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A long while ago, my High St. used to have a Tandy shop. By a tortuous route, our local branch became a Jessops Photographic store, which in itself was no bad thing – you get a bit tired of Dixons being the only place you can buy a camera! Firstly, Carphone Warehouse, who had bought the ... Read review

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The Rise AND Rise of MAPLIN

AdvantagesHuge stock range covering most electronic/techncial fields

DisadvantagesNot all prices as low as elsewhere.

"A long while ago, my High St. used to have a Tandy shop. By a tortuous route, our local branch became a Jessops Photographic store, which in itself was no bad thing – you get a bit tired of Dixons being the only place you can buy a camera! Firstly, Carphone Warehouse, who had bought the Tandy name in the UK, decided to phase out certain branches in favour of Tecno, a photographic chain, and our local branch followed this sequence. No sooner ..." Read review
06.09.2002

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Community Level 5paule23

paule23

What a little treasure trove, and CHEAP

AdvantagesMassive range, Cheap, Good staff

DisadvantagesCharge for a catalogue, Not many branches

"I feel like I've just come out of Aladdin's cave, juts come out of a store that is a real treasure trove for anyone wanting to buy electrical and computer components. Forget going to PC World or Dixons with their extravagant prices and rather dodgy service, try Maplin Electronics. Before you think they are a very specialist shop selling complicated bits of equipment for building things from scratch, STOP! They are much more than that. I've been ..." Read review
10.05.2001

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Just about anything - as long as it has wires!

AdvantagesAlmost everything you woule ever want electrically

DisadvantagesCan get busy, obsure items not always in stock

"I've been a Maplin customer for around 30 years - and whilst that probably doesn't qualify me for a long service award, I'm probably as well qualified as anybody to express an opinion on the company. I first encountered Maplin as a twelve year old when I joined the radio Club at my high school. In those days, there were two kinds of radio shops - the high street shop, where you bought finished goods, and the back street version, where you could ..." Read review
07.10.2003

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Community Level 6sue26

sue26

Fix it yourself and save loads

AdvantagesCheap

Disadvantagesnone

"...at repairing stuff yourself, then Maplins is the best store you`ll find to help you. They first started as a mail order company in 1972, then moved on to open their first shop in 1974. They are a bit like Tandy, but sell a much wider range of products. Whether you`re an expert in repairing particular electrical appliances, or just enjoy fiddling about with a screwdriver, then you`ll find all the books and electrical components you`ll need here. The ..." Read review
18.05.2001

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Refund - not on your nelly

Advantagesnone so far

Disadvantagestry and get a refund and you'll see

"A new Maplins electronics store opened in Hereford and as I was to go wireless in my home, I went in to have a look at their range of products. I have BT broadband and with this I got a free wireless Netgear modem, this was for my own computer, my partners laptop and my daughters laptop, so I ended up buying three net gear wireless adapters from Maplins. There cost me £19.99 for the wireless card adapters, I bought two and a n adapter which fitted ..." Read review
24.10.2007

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