Maplin Closing Down Sale at least 10% off everything
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Maplin Closing Down Sale at least 10% off everything

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Found 16th Mar
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10% off maplin prices? They will have a lot of stock left
That is the reason they have gone bust
mrb308 m ago

10% off maplin prices? They will have a lot of stock left


Maybe it will be added to all the "Toys wen't Bust" stock, that they were / are selling off with a massive 15% discount!!!

Just feel really sorry for all the maplin / TRU staff, they were both all egged along, with false promises of being saved by hedge fund £ take overs and re-packaging, when all along, their fate was sealed a long time ago, with all the ridculious over priced stock, that both companies were trying to sell to people who stopped shopping at both, back in the late 90's!!

Sad, sad news, but the way that the commercial property rent market was rising and the way that their "professional" buying advisor's were buying toot that nobody wanted, they could have had millions in the bank (( which neither have never had! )) but it still would not have stopped them going under...

There are a few more big ones going their way shortly and also a few *takeovers* of similar multi-chain buy outs that are going to fail, so there is only more of this to come in the UK
Edited by: "bitcoin5" 16th Mar
I popped into a Maplin yesterday in passing. I played with the keyboards, moved the mouse around, looked at the discounted price tags, then left.
Edited by: "steveideas" 16th Mar
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10% off maplin prices? They will have a lot of stock left
yep went in the other day, items were more than can be had elsewhere, even with the discounts etc.
That is the reason they have gone bust
Yeah expecting it to be rubbish given Maplin usual prices
I think the usual advice is to buy with a credit card if you can or PayPal if they have that option, just in case right?
I went to the Wimbledon branch and their closing down sale was pretty rubbish.
Love the comedy.....

What next? Toys r us offering 10% off Halloween stock
mrb308 m ago

10% off maplin prices? They will have a lot of stock left


Maybe it will be added to all the "Toys wen't Bust" stock, that they were / are selling off with a massive 15% discount!!!

Just feel really sorry for all the maplin / TRU staff, they were both all egged along, with false promises of being saved by hedge fund £ take overs and re-packaging, when all along, their fate was sealed a long time ago, with all the ridculious over priced stock, that both companies were trying to sell to people who stopped shopping at both, back in the late 90's!!

Sad, sad news, but the way that the commercial property rent market was rising and the way that their "professional" buying advisor's were buying toot that nobody wanted, they could have had millions in the bank (( which neither have never had! )) but it still would not have stopped them going under...

There are a few more big ones going their way shortly and also a few *takeovers* of similar multi-chain buy outs that are going to fail, so there is only more of this to come in the UK
Edited by: "bitcoin5" 16th Mar
Literally nothing.
Needs to be at least 69% before it's even close to regular prices elsewhere
At 10% off still makes them 40% more expensive.
Looking forward to our shopping experience doesn't look good , all them lost jobs 😞33450826-PeDeI.jpg
secretspartan123 m ago

I think the usual advice is to buy with a credit card if you can or PayPal …I think the usual advice is to buy with a credit card if you can or PayPal if they have that option, just in case right?


credit card protection valid on purchases over £100
WOW what a deal
Checked my local and it was an absolute joke. Maplin are already 10-50% (sometimes more) expensive than most shops, especially Amazon. They need to be doing 75-90% before it's even worth the effort of going to their shops.

No wonder they have gone under, they have literally no idea what they're doing. It's actually hilarious.
I popped into a Maplin yesterday in passing. I played with the keyboards, moved the mouse around, looked at the discounted price tags, then left.
Edited by: "steveideas" 16th Mar
bitcoin51 h, 6 m ago

their fate was sealed a long time ago, with all the ridculious over priced …their fate was sealed a long time ago, with all the ridculious over priced stock, that both companies were trying to sell to people who stopped shopping at both, back in the late 90's!!


Yeah, Toys 'R' Us really surprised me with how they never seemed to make any effort to update since I was going there as a kid. As is seriously no effort, I popped in a couple of weeks back, admittedly partially curious about closing down prices but also partially because I knew I wouldn't get to see it again and it really was like it hadn't changed in over twenty years.

Once particular area that I think they most certainly screwed up big time on was gaming. Since probably the end of PS1 they've had a worse gaming section than a supermarket.

As for Maplin, I've never understood them to be honest. They were always good for slightly obscure tools like hex keys I couldn't find in any other non-online place but aside from that I could never tell exactly what they wanted to be. You were just as likely to go in and find a variety of cables or specialised screwdrivers as you were to go in and find kind of crappy remote control cars and weird disco ball things.
i_have_crabs1 h, 13 m ago

Went in, was a bit disappointing price-wise as the 10-50% off on a lot of …Went in, was a bit disappointing price-wise as the 10-50% off on a lot of items just put the price in line with Amazon. Possibly more luck in other stores as some good deals were sold out already i guess.Doesn't stack with NUS 10% discount for anyone wondering, they are unable to add more than one discount apparently


I went in to the Gloucester branch yesterday and I can confirm that it does stack, I bought 2 items costing over £206 and showed my NUS extra card and got another 10% off took it down to £186
I don't see why they don't just slash the prices; surely they would get more than selling the stock once the shops have closed..
Went in to a store last weekend. Some sections were 10% (gaming) others were up to 30% off. But as others said it's cheaper buying else where.
patbal20004 m ago

