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Old 21st May 2018, 2:27 pm   #541
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Just been into Cribbs Causway Bristol and still had a decent stock of plugs sockets battery holders etc. at 80% off which meant I stocked up the sort of things one has to buy in large lots from China or CPC and spent a total of 53 which I thought was a good deal.
Staff think they probably are around for another 2-3weeks.
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Old 21st May 2018, 3:25 pm   #542
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Cardiff (Newport Road) is still two-thirds open; the rear third of the shop being taped off and empty of stock.

Many small items like leads and connectors were 70-80% off so more in line with RS and CPC. I came away with a 20m reel of 42 / 0.18mm loudspeaker cable for 3.
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Old 21st May 2018, 7:02 pm   #543
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I did rather well at Andover....

Sadly I think that store would have gone by now.
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Old 21st May 2018, 8:05 pm   #544
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Went into the Cheltenham store today and came out with a drum of RF cable. "Last two days"...

At the counter, several staff were lazing about and one was lying down. After obeying the request to go back and fetch the label for my item, I quipped "Now it's the customers who are serving the staff, and about time too!" All taken in very good humour.

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Old 21st May 2018, 9:32 pm   #545
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Stirling (closes on Monday 28th I think) - some reels of cable, still not particularly appealing, AV cables for 3 or 5. Came away with some Speakon plugs and phono-sockets-on-paxolins, all 10p each.

Not sure if I'll treat myself to a Kemo 12 watt amp module, I think it's down to about 12 which is very favourable compared to proper suppliers (of course no guarantee with Maplin).

The tips jar wasn't looking very full :-(
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Old 23rd May 2018, 5:59 pm   #546
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Not sure whether colchester is still open..

The latest google reviews include one which says 'if you buy something now and it's wrong or doesn't fit, you won't get your money back as they are going into menstruation'.

I didn't think things had got quite this bad..
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Old 23rd May 2018, 8:14 pm   #547
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Well, I suppose going into liquidation could be classed as a bad period.lol
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Old 23rd May 2018, 9:15 pm   #548
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Wakefield seems to be regularly getting stuff from other stores. I bought two items this morning: A handheld usb barcode scanner for a tenner and a Q Scan Twincomm V2 Ethernet People Counter for a fiver. Not sure what I'll use them for but when I checked the prices online, the scanner was around 50 and the people counter 500!!!!!! Having said that I need a remote control, two reflectors and the software supplied with it. Anyway its very nice looking inside and out! They also had 3 thermal receipt printers for a tenner each and 3 Dummy RC Drone Copters with remote controllers for 30 each. They were selling them for spares, nothing inside but 4 motors with propellers. I couldn't tell if there was anything in the remotes or not but the twin joysticks seemed operational. Loads of batteries inc rechargeable sealed lead acid ones which had originally sold out on the first couple of days.
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Old 26th May 2018, 2:07 pm   #549
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I've just returned from Maplin's Cramlington branch. There is not a great deal left. All of the electronic components are gone. The shop floor has been restricted to the first half of the shop. I think it will be closed on Monday. I believe that this branch opened in late 2013.

I bought a small mono amplifier for 6.99. down from 26.00.

A few weeks after Maplin went into administration I visited this branch and it was the busiest that I've ever seen it. On a Sunday, too!
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Old 26th May 2018, 2:45 pm   #550
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Brentwood's last day is Monday. Went in today looking for a right angle TV plug but they only had the sockets left. Came away with some Maplin alkaline batteries, marked as 1 a pack but now have extra 20% discount so 80p a pack. Cable and wire drums 20 or less, but I don't need any.
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Old 26th May 2018, 7:39 pm   #551
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It seems that the cable drums get reduced to 10, 5 & 3 as the store approaches closure day. Been told today that stores get 72 hours notice of closure by means of a ‘phone call in the morning.
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Old 26th May 2018, 7:46 pm   #552
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I can't help wondering which one's going to be last...

It was all so bright and wonderful in the beginning, and now it's not with a bang, but with a whimper. Sic transit.

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Old 27th May 2018, 2:30 pm   #553
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Went into the Strood store at lunchtime, masses of batteries at 1 a pack and they had just put all the resistors into lucky dip bags. They shut tomorrow it seems, having only opened less than 2 years ago
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Last day at Stirling. All cable reels now 1. Some odds-and-ends now 10p - got a couple of Speakon sockets which I hope will mate with the plugs I got.

What's left is going to be moved to Edinburgh which may have a few more weeks left.

I was going to ask if I could have a free catalogue, but I forgot. :-(
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Old 28th May 2018, 5:36 pm   #555
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Was in the Northampton Maplin today and bought a few trays of metal film (1%) resistors. Each tray has around 3,000 resistors for around 10. They still have lots of trays left and will be open for a few weeks longer I understand from the staff. Also lots of knobs and connectors at 80% discount.

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Old 30th May 2018, 5:00 pm   #556
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Remember Staples - the office equipment suppliers? They use to have large stores in most larger towns and cities.

Maybe few have noticed that they're not around any more. Staples haven't gone bust -they've gone online. In November 2016, Staples stores were purchased by Hilco Capital and are now under new ownership. 'Office Outlet' is now operating as a separate business to Staples UK Limited, which includes Staples Online website and telephone order line, and Staples Advantage. In Hull, the first thing that Office Outlet did was to close the large Staples store in the town (ironically, next door to Maplin!), and to move to a site on the inner ring road next to the likes of Halfords, PC World, The Range.
I remember them because in Leicester there was one next door to Maplin. Not sure what to make of that co-incidence, but this one morphed into 'Office World' a year or two back. I had wondered whether they had been taken over. In the meantime, Maplin moved across the road and their new store could not have been open more than a couple of years.
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Old 3rd Jun 2018, 7:31 pm   #557
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Looks like there have been some developments...

Buy It Direct puts bid in for Maplin
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I can't see ElectrolyticsDirect being a household name but good luck to them.
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Old 3rd Jun 2018, 10:45 pm   #559
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It looks like all they've put a bid in for is the registered name.

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Old 4th Jun 2018, 1:28 pm   #560
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Probably that's all that will be left once everything is sold off and the shop leases revert.
Still, I for one, will keep an open mind if they do get the rights to the trading name etc and see what sort of online/mail order service emerges. Until that point it's basically speculation and bar room gossip.

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