The Early Years of Ringmania
The business was set up in 1995 by myself, Malcolm Scott initially trading on local markets in and around Great Yarmouth on the East coast of England. At first I was making earrings and other jewellery with my partner mostly from recycled glass beads. We acquired all our materials from craft fairs, car boot sales and secondhand markets.
Initially, I was unaware of how popular Ringmania would become and soon the business was taking up more time than I expected. I decided to quit both my jobs as an electronics engineer and musician to concentrate full time on my new enterprise. Gradually we introduced other products which we purchased from large wholesalers and soon, we no longer had time to create our own jewellery.
Fashion jewellery and discovering e-commerce
Working on markets was a great introduction to the world of fashion jewellery and e-commerce which was really unheard of in those days. I had worked as an apprentice for a local gift shop when I left school but soon became involved in other interests. Running my own jewellery business was more of a challenge and it was here that I discovered my customers requirements. Ringmania branched out into the world of hair accessories, sterling silver jewellery and the latest trend of body piercing jewellery.
We were probably the first in the small seaside town of Great Yarmouth to stock unusual items which are now commonplace in today’s fashion industry.
As a former engineer, I became interested in the internet and building websites. I had created a website for a band that I worked with for several years. This gave me the idea that I could also sell some of my products via mail order.
The first website
In 1999 I built my first website for Ringmania with a free program that I found online and hosted the site with Tripod. Although the site is now inactive, it can still be found online at http://ringmania.tripod.com
I felt that the image of the company would benefit from a more exclusive domain name without the ‘tripod’ extension. As the dot com domain was unavailable , I bought the co.uk domain in 2000.
I soon created and published a new site featuring all the products that were sold on the market stall. This helped the business a great deal as we also had a much more professional look. The website address www.ringmania.co.uk was now prominently displayed on various signs, flyers, carrier bags and other promotional material.
Both businesses were doing well but the website was starting to perform better than the markets.
The dot com name which had belonged to it’s previous owner in the US was no longer used and I managed to acquire it in 2002 via backorder from a company in The Netherlands.
Now I was hooked on trading online and imagined that I had all the tools that I needed to achieve online success.
I became quite proficient at promoting the business online and the site was soon ranking as one of the top fashion jewellery retailers in the UK.
The end of an era.
Giving up the markets was a hard decision which we eventually agreed on in 2005. It had been hard work and after 10 years trading, we both felt it was time to move on.
I had already relocated to Thailand in 2004 and was helping to run the business from there. However, it became clear that things would not quite go according to plan.
I returned to England with my new wife in 2005 and split the business 50/50 with my partner in the UK. We had a closing down sale to clear most of the existing stock and later that same year, I returned to Thailand to launch a new project in Phuket. Ringmania continued trading for a while but as the online competition grew, I failed to keep up with it. Due to my own lack of participation, the site almost faded into non existence.
A new beginning
Consequently, this website has remained dormant for a long period until earlier this year 2018.
I have been busy looking after my son who is now 5 years old and only now do I have time to work on this site. While he attends school, my aim is to restore Ringmania to it’s former glory as a leading supplier of top quality products.
In addition as an attempt to remain focused, I have decided to include only rings at this site. It will no longer feature the huge selection of fashion jewellery and hair accessories that was sold in previous years. Good quality watches can still be found at ringmania.co.uk and some other Celtic jewellery at ringmania.ie
The sister site, Hairmania will be re-opened at sometime in the future for the sale of hair accessories.
As I am still based in Thailand, I have now switched to affiliate marketing. This means that we no longer keep any items in stock. When you order products from this site, you are redirected to a third party supplier. This supplier will accept your order and ship your products from their country of origin.
Of course I don’t do this for nothing and I earn a small commission on every purchase. However this does not mean that you will be charged a higher price in order to cover this expense. You will pay the same whether you buy via this site or direct from the supplier. For more information on this please refer to the ‘Disclosure‘ page.
Ringmania has always been proud of it’s personal service and we believe that the customer should be able to get the product required with as little fuss as possible. We have tried to make shopping online at this site a simple and straightforward process. Please browse the various sections of this site and if you cannot find what it is you require or see any problems or missing information, leave a comment at the bottom of this page or contact us via email.
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A message from Malcolm Scott. Owner and Creator of Ringmania.
In conclusion, I hope you enjoy the quality of products and standard of service we offer at Ringmania.
I never forget my humble beginnings as a small market trader in England. Although I now reside in Thailand, I aim to continue providing the same quality of service as I have previously. Here, you can be sure of getting your products as fast and as simply as possible.
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Finally, if you have any questions or need help with any problems, feel free to leave your comments below or send a message via the contact page here. I will always be happy to help whenever I can.