Tell me about it - they took a huge dive in the early 90s, when
they went from being a serious electronics supplier to being
just another Tandy.
But I don't believe they would've survived if they hadn't joined
the PMPO brigade. They'd expanded too quickly, and had over 40
shops to service. They had to gain some mass appeal or fold.
I only ever buy online these days.
Totally agree - I *love* RS with a passion. I even bought a pair
of boots from them once! Good boots.
When you order online, it's either in stock, or it isn't. If
it's in stock, you'll get it the next day - almost every single
time. Very reliable in that respect.
That's exactly how I see it, but that buisness model didn't do a lot
Boots, trainers, waterproofs; I have often said if they'd only do food
there would be no need to go anywhere else. Glasgow TC has a free
drinks vending m/c so half way there.
Mail order is fine if what you want will fit through the letterbox
otherwise you're at the mercy of parcel companies uncanny ability to
detect the 5 minutes in 24 hrs when the house is empty.
Also, if it's not in stock with Maplin it's often unavailable for
weeks if at all. Got a "discontinued" from RS this week for the first
time in years, there was an alternative available.
On Fri, 19 Dec 2003 00:19:19 +0000 (GMT), Dave Plowman
Yes, I have the current cat - hadn't noticed the transformers.
Another bad habit they have picked up from PC world etc is the
"clearance corner"; stuff people have returned as not working with a
few quid off. Unsurprisingly, doesn't work.
I gave up on Maplin when they first introduced on-line ordering and
told me (admittedly 2 or three years ago now) that I couldn't order a
potentiometer on-line because the computer couldn't cope with it being
a potentiometer + washer + nut.
Their original online ordering wasn't linked into the main stock computer
anyway - it was quicker to phone in the order. I used to fax it as this
was as quick. But their online is now much better, so I'd guess it is
linked now, as it gives stock availability.
At least it works fully with RISCOS - I have to use the PC for RS to
finalise the order.
*'Progress' and 'Change' are not synonyms.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW 12
For many years they had "on-line ordering" via a bulletin board type
system which actually worked quite well. I think I used it from the
late 80s, certainly the early 90s. Their first attempt at web
ordering was a disaster.
On 19 Dec 2003 02:37:53 -0800, email@example.com (Andrew)
The original Maplin web site sucked better than a 1Gw vacuum cleaner
The more recent web site is much better.
Replying to the email address given by my news reader
will result in your own email address being instantly
added to my anti-spam database! If you really want to
contact me try changing the prefix in the given email
address to my newsgroup posting name.....
RS are the expensive option for just about everything.
Download the Rapid catalogue at http://www.rapidelectronics.co.uk /
Miles better than Maplin, far cheaper than RS and mostly cheaper than
farnell. Only problem is no on-line ordering but they take phone
orders up to 8pm for same day despatch. Mine usually arrive next day.
Look for their MPP range, and the MPP30US05 is a 5V/4A unit for 26.50
GBP. They appear to offer online orders, although we buy on account
for the manufacture of our equipment so have no experience of them
Their website is VERY slow by the way :-(
You have to order the mains connector bit separately as there are US,
UK and European versions available, and there's a choice of DC
connector type too.
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On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 13:27:37 +0000, BWGames wrote:
Make sure you pick up the +5v and 0V not one of the other rails (+12
-12 or -5v from the top of my head ATX may have a couple of flavours
of 3v in there as well...).
A really old AT PSU might be reluctant to start without a bit of load
and might be unstable unless all rails have something on them.
Finnickity things SMPS. B-)
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 15:16:25 +0000 (GMT), in uk.d-i-y, Dave Liquorice
I've dug a old AT PSU out. Just got to detach it from the computer.
IIRC, its 5V = Yellow, and 0V = one of the blacks?
Shall pop into Maplin when I can get there and get the wart mentioned
earlier, but hopefully it'll do for now.
Really don't want to muck router up (?200 ;)), but I'm a D.I.Y.'er and so
hopefully I can get the PSU to do it.
On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 16:39:00 -0000, in uk.d-i-y, Christian McArdle wrote:
Thats what I'm gonna do.
Just dug the PSU out, and there appears to be also an earth lead for some
reason?! (connected to PSU) *wonders where to put it*
Never seen em on PSU's before. It was connected to the case, so I guess it
was just to connect stuff to that could be earthed to the PSU's earth? In
that case, I can leave it?
Someone care to check my reasoning?
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