Computer Shops From Back In The Day

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Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Post by z0m8ied0g » Thu May 31, 2018 11:46 pm

markjw wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 8:19 pm
Anyone know of any others that are still trading in any form?
Watford when bust but were taken over and continued as Savastore.com until recently where they seem to have died and disappeared without trace.

In the south west there was MicroTest who still exist.
They have moved into business services but are the same company and are still based in Bodmin.

Minerva in Exeter used to develop software for the BBC / Archimedes range.

They also had a small shop which they used to sell mainly Acorn stuff from. The shop closed sometime in the 90s but Minerva transformed into Zynet one of the first ISPs. They are still going.

There are very few computer shops still trading these days, most of them moved into other things or when out of business due to the margins getting smaller and online stores.
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Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Post by markjw » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:00 pm

z0m8ied0g wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 11:46 pm
Watford when bust but were taken over and continued as Savastore.com until recently where they seem to have died and disappeared without trace.
had a look on Google streetview - the Luton site had CompUK signs on it in July 2015, however looks like it had been closed for a while looking at the weeds growing around it. The Watford shop/office building is still there as well and the older streetview image is from 2009 which shows it as an educational bookstore. The original Watford Electronics shop at 33 Cardiff Road looks to have been converted back to residential use.

They were in business for around 35 years - starting with selling electronic components, then moving into the home micro business specialising in the BBC Micro and finally ending up in the PC market. A company that I certainly miss.

Also remembered the name of the one in Southall - Twillstar Computers - looks like they moved from Regina Road to a site just down the road in Norwood Green - found a couple of their price lists online, in 1986 they would sell you athe BBC Master 128K for £454.25 inc VAT (15% VAT back then) or a 1770 DFS upgrade kit for £49.95

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Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Post by Commie_User » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:32 am

Hmm, let me see now. That BBC would be £1,275 today, just for the base unit. I wonder if the shops and Acorn were caught off guard when the Atari ST came out because I would imagine that would have made BBC stocks harder to shift.

I honestly feel surprised that computer shops didn't feel the heavy hand of bankruptcy way more often because their stocks would have been out of date so quick. Especially by the 90s, where a top line machine in '94 had no hope of running Windows 98 properly when it came out, I would imagine some uncanny knack of future-gazing would have been vital for the shopkeepers. That or buying an initial tiny range of stock and seeing what was in demand.



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