Sunday, November 1, 2015

Recent spate of shuttlecock price increases in Malaysia

I visited a sports shop I previously frequent in Johor (aka JB) during the June school holidays and must admit I am glad I no longer provide them any business. 

I was truly flabbergasted by the prices for shuttlecocks in that shop.

My original reason for discontinuing the business relationship was because they refuse to provide any discounts, even with my ever increasing purchases and patronage over the years eg from 5 tube per visit to then, 25 tubes per visit. My recent purchases are even more than the past.

For example. I used to buy a certain brand and model of shuttlecock from this particular shop eg brand&model-A. Pricing details as per below.

Brand&Model-A   MYR (aka Malaysian Ringgit)
Early 2014               57
After CNY               59
EOY 2014               61
After CNY               64
Before Jun2015      67
Jun2015                  71     (after introduction of GST)

Reasonable you say?

I would have agreed until  I saw brand&model-B of shuttlecocks for about RM60 in that JB shop. Reason is because I had recently purchased brand&model-B from a different shop for RM60 and brand&model-A for RM68 (AFTER GST implemented). A friend in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (aka KL) reported the same brand&model-A for RM69 per tube AFTER GST has been implemented. Guess brand&model-A was popular and they decided to be greedy

Needless to day, we should reduce our purchases from such shops. If we do not, they will became bolder and bolder. We, the consumers then bleed

Note - Understand there has been another round of overall price increases after July2015 at all shops. Main reason quoted was the loss of value by the Malaysian Ringgit (again). Can shuttlecock price changes be then use as a rough inflation gauge of the Malaysian economy? 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What does the BWF logo on a tube of shuttlecock mean?

The full PDF of requirements can be viewed at PDF from BWF site

In short, the BWF stamp on a tube of shuttlecocks stand for the below. The manufacturer has to remove the logo if it can no longer meet the requirements.

Part1 of table of requirements from BWF PDF

Part2 of requirements from BWF PDF

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dunlop MF08

Found the sample in one of the halls I frequent. Have not used this shuttlecock before and adding to the library.

Cock structure is as per budget shuttlecocks.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Unknown brand#1

Adding to the library for future assessment.

Has flimsy ribcage structure and cork layer alike other previously budget shuttlecocks reviewed .

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Work around for fast/brittle/slower shuttlecocks

I repeat the following procedure every few months after purchasing a new batch of shuttlecocks.

Hope the following tips are useful.

Please note there is no 100% cure but I find the following steps does help.

1. Try out the new batch for 2 sessions
2. Review the used shuttles and ask the regulars for feedback
3. Determine remedial action required
    A. Brittle shuttles
         - need to humidify shuttles
         - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
         - for my current batch of shuttles, I empty the tube and leave the shuttles at normal room 
           temperature for 30-40min (80% humidity in the country)
    B. Softer shuttles
        - need to dry shuttles
        - leave in air condition or room with heater 
        - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
        - previously empty the tube and left the shuttles in the air condition room overnight
    C. Slow shuttles
        - need to dry the shuttles
        - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
       - previously empty the tube and left the shuttles in the air condition room for say 2-3hrs
    D. Fast shuttles
         - need to humidify the shuttles
         - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
         - remove the tube covers and left the tube in the fridge for 3-4hrs
    E. Do nothing
         - this scenario does not occur often

Monday, June 1, 2015

Revisit - Protech Masterpiece

One organiser recently updated - prices for the Protech Masterpiece in Malaysia are now insane and he will no longer buy it.

This is because of the ever increasing prices and degrading product quality. For instance. In Nov/Dec2014, the total cost of ownership+ for a tube was RM57. After Chinese New Year 2015, it was RM61 per tube. About a month ago it was RM71 per tube??? Reasons cited were depreciating MYR and introduction of GST in Malaysia from 1Apr2015.

Total cost of ownership (TCO) includes transportation to and from Malaysia to ferry 25-30 tubes as well as GST at the Woodlands checkpoint

His group previously preferred the Protech Masterpiece as they have been using it for many years. They previously remained loyal to the brand (and model) eventhough the quality drop year-on-year, with, some price increases throughout the years.

Someone I know who joins his group on-off informs the Protech Masterpiece nowadays is a light shuttle with feathers breaking easily. Hence atleast 2-3 shuttles would be required for a good involving game.

We stop using the Protech Masterpiece from late 2009 due to quality degradation (to be fair to Protech they did not increase the price often before 2009).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Revisit - Victor No1 (white & green colours)

Joined a group using the shuttlecock earlier in the week.

Basically a decent budget shuttle at a decent price - as long as your players are not the happy smasher type. Unfortunately quality is still very dependent on the QA for the batch concern.

Overall good value for money if the group comprise of recreational players.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Xu Yiong GC4

Have not use the following before and adding for documentation purposes.