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#1 9 months ago

So for those who are not aware of what it is, Maplin is to the UK as Radioshack was to the US, a place to get electronics and computer gear, basically.


Is this the end of store retail as we know it? It seems with it's higher prices, they could just not compete with services like Amazon who offer better prices and next day door delivery.

Is the traditional high street store going the way of the dodo?


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#2 9 months ago

They had high prices, really old stuff, and all the staff who knew jack diddly about electronics were long gone. If you wanted to buy a good microphone, and a decent mixer that would let you take the XLR and run it into your computer... you wouldn't go to Maplins. If you wanted to buy a decent set of IP CCTV cameras and know how to hook those into your computer?... wouldn't go there.

The advantage that Maplins had, and it wasn't one they leveraged but it was before the internet became popular, was you used to be able to go down there, tell the sales staff of a need, and get decent advice and the bits to set it up. 
I remember back when I put together my first home-made PC, I got all the bits from there and had really good advice about what worked with what and what to get. - And indeed that was where we bought all the bits and it was a good computer for its time. 

That possibility has been gone for a long time. Now it's just a place full of overpriced outdated stuff. Ya' know? I like to walk around there from time to time, but it's just browsing because - more or less - some of us sad bastards like being around electronics. Everything they have, I'd rather buy a much better version of somewhere else for 80% of the price, (or less.)

If stores are to survive, they need to offer something that the internet can't replicate easily me-thinks. Especially stores like this. Maybe become hobby shops and foster the hobby, get people to come in and use tools and sell them stuff that way. But it's going to have to be a social vector of some sort. You can't compete on price.




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#3 9 months ago

Well, Radioshack is no more so it doesn't surprise me that a similar style store is going that way as well.



It's a shame because they carried some stuff that was rather hard to get elsewhere. It was nice to be able to get something that day instead of waiting for an online delivery.


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#4 9 months ago

I used to work in the electronics sales business.  It's not something I'd wish on an enemy.  The whole business is rife with cynical corporate suits, impotent, incompetent store managers, bitter department managers, and exhausted, underpaid salespeople.  As far as I'm concerned, the whole enterprise can drop into the ocean with an anvil tied around its legs.  


Radioshack wasn't really such a good thing.  Sure it was close by, but paying $10+ for a bag of small alligator clamps?  No thanks.  And their staff wasn't very impressive either.  I remember being around 8-9 years old looking to get a new wall charger for a CD-player, and they fiddled around wondering why it wouldn't work until I told them to try flipping the on-switch.  


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#5 9 months ago
Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Well, Radioshack is no more so it doesn't surprise me that a similar style store is going that way as well.



It's a shame because they carried some stuff that was rather hard to get elsewhere. It was nice to be able to get something that day instead of waiting for an online delivery.

True. When this goes there'll be nowhere I know of within a five mile radius where you can just go and buy tech odds and ends.




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#6 9 months ago

I'd say "Yay cheap electronics" but as everyone else has pointed out, they were never that cheap or good.


Shame to see it go, they catered for things which were really old which you can't reliably find on the web, such as AGP and PCI graphics cards.


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#7 8 months ago

Strange that this happened now, only a few months after my dad died.

He used to go to Maplins for almost everything. We always told him not to, because they exclusively sell overpriced obsolete garbage, but he went there anyway. Even when he didn't need anything.

I was always convinced that he was the only person who still bought anything from there. I guess now we know for certain...




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#8 8 months ago
Posted by Mr. Matt

Strange that this happened now, only a few months after my dad died.

He used to go to Maplins for almost everything. We always told him not to, because they exclusively sell overpriced obsolete garbage, but he went there anyway. Even when he didn't need anything.

I was always convinced that he was the only person who still bought anything from there. I guess now we know for certain...

I have to admit though I used to enjoy going to just look at stuff, didn't always buy there, but sometimes did.

If I really wanted something there and then, I'd pay upfront rather than waiting for something to be delivered. Stupid I know.


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#9 8 months ago
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Posted by Mr. Matt

Strange that this happened now, only a few months after my dad died.

He used to go to Maplins for almost everything. We always told him not to, because they exclusively sell overpriced obsolete garbage, but he went there anyway. Even when he didn't need anything.

I was always convinced that he was the only person who still bought anything from there. I guess now we know for certain...

I have to admit though I used to enjoy going to just look at stuff, didn't always buy there, but sometimes did.

If I really wanted something there and then, I'd pay upfront rather than waiting for something to be delivered. Stupid I know.

Eh, if your router had exploded or something, then it made sense. Although in an era of using mobile phones as wifi hotspots, even that isn't an excuse really, unless the aforementioned explosion took out your mobile phone too.

But then the bigger question in that scenario becomes, what the fuck are you doing with your router?




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