It's really good functionaly but there are things and improvementertainment to be fixed.
It's got great service but there needs to be more chairs the only chair I've seem is next to the bathrooms this is rediculous and needs to be fixed, maybe have planners like Bunnings maybe if you copied bunnings more you'd be more successful, instead of putting all your money into different aspects. Although I'm not a buyer I quite like the whole set out. Also why not provide more demos be kid friendly and more diy workshops, give customers more options and flexibility the last thing I'll say is medium sized baskets are bad for a start the ha...ndleft is top short and to small. Maybe also make customers feel more free. Ok thanks I know these things are minor but you'd be surprised that min or improvements go a long way to success focus on flaws and fix them think of flaws and how to fix them I cam see plenty. More tools also.
Nice surprise that they still accepted our gift cards
We don't really have a Masters nearby - the closest store being South Morang (which is about 30+ minutes drive) - but received a gift card as an engagement gift because we're renovating our home. We dropped in once when we were going past a store months ago and had a look but left empty handed as we didn't have the gift card on us. Then we heard the news that Masters was closing down and started to get worried that they wouldn't allow us to redeem our gift card (as what happened with Borders when they closed a few years ago) - the gift card was...for a few hundred dollars, so we really wanted to use it if we could. We visited our nearest store on our first free weekend and enquired with a staff member whether they were still accepting gift cards. She assured us that they were and even double checked with the manager (unasked) just to make sure we wouldn't be blindsided. We were a little disappointed that all the sales they were advertising turned out to only be 10% off but understood this isn't the staff's doing. We ended up grabbing a few things for our new bathroom (spending more than the gift card value) and redeemed the gift card without issue. The same staff member we spoke with upon entry even came over to help us checkout through the self-serve checkouts.
Smiles in the Gloom
Reading a lot of these reviews I think I've been lucky. Renovating at the moment and I've bought thousands of dollars worth of stuff from the Bibra Lake store in the past few months both in store and online. Never had a drama and staff have always been fantastic.
Even in the gloom of the staff loosing their jobs I've still had great service. The manager Rachel especially.
Not happy with the false start fire sale but that's big corporations for you. Woolworths are shooting themselves in the foot. Upsetting customers is just dumb business. No one likes a liar.
I would like to say I have been to Masters a number of times and buying in their tool dept is really fantastic they have got quality and 99% of what you need the choice is magnificent their are tools there that you won't find in other Hardware stores!! Thanks Masters for giving me a better and quality choice that I cannot get anywhere else! What am I going to do when you close go back to the places that know how to look after a tradesman????
Online orders from Masters
Experience of interaction with staff members is variable, from good to disgusting. I often order items online and collect them if I know they are on the shelf. On one occasion, a staff member started giving a spiel of the 300 orders they have and give the impression that a one day notice is not sufficient. I offered to collect the items of the shelf by myself and that she could just check the items out. A colleague walked with me to the shelf and collected the items and apologised for the colleague's behaviour.
Items comparable to bunnings, but forget the service (Box Hill Branch)
Masters is great if you know what you need and can grab what you want and get out. Have found brands and items comparable to bunnings eg Bosch sold at both. Have spent last year renovating my house, and generally choose masters over its main competitor due to the fact that there are usually less people and masters have an online click and collect order system.
That being said service at masters is poor. Usually head there on weekends of after work. Even though there seem to be more staff than shoppers, on the off chance you need assistance,...the workers make it seem like you are greatly inconveniencing them by speaking to them. They recently shut down the timberyard before 9pm (due to apparent thefts). When I asked for them to open it up so I could grab some cement (which the door lady said was fine as the whole store is supposed to be open) they took 10 minutes to find someone who had the keys. The older chubby bloke who had them gave me a look like I had asked him for one of his kidneys. Unfortunately staff just don't seem to want to be there. My experience at masters is that there seem to be a few knowledgeable staff members at masters, but majority seem like casuals showing up for some extra pocketmoney who handball the queries to the others.
Masters North Lakes
A pity they are closing, The staff are always very helpful and able to offer alternative items or advice for varying projects/tasks. I was looking advice for some painting tasks and the Paint Staff gave me a quite a few ideas on how best to handle the job and tips on best decorating practice. I would loved to have worked there it was a great atmosphere.
What a pity we loose the duopoly due to their incompetence
When they opened a superstore next to the opposition we found this is just what will keep the others honest.
Gave them an real go. Found super deals and super advice. But in midst of the hype I found it strange that they duplicaded an over supply of white goods and wasted so much space on low cost craft items. Having another garden centre in a crowded market was also needless. When it came to return faulty goods they made me feel like a criminal and gradually their pricing difference made it no longer worth my time of going there. Still a big shame to have a single player now dominating hardware supplies. A total government regulator failure
It is good in there
I haven't been in to the store for a couple of weeks but I walk past it everytime I go to the supermarket. Staff are cheerful and they have always been better for customer service. It is a pity.... The staff are much better than a Bunnings store in my experience!
I would like to thank for all the help we had at Masters. Especially a young lady at Braybrook Patricia, she helped us when we complained about the way Laminated Floor was laid and made sure that eventually it was done to our satisfaction and I know she went to a great deal of trouble to please us and I would especially like to thank her for all the hard work she went to until it was done to our satisfaction
Very Helpful staff
I actually found Masters staff quite helpful. I went with the family into the store to get a consultation on a kitchen reno. Unlike my local Bunnings store where your lucky to find a stool to sit, There was place to sit down and the girl skipped her lunch to explain the various options we had. They had a pretty good range as well.
Well thought out store
First visit, sadly going out of business prompted me to visit. Great deals and very friendly staff. I thought the store lay-out was better than Bunnings - I was looking for a BBQ deal and wasn't dissapointed
Masters- rethink your strategy
I have always found Masters staff to be polite and helpful. We have purchased a kitchen from Masters and couldn't be happier. The most frustrating part about Masters is the positioning of their stores. We used to live in the lower hunter and had two Masters within 20 minutes. Which was fantastic!
Now I live where the bulk of the population is in Newcastle and Masters are close to an hour away. From speaking to other people in the area it is the distance that is impacting on shopping at Masters. Place one in close proximity to the hub of the city and watch the sales come in!!!
Refreshing alternative to Bunnings
I regularly shop at both big home improvement and would have to say the service is significantly better than Bunnings. In most cases technical knowledge is better. It's usually very difficult to get assistance inBunnings and they are not always very helpful.
Masters product range is better and there drive through setup for building materials is much better.
New kitchen arrived. Looks great except Can not fit the dishwasher in. But very happy with outcome. Will all be rectified. Still looks great.
Questions & Answers
Does anyone know what brand toilets Masters sold. I have a hairline crack in my cistern and am wanting to buy a replacement. Thanks Gail
Has anybody tried to assemble one of the kitchens ? The detail on the drawings is terrible . trying to assemble rawer & have no idea how to do it. No video tutorial available & scared I will damage the drawer trying to prise out a fitting to attach to front board . I will never buy the Profile range again
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how do you get onto the big boss at their h/q? It is hard to contact anyone
Sorry didn't....spoke to telephone receptionist and asked for directions to complain...explained my problem....she then spoke with manager and arranged for replacement blade from stock on floor.... extremely bad product because of lack of parts ...I had been in touch on 2 previous occasions and told that they would ring back...which didn't happen...xtremly bad customer service
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