A world without Maplins...

Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by ska invita, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    ...is no world at all. :(

    Really feel for the staff likely losing their jobs, they're really knowledgeable
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  2. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    They've been going down the shitter for ages. Great shop for a little mooch around. Then, when you know what you want, jump online and order it for half the price.

    I suspect someone will buy the name and stock, close all the shops and go online only.
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  3. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Saved my life with a last minute fuse or cable many a time
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  4. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

  5. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    I reckon they'll have put a fair few independent electrical gubbin shops out of business on their way up.
  6. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Likewise. The high street as we know it is changing fast. High business rates, rents and tax/vat dodging companies like amazon havn't helped.
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  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    don't feel too bad about the manager at the tottenham court road branch of maplins who refused to accept a return and was rather abusive about it, until i pointed out maplin's policy on the matter when he gave the refund with a very bad grace.
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  8. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Hand-wringing liberal.

    When Maplins appeared in Bristol, I was mourning the demise of the several smaller shops that used to stock surplus components.

    I used them a lot in the 80s as a poor man's RS.
    In recent years I struggled to find anything I wanted in their prolific email advertising and whenever I actually visited their shops I was fairly confident I knew more than most of the staff.

    Sadly now that I'm getting in to the "hobby" again in a fairly big way, they have been made obsolete by incredibly cheap stuff available from China - in fact the hobby per se is not what it was as I tend to find I can get whatever I want ready-made as modules.
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  9. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

    I'm a bit miffed, I used to love perusing the giant Maplin catalogue as a youngster, bought lots of their little electronics kits. But to be honest I'm utterly amazed they've survived this long - the internet was the beginning of the end for them really...
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  10. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I'm more mourning the potential loss of Toys 'R' Us :( Purely out of nostalgia reasons, of course, not like I've been there for 20 years...

    But aye, above all else there's concern for the jobs.
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  11. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    Maplins became the convenience store of electricals.
    You'd go there if you really really needed a single pint of milk right now so would pay £3 for it.
    Otherwise you'd wait for your Supermarket online shopping to turn up.
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  12. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    I can nostalgically remember watching Toys R Us adverts and wishing that my parents were willing to embark on the two hour drive to the nearset branch, and that they'd actually have the money and the inclination to buy me stuff when we got there :(
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  13. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

  14. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    maplins was ££££ but was open sundays when I needed a very specific bit for a PC that I fucked up trying to upgrade. real shame for the staff
  15. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    I remember Toys r Us being touted as a golden career path.

    HR would only accept top graduates to the recruitment process.
    Recruits would battle it out amongst themselves in month long unpaid training courses until only one remained.

    It was like that Pursuit of Happyness film only with Toys instead of Stocks.

    Look at it now.
  16. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Maybe, maybe not. But now there'll be nothing left on most High Streets.
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  17. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    It didn't use to be. I've been a customer since the 70's and always got my electrical components from them as they had an excellent range and were cheep as well. Sad loss. :(
  18. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Abusing their 14 day returns policy was very tempting when you need a certain cable or what not for one day only...I did it once, for shame...
  19. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    this was the next day and the item was unused and in its original packaging
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  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Not everything was expensive btw, lots of kit was pretty standard
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  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    However true it is I do hope Amazon get blamed and pressure on them builds
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  22. og ogilby

    og ogilby Well-Known Member

    I went in Maplins a couple of months ago and the assistant walked me round to where the product was I was asking for and then told me if I'm not in a hurry I might be better buying it online for half the price.
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  23. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    Indeed it use to be possible that you could build a computer from scratch cheaper than manufacturers using parts from Maplins.

    Now it's cheaper not to build from scratch.
  24. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    i'm really sorry to see them go, but i'm pretty amazed they've lasted this long... i needed 30 3m USB extension cables for a job recently, Maplins wanted over £500 and 2 days to deliver, i ended up getting them for £80 including same day delivery by courier from a shop in Egham.
  25. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    How likely is that, though? Most people use Amazon, or at least other internet-based providers. I would be surprised if anyone actually gets 'blamed' - more expect it to be "well, that's a shame, but that's the market".

    Something will take their place. What it'll be (places to eat/drink, places to buy stuff to eat and drink, hairdressers and the like, most likely).

    But I do feel I can only sad about this without admitting my own complicity. I very rarely shop on a high street any more, much prefer shopping online (because I prefer everything online, including human interaction), and so I don't really have much of a platform to stand on.
  26. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    As others have said, great for getting you out of a mess there and then when you desperate. Otherwise, over priced, and generally very poor quality products. Writing was on the wall.

    One has to wonder if the added requirements for pensions to be provided by workplaces is a new added factor to seeing yet more recognised store fronts struggling for anyone not on a zero hour contract.
  27. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    I wouldn't feel bad about this.

    When you can buy something from Amazon and have it delivered in 2 hours for less than the cost of buying at Maplins, never mind the time & expense to get to town etc, why should you feel bad?
  28. Sea Star

    Sea Star this place is too unfriendly for me

    You obviously don't use the same branches I do. The staff I've spoken to have been useless and unable to answer any technical questions, more intent on making a sale. One of the shops I started avoiding tbh because of the amount of harassment I got while browsing.

    That said, when I started work I used to have to buy components for whatever device I was designing/ building at the time, and the quickest and easiest way to do that was to head off to Tottenham court road and get one from Maplins. But that was 30 years ago. They're almost unrecognisable from those days!
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  29. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Because Amazon are as bad a corporation as it is possible to be
  30. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    By blame and pressure I mean from government. There is a lot they can do.

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