WELCOME to the MECCANOMAN WEBSITE.

Sorry we are NOW CLOSED for orders. We have to process the November orders.

We will back early January (to be anounced here).

 We can take orders any time, for collection at Dunmow. Just complete a shopping cart on our website & scan it to us by email.

Bulk Packs and Special Deals available.

PAY BY; Bank Transfer, PayPal, Credit Card (via PayPal) OR UK cheque. 

Please see Product Information  FAQs page.

NOW ARRIVED!!! "DAVE'S LOTS". One off MECCANO SPECIALS and other COLLECTABLES. 

We can also take orders of "DAVE'S LOTS" at any time, for collection or posting. Please email me.

*Please note we are a small part time business and can only cope by opening for two days at a time.  

FAQs

Why do we shut down the website so often?
This is a small family operation and it’s only me (Dave Taylor) actually processing the orders. Picking and packing Meccano is very time consuming and if we left the website on continuously we could never keep up. Because we are well established and our website punches well above its weight, we now receive as many orders as we can possibly cope with in a very short period of opening. Apart from processing orders we also prepare for/attend exhibitions and club meetings, chase all over the UK for Meccano collections, then spend hours/days/weeks sorting them. Ordering and checking off parts from suppliers is very time consuming, as is updating the website, plus all the dozens of other tasks involved with a business.

So why don’t you employ staff?
Good question; We operate from home and there’s not really enough room, so we would have to find premises, with all the extra costs and extra work that would entail. To cover the cost of staff and premises we would need to considerably increase our turnover, which would mean having to register (and pay) VAT. So unless we increased the size of the business exponentially we would only make the same profit for much more investment, work and risk. It is also doubtfull that sufficient new and second hand stock could be obtained for a larger operation. Enlarging the  business is not going to happen as I already work long hours and I'm past retirement age. While I’m not planning to stop yet, I do have to get a sensible work/life balance.

If you are getting more orders than you can cope with should you increase prices?
That would be an option and in any case inflation, constantly increasing cost of new supplies and other overheads does make this necessary sometimes. However, as a Meccano enthusiast myself, I genuinely want to do my bit to keep our hobby alive and have no desire to rip off my freinds!
So I’m afraid we are stuck with regulating sales by switching off the checkout, so we can catch up and dare I say it, have an occasional break.

So please be patient. We are doing our best!

Why does the the total cost sometimes vary by a penny or two?

This is because we once had to do a blanket perecentage price change, which introduced hidden amounts to 4 places of decimal! This can cause totals to vary slightly for no apparent reason! Sorry, there are far too many prices to round down individually, so I just change them when I access them for other reasons, this task is now nearly complete, so the problem now rareluy occurs.

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