on you.

or even in the posters words

Apart from that, I like the fact I can buy stuff cheaply out there and i also like the fact that the place is clean and they don’t stock rubbish.

Aussie Junk has always given me bang for buck… and the occasional free scrap wood lengths for making rustic picture frames.

I just don’t like to give my business to a company that treats the customer like dirt.
If it wasn’t for the customers then they wouldn’t be trading – so to start accusing your customers of fraud is quite serious in my book of businesses not to deal with.

I have no doubt its a good shop with some great bargins – but to abuse your customers is the worst business you could ever operate.

Thumper 2:16 pm 29 Sep 08

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought plenty of stuff from Aussie Junk and I’ve pretty much always found them good value.

However, I don’t take lightly being accused in front of other customers of changing a price tag when it weas blatantly obvious to everyone that it had not been changed and it had been stuck on for a long time.

Danman 10:37 am 29 Sep 08

You really are a madman then eh ?

Went across the road to Aussie Junk and found a meter of aquarium line that would do just as good a job and a dozen seedling starter pots – cost me 3 bucks.

or

I must say I have never had any trouble out there, but good on you.

or even in the posters words

Apart from that, I like the fact I can buy stuff cheaply out there and i also like the fact that the place is clean and they don’t stock rubbish.

Aussie Junk has always given me bang for buck… and the occasional free scrap wood lengths for making rustic picture frames.

Madman 10:31 am 29 Sep 08

That’s some big accusations that guy is accusing. Fraud…

I’m sure he could get into serious trouble for making false accusations.
Oh and loose a lot of business too… I never knew about the place but after reading this I don’t want to give them my business.

Thumper 10:09 am 29 Sep 08

It’s only one memeber of staff that seems to try and put it on.

Apart from that, I like the fact I can buy stuff cheaply out there and i also like the fact that the place is clean and they don’t stock rubbish.

Thanks Peterh, I’ll check it out.

peterh 10:03 am 29 Sep 08

thumper,

try the handyman’s trading post for second hand bits and pieces – we always let them know when we have building materials being thrown out – Butch will come over prior to us loading up the skip.

he won’t accuse you of anything – always a pleasure to deal with.

mirage3 10:02 am 29 Sep 08

I must say I have never had any trouble out there, but good on you. Hopefully he won’t try it on again. Thanks

Danman 10:00 am 29 Sep 08

Sorry to hear your experiences Thumper – I have never really had any dramas there. Its nice and close for me too….

On the weekend, I needed to repair some fuel line in my line trimmer, so I went to Mitchell Lawnmower Centre to get some.

Problem is that Ryobi, in a strategic marketing move, made their fuel line a propietary guage so you have to get the ryobi stuff and its only sold in a kt for $25 that does the whole line trimmer.

Went across the road to Aussie Junk and found a meter of aquarium line that would do just as good a job and a dozen seedling starter pots – cost me 3 bucks.

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