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Old 1st Mar 2019, 2:13 pm   #641
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I've received the same e-mail, Paul. They don't seem to be supplying components of any description, but I may make use of them from time to time if their prices are competitive.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 3:33 pm   #642
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I've had a look and whilst not expensive I wouldn't call them competitive either, simply more or less normal retail prices. To pay the sums they are asking I'd go somewhere with an established reputation.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 3:59 pm   #643
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As we all know (post #632) this is nothing to do with the previous Maplin, it's just an online company who have bought the name.
if this is the case where is this new outfit
getting your email addresses from
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 4:33 pm   #644
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Default New launch of online Maplin

https://www.maplin.co.uk/
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 4:41 pm   #645
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Thanks for this.

On first glance I am not sure as I don't buy much of what they are selling, and the things I checked seem expensive, but will be good for comparison.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 4:45 pm   #646
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if this is the case where is this new outfit
getting your email addresses from
If you ever bought anything online or reserved it online for picking up in store, then you would have given your email address.

This outfit, along with the name, will have also purchased the email address database from the administrators.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 4:51 pm   #647
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I joined the email list on the new website when it was just a holding page.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 5:01 pm   #648
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Amazon is cheaper on the first 10 items I pulled up. They're trying to flog that dead overpriced horse, sorry brand some more. Come to Maplin to be mugged for high street retail prices, but now we don't have any shops!

I give it until the end of the year.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 5:15 pm   #649
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Amazon is cheaper .

That's the nub or it !
Amazon and ebay are cheaper than just about anywhere else. You need a niche selling point / service to succeed and I just see this new Mapilin effort as a "me too" operation, I agree they are likely to be doomed by trying to push the same tatt as you can get by clicking on the American behemoth sites
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 5:31 pm   #650
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I think there's something scummy going on as well. If you look at a lot of the items they are devoid of manufacturer part numbers so you're not really 100% sure what you're getting for your money and can't go and find reviews elsewhere.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 6:31 pm   #651
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No 'components' either, as far as I can see. Still, that is a bit much to expect...

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Old 1st Mar 2019, 7:13 pm   #652
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They're unlikely to get any business from me.

I find waiting around for a parcel to come to be the most annoying waste of time imaginable and avoid it if at all possible. That's why I generally use RS for components, I can collect from the trade counter. The advantage of the old Maplin shops was that if I needed a phono plug, or a battery holder, or even an op-amp IC I could get on a bus and collect one. And get on with the project.

So a company that requires me to use mail order had better have something I can't get elsewhere if I am going to deal with them. And 'Maplin' at the moment doesn't seem to do that.
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