Toys R Us and Maplins go bust

#1
Not surprised: TRU dreadful sheds run by numpties.

Maplin sold some half decent things but latterly a lot of shit, grossly overpriced small items and doing well if you could find anyone who was not wholly ignorant.

Me on a mission, very large new shiny Maplin branch: "Need some PIB tape"

Numpty: "Errrr........Wossat?"

I explain. "Nah M8, nuffink like dat"

On way out I spot it: £4.95 for a tiny roll
 
#4
Maplins missed the single board computer boat as well. Anything Raspberry pi related over priced or out of date.
The store in Cardiff was "comfy" and next to Cardiff City stadium, interesting on match day to "pop" in.
 
#5
Oh FFS! I loved Maplin. I wonder what the autopsy will say?

Over expanded?
Struggling to compete with online competitors?
Fingers in too many pies?
 
#7
Not surprised: TRU dreadful sheds run by numpties.

Maplin sold some half decent things but latterly a lot of shit, grossly overpriced small items and doing well if you could find anyone who was not wholly ignorant.

Me on a mission, very large new shiny Maplin branch: "Need some PIB tape"

Numpty: "Errrr........Wossat?"

I explain. "Nah M8, nuffink like dat"

On way out I spot it: £4.95 for a tiny roll
What's PIB tape?
 
#8
It's for trussing up the PBI.
 
#12
Maplins sold some decent computer peripherals and quite a lot of it at the cheapest on the market.

They mucked up a long time ago with pc components when all they used to have in was 2-3 generations old costing more than the latest gear. They had the chance to blow PC World out of the water and failed miserably by sheer incompetence.
 
#13
Maplins used to sell "White Box" goods for computers, all OEM unbranded but well worth the price.
A creative sound card would be say £40, white box would be £15 and well worth it.

They seem to keen on selling drones, overpriced pc parts and have shockingly bad service.
My business account is good for the discount, but cheaper places to go and quicker delivery.

Did they take over the business of Tandy/Radio Shack from the 80's?
Pity to see them go out of business, but the internet market is cheaper will less overheads now!!
 
#14
Undertrained staff, silly stock choices and crap locations.
Signs of being a busted flush for a while.

Bought off management and backers in 2004 by private equity mob for £244m.

They then cut their losses and sold it on in 2014. For £85m to buyers who in time honoured fashion stuffed it with debt.

Final stage of death spiral started last October when Credit Insurers, deeply unimpressed, had enough and pulled cover.
 
#15
Maplins used to sell "White Box" goods for computers, all OEM unbranded but well worth the price.
A creative sound card would be say £40, white box would be £15 and well worth it.

They seem to keen on selling drones, overpriced pc parts and have shockingly bad service....
That's what annoyed me over the last few years. Used to be a good place for any electrical/electronic parts but now full of cheap toys and gadgets.
 
#17
Maplins used to sell "White Box" goods for computers, all OEM unbranded but well worth the price.
A creative sound card would be say £40, white box would be £15 and well worth it.
Mirrors a recent experience I had in Falkirk. Needed an 8mb memory chip. Maplins were over ten quid dearer than Amazon for the same chip. Back in the day they were billy bargains. TBH it's ironic they do not realise that folk looking for 'puter bits will likeey be more than capable of going online for the best deal.
 
#18
Mirrors a recent experience I had in Falkirk. Needed an 8mb memory chip. Maplins were over ten quid dearer than Amazon for the same chip. Back in the day they were billy bargains. TBH it's ironic they do not realise that folk looking for 'puter bits will likeey be more than capable of going online for the best deal.
Shocking website as well. You find something you wanted to buy then it would be online only(for a 2 quid bit) or only available in a store a hundred miles away.
 
#19
That's what annoyed me over the last few years. Used to be a good place for any electrical/electronic parts but now full of cheap toys and gadgets.
Yup, If i was to buy a drone, i'm not, I would probably go via amazon or a specialist drone seller.
They seem to have over stretched what they sell, have some items that do not sell and just can not compete with the online market. White box was one of the best lines but they wanted bigg ££ and lost the way.

Sad to see them go, but I just do not need the tat they sell, used to have a printed catalogue which was easy to use and find good, now online but just does not do it well.
 

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