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Old 28th Nov 2023, 6:07 pm   #1
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Default High street component shops UK

I have looked for them but they seem to be a rare beast now.
Is there a list on this site of them please in the UK who sell what i call reasonably / sensibly priced components of good quality ?.
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Old 28th Nov 2023, 6:27 pm   #2
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Cricklewood Electronics is still open.
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Old 28th Nov 2023, 6:41 pm   #3
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Sign of the times, Tandy have long gone. Maplins are still around but none local.
The internet has pretty much killed off the independents.
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Old 28th Nov 2023, 7:03 pm   #4
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E.S.R in Cullercoats, between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, are still going, I called in there for a couple of bits about a week ago. Traditional shop with components in wooden compartmented trays under glass counters and all the way up the back wall in little drawers. Until quite recently they used to add up the prices in biro on the paper bag they gave you the components in - just the last time they didn't do that so they might have gone away from that now.

For the 'modern' customer they sell a good range of 'maker' microprocessor boards and interface / transducer modules, plus Velleman - or whatever they call themselves now - kits.

Since Covid they no longer open on a Saturday, which can be a nuisance especially for people who work the same weekday hours as they open for - however they do have a presence on the internet for anyone who can't get there physically.
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Old 28th Nov 2023, 7:35 pm   #5
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Thanks will look
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Old 28th Nov 2023, 10:28 pm   #6
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RF Potts in Derby. https://www.rfpotts.com/
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Old 28th Nov 2023, 10:36 pm   #7
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Is Birkett in Lincoln still going, or did they close when John died?

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Old 29th Nov 2023, 10:58 am   #9
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Didnt realize it was this bad for electronics shops
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Old 29th Nov 2023, 1:27 pm   #10
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They've been trending to extinction since the end of the last century. Running a shop of any form is horribly expensive these days - you'll not grow rich selling a few quid's worth of resistors/diodes/transistors/switches/plugs to hobbyists (as the likes of Maplin and Tandy discovered).

The nearest old-style components shop to me was Camlab in Swindon. They also sold PC parts, and stuff like disco/PA equipment. They closed about 15 years ago. The address is now a tattoo parlour.
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Old 29th Nov 2023, 2:01 pm   #11
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Nope i agree wont become a millionaire running one of them i think they do it out of love for the hobby or too entrenched or old to change , very sad .
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E.S.R in Cullercoats, between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, are still going, I called in there for a couple of bits about a week ago. Traditional shop with components in wooden compartmented trays under glass counters and all the way up the back wall in little drawers. Until quite recently they used to add up the prices in biro on the paper bag they gave you the components in - just the last time they didn't do that so they might have gone away from that now.

For the 'modern' customer they sell a good range of 'maker' microprocessor boards and interface / transducer modules, plus Velleman - or whatever they call themselves now - kits.
That sounds marvellous. I still mourn the loss of our local electronics shop in Cambridge, the infamous Gee's, which burnt down a few years ago after having rather gone to seed. I'm glad to hear that E.S.R. has followed the 'maker' trend. There's so much going on these days with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis and the whole maker and robotics world, that there's surely an opportunity for retail there. Now Cambridge only has the Raspberry Pi shop which does at least have a useful range of tools and basic components. I always make sure to buy something when I'm there because I want it to survive!

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Old 29th Nov 2023, 2:58 pm   #13
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The motto is "Support your local shop"
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Old 29th Nov 2023, 4:06 pm   #14
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Squires in Bognor Regis, tools and some components.
http://www.squirestools.com/

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The motto is "Support your local shop"
I never really had a 'local' shop; in my youth getting electronic parts meant at least a 25-mile-each-way journey; then in more recent times it was a 20-mile trip to visit the nearest Tandy/Maplin store - who more often than not wouldn't have what I wanted. Even things like N-connectors or 1N54xx-diodes were often poorly stocked.

'What? you want to buy _both_ of our diodes?'

"We can order them in for you" is all very well, but the prospect of another hour's time wasted/gallon-of-petrol-used for a return-visit in a couple of days always led me to decline the offer, come home, order online. Even if I paid for next-day delivery that was still usually less than just the fuel-cost of visiting a store.
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Old 29th Nov 2023, 4:25 pm   #16
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Is Birkett in Lincoln still going, or did they close when John died?

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There is another thread on Birkett's somewhere. I seem to remember its conclusion being that they're still there, but only open on a sort of whimsical basis.
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Old 29th Nov 2023, 5:22 pm   #17
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Unrelated in a way but I was lucky enough to work in Barcelona earlier this year and several times I was saved by Diotronic, a real old school shop that did sell raspberry things but also power supplies, connectors, MOSFETs and was staffed by nice people in white lab coats with loads of drawers of components, who mknew what they were selling and what they had in store that would do what you wanted.
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I was about to mention Tom Whitehouse's stall in Swansea Market but I've just discovered it closed last year which is disappointing.

In my long gone youth I bought some stuff from him.
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I was about to mention Tom Whitehouse's stall in Swansea Market but I've just discovered it closed last year which is disappointing.

In my long gone youth I bought some stuff from him.

I remember that stall in Swansea market (perhaps he covered Neath market as well?). I bought a large bag of assorted small springs there in the late 1970s, which I have and occasionally draw from to this day!
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Old 30th Nov 2023, 12:02 am   #20
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I think Hardings in Cheltenham is still going, though haven’t been there for years. It used to sell valves aerials, connectors and electronic components, though I don’t know if they have changed to more domestic electrical white goods type components.

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