Yeah, I'll miss Maplin if it goes bust, although could be good news for bargain hunters if there's a closing down sale ... everything must go, etc. Tandy was another good tech shop that disappeared a while back.
oresome - I'm the same as you, its only the little bits that I need right now that I go into Maplins for and then it's usually half hours search before I find it. Might be just my local store but the staff don't seem too aware of the stock locations of some of the small parts. Generally most computer parts are considerably more expensive than are available elsewhere so I don't shop there for them. Looks as if I shall have to do a bit more Googling and ebay in future.
“If you don’t use it , you’ll lose it” springs to mind. I suspect that many find it easier to use Amazon etc. Like others I have occasionally used Maplin and would regret its demise. Anyone remember Tandy? I deliberately use a great local ironmongers who stocks many bits and pieces not found in B & Q and Screwfix.
These companies are victims of their slow response to changing market conditions. Maplins responded to falling profits by laying off staff, and the result was that people waited an eternity to be helped and served. Customers gave up, and ordered online instead.
Toys R Us has been failing for some time - it rapidly became a dinosaur in terms of its huge warehouse-type stores, with millions of pounds tied up in stockholding and decreasing turnover figures. It was a self-fulfilling prophesy.
The internet has a lot to answer for in terms of its erosion of the shop-based consumer market sector.
I am sure your post resonates with many people here. The days when such techniques as those you describe were acceptable (if ever they were) are over. One thing all consumers have learned from the internet is that they have a wide choice when it comes to buying pretty well anything, and they don't have to walk the streets to exercise it.
High street retailers know it, or they should, and they must react accordingly or die. Big stores are now only viable for companies like B&Q and cash & carry operations.
Amazon has transformed the way we buy things, and there's no going back.
Just been diagnosing a fault with my tumbledryer, won't start just sits and hums, I've ccome to the conclusion the motor capaticitor is dead as the motor runs if i give it a nudge to srat.
A few years ago I would have been down the shops Maplins / Tandy looking for a new one. Unfortunately my local Maplins closed a couple of years ago. Found a lot of stuff from Maplin to be quite pricey in comparison with other retailers.
Now I have just sat in front of the PC with a hot cup of tea and ordered one from via Amazon.