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Offline mubes

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Rant: High street component pricing
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:49:09 am »
This morning I had to pop into Maplin to pick something up that couldn't possibly wait. While I was there I saw a set of 200mm jumper leads that were marked up at £7.99.  I just figured it was misprice and went on my way...but then I checked;

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/flexible-jumper-wire-200mm-flex-225mm-overall-length-fs70m  ~= 80p each

Really?  How do you expect to get kids into Electronics as a hobby when you're charging them eight quid for ten bits of wire?  I'm sure they're better quality than something like this;

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Raspberry-Pi-Breadboard-Jumper-Wires-40-x-1P-to-1P-200mm-Ribbon-Wire-Cable-Each-Set/32349345345.html ~= 2.2p each.

..but, y'know, I don't need jumper leads to be made out of compressed Unicorn.

Ouch!

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Offline Gyro

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Re: Rant: High street component pricing
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 12:07:52 pm »
Yes, you have to be pretty desperate to buy stuff from Maplin these days.

It's still hard to beat RS for urgent stuff. Still free for next delivery and no minimum order (might be a credit card enforced minimum payment). The only problem is if it's something that is only available in a large min quantity.
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