Malibu Landscape Lighting exiting business

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by TRabic, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm personally shocked, around here the home stores are loaded with malibu product. I'm sure Tom can't discuss it too much but did someone move in and cut them out of the box store market? I must say the prices are impressive.
     
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    Tom, sorry about the reception here and hope you and your family land somewhere in this economy. You might give Alan a call over at landscape lighting world or pm griffin here. They are a sponsor here, and they are just starting out in the landscape lighting biz and have what looks to be great products for the landscape lighting pro.

    I will say this, sadly, that the unavailability of Malibu par 36 bulbs at Lowes and Home Depot will hurt hundreds of thousands of Homeowners that buy those for malibu and other ( read Nightscaping ) fixtures. Without you guys selling and ordering millions from bulb manu's, those bulbs are gonna disappear or double in price. I met one such customer last night. The LV wire you sell is also just as good ( except maybe super flex) as we all use every day.

    And Intermatic makes awesome digital timers and photocells that all of us use and maintain.

    Good Luck to you.
     
  3. kansashoosier

    kansashoosier LawnSite Member
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    It is a little disturbing that some people can "celebrate" the loss of jobs and incredible negative impact this closing will have on numerous families associated with Malibu. I didn't use the product, but give the guy a break. Some of you guys should have your livelihood ripped from you and try and go find a job in this economy.
     
  4. jnewton

    jnewton LawnSite Member
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    No one is celebrating the loss of this man's job, or anyone else's job, or the effect of this on anyone's family. The posters above are simply expressing their opinions about the perceived quality of the Malibu product. Lighten up, Francis.
     
  5. TRabic

    TRabic LawnSite Member
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    Thank you Alan.

    To Greenlights last point; I know that there are many homeowners out there that would love to have a professional install "commercial" grade lights, but it is just not within their budget.
    It is those customers that Malibu has, for the most part, successfully served for many years, while also competing in a very demanding retail environment.
    Tom
     
  6. TRabic

    TRabic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Thank you for your good wishes David.
    There may be a minor and temporary hole in the the market, but I will not be too surprised if it gets filled it rather quickly.
    Our industrial division remains in tact, and we do have many excellent products on that side of the business.
     
  7. kansashoosier

    kansashoosier LawnSite Member
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    jnewton,

    When people "celebrate" (exact word used in a previous post) the demise of a product line, no matter what the perceived quality, that is exactly what they are doing, especially a product so wide spread. If that poster would have celebrated Nightscaping's temporary (and maybe permanent) demise, would your reaction have been the same. I don't like Saturns, I think they are poor quality automobiles, but I won't be celebrating if they get the hammer. So no, living in a state where job's are at a premium and fading fast, I won't lighten up.
     
  8. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    This is something I never expected to see......Good Luck TRabic.
     
  9. NiteTymeIlluminations

    NiteTymeIlluminations LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with green, DG and kansas. Some of those posts were way out of line!!! Good luck Mr. Rabic. Thanks for the post.
     
  10. TRabic

    TRabic LawnSite Member
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    Thank you JoeyD and NTI.
     

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