I went in to the Gloucester branch yesterday and I can confirm that it …I went in to the Gloucester branch yesterday and I can confirm that it does stack, I bought 2 items costing over £206 and showed my NUS extra card and got another 10% off took it down to £186


well they told me absolutely not on something that had 20% discount already. i guess they are inconsistent as well as overpriced then
Even now with discounts, Maplin prices are still not on par with other retailers - shows you how wrong Maplin was going in the first place and why they are now in administration.
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Went into my local one and their discount prices were still more than the prices at alot of major stores
jedisteel1 h, 1 m ago

Went into my local one and their discount prices were still more than the …Went into my local one and their discount prices were still more than the prices at alot of major stores


The thing is, why on earth do the people running these company's not see the problems and address these issues before the inevitable happens. To many staff standing about, these staff have to be paid for hence the increased price at checkout. The buyers clearly are not sourcing the goods at the best price. They must have had the buying power to negotiate good prices yet still charge way above other retailers. Just as always down to crap management who are reactive rather than pro active.
To be fair, the sale may improve as the days go buy, I remember Woolies and Comet which where not amazing at first, but then went to 30% off then a week later 50% off, then 80% etc. Woolies was ridiculous, they were selling the shelves.
Vladimir2 h, 7 m ago

As for Maplin, I've never understood them to be honest. They were always …As for Maplin, I've never understood them to be honest. They were always good for slightly obscure tools like hex keys I couldn't find in any other non-online place but aside from that I could never tell exactly what they wanted to be. You were just as likely to go in and find a variety of cables or specialised screwdrivers as you were to go in and find kind of crappy remote control cars and weird disco ball things.


Maplin's original business model - of selling small quantities of electronic components to hobbyists - was sound. Their only competition on the high street was Tandy/Radio Shack, and their stores got bought out by Carphone Warehouse in 1999. The only other alternative for hobbyists was to buy from trade-focused suppliers such as RS, but that often meant dealing with large minimum order quantities, or high delivery charges, or both. From there, Maplin branched out into related electronics-centric hobbies, such as hi-fi, CB radio, electronic music and computing, which wasn't too much of a stretch as electronic hobbyists were likely to also enjoy at least some of those hobbies too.

The problems came after various private equity buyouts, where the loans used to buy the company were put onto Maplin's own books with high interest charges. Combined with competition from online, reluctance to indulge in discretionary spending, expansion and rising rents, and they've fallen into the same "Retail apocalypse" pattern that's been established in the US for a number of years now. Their attempts to cash in on selling the "boys' toys" can be interpreted as an attempt to appeal to a wider audience of customers.
cowbutt37 m ago

[Maplin History]


Thanks for that, I appreciate you typing all of that up and it was an interesting read.

I suppose it must just have been in more recent years then that they started selling a load of absolute junk next to the rest of the stuff.
Popped in today (was passing) a lot of signs stating "up-to 50% off" although the highest I saw anything in-store discounted by 30% nothing in the way of "deals" just tat really and expensive tat
I'll hold out. Any official last date of closure?
i_have_crabs4 h, 2 m ago

well they told me absolutely not on something that had 20% discount …well they told me absolutely not on something that had 20% discount already. i guess they are inconsistent as well as overpriced then


Yes they are, I went in to the Cheltenham branch today to buy something and was told that I could not use my NUS discount in there, I advised them that I had used it 2 days ago in another store and "conveniently" they had apparently stopped people using it yesterday, might go for a drive to the Gloucester one tomorrow and try and see if it is still working,
Let face it real reason they are going bust is they can't compete with online companies as they have to pay uk taxes(though maybe they employ some degree to tax avoidance? But reckon they pay higher rate of tax than Amazon), rates, higher staffing levels and higher rent which online retailers can avoid. A physical shop will always cost more than a giant automated warehouse)
The way things are going are there will be one giant branch of Tesco which will feed everyone in the UK. Once a month people will have to commute from around the country to Tesco and traversing the outskirts of Tesco City will be like "28 Days Later".
60% off and I might bite..
I feel bad for the employees and the shareholders
for building your own kit maplins used to be fun and staff knowledgeable and helpful but those days are long gone. won't be missed!
Cold! Walked into Maplin liverpool street hoping for something reasonably priced. As usual, thestaff outnumbered customers and to state the obvious, there was nothing worth buying. Good riddance!
EmperorRosko10 h, 41 m ago

Checked my local and it was an absolute joke. Maplin are already 10-50% …Checked my local and it was an absolute joke. Maplin are already 10-50% (sometimes more) expensive than most shops, especially Amazon. They need to be doing 75-90% before it's even worth the effort of going to their shops.No wonder they have gone under, they have literally no idea what they're doing. It's actually hilarious.


Can’t walk into amazon and buy a handful of resistors and a surface mount cap for a product that needs shipping that day though can you
jeccius18 h, 23 m ago

The way things are going are there will be one giant branch of Tesco which …The way things are going are there will be one giant branch of Tesco which will feed everyone in the UK. Once a month people will have to commute from around the country to Tesco and traversing the outskirts of Tesco City will be like "28 Days Later".


Oh god I hope not, not to mention I find their "food" questionable at best. But cheers for the laugh...
Or worry...

OT, gotta admit they were useful for those hard to find items, or those you couldn't order in large quantities. Its a shame to see so many stores going the way of the dinosaur.
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