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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
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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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