Worthing store still has a pile of bacofoil 'digital'
tv aeriels reduced from £49 to £29 !!!!.
Various reels of cable, including CAT 6 for more than
you could pay online anyway. :-).
'Bargain' lucky dips - choose ten bagged items for
only' £8, about what they are worth normally.
They were sometimes convenient, but the last time I bought anything
was around three years back. The same stuff as could be obtained from
Ebay or Amazon at around half the price.
Also with mail order you don't have to wait in line while the pillock
in front of you is having an in depth conversation on the merits of
zinc carbon vs alkaline for his penlight.
Whatever the price, most of the stuff was junk and warranty
replacements were only after long drawn out arguments.
I had no trouble with returns or advice in our one, I think you must have
had a bad one.
However who on the high street now can you buy a nice short wave receiver
from? My guess is nobody, and what people forget about shops like Maplin is
that they have to keep quite small stocks and have slow moving items. The
general result after the escalating costs of running a shop, is higher
prices. We had the same with specialist hi if shops back in the 80s, and of
course the inevitable happened, the public looked at the specialist stores
tested the gear then went round the corner and bought one from a box
shifter. Now the problem is the Internet, and unfortunately all these brave
towns like ours here in Kingstons plans to make a new retail offering in the
next few yeas do seem doomed to failure unless they can find a way to cut
the costs of running high street stores.
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Possibly, it was a USB TV stick that sort of worked, it got around
seven channels off a roof mounted aerial.
Basically I was fobbed off because it was a sale item I suppose. I
would no doubt have had the refund in the end, but I had better things
I fully agree with what you say regarding the convenience and stock. I
would haave been happier if some of the gear was a little more
upmarket quality wise, I got the impression that managers had no
leeway on local prices because my local store used to do PC boards etc
at well over the price of a one man shop a couple of hundred metres
I used to use them quite a lot, but I just don't build things anymore.
My components are bigger, bulkier and more likely to come from Newey &
I would guess that few people have the patience to work with surface
mount, which is what electronics seems to be now.
On Sun, 6 May 2018 08:14:33 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Only because of the heat wave, come the cold weather, waves will be
much shorter ;-)
Incidentally Lidl had a short wave radio recently for about £8-00, I
was tempted but it didn't have a BFO, Magda at the checkout wasnt sure
about the IF selectivity either, so I gave it a miss.
This will be remedied :-(
They wont, they will up the income.
They cannot stop wasting money, it's inherent in the system. Making
individuals accountable for their incompetence would go a long way
toward cutting waste, but it wont happen.
On Sun, 6 May 2018 12:34:40 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
Sadly the remedy wont help the retail outlets. The remedy for incurred
loss will come when the general public have their council tax ramped
It wont be the councils fault, they will blame central government.
Of course it can,t be central governments fault................
The one thing that I am not happy with regarding the EU, I now have to
pay council tax in Ireland.
From past experience when the Irish bring in taxes, they start off
nice & low, then match and increase on the worst that the UK manages.
There's no justice :-(
I have a local [UK] council that seems to be around 50/50 Competent/
The incompetent seem to speak a different language and indeed use
different logic to myself.
The competent seem just as frustrated as I get, yet apart from a
degree of sympathy and understanding, there is no benefit from
communicating with them either.
The exception being small specialist units, I suppose the idiots don't
fit and professionals are still professionals even if they work for a
dysfunctional tax drain.
Yeah, Bri, it makes you wonder what town centres will become?
Rather than need, it could become a place of entertainment? Old markets
could pop back up? Boot-sales right in the centre with some potential
pop idols entertaining in every street.
I was just old enough to witness the disappearance of the music halls
and the streets of Manchester lost it's entertainers.
I think there's going to be plenty of room for that.
Except this always was the case. That's too small a market (and amateur radio is, like most technical hobbies, dying also). "The Internet subsumed everything that was interesting about amateur radio" -- Phil Karn, KA9Q.
Correct. High Streets need to sell experiences instead of things. You can't get experiences delivered by courier.
I don't have an attitude problem. If you have a problem with my
attitude, that's your problem.
A mate showed me a DMM he just picked up from them that was £17.99,
supposedly down from 70 quid or summat?
I asked him if it was something special (thinking that was probably
the right (bricks n mortar / retail price for such things) and I think
he mentioned it could also measure temperature -(
Cheers, T i m
 Many of my DMMs came with a temperature probe (thermocouple?) but
in most cases I've long since misplaced it / the box when I actually
find a use for it. Similar with the serial / USB interfaces that use a
'special' connector at the DMM end. ;-(
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