Maplins Maidstone closing down sale - everything at least 50% off
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Maplins Maidstone closing down sale - everything at least 50% off

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Closing down sale, all stock at least 50% off, all fixtures and fittings for sale also.
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Maplins....closing down???
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Maplins....closing down???
Whee have you been?
Asleep
First I knew about it
Go and get your ears and eyes tested, think u may have missed the announcement about 3 months ago
BigTel5918 m ago

First I knew about it


Coma, prison, round the world cruise?
50% off? Should be just above RRP then! Good riddance as they've ripped us off for too long
Yep 50% off will bring them into line for most internet-priced stuff apart from almost fixed-price branded stuff who says there is competition? Their battery prices were not bad when 70% was taken off but that is about it. Surprised they didn’t just chop 70% off a lot sooner but I guess the administrators would be paid less so there is only one winner in this - and I bet they get paid !
Been in a few times and anything half decent is still too expensive compared to elsewhere.
Agreed. Although I did get a own brand keyboard for £11 in the week. Everything else in the store was either junk or still overpriced.
I've picked up a few bits cheaply, mostly cables, and 30% off a Hakko soldering station, which was good. Few odds and sods too, but agree that a lot of the remaining stock is still too expensive. Really considered a Samsung external SSD the other day then remembered was still overpriced compared to a similar capacity model that's online and I have an external case already.
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even with discount, i searched online in store and still items cheaper.. explains why they are in the position of bankrupcy
I also heard there's a sale on in DFS
SWERVE_7948 m ago

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Brexit? Because as members of the EU we were happy to pay £40 for a VGA cable and £12 for SATA cable. Their prices were so high, it was embarrassing to have to go and ask are you sure this is the correct price and watch the few staff that new what they were doing wince when they looked them up for you? It's not as if their stock was the most up to date either.
Laura.Palmer1 h, 14 m ago

Agreed. Although I did get a own brand keyboard for £11 in the week. …Agreed. Although I did get a own brand keyboard for £11 in the week. Everything else in the store was either junk or still overpriced.



A Maplin brand keyboard for £11? You know MIcrosoft sell their keyboards for £9.99 right?
ive got quite a few bargains lately from their website before it was removed & lots of bargains in store
They've been overpriced for a long long time, they're just jumping on the bandwagon and using "recent events" as an excuse for their business failings. I've only been in a store once in the last 10 years, April 2011 I think it was. I waked in, did an about turn and walked out (Sunderland store) prices back then were a joke and some of their closing offers I've seen recently on branded items were still 10-20% above the likes of Amazon.
Looking at the picture it looks Maidstone is closing down
12. Yes, most of our stock is *still* overpriced
50% off? so it will still be overpriced then?
I never buy any thing from these cowboys as they are always overpriced but today I walked into my local and bought lightening cable for my son's iPhone 7 for £3.90 (1.5m) which I thought was a decent price. I hope it will not stop working after few months as all cheap cables
'all fixtures and fittings for sale also'

I'll wait until someone buys the entrance door, and then help myself.
donnyorourke7 h, 7 m ago

Maplins....closing down???


Next you'll be telling me Tandy is to close?!?!
spannerzone53 m ago

Next you'll be telling me Tandy is to close?!?!


Sorry @spannerzone I'm still smarting from hearing that Maplin is closing
sam19703 h, 5 m ago

I never buy any thing from these cowboys as they are always overpriced but …I never buy any thing from these cowboys as they are always overpriced but today I walked into my local and bought lightening cable for my son's iPhone 7 for £3.90 (1.5m) which I thought was a decent price. I hope it will not stop working after few months as all cheap cables


Problem is not the cheap stuff, problem is how much they sell them at, i can assure you those cables were bought by them for £1 a kilo heck even pound for pound! they wouldnt cost more than 50p... But before close down, they probably were selling them around £10-15 at least.... i bought a few network cables from them for £10-£15 ranges when i had to for emergency reasons, but otherwise never paid more than £1 for the same cables incl free delivery (read: i didnt have to be chauffeured or fly my helicopter to their shops /s) ! Are they convenient? yes, but bloody hell, they are absolute rip off greedy management which caused all the stuff to loose their jobs... sad for those lost jobs but it was not unfortunate for owners as their business model was too greedy...

