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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chopper79 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2018 at 12:51pm
I'm actually surprised halfords are still in business. 6 million types of car wax, battery operated jeeps, packs of batteries, and useless camping gear. They are just as expensive as maplins, except they run their stores, with no staff.
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Needed some caps to do a NEC cdrom2 out of the 16 values I wanted they had 4 in stock and out of them only two they had enough stock - hopeless.

I had to order them from mouser in lots of 5+ of each - and it still worked out cheaper.
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I often wonder about halfords as well. Like you say, there's almost nobody working there.
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Why lament a business that forgot the people that made it big in the first place, the only time I went in there the past few years was when out shopping, bored and needed a laugh at the prices!
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The internet has made everything affordable and available, which is a good thing I think. I can't see anything but food and clothes stores being around in 20 years' time. Oh, and those cash converter things. Gotta love converting that cash!
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Originally posted by shaunholley shaunholley wrote:

The internet has made everything affordable and available, which is a good thing I think. I can't see anything but food and clothes stores being around in 20 years' time. ...


Well sometimes it's still handy to actually go out and get something when you actually want/need it. that is of course assuming you can still get into the town centre and park outside briefly for free/cheap......

I used to be able to slide by my local AustinRover dealer half way through the day when putting my latest mini back together and I'd damaged a brake hose (or whatever) and just go and buy one from their well stocked warehouse, go back and finish the job. In the rare instances they didn't have someting theyd usually get it next morning. These days I have to order up a bunch of non genuine crap from a specialist online in advance, just on the offchance, pay shipping and wait five days for a courier to arrive. Any parts wrong, you break something minor but unexpected mid job or you forgot something crucial its a case of rinse and repeat...

But yeah Maplin has been pretty poor for some time and Halfords has been getting more useless since they took 99% of the car parts off the shelf and made you order them from some manned counter (might as well go to an autofactor). Remember when Robert Dyas was actually good?

Still as for ordering electronic parts the internet has made things easier, I used to hate phoning through an order of umpteen different component part numbers over the phone! But for many, many other things online shopping is a pita. One of the only 'useful' shops round here that you can still park outside now are a farm supplies shop that sells loads of other random stuff but no semiconductors sadly :-)


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Monstermug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2018 at 11:21pm
Funny how the prices of their clearance stock is still three times the amount you can buy them online... No wonder they are going bust.  Still will miss them as they were the only place you can grab an emergency cap or resistor within the hour.  


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote prof peach Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2018 at 11:37pm
Originally posted by Monstermug Monstermug wrote:

Funny how the prices of their clearance stock is still three times the amount you can buy them online... No wonder they are going bust.  Still will miss them as they were the only place you can grab an emergency cap or resistor within the hour.  



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Haha! Yeah, I went in to a store for the first time in years and was disappointed to see that the marked down prices were still no cheaper than online.

Sorry to see them go though, was my main means of component supplies when I was making electronic projects as a teenager. Not used them for years but I remember having to fill out the paper order forms and then put it in the post. Only slight issue was when the order turned up a week later and I realised I'd forgotten something or ordered the wrong thing. Guess we're spoilt with online ordering and next day delivery now.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chopper79 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2018 at 11:19am
Agreeing with everything I've and everyone else, has said, would maplins have survived, if they had kept selling just components as they used to? It's only a select few of hobbists, like myself and guys who repair old stuff, they buy components. Your average high street shopper, isn't going into maplins, to buy semiconductors. Maybe if they had opened a maplins coffee shop, in every branch, they may have stayed in business, as that's all people tend to spend their money on now, when out shopping. I was in an antique shop 5 years ago, and they were closing down. A customer asked why, and the owner said, people would rather £10 on a coffee and sandwich, than buy something, they can keep forever. I see it all the time now. Empty garden centres, but the coffee shops inside, are bursting with business.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ZedEx48K Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2018 at 11:49am
Old people LOVE a garden centre cafe!

Thing is I'm lucky enough to have a local'ish electronics shop, with way better than Maplins prices still going strong, the market is there, Maplins pushed its self too far and stocked overpriced sh*te, like the Apple stores it became only worthwhile to have a walk around and have a laugh at over priced stock.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jengineer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2018 at 5:00pm
thinking about it, they were just one of the many retailers doomed from the start when the internet started getting big, 

they probably couldn't of done anything to survive unless they had closed all their branches and just did online, with the overheads they had they couldn't of matched online prices,
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Bought today for £10. The London branch shuts forever tomorrow. There were about 5 or 6 more available. Tempted to go back!
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Originally posted by Nes4life Nes4life wrote:


Bought today for £10. The London branch shuts forever tomorrow. There were about 5 or 6 more available. Tempted to go back!

Which London branch?
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Sorry - the one on The Strand. It’s near Waterloo Bridge.
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Originally posted by Nes4life Nes4life wrote:

Sorry - the one on The Strand. It’s near Waterloo Bridge.

No worries dude. Might pop into my local near Brent Cross (if it's still open)
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Yeah, so I went back for another at £10.
Somehow my work colleague got one for £4.95 too!
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Originally posted by Nes4life Nes4life wrote:


Yeah, so I went back for another at £10.
Somehow my work colleague got one for £4.95 too!
Lakeside Maplin had a few of these a couple of Weeks ago but marked up at about £50 each! Prob gone way down now, ill need to go and check! Well that's if it's still open

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote penrhos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2018 at 4:17pm
Any decent components in them or just the units? The one near me is having stock shipped in from other local shops that have shut so they think they'll be open until the end of the lease (another two weeks).
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