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UK tech shop Maplin going bust

  Anon-340945 07:06 28 Feb 2018

Looks like Maplin is going out of business, which is a real shame as it's one of the very few tech shops on the high street.

  Anon-186823 07:21 28 Feb 2018

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.

  Anon-281249 08:39 28 Feb 2018

Sade, but they expanded into areas that were unlikely to succeed.

There is a possibility that their profitable branches may be purchased, leaving only the unprofitable ones to close

  Anon-264101 08:52 28 Feb 2018

I've been in a Maplin's store twice in the last ten years.

Once for a watch battery and once for a thermal fuse. Total expenditure a couple of pounds. With customers like me, it's no wonder they are struggling to survive.

  Anon-311782 09:49 28 Feb 2018

A great pity but a sign of the times.

One of the few places to sell components, but so few people use components these days.

  Anon-1291838 09:49 28 Feb 2018

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.

  Anon-301165 11:23 28 Feb 2018

With their outrageous prices, I'm not surprised. I needed a new alarm battery a while back, Maplin wanted around £30 for it, while the identical battery was available at Screwfix for a few pounds.

Yes, they did supply a specialist service (in some areas), but at a cost that was simply too high. Everything has a price, and when you step over the threshold, it's the path to oblivion.

The truth is, they lost all focus and went into areas they had no chance of competing in. It's easy to blame management, but in this case, I believe they have a lot to answer for.

  Anon-433127 13:35 28 Feb 2018

“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.

  Anon-338298 14:51 28 Feb 2018

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.

  Anon-338298 17:02 28 Feb 2018


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.

  Anon-319210 17:21 28 Feb 2018

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.

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