I have been into Maplins in Brighton twice in the last week and both times I was less than impressed.
The first time I was in the market for a Asus A7N8X Deluxe Gold. This n=board can be had on the net for a little over £100. Maplins £150. BUT, being as I wanted it for the beginning of the week I was seriousely considering it.
Now the thing is, this Asus board has been revised. It is only the Rev. 2.0 that can handle 400Mhz FSB. So, the one on display clearly stated Rev.1.06 and I asked to look at one from stock. The board was brought down but the guy refused to open it. The thing is you cant see the rev. no. unless you actually see the PCB, it is nowhere on the outside of the box. His answer? "Why dont you buy it and if it is the wrong one we will refund it". Now, call me dense, but would that not mean that I would have to open it at home and then return an opened box?
Still, not seeing the logic of my argument, he still refused to open it in the shop.....
Today, I was less than impressed with the attitude of the staff, (Except a youngster who actually served me - excellent curtesey if little actual knowledge, the former far outweighed the latter and made up for it)
However, I must say, for getting hold of those bits and bobs the store itself cannot be beaten! I, unfortunately will be returning, but not with an Asus - I brought the Gigabyte GA7 NNXP off the net!