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Old 11th May 2018, 9:44 am   #501
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I went to Maplins in Wigan earlier this week. I was loking for a paper shreader, but they were still more expensive than Argos.
I was quite surprised to see they were trying to sell 800, 470 ohm quarter watt (other values available) resistors for 24. I usually buy mixed value packs off the internet. I recently bought 400 for less than 2 including postage!
I wonder if anyone will buy them and for what project?
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It sounds like the bean counters brought in to wind the firm up have no more idea of the market prices of components and finished goods than the managers of Maplin had.

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Somebody mentioned the component drawers a while back. In Leicester they had ther same, component drawers with odds and ends for about 25-30 each. Just recently they removed the components and are selling just the component drawers only for 25 each?

And yes, they also had bags of resistors at silly prices. Someone must have got a good deal on the 899 drone though. It had eventually gone down to 539 and got sold. Still plenty of unsold ones there though.

I was tempted to buy those multicoloured LED strips with remote, but even with discount, they were priced above eBay prices for what looks very much like the identical re-packaged good.

On my last 3 visits when I have been in town I have been in and left with nothing. I have seen people coming in and wandering around and also leaving with nothing.

I guess the closing of the online store means they have shifted most things from the warehouse to the stores? I guess the next step will be consolidating the remaining stock into a few stores with high footfall and we will start to see stores closing.
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Old 11th May 2018, 12:15 pm   #504
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Inspired by this thread, I popped into the Maplins in Oxford Road, Manchester yesterday. Bought some small banana sockets--at slightly more than I could get them online--but was pleased to get two bags of 630V large polypropylene caps (2 x 8uf and 2 x 10uF) for 10. A fellow customer and I shook our heads at the 70+ still being asked for their used component drawers with fairly random contents.
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I was quite surprised to see they were trying to sell 800, 470 ohm quarter watt (other values available) resistors for 24. I usually buy mixed value packs off the internet. I recently bought 400 for less than 2 including postage!
I wonder if anyone will buy them and for what project?
RS offer 1000 Vishay x 470 ohm resistors for 20 with free next day shipping

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/throu...stors/8764862/
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Old 11th May 2018, 2:28 pm   #506
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Even better than that; RS cocked up the pricing a while back on the TE LR1F series resistors. I paid 1.87 for what I thought was 1000. Being 100 ohms, I get through a ton of them so I thought I'd buy a couple of bags.

Two boxes of 4000 turned up. Phoned RS and they said keep 'em!
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Old 11th May 2018, 11:26 pm   #507
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Mr B- just nip into Asda and pick up a pack of their own Black with red writing. Almost a good as Duracell, but at a fraction of the cost.

Maplin- our local says closing in four days, with signs giving discounts up to 80%. Permanant staff have jobs to go to, but are waiting till the death, as that way they get redundancy.
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Old 12th May 2018, 12:00 pm   #508
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With Maplin sinking into the sunset I have been getting a lot of online traffic from a company called 'Rapid Components' which seems to be the sort of business model that Maplin should have gone forward with...however they seem very expensive indeed for small components..unless I am not reading the quantity right.

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Old 12th May 2018, 1:54 pm   #509
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In the Solihull branch they appear to be trying to sell empty plastic component cabinets for 60 each. Maybe I misread the sign, as 6 might be a fairer price for a used cabinet with Maplin part number stickers on every drawer. A section of normal metal retail shelving is 100!!
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Speaking from experience, the shop fittings and fixtures can be had much cheaper by negotiation/quantity......
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Actually the value is usually negative on these. You have to pay people to take fittings away I hear. They're trying to avoid that cost.
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The Administrators aren't Customers. Faced with a long goodbye and like as not fixed costs, everything that goes out of the door is a minor success. They're probably grateful for our advertising, keep it up!
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Went into the Bradford branch on Weds. The had bandoliered packs of 1,000 single value resistors (eg 39R) reduced from 81 to 24.00. Huh? I'm trying to envisage a retail customer who'd need 1,000 one off values of resistors, and if they did, why they've be willing to pay 24.00 for them, let alone 81.00. Basically, just landfill.

I did however buy two 250G reels of enamelled copper wire for 3.60 - at least 10 a reel below what they'd have cost if bought directly from Wires & Co. (Whether I'll ever use them is another matter entirely!).
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Talking of job losses, I feel sorry for the person at the warehouse who used to split those bandoliered resistors into pairs of individuals and dispatch them to the shops for restocking.
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The chap I saw bagging up random selections of components which nobody was buying looked fairly glum too.
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Old 13th May 2018, 7:32 am   #516
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Actually the value is usually negative on these. You have to pay people to take fittings away I hear. They're trying to avoid that cost.
Even if they are made of metal, the value is almost zero as scrap metal prices are not good at the moment.
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Old 13th May 2018, 11:22 am   #517
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I popped into the Boston Branch last Sunday, whilst passing it for the Dambusters radio rally, and heard them say it was closing for good the following (this) Sunday.
- I've been unable to find any info online about which stores are closing when

But I couldn't really find anything to buy that was a good deal, and reductions weren't any more than at Northampton a few weeks before, despite the imminent closure.
They had component packs - even a belt kit they'd dug out still for over 10!
And their behind the counter used component drawers at 20 each with no contents (I'd previously seen these in Northampton branch for nearly 30 - after 70% from itemised till receipt of components in them. Not sure if this included the price of the drawer unit, as very few parts in them - 2 elect. caps in one drawer, 1off TO3 transistor in another so about what their usual stock levels were).

Fixture & Fittings were now also on-sale, and reminded me of when Woolworths closed down.

I recall whilst still at school in the mid 1980's, getting trains to Perry Barr when a branch had recently opened there when they only had a few branches and it was all very good then (compared to the alternative of Tandy's with their 5pk of 1/4W resistors for 99p! and was only really worth going to for the monthly free battery 'club').
But I had rarely gone into one these days, due to high prices and little stock
- 5 for a watch battery, that they only had 1 in stock in about 1 store in the W.Mids. that I got a decent brand one from a UK supplier for around 1 delivered off Amazon etc.

It wasn't too bad having to pay for a catalogue, as struggled to get one at all from CPC and had to pay more for an Electromail one when RS wouldn't deal direct to the public. But after all the component data etc. went - like most of the components - I didn't buy one for the toys.

A sad end of an era, and now often resort to eBay to get parts from China at prices usually cheaper than postage from many UK suppliers.

I might try and pop into one on the way to the NVCF, just to see if there is anything at a good price.
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I visited the Ipswich store today. I didn't see anything I needed or even wanted, so I didn't get round to considering the prices.

The price of the lucky dip component drawers is a joke!
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Apparently Blackburn had some bargains!

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I visited my local branch again to see if they had followed suit on component drawer units, unfortunately not. Still priced 35 - 75, depending on what's inside. I noticed one draw labelled "gold plated fuse" - it wants to be for that money.

I would like a drawer unit as a souvenir of my (mostly fruitless) trips to Maplin, but I won't pay more than it costs to get a new one from Screwfix.
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