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Old 16th Jun 2018, 6:00 pm   #621
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Gee's is still open on Mill Road
What a splendid shop, I do remember old Mrs Gee saying INxxxx (eye en) rather than 1Nxxxx (one en). Must be 30 odd years ago since I visited. My house was less than a hundred yards away, I could just pop in for a resistor by asking, for example, a 1/4W 10K one, a swift 360 degree turn round by a member of staff (the family) and it was there.
I always found it appropriate that I could get high-speed mercury relays from H.Gee's.... They had a truely amazing range of components.

Getting back on-topic, are there any Maplin shops still open? Orpington has closed (passed it today).
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 8:43 pm   #622
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Someone has edited the Wikipedia entry (I think yesterday) to say that all stores have closed.
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 9:18 pm   #623
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A member of staff told me that the last 10 shops closed today. I visited Chesterfield branch and was handed a carrier bag on entry by the Administrator’s representative and told to fill it full for a pound. Nothing very exciting left, mainly audio and video cables. Still managed to fill a few bags though.

Thanks and Goodbye Maplin, we will never see your like again.

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Old 17th Jun 2018, 12:34 pm   #624
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A suitable epitaph. Mixed emotions expressed here, but undoubtedly a sad loss to many.
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Old 5th Sep 2018, 2:47 pm   #625
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Earlier I clicked a link in a post on here. This is what came up.

https://www.maplin.co.uk/

It will be interesting to see what emerges.

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Old 5th Sep 2018, 3:05 pm   #626
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Only the website though, perhaps no popping out for the odd part.
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Old 5th Sep 2018, 4:24 pm   #627
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If you sign up to the mailing list (as I just did), Mailchimp gives the address as:

Maplin Online Ltd
Huckletree West Mediaworks
191 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FP
United Kingdom

... which is a co-working space address. https://www.huckletree.com/contact

Most likely the name has been sold to an eCommerce company and that, apart from the name, there is no connection at all with the former Maplin company.

The same happened after Woolworths closed, the name was bought and used by an unrelated eCommerce company for a few years.
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Old 5th Sep 2018, 5:29 pm   #628
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"whois maplin.ac.uk" doesn't really give any further clues, except the date the domain's data was last changed:

Relevant dates:
Registered on: before Aug-1996
Expiry date: 16-Feb-2019
Last updated: 02-Jul-2018


is interesting: from memory the last of the bricks-and-mortar stores closed some time around the end of the 3rd week in June.
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Old 5th Sep 2018, 6:05 pm   #629
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Fairly sure it has been bought by

http://www.buyitdirect.co.uk/

They want to get into home automation, apparently.

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I bought a laptop from them a fair number of years ago and everything seemed to go OK. With their Huddersfield base, I had the contacts in the town to be able to ask if they were a real bricks and mortar firm.

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Old 6th Sep 2018, 1:48 pm   #631
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Maplin Online Ltd
Huckletree West Mediaworks
191 Wood Lane
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This is a part of the old BBC White City building. I walk past there occasionally and I believe that there is still some BBC presence there (much like there is some at the Television Centre just down Wood Lane, opposite the Tube Station).
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Old 13th Sep 2018, 11:04 am   #632
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Default Maplin appear to be rising from the dead again

New web site: https://www.maplin.co.uk/

Apparently Peter Jones bought the trademark and web site: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/0...en_maplins_ip/

So place your bets; what are we going to get served under the brand?
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Old 13th Sep 2018, 12:12 pm   #633
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Peter David Jones, CBE is a British entrepreneur and businessman with interests in mobile phones, television, media, leisure, retail and property... Wikipedia.

Probably not property.
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Peter Jones also bought Jessops photographic shops after that business collapsed in 2013. Some Jessops outlets, including our local Cambridge shop, have remained open and there's a strong online presence.

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Other areas of the country which once had Jessops sprinkled around have seen nothing return. With Jessops being bought after collapse there was no requirement for the new firm of the old name to honour gift vouchers from the old one. Some people had been collecting vouchers as Christmas etc presents towards some quite large purchases and got rather voiciferous when a company by the same name arose from the ashes.

Following the Jessops pattern, I'd expect the name to be used mostly as an internet trader with maybe a small number of physical outlets in areas of high population density and wealth. I don't think Maplin had anything like Jessop's exposure in gift vouchers.

I made a mental not to never have any shop-based gift vouchers....

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Indeed, what's wrong with the odd tenner in an envelope. We have a Jessops in the back of Sainsburys, all they seem to stock is high markup items like straps, bags and compact cameras.
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Following the Jessops pattern, I'd expect the name to be used mostly as an internet trader with maybe a small number of physical outlets in areas of high population density and wealth.

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Local Asda photo printing section has been taken over by (if I'm not mistaken, but with age cmes problems ) Jessops. And ours is not so large.
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Photo printing is on the way out as well what with mail order print farms these days. Seems like Peter Jones is on the tail end of the markets.

I will eat my hat if Maplin doesn't just resurface exactly as it was minus electronic components and disco equipment and plus slightly more consumer electronics like television, audio etc.

I want my futuristic Maplin space ships on catalogues and Z80s again. Bah humbug.
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I gather that after its chain of shops failed, Tandy reappeared as a legacy web-based operation.

They still exist - https://www.tandyonline.com/

And will sell you a 12AX7/ECC83 valve for 9.99 or a 6L6 for 15.99 !!

I guess there may be a niche..... though I'll not be betting my pension on it.
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