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SIMON CRAGG28/02/2018 02:17:33
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Looks like another high street retailer is on the way out. Be a shame if Maplins goes, as over the years I have purchased quite a few model-related odds and ends from them. Sign of the times I suppose.

Tom Sharp 228/02/2018 02:51:50
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been discussed to death on another thread

Tom Thomas28/02/2018 03:59:13
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Could you link it Tom? Searched "maplins" but no exhaustive thread comes up?

Simon Feather28/02/2018 10:27:41
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Martyn K28/02/2018 10:31:03
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According to the Daily Wail this morning talk to sell Maplin failed last night.

Simon Feather28/02/2018 10:55:53
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... and now the Beeb confirms:


sad news indeed, they may not be the cheapest but when you need a component NOW they are just down the road... as a teenager I used to read the Maplin catalogue avidly for the circuit diagrams.

Denis Watkins28/02/2018 11:07:11
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Sadly, when visiting local Maplins, they are empty of customers, and I become the target for three staff

The shop is an Alladins Cave of stuff from floor to ceiling, and it is all interesting stock.

I then buy a pack of resistors and a phono plug

And that is my contribution for at least one month

These people cannot survive on the high street with customers like me spending 2/-6d every month

Nigel R28/02/2018 12:47:29
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I'm amazed they stuck it out this long with the "high street shop" model.

I've said similar before, anything that is small and/or niche only seems viable with a low rates warehouse + mail order, in the current climate.

SIMON CRAGG28/02/2018 13:25:19
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BBC reporting that its now game over,

Devcon128/02/2018 13:34:31
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Didn't they have some kind of link with Horizon enabling purchase of some Eflite products a while back.

Shame but just too expensive for me when I've popped into them in the past, not sure how disco lights and smoke machines they sold...

Edited By Devcon1 on 28/02/2018 13:34:52

Keith Lomax28/02/2018 13:48:47
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The problem is that they tried to be too many things. They were a great place to go for components and connectors, which didn't need much space or a town centre location. I used to visit their Southend shop down a back street.

Next came specialist electronic items and bits of PCs. The problem was that they needed more space and the sort of people who would be the main customer base probably knew how to use the internet.

Then to justify the costs of their new high street and retail park locations, they diversified into electronic toys, but the mainstream toyshops did so as well. They tried to get a USP by having staff who actually knew what was in the box. The downside of this approach was that they would happily demonstrate an item - which meant flying drones in the car park, which I have seen on at least three occasions in the public car park outside their Chelmsford shop.

Colin Bernard28/02/2018 14:22:24
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It's a shame to see them go - used them since they initially set up as mail order, and was a subscriber to their 'Electronics' magazine which always had some great projects in it.

In fact my first organ was a 'Maplin Matinee' built from a kit supporting a series of magazine articles.

For me the diversification was the problem - was never interesting in buying disco equipment, and PC parts I could always get cheaper either from specialist indiustrial estate shops or places like Dabs, eBuyer or Scan UK, so like Denis all I ever bought was batteries or the occasional component - hardly going to keep them going.

Maybe they should have kept to their initial target market - the hobbyist - and stuck to mail order or cheap locations that hobbyists will always be prepared to travel to.

Plummet28/02/2018 17:47:30
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Well - it is not surprising to me. The nearest Maplins shop to us was a joke. They were usually out of stock of anything that I needed, Ask them a technical question, and if the info was not in the catalogue then nobody could help.

Its a pity - because another (further away and less convenient) branch was the opposite. Their staff were always helpful and knowledgable.

And Farnells have closed their trade-desk in Leeds as well.

Ho Hum.


john stones 128/02/2018 17:52:37
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People want stuff for nowt and someone to fetch for as little as possible, they also want it now, another shop shuts and it's a shame ?

It's a funny old world. wink

onetenor28/02/2018 19:08:14
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My nearest branch was a short walk away but high prices and un knowledgeable staff meant I preferred to take a 2 mile bus ride to a shop in town that was a lot cheaper and always had what I wanted wether for washing machines or models. It was worth the bus fare just for the natter which often sorted my problems without buying anything .Although I usually did anyway. Unfortunately the owner retired and closed up. Hey ho I;ll have to find somewhere else I suppose.

Don Fry28/02/2018 19:14:16
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John, you are right. When the pitchforks get sharpened, make sure or hope, it's not your stuff is the target. Times change, I have been amused, and upset, all day by the following.

Greggs, the Bakers?, announced today, they are losing 300 jobs. Because they are installing robot sausage roll, meat slice makers, in order to cut costs for those in the food chain, a few pence per hour better off than those three hundred who's ex job wasn't great, but they use get up and do something. Does not make a lot of sense to me, because all I see is progress on one side, and a rich pitch fork sharpener salesman on the other.

john stones 128/02/2018 19:18:40
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Ex miner Don, I've had the delux version of the pitchfork, got to go now I need a book from Amazon.blush

Paul Marsh28/02/2018 19:43:06
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Toys R Us, also filed for administration today, two gone in one day. As I said last week, Maplin is finished, as most of the high street shops.

Probably in 10 years, the high street won't exist, apart from hairdressers, charity shops and pound shops.

Don Fry28/02/2018 19:53:02
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At least I am bald, and dress like a tramp. You know this when Lidl search your trolly every time you go in. Two out of three I'd say is good for the future.

Dane Crosby28/02/2018 20:25:44
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I have read that the owners of Pound Shops are possibly in a bit of a predicament too.

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