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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by [email protected], Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    Is tricky dicky getting out of the kit business?

    All kits are half price this month!

    - Rob.
  2. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    A growing number of people are speculating about that....

  3. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Not so, some are not reduced, some are less than half price. See their web
    site for exact figures.
    Seems pretty obvious they are reducing their inventory at least. The
    Powerhouses got out of kit's already, so it's only a matter of time.
    Looks like they may keep some of the beginner kits though, and drop the
    magazine projects altogether.

  4. atec

    atec Guest

    Wait for the microwaves to go on sale
  5. Moo Cow

    Moo Cow Guest

    walked into a dick smith at penrith earlier today, and was looking for some
    resistors and some green caps, 7 members of staff were in eye sight busy
    talking amongst themselves and not one came up and asked me if i needed any
    help, when i finally got the shits and asked a guy he had no friggin idea
    what a resistor actually was. not one of them would have been over 20 and
    they sure dont know much these days, i remember when u walked into a store
    and people actually knew what the hell you were talking about, seems like
    all they want to do now is sell "gadgets"

    btw does anyone know someone who sells perlos 96 way euroconnectors? looking
    for some for a wire wrapping project.
  6. Is this the type of thing you are looking for? Unfortunately the term
    "euroconnector" describes a host of goodies from the 21 pin SCART to these
    things. :-(

  7. Mark Harriss

    Mark Harriss Guest

    I bought a stack from Rockby years ago they may still have some left.
    These had about an inch of square wire wrap pin length on them.
  8. Wayne Reid

    Wayne Reid Guest

    Checked any of their shops or catalogs recently? They even sell vacuum
  9. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    I thought it was interesting that on page 234 of their catalog, it says:

    "Dick Smith Electronics kits aren't toys, they're used in many of
    the world's elite scientific research institutions including The Fermi
    National Accelerator Laboratory, NASA and major aerospace manufacturers."

    Fairly remote from vacuum cleaners, but DSE's (= Woolworths)
    management knows what's important and what isn't.
  10. Two Bob

    Two Bob Guest

    walked into a dick smith at penrith earlier today, and was looking for
    What do you expect from Woolworths toy stores?
  11. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    That's the original 1996 version of the kit. They're also selling the
    2004 version for the same price, see...

    It raises two questions:
    (1) Why are they flogging these kits at a price which must be well below
    the cost of producing them?
    (2) What are they doing with stocks of the kit which was superceded
    about 3 years ago?

    DSE's become quite strange since Woolies took over and turned the
    chain into a consumer-electronics-oriented version of Big W.

  12. Mark Harriss

    Mark Harriss Guest

    Who knows, they are motivated by profit and now kits are no longer
    profitable due to lack of demand. Hobbyists have long since ceased
    to be significant for them, I'd say they'll get out of kits apart
    from imported ones if you are lucky.

    FWIW I built a MKII this arvo and it worked fine, the kit is a very
    good one and it's hard to go wrong with it: a good design and a good
    implementation of the design.
  13. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    Thanks for your positive feedback. :)

  14. Thanks Bob
    I went in and nabbed an ESR Mk2 and a power supply kit (several models
    available very cheaply), the last ones in-store at Blacktown.
    Haven't bought a kit in at least a decade I think, quite nostalgic!
    Can't believe the IC's in the ESR kit are still stuck in the al-foil
    covered styrofoam!
    Interestingly, the sales lady used to work in the kit department and
    said that almost the entire kit department has been shut down and the
    employees moved to other roles (no retrenchments apparently), only a
    couple of people remain, presumably to mop up, or handle the non-
    magazine kits.

    Dave :)
  15. dmm

    dmm Guest

    Don't go to DSE for electronic components. That's a lesson that everyone on this ng
    should have learnt ages ago. Consequently you're not going to get any sympathy.

    Jaycar's a good alternative for what you wanted.
    199 High Street 2750
    Ph: 02 4721 8337
    Fax: 02 4721 8935
    Mon-Fri: 9.00 - 5.30, Thu: 9.00 - 8.30, Sat: 9.00 - 4.00, Sun: 10.00 - 4.00
    Rockby may have some wire wrap ones in their surplus inventory. Their phone number is
    03 9562 8559
  16. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    Some things never change! :)

    That seems to confirm the speculation. Thanks to the 'wisdom' of
    Woolies management, DSE kits are gunna be a thing of the past. We can
    expect them to completely cease selling components next.
    Gary Johnstone (Jaycar) must be wringing his hands with glee (unless
    DSE gets into the 'Choke-A-Chicken'/Coughing Ashtray market next!).

  17. Guest

    Well the Silicon Chip ad says all kits %50 off.

    "Limited Stock" *

    * Which will not be renewed
    The end is nigh for another chapter in Aus Electronics hobbying ;-)

    - Rob.
  18. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    It's wrong then, I'm quite happy some are *more* than 50% off though. :)
    (some are less too if the web site is to be believed, and everything I
    bought corresponded exactly, despite some not being marked down on the
    It's been happening at DSE for years, and frankly I don't think it's much
    Looks like Jaycar and Altronics will still be doing kits, for now at least.
    In fact, if it means the end of DSE developed kits taking up space in SC,
    then it's probably a good thing :)
    (although there has been far less of that in recent years too, presumably as
    they reduced their whole kit department)

  19. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    According to the Wikipedia thing at :

    Ultimately owned by Woolworths Limited

    Key people Alvin Ng (General Manager)
    Dick Smith (until 1982)

    Which seems to mean that the answer to your question is "Not since
    1982". :-(

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