Typically the ‘fly-by-nighters’, as they are known, will take images of completed units from the web sites and then use them as part of free classified ad sites such as Gumtree and OLX.
Often they don’t even try to hide the copyright infringement, leaving water marks in place, leading unsuspecting clients to believe that they may be dealing with the real thing. Usually clients are attracted by seemingly good prices, or impossible promises.
The proprietor, James Cloete, has for the whole of that time been on a mission to stop cowboy operators from stealing images of his company’s work and passing it off as their own.
Another company who have been making Wendy houses in Cape Town for years, that I have a long term association with is Nutec specialist Arbor Designs pty ltd.
Next on the horror show is the guy who turns up with unqualified laborers, spends weeks hammering and sawing on your drive way and then leaves you with a sub-standard structure and a mess to clean up (sometimes it may only be partially completed too).
The first time any bad weather comes along the whole structure is in danger of collapse!
Unfortunately for every legitimate operator on the free platforms, there are an equal number of con men.
Leon Marais, founder of Arbor Designs Pty Ltd (please not that Leon recently sold his interest in Arbor Designs Pty Ltd though the company continues to go from strength to strength) got so upset by the bad name that such operators bring to his industry that he was compelled to compile a list of things to look out for when assessing the merits of different companies.
They pride themselves on the quality of their products, the speed with which they can install them (very little on site work), and that their units can be taken apart and reassembled very easily.
Controlling the process from beginning to end they even mill their own components from logs (seriously, go and see this operation).
JR Wendys Tel: 0 email: james.jrwendys @ Address: 1 Metal Road, Blackheath Industria, Cape Town, 7580 Operating out of an industrial unit in Blackheath, good guys JR Wendys specialize in traditional Wendy Houses, Nutec Wendy Houses, and traditional log home style finishes.
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