Next in line would be currys/pcw but they came to their senses in the recent years... their prices were very high, still high but reasonably this time around for the convenience most worth it...
gabesdad8 h, 59 m ago

I've picked up a few bits cheaply, mostly cables, and 30% off a Hakko …I've picked up a few bits cheaply, mostly cables, and 30% off a Hakko soldering station, which was good. Few odds and sods too, but agree that a lot of the remaining stock is still too expensive. Really considered a Samsung external SSD the other day then remembered was still overpriced compared to a similar capacity model that's online and I have an external case already.



How much did you pay for the Hakko?
png6669 m ago

How much did you pay for the Hakko?


Think it was £106 over a month ago. Figured it was worth getting off the shelf given the number of knock-offs on eBay. The other local store that had 2 left are sold now, otherwise I might have considered a second one as a spare had they discounted further when I was next in.
Think our local stores were still asking at least £6 for a kettle style lead this week!
gabesdad4 m ago

Think it was £106 over a month ago. Figured it was worth getting off the …Think it was £106 over a month ago. Figured it was worth getting off the shelf given the number of knock-offs on eBay. The other local store that had 2 left are sold now, otherwise I might have considered a second one as a spare had they discounted further when I was next in.



Good price, it was that on the www site before they pulled it

Know what you mean about the fakes.
djonesuk10 h, 42 m ago

Brexit? Because as members of the EU we were happy to pay £40 for a VGA …Brexit? Because as members of the EU we were happy to pay £40 for a VGA cable and £12 for SATA cable. Their prices were so high, it was embarrassing to have to go and ask are you sure this is the correct price and watch the few staff that new what they were doing wince when they looked them up for you? It's not as if their stock was the most up to date either.


I think they might be referring to the drop in the £ caused by it.

PundWorld may go the same way.
png66631 m ago

I think they might be referring to the drop in the £ caused by …I think they might be referring to the drop in the £ caused by it.PundWorld may go the same way.



The pound:dollar is back at the level is was in June 2016.

Given that we basically don't make anything in the UK anymore, all retailers have been hit by exactly the same market conditions and at the same time. Brexit didn't cause Maplin's failure: they had shops in expensive high street locations, staffed mostly with incompetent staff and stocked with overpriced, outdated products.
Bottom line they are over priced, and amazon just killed them off, simple as.
djonesuk59 m ago

The pound:dollar is back at the level is was in June 2016. Given that we …The pound:dollar is back at the level is was in June 2016. Given that we basically don't make anything in the UK anymore, all retailers have been hit by exactly the same market conditions and at the same time. Brexit didn't cause Maplin's failure: they had shops in expensive high street locations, staffed mostly with incompetent staff and stocked with overpriced, outdated products.


Your assertion may not be correct:

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£ tanked in June 2016
£ looks lower now than 2016
It does not matter what the £ is now
The other retailers are irrelevant

So if the £ had not tanked they might have limped on.
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djonesuk13 h, 58 m ago

A Maplin brand keyboard for £11? You know MIcrosoft sell their keyboards …A Maplin brand keyboard for £11? You know MIcrosoft sell their keyboards for £9.99 right?


Where's that then ? They are generally in the overpriced category too.
Don'tworry guys once amazon have put everyone else out of business their price matching can stop and they can apply maplins prices to everything.
Last few days now, and picked up a few more odds and sods like what appeared to be certified Lightning cables for a £1 each yesterday. Another 500g of solder for £16. They have 5m kettle leads for £3 locally now too. Nearly tempted by a 20m Pro HDMI lead down from £130 to £10, but couldn't honestly imagine ever using something that big!
I picked up a CoolerMaster Masterliquid Lite 120, liquid CPU cooler from mine £27.50, not a mega deal but not bad; cheap enough to play with.

@gabesdad I've got (not from Maplin) a unused 15M VGA cable like that
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