Maplin Sale (+Store Closures)
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Maplin Sale (+Store Closures)

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Found 8th Mar
Maplin in Middlesbrough is closing down, sounds like other stores will be too.
Website also has a sale on everything.

Up to 50% off at the mo, with most stuff being 20%.
Only just started, so may be worth keeping a bit of an eye on it, if you're interested in restocking your drawer full of miscellaneous unknown cables! (Plus other legit purchases)
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Sadly most of the stuff was 200% overpriced to begin with (true reason why they're going out of business)...
Even with the discount the stuff I've checked online is available elsewhere for less.
I would be very upset to see the back of Maplin, we have so little choice in the UK on the high street, it makes my family visits to the US with the vouchers, cash back and bundle deals, haggling and genuine competition without price fixing such an eye opener, and I will try and support them, though I have never understood how they came to carry so much old stock at such high prices, on computers and computer parts, for instance? They have had some good in-store promotion prices on Seagate USB hard drives and computer cases, most of my backup USB drives come from there, and it was/is good to find spare parts for equipment repairs. Plus, compared to Curry's, I would find their sales assistants seemed genuinely friendly and knowledgeable about the products they were selling, without being hard sell in trying to push extended warranties on me. Knowledgeable and friendly staff are what got me through the door, rather than resorting to online and waits for shipping.

Some of Maplin's in-store promotions still catch my eye, so I will try and stop by, tomorrow, and see what they have, stock up on electrical spares, try and cheer up nervous staff. Losing Maplin would be like a death in the family, to me, I grew up with and learned a lot through their stores about repairing my household electrical equipment that would otherwise have ended up being recycled, I even ended up indirectly doing an audio visual repair course because of them and they could source most things for me, help me with projects. I've got to show them some love.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 8th Mar
On the other hand it’s a shame to see Maplin go, they are the only place on the high street to get certain electronics.
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Sadly most of the stuff was 200% overpriced to begin with (true reason why they're going out of business)...
Their online prices are still a joke - hope instore offers are a little better!!
Even with the discount the stuff I've checked online is available elsewhere for less.
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Don't get me wrong, it's hella expensive normally. But maybe keep an eye on it as the sale actually gets going, should get pretty decent!
I hate firms going out of business as the staff end up out of work but one of the reasons for they are in this is the prices of the goods, they just weren't competitive enough. They had a vision to take on Amazon by not just selling smart devices but also install them too.
do agree with dcfc79, loss of jobs not good, does seem a bit like 'vultures' picking over bones, but a bargain is a bargain and their prices definately went up from old days of cheap leads and plugs.
Sphere1 h, 53 m ago

Their online prices are still a joke - hope instore offers are a little …Their online prices are still a joke - hope instore offers are a little better!!


Local one in Derby wasn't today! Walked in, empty shop with 3 staff members just standing around doing nothing and everything full priced!
Passed a Maplin today, didn't see any signs in window for reductions or sale.
mcdarius1 h, 56 m ago

Sadly most of the stuff was 200% overpriced to begin with (true reason why …Sadly most of the stuff was 200% overpriced to begin with (true reason why they're going out of business)...


Same as Toys R Us. Right now they make it look good as a clearance with coupons, but the items are 20% higher than normal retailers so it just drops to a normal price lol
I would be very upset to see the back of Maplin, we have so little choice in the UK on the high street, it makes my family visits to the US with the vouchers, cash back and bundle deals, haggling and genuine competition without price fixing such an eye opener, and I will try and support them, though I have never understood how they came to carry so much old stock at such high prices, on computers and computer parts, for instance? They have had some good in-store promotion prices on Seagate USB hard drives and computer cases, most of my backup USB drives come from there, and it was/is good to find spare parts for equipment repairs. Plus, compared to Curry's, I would find their sales assistants seemed genuinely friendly and knowledgeable about the products they were selling, without being hard sell in trying to push extended warranties on me. Knowledgeable and friendly staff are what got me through the door, rather than resorting to online and waits for shipping.

Some of Maplin's in-store promotions still catch my eye, so I will try and stop by, tomorrow, and see what they have, stock up on electrical spares, try and cheer up nervous staff. Losing Maplin would be like a death in the family, to me, I grew up with and learned a lot through their stores about repairing my household electrical equipment that would otherwise have ended up being recycled, I even ended up indirectly doing an audio visual repair course because of them and they could source most things for me, help me with projects. I've got to show them some love.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 8th Mar
On the other hand it’s a shame to see Maplin go, they are the only place on the high street to get certain electronics.
Noclouds8th Mar

I would be very upset to see the back of Maplin, we have so little choice …I would be very upset to see the back of Maplin, we have so little choice in the UK on the high street, it makes my family visits to the US with the vouchers, cash back and bundle deals, haggling and genuine competition without price fixing such an eye opener, and I will try and support them, though I have never understood how they came to carry so much old stock at such high prices, on computers and computer parts, for instance? They would have had some good in-store promotion prices on Seagate USB hard drives and computer cases, most of my backup USB drives come from there, and it was/is good to find spare parts for equipment repairs. Plus, compared to Curry's, I would find their sales assistants seemed genuinely friendly and knowledgeable about the products they were selling, without being hard sell in trying to push extended warranties on me. Knowledgeable and friendly staff are what got me through the door, rather than resorting to online and waits for shipping. Some of Maplin's in-store promotions still catch my eye, so I will try and stop by, tomorrow, and see what they have, stock up on electrical spares, try and cheer up nervous staff. Losing Maplin would be like a death in the family, to me, I grew up with and learned a lot through their stores about repairing my household electrical equipment that would otherwise have ended up being recycled, I even ended up indirectly doing an audio visual repair course because of them and they could source most things for me, help me with projects. I've got to show them some love.


I am sure someone will fill in their boots without the ridiculous prices. It was good to browse things there without buying them . I was so happy to see demise of Comet and Woolworths for the same reasons . When stores think they are too big to do price comparison , they need to go out of business.
Going to miss their components. Always get the odd sized fuse or replacement plug/socket required. , and there was always a local store. Oh well, back to buyin online ans waiting for delivery.
I have CPC and even a thriving shop sporting the name of Radio Shack nearby!

I miss Tandy though, something a bit more geeky and quirky about Tandy, even had their own half decent brands.

Best thing about Maplins was Mr Partridge the child hating Punch and Judy man, R.I.P. Leslie Dwyer
Edited by: "gazdoubleu" 8th Mar
We have two in our town both tucked away on an area of land hard to access without carpark spaces.
I'm hoping someone can still save Maplins, selling the supermarket Chinese tat didn't help them, some stuff expensive compared with online but they have overheads, some stuff good price. When it's gone there will be a gap that hopefully someone can fill, maybe the staff could buy out any profitable stores and run as independents.
instore sale is joke,popped in shop today as was gonna see if rc cars were half price,they had some for sale for £15 and 7.99..all they have done is take old price sticker away and put new one at double the price so when u get to till to get50% off its the price its been for last few months,looks like they done it to most items,
Kulaak1 h, 15 m ago

Passed a Maplin today, didn't see any signs in window for reductions or …Passed a Maplin today, didn't see any signs in window for reductions or sale.


Ta, you have saved me for even bothering.
If you rob a bank you go to court then prison. If you rob a Company you can legally get away with it Scot free?
What you do is you buy the Company with its own money, ie you fund the purchase with debt.
The Glaziers did it with Man Utd and although they don't win as much as under Ferguson, it has just about worked to finance the debt payments. .
Another clue is Maplin the retailer has 6 holding Companies above it.
Bidco is owned by Belbidco owned by MelTopco.
Maplin Electronic Group (holdings) Ltd own Maplin Electronic s Holding Ltd own Maplin Electronic Ltd the retailer.
Maplin never had a hope of repaying its debt. The takeovers were way more than what it was worth and that debt was added to Maplins books which it could not service.
When their trade credit was taken away the writing was on the wall.
The business of selling electronic bits and bobs is sound it is just that the law needs to be changed to stop private equity take overs.
Edited by: "Proveright" 8th Mar
Normal prices at my local Maplin. Again all staff were standing around doing nothing in an empty store. The odd customer popped in to see if anything was on sale then disappearing as quickly as they arrived. There gonna have to do some Homebase specials if they want to shift anything...
Edited by: "modelman" 8th Mar
Strange , maplin opened up a few more stores in the last couple of years , but whenever i went in their stuff was significantly more expensive than online. I expect they were never going to be viable , selling 5 different colored fuses to some basement dwelling neckbeard, once a week , was not a good strategy.
tandy was different , they even made their own brand PC.
sam_of_london16 h, 7 m ago

I am sure someone will fill in their boots without the ridiculous prices. …I am sure someone will fill in their boots without the ridiculous prices. It was good to browse things there without buying them . I was so happy to see demise of Comet and Woolworths for the same reasons . When stores think they are too big to do price comparison , they need to go out of business.


But less competition is never a good thing for consumers. It means their competitors aren't under as much pressure to do price matching, and consumer choice will be more restricted
I to will miss Maplin. Whilst it was not a place to buy things on a constant basis it has been a life saver from time to time when you require something when your caught short and/or haven't been able to get online or elsewhere within a few days. Sometimes you just have to bite your lip with the higher prices. One example..... BNC coupler £1.99, usual supplier 10p!!!!!!!!!!!!
went in today, a few other vultures circling about also.
went in today to buy some a dj controller went to give them my nus for %10 off they told me we dont accept them I said you do and even on twitter your customer service confirmed it. told me we dont have a customer service on twitter, showed them both and they still denied it. Had issues with this in the past and to be honest im glad they are going most of the stuff is way overpriced I go there when I want something quick and dont mind paying more.
Visited one of the London stores today, most stuff of intrest at 10% discount which is a tiny discount and barely takes a item even close to the standard price offered from most online sellers. Few less desirable items at 20/30% off but its all tat nobody really wants.
Up to 50% advertised on the widow displays in Southend (Westcliff branch) however not one display states 50% off, max is 30% currently and thats on overpriced batteries. Is that technically misleading advertisement?
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