We were very sad to hear that Maplin Electronics is now in administration. Alan Butcher Components has been a supplier to Maplin for over 30 years and seen many developments and changes during this time. The decline of Maplin emphasises again how difficult it is for retailers on the UK high street. We also appreciate that Maplin was restructuring to try and reverse that trend by providing customers with an interactive, in-store, smart technology experience which they are unable to get online. Unfortunately, this change of focus has come too late.
Although the components section of the Maplin store has reduced in size over the years, it enabled electronics enthusiasts to physically handle and view component parts. Hobbyists and techies could buy the parts they needed to produce electronics kits, models and small scale assemblies. Online purchasing has offered a cheaper and easier option.
Alan Butcher Components supplied switches, buzzers, speakers, microphones, neon indicator lamps and anti-vandal switches to Maplin. Customers can still purchase from stores and online whilst stocks last, however, products will be increasingly difficult to source. Therefore, we have added Maplin codes to our website for the products we supplied. This will enable customers to easily identify key component parts and ensure continuation of supply.
Below are a few of those key products;
Please call us on 01258 456360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a quotation or require technical assistance.
The future for Maplin is still not clear but we strongly hope that a plan is in place to resurrect one of the UK’s largest electronics retailers.