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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Elminster » Mon May 21, 2018 10:32 pm

Is there a particular date the stores close? I might be able to get to my local one more time, perhaps Thursday.

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Kazzie » Tue May 22, 2018 7:59 am

Different stores seem to be closing on different schedules. Llandudno's closing this weekend, but a glance on Twitter shows their Wood Green branch closed yesterday (Monday).
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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Elminster » Fri May 25, 2018 8:47 am

I checked and ours closes saturday, so I went in. Were some good prices but most of the interesting stuff has gone. Was tempted by some of the fixtures and fitting but nowehre to put them really. One day I may require racks and racks of component shelves but currently no space.

I think I spent 30 mins in there but onyl cam out with a £3 blue tooth dongle that I can use on older Raspberry Pis.

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Post by Andy1979 » Sun May 27, 2018 10:59 am

Couldn't resist a souvenir from my final visit - some useful drawers for the garage. Came with a few diodes and a MAX3232 which I actually needed.
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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Elminster » Sun May 27, 2018 6:04 pm

They had some of those there at ours, but I decided I would just be buying to have bought something.

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Commie_User » Mon May 28, 2018 2:51 am

Nice rack. When we moved premises at our branch, I had, shall we say, an early free closing down sale of my own.


......No no no, nothing like that! They were switching from one design of furniture and fittings to another. There was quite a lot of junk they got rid of and one particular thing I enjoyed having was a good solid set of thick wheels for my harmonium. Another was a microphone cabinet fitting I still use to keep one of my mikes on the wall above the piano. I could have had lots of drawers myself.


In normal business, they threw out stray leads and allsorts. Though take a look at this. I once rescued a broken videotape as I could easily have mended it to record on but forgot all about it. Many years on I mended it and played it, only to find myself doing a day's work. Especially now the place is shut, I'm glad I kept this interesting little momento. I'll share some other pix I have when I find them again.
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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Elminster » Mon May 28, 2018 9:21 am

If it was a film something odd would happen on the tape. Like Elvis would be buying some video cables.

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Andy1979 » Tue May 29, 2018 8:05 am

Commie_User wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 2:51 am
In normal business, they threw out stray leads and allsorts. Though take a look at this. I once rescued a broken videotape as I could easily have mended it to record on but forgot all about it. Many years on I mended it and played it, only to find myself doing a day's work. Especially now the place is shut, I'm glad I kept this interesting little momento. I'll share some other pix I have when I find them again.
Brilliant. Think I still have my name badge in a drawer somewhere, but that's about it - recall they asked me to return my uniform!

Hope those still working there can find a new job that makes use of any technical knowledge they may have. So many empty shops on my local high street I don't imagine that anything will be replacing Maplin for a while yet.

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by flibble » Tue May 29, 2018 5:46 pm

I've been popping in to quite a few picking up bits and pieces. But it seems it might be the end of the line, all my local ones are closed now, anyone noticed any still open?

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Andy1979 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:48 am

flibble wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 5:46 pm
I've been popping in to quite a few picking up bits and pieces. But it seems it might be the end of the line, all my local ones are closed now, anyone noticed any still open?
My local one in Essex has closed. Was in London this morning and popped into the Moorgate store. Loads of stock and the discounts are good. Small power supplies are 2 for £5, bigger ones (including USB C and laptop chargers), £5. All remaining components and connectors are 5 for £1. Lots of other stuff 80% off. Worth a rummage if you are in London.

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Post by Kazzie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:39 am

Andy1979 wrote:
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All remaining components and connectors are 5 for £1. Lots of other stuff 80% off. Worth a rummage if you are in London.
That's a lot better than Llandudno. At closing (or when I last looked) their connectors were £1 each, or £10 for a (~A5 area) tray's worth.
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Post by Pablos544 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:55 am

This is getting a bit serious; the maplin.co.uk website is down :O
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Post by 1024MAK » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:54 am

The Maplin web site closed a few months ago. All remaining warehouse stock appeared to be dispatched to the stores.
The stores have been closing one by one. See this Express article.

Two weeks ago, BBC News reported Maplin chain now completely closed.
Maplin, the 200-store electronics retailer has closed its last branch, the BBC understands.

The company, which was one of the UK's biggest electronics retailers, collapsed into administration in February after talks with buyers failed to secure a sale.

Maplin employed 2,300 staff.

The administrators, PWC, would not comment on the update. Efforts to sell remaining assets, such as its brand name, are continuing.

The business was hit by a slump in the pound after the Brexit vote, weak consumer confidence.

Maplin began as a mail-order business in 1972, providing electronic components to hobbyists.

It opened its first shop in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex in 1976.

After changing hands several times, the chain's final owners were Rutland Partners.
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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Elminster » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:37 am

A sad day. I Finished up my maplin contact cleaner yesterday. Left me wondering where I could get something local now. I thought maybe halford in car section. Can order online of course but that meant waiting till next week ....
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Post by 1024MAK » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:52 am

RS have 'trade counters' where you can collect items you have ordered on line, or by phone. They also have some items in stock.

The likes of Screwfix, Toolstation have a very limited range of electrical related products that are useful for working on electronics.

The remaining independent electronic hobbyist shops will stock items like 'contact cleaner'.

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Post by Elminster » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:01 am

1024MAK wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:52 am
RS have 'trade counters' where you can collect items you have ordered on line, or by phone. They also have some items in stock.

The likes of Screwfix, Toolstation have a very limited range of electrical related products that are useful for working on electronics.

The remaining independent electronic hobbyist shops will stock items like 'contact cleaner'.

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We have a screwfix but don’t think I have ever managed to buy anything they actually had in stock :) I usually mail order unless postage more than item value, then I click and collect.

Don’t know of any hobbits shops but then I didn’t know about the home brew shop on a localish trading estate till recently (they were confused by me asking for a 6502 but they did sell me a 6 bottle wine kit).
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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by RobC » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:40 am

Elminster wrote:
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I thought maybe halford in car section.
Halfords sell contact cleaner. I've found it to be better than the stuff Maplin used to sell.

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Post by 1024MAK » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 am

RobC wrote:
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Elminster wrote:
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I thought maybe halford in car section.
Halfords sell contact cleaner. I've found it to be better than the stuff Maplin used to sell.
Which one, at one stage Maplin had about six or seven different brands/types of 'contact cleaner'. One problem is different formulations have different effects. About thirty years ago one type I used was great on contacts, but 'melted' any thermoplastic parts :shock:

Another variable, is how long the solvent takes to evaporate. And some have a trace of light oil in them.

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by RobC » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:27 pm

1024MAK wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 am
Which one, at one stage Maplin had about six or seven different brands/types of 'contact cleaner'.
Think there was only one type in our local store. Had a green lid.

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Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Post by Elminster » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:31 pm

RobC wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:27 pm
1024MAK wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 am
Which one, at one stage Maplin had about six or seven different brands/types of 'contact cleaner'.
Think there was only one type in our local store. Had a green lid.
I think I have seen on the 8 bit guy he used something to do with car brakes for some or other but if it gets on the main case you end up with a pile of goo.

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Post by RobC » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:06 pm

Elminster wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:31 pm
I think I have seen on the 8 bit guy he used something to do with car brakes for some or other but if it gets on the main case you end up with a pile of goo.
This stuff was definitely sold as contact cleaner and I didn't have any problem with it melting plastic!

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