Company Accounts

  yoghurt 19:40 11 Jan 2005

I hear Carrera have 'crashed', like a few other small PC companies in the past.

So, does anybody check the accounts of small PC companies before they buy from them - and is this practical and even possible?

  wags 19:47 11 Jan 2005

Well, I suppose you could get a Dun and Bradstreet report on the company's financial strength if they are a limited company.

At the end of the day it's best to use a credit card for what is after all, a relatively expensive purchase. At least that way you are afforded extra protection as a consumer.

  wiz-king 20:17 11 Jan 2005

You can get company reports but they will be the last years filing and could be up to a year old. A lot can happen in a year! Unless they are a quoted company you cannot even get a guess from stock prices.

  Sir Radfordin 21:33 11 Jan 2005


This is something that has been raised before and isn't really something that has any benefit to the 'home user'. Some companies may run credit-risk checks against suppliers/purcahsers to help calculate risk but the chance of a shopper working out someone is about to cease trading is very small.

As pointed out buying with a credit card is about the only sensible thing.

  davidg_richmond 23:15 11 Jan 2005

Hasn't Carrera gone bust before? Then got taken over and become Carrera SSC?

  spuds 23:45 11 Jan 2005

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  freaky 21:49 13 Jan 2005

If you have a Companies House near you, then you can go in and use their computer to do a search.

  jolorna 22:24 13 Jan 2005

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  yoghurt 00:04 14 Jan 2005

I wonder if the smaller 'okay' PC companies will be issuing financial statements now.

Probably not.

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