Am I the only person who is cynical about this so-called loyalty offer?
by which the only way an L class in a highly desirable scheme can be purchased from them is for a total outlay of $410, instead of the standard $325 per item.
And other discount offers offer more of a discount than SRM's
EG: Another shop's card allows 10% off, and you only pay $22 ($11 pensioner)/year. Even with SRM's own stock it works out cheaper. If you only used it say once in a year, it still is cheaper. For example, SRM's at this shop is $595 for example.
$595 - 10% = $535.50. That's a total outlay of $557.50/$546.50)
But SRM's discount is only 5%. IF you used it just once:-
$595 - 5% = $565.25, but then add on the annual cost, and you're stilling paying more. You would need to use it multiple times to get "any benefit" out of it.
In saying that - the U Boats and Explorers etc are just awesome so getting the membership might be worthwhile if your making big purchases.
IF you're making many, many purchases, MAYBE (not is) could be worth it.
U Sets & Xplorer/Endeavour Sets:
If you can manage to get a picture of SRM beside a Berg's U set, I doubt that will still be your view. I've looked through various this & that, and the Bergs seem to be more accurate than SRM. Berg's though might be slightly more expensive due to no interior lighting, but do you really need interior lighting? More expensive yes, but more accurate.
PS: I'm not saying SRM's U sets are bad either.
And as for SRM's Xplorer/Endeavour sets, while they may look good, personally, I wouldn't give them (m)any points to them on having the wires around the wrong way causing the cars to run in the wrong direction. (That should have been fixed before being released)