Seeing straight through Thrifty’s “Smiles all the way” marketing

I have had largely OK experiences with this car rental brand in Australia. Vehicles provided have predominantly been received in clean, tidy and good condition. Majority of hires have been smooth with one disappointing experience in the middle involving one of their licensees operating in Suburban Melbourne who I felt were dishonest and were also caught posting fake reviews to boot (Dandenong Thrifty / Lawrence Vic Pty Ltd). To Thrifty AU Headoffice’s credit, majority of the reviews identified have been removed after I advised Thrifty Head Office (though not without mentioning the acronyms ACCC and CAV and further note there are some fake reviews still outstanding) Continue reading “Seeing straight through Thrifty’s “Smiles all the way” marketing”

Seeing straight through Thrifty’s “Smiles all the way” marketing

Stoney Creek NZ – Allegedly made tough for outdoors

Stoney Creek appear to be a well regarded brand in the rural and outdoor sector. But have to admit, I just haven’t had the best run personally with their clothing range given the prices they charge for them. The stitching frankly hasn’t been the best – often needing to be restitched after 2 – 3 outings. Drawstrings disintegrating and unraveling, buttons falling off, and fabric that rips after only a relatively short life…

The Stoney Creek “Table cloth” Shirt RIPped just under the sleeve after I tried to reach for something above my head.

…Yes, I did make sure to use a small amount of liquid detergent rather than the powdered one as per the washing instructions on the garment label.

If compared to the other outdoor brands, they are probably on par with the likes of “Kathmandu”, slightly behind The Warehouse’s “Kiwi Stockman” range for durability, but quite a bit behind the likes of say Cactus, Earth Sea Sky, Lastrite (Footwear), Swazi, etc. To be honest, it has been a lot more economic for me to pay upfront for say Swazi (Even at full price) and get garments that have so far consistently lasted me several times longer, not to mention supporting NZ Made.

Stoney Creek NZ – Allegedly made tough for outdoors