B and Q trade. What are the benefits?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in In My Home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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Hi
I am have work done on my house including a new kitchen. Someone said that if you are self employed (OH is) you can get a B&Q trade card which gives you some discounts. Does anyone know if this is on all products and what level of discount?
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  • DoozergirlDoozergirl Forumite
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    Random items, random discounts. You just take everything through the trade desk.

    It's better than retail for you, probably beneficial if you're shopping there anyway.
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    But, does the sale become busiiness-to-business, this reducing your consumer rights? I have no idea if it does or not...... But beware!
  • patman99patman99 Forumite
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    Surely anyone can claim to be self employed and sign up for a trade card.
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  • Mr.GenerousMr.Generous Forumite
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    discounts are almost worthless, they were good when it first started. The only stuff much cheaper is the dearest stuff. Get a card if you can, but dont expect great savings. OAP's do better with 10% card.
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    JuzaMum wrote: »
    Someone said that if you are self employed (OH is) you can get a B&Q trade card which gives you some discounts.
    They have tightened up on what constitutes a "Trade" customer and it's no longer enough to be self employed unless your husband is in construction etc. No point applying if he is a hairdresser, for example.
    OAP's do better with 10% card.
    Not on kitchens bedrooms and bathroom items which are excluded from the Diamond discount.
  • Alex1983Alex1983 Forumite
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    I got one with a gas safe card, don’t use it for work at all but use it for general stuff I would get there paint etc, discount always seems random. Use it mainly because there’s usually no queue and it’s close to the big roller doors where you can park right outside.
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »
    But, does the sale become busiiness-to-business, this reducing your consumer rights? I have no idea if it does or not...... But beware!

    Purchasing through Trade Point (B&Qs trade counter) is indeed B2B, so you loose most of your consumer rights. The discount is around 10% on most building materials, but not tools or discounted items (this includes special offers).

    B&Q had an induction hob reduced to £90 on both the main web site and the tradepoint site - Paying for it through the main checkout (with credit card) gave me full consumer rights.

    My local B&Q wasn't picky about self employed status or which trade I work in. I just knocked up a letterhead using the name of FreeBear Renovations and listed my activities as conservation and restoration. Just don't tell them that you're buying to use on your own house or for DIY ;)
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    FreeBear wrote: »
    My local B&Q wasn't picky about self employed status or which trade I work in. I just knocked up a letterhead using the name of FreeBear Renovations and listed my activities as conservation and restoration. Just don't tell them that you're buying to use on your own house or for DIY ;)
    Depends how long ago you joined, they've tightened up considerably more recently.

    They certainly want new members, but not simply DIY customers who would otherwise pay full price for a few one-off purchases.
  • FreeBearFreeBear Forumite
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    Depends how long ago you joined, they've tightened up considerably more recently.

    Within the last six months.

    Even with the discount, I find I can get most of what I need elsewhere and get free delivery. Only when I need a small item or something quick do I go to B&Q, and that's only because the store is five minutes away.
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    I've not found 10% discounts on most stuff...most stuff is the same price!

    You do find a few things of better quality than the cheese they sell in the public store, but now I prefer to put stuff through the public checkouts and use my Clubcard for possible future discount codes.
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