Sunday 19 February 2012 8.21pm
'Herding' estate agents to one end of town is pretty usual. I agree there are more of them than would seem necessary, especially in the current market. But I don't think there are many new ones starting up these days, if any. However, The little shopping strip up the road from me has a Ladbrokes and a Coral bookmakers directly opposite each other, and there are never more than a handful of punters in either shop at any one time. Lo and behold, another one is about to open less than 25 yards away. In defence of estate agents, (I used to be one,) there are some properties on sale with some agents that are not with others. ('Sole agency.)But as a punter of many years standing, who does 99 percent of his punting on-line, I cannot for the life of me see how a third betting office in a tiny area can hope to attract sufficient custom to survive. If they think they can attract business by offering better odds, then I can assure them they'll go the same way as an acquaintance of mine who tried the same in rural Lincolnshire. They'll go bust. With my small stakes I wouldn't cross the road the get half a point better odds, but those who bet in thousands would, and